I remember a few years ago when Michelle Obama said she was not proud to be an American until Barack was elected.
And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.
And at the time, I couldn’t imagine not being proud of this (once) great Nation. And while I am still proud to be an American, as I look around the globe at the mess we are seeing now, and more importantly, how we are perceived, I am deeply saddened and embarrassed. We are the butt of the world’s jokes now and Vladimir Putin has driven a stake into Barack Obama’s heart and he is twisting it as the world cheers.
I have been to places where America was not well liked. But we were respected – and feared. I served under Jimmy Carter in the US Navy and even the buffoon from Plains, Ga. managed to carry some modicum of respect to the table. Mostly because he was clear on who were our enemies and who were our friends. And he treated both accordingly.
But I am embarrassed when I see one of America’s greatest allies, Israel, treated like an unwanted annoyance.
I am embarrassed when I see an American President dictate (or at least try to dictate) that Israel cave in to Palestine and fail to hold the Palestinians to the same standards. If there is to be peace in the Middle East, all parties involved must build a foundation on the simple stipulation that all sides have the right to exist. A unilateral peace is not possible.
I am embarrassed when I see how a madman in North Korea with nuclear weapons is able to disregard the rest of the world and ignore the United States because we fear the unstable mentality might use atomic weapons.
I am embarrassed when I see the same scenario developing in Iran and Obama is being laughed at played for a fool. All the while Iran is moving closer and closer to the now inevitable day when we detect a nuclear detonation in Iran.
I am embarrassed that Obama removed the missile shield from Europe. And I feared this move would embolden Putin.
I am embarrassed that Obama has now sent Joe Biden to Europe to reassure them that America has their backs when they would have preferred a missile shield.
I am embarrassed by the way Obama has treated Great Britain and all of our allies.
I am embarrassed by the measly and laughable response to Putin’s incursion into Crimea.
I am embarrassed by the “reset button” and the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
I am embarrassed by John Kerry. Period.
I am embarrassed by Obamacare’s failure.
I am embarrassed by our failure to secure our country’s border.
I am embarrassed by our national debt.
And I am embarrassed, saddened and sickened that we are in the same situation that the Soviet Union found themselves when a strong leader emerged in America and took on a struggling Soviet Union that was broke and dysfunctional after years of Communist, Socialist and Marxist ideology ravaged their people. Now we fact a strong Russian leader – Vladimir Putin – and we are flat broke, our economy is in tatters and we have more people unemployed and out of work than at any time in our industrialized history.
Ronald Reagan spent a bankrupt Soviet Union into oblivion with the arms race, the space race and the shining example of how capitalism works.
We now stand at the precipice of a cliff and I am embarrassed that we have no option other than to jump with Barack Obama leading this country.