Just when President Trump’s silly trolling of left-wing pseudo news organizations like CNN starts to get wearisome, leave it to Barack Obama to come along and remind us of how much worse it could be – and was.
On the American Independence Day weekend no less, the former president took to foreign shores to criticize (if backhandedly) his own country’s nationalist pride.
The former US president said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia. “It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said.
The truth, of course, is that the world isn’t at any “inflection point” anymore than at any other moment of history. That is just something that ideologues say when trying to urge people to support their agenda. The world is in rebellion to its Creator – that is mankind’s problem. And it will remain our problem until Christ returns.
That being the case, the best thing that our nation (or any nation) can do is aggressively promote policies that are in accordance with God’s natural law and moral order. To the degree that the United States does that, we are right. To the degree we do not, we are wrong. It’s really that simple.
Which brings us back to Independence Day. The birth of the American nation was accompanied by perhaps the best, most articulate defense and enunciation of God’s natural law and moral order in the history of modern man, the Declaration of Independence. That is what we celebrate on the 4th of July (or at least that is what we’re supposed to celebrate as I point out in this week’s 414 Project video).
Doing so isn’t about “nationalism,” or “resentment of minority groups.” It is about the recognition that the founding of America was unique and special in world history. And it is about the hopeful proposition that with proper leadership we can still be a nation of people that export those values and ideals to a world that too often rejects them.
That was a reality that President Obama never seemed to understand; and if he did understand it, he never took proper advantage of the opportunity for eight years. And he still doesn’t. How embarrassing is that? Donald Trump, of all people, seems capable of comprehending and proclaiming it perfectly:
“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our Creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is transferring power out of Washington and returning that power back where it belongs — to the people,” Trump said.
Here’s the simple truth that Trump grasps but that Obama never did: there’s something extraordinary and exceptional about America. And it’s worth celebrating.