I've been reading Comeback: Conservatism that can win" by David Frum, and he makes some really good points about democrats and how they see themselves less and less as Americans and more and more as members of the world.
Bill Clinton said it best: "There are a lot of very brilliant people who believe that the nation-state is fast becoming a relic of the past."
While this view may be very prevalent in Europe with the European Union and the United Nations, this view is pretty much divided right along party lines in the U.S.
He writes that "Democrats are consistently less likely than Republicans to describe themselves as "extremely proud" to be Americans. As of January 2005, for example, 71 percent of Republicans described themselves as 'extremely proud,' but only 54 percent of Democrats did."
Is that scary or what? And he goes further: "On the eve of the Iraq war in March 2003, 72 percent of Republican high-school seniors described themselves as 'very' or 'extremely' patriotic, while only 41 percent of Democratic high school seniors did so."
For the most part, I believe the democrats who are going away from the idea of the nation-state are liberal democrats. It is the liberals on the Supreme Court who consistently make rulings based on "institutions of global governance" as opposed to the U.S. Constitution.
They think they are doing the right thing. So, while I wrote a post recently claiming that the California Supreme Court did not follow the U.S. Constitution when it overruled the will of the people who voted overwhelmingly to ban gay marriage, I was pretty much blowing into a deaf ear as far as those liberal activist judges were concerned.
These judges, as do many other liberals, don't see the U.S. Constitution as a viable piece of paper anymore. They see it as old and outdated, and inferior to what the rest of the world thinks.
How many times have you heard this from conservatives: "Somehow in this U.S. Constitution those activist judges ruling over Rowe -v- Wade found that abortion is legal. I'm telling you, I have never found the word abortion written in the U.S. Constitution."
Conservatives like me don't get it. We have no clue. Those liberal judges don't care about the U.S. Constitution. What they care about is the opinion of the world, and the majority opinion of the "institutions of global governance" believe that abortion is the choice of the woman.
These liberals believe the world court should have jurisdiction over these here United States even though that court would make obsolete many of the rights and protections provided you and me by the U.S. Constitution.
It is these same liberals who don't trust the U.S. government when it comes to making decisions about world affairs and national defense. They believe that a nation-state like the U.S. would be willing to go to war for selfish and arrogant reasons, and that only the U.N. Security Council should have the right to declare war.
The scary thing about that, conservatives contend, is that there are two terrorist Muslim Nations on this security council, the very same people who would love nothing more than to stuff America's arrogance back into its own face.
There are also many nations in the U.N who want nothing more than to see the destruction of Israel, or that hate Israel nonetheless.
Democrats, Frum writes, believe that government is the answer to all our problems, yet they do not trust the "American Government" to solve any problems at all. They are "lacking faith in America and Americans... mistrusting traditional American culture as racist, violent, and generally defective."
Frum writes that this is especially scary, because not only is the will of the people in the U.S. not represented in a "world government," but neither is the will of any of the rest of the world. In fact, he contends, that a world government is not democratic at all.
"Corrode national sovereignty," he writes, "and you corrode democracy. Individual person votes for the U.N. Secretary-General or the European Commissioners. No legislature writes the laws enforced by the International Criminal Court."
Bill Clinton was a lot more conservative than many are willing to believe, just like George W. Bush was more liberal than many want to believe. In fact, those two were so close to one another in their ideas that its ironic to see how distant the two parties are.
Thus, niether Clinton nor Bush would ever in their dreams have given in to the World Court. They have both rejected it on grounds that it would over-rule the will of the people of the U.S.
And while I am confident that John McCain and Hillary Clinton would continue to reject the world order for this reason, I'm not confident at all that Obama would.
That's why it is so important that Conservatives and republicans and Hillary Clinton supporters unite in this coming election -- even if they have to bite their lips when doing so, and vote for John McCain.
Many democrats have already crossed the isle and pledged support for McCain. Many more say they will too, if Hillary doesn't get the nomination. Personally, I would much have a Patriotic Hillary Clinton in office than a man who appears on the surface to be a supporter of a world order.
Wasn't his wife who said, "For the first time in my life I am proud to be an American." After reading Frum's book, I completely understand what she was saying. I also understand what Reverend Wright was saying when he said, "GD America."
And we can understand why Obama refused to wear a lapel pin of the American flag one night.
For Obama to continue to be a viable candidate for president of the U.S., he needs to prove he's patriotic. Again, as I wrote before, this will be a tough task.