Sen. Feingold won’t honor Reagan without navel-gazing study attached as amendment, while world set to swoon over Barack’s speeches
Posted by danishova on May 20, 2009
On the heels of celebrations treating Barack Obama’s 100th day in office like the arrival of the Messiah, Sen. Russ Feingold is refusing to allow proposed legislation to honor Ronald Reagan to proceed. Rollcall reports:
Republicans are trying to pass legislation in the next few weeks to kick off the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, and the only hurdle appears to be Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who is refusing to let the Senate vote on the bill.
Feingold won’t honor Reagan until his own "noncontroversial" amendment is added. If you’re thinking it might have something to do with America bashing you’d be right:
Feingold’s amendment would establish two commissions to study the internment and restrictions of German and Italian Americans and Jewish refugees during World War II, and it is unrelated to the Reagan bill. The Reagan measure would establish a commission to plan federal and state celebrations around Reagan’s centennial birthday in February 2011.
It’s called the Wartime Treatment Study Act. But it’s totally “noncontroversial”. To paraphrase Rahm Emanuel, Never let an opportunity to find fault with America go to waste.
The US State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, in an effort, one presumes, to shape America’s image abroad, has put out a book of President Obama’s speeches, to be read the world over. Of course, President Obama has only been president a few months, and putting out such a book takes a few months, so there is actually only one speech in the book that he delivered after becoming president: it is his inaugural address, which the State Department entitles: “The Remaking of America.”
I’m thinking The Unmaking of America would be a good title too.
Other speeches in the book are mostly from the presidential campaign: from his announcement speech (entitled “Our Past, Future & Vision for America” in the book) to his election night speech (entitled “Change Has Come to America”). There are also excerpts from his 2004 Democratic convention speech and, most amazing of all, from his 2002 speech against the Iraq war.
In its excerpts from that 2002 speech, the State Department has chosen one quotation in particular to feature in a pull-out quote. It reads, in huge letters: “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics” (page 95).
No doubt The Hyde Park crowd will be ecstatic that the totally non-political Barack’s fatuous speech is now available for universal consumption.
This is the image of America that our new president and his Department of State apparently want to project around the world: a nation in need of remaking; a nation begging for change; a nation that engages in dumb, rash wars; but a nation led by Barack Obama, who recognizes all this, and therefore maybe not that bad a nation after all.
They’re bound to love us now.
(H/T: Hot Air headlines)