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The Declaration of Dependence
by Randy Robison

Presidents Obama and Medvedev

Russian President Medvedev receives Obama's offer to share power with them.


James is on vacation this week, so Randy, the editor of and James' son, is filling in.

I missed this when President Obama celebrated his landmark speech to the Muslim world in Egypt, but as he spoke this week in Russia, I couldn't believe what came out of his mouth. I had to check the official White House speech transcript to make sure I got it right.

"As I said in Cairo," Obama repeated to his Russian audience, "given our interdependence, any world order that tries to elevate one nation or one group of people over another will inevitably fail. The pursuit of power is no longer a zero-sum game -- progress must be shared."


America has a long history of elevating one nation or group of people over another. We elevated the Allies over the Nazis. We elevated freedom fighters over communists. And we elevated civil rights activists over the white, racist southerners. We have refused to share power with Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro and even Alabama's "Bull" Connor in the '60s. Rightly so.

Does Obama really believe that we should not elevate South Korea over North Korea? South Korea is a constitutional democracy that embraces freedom and maintains a respectable level of equal opportunity. It lives peaceably with the rest of the world. North Korea launches nuclear missiles over its neighbors and allows its children and elderly to starve to death. We should allow them to pursue an equal level of power?

Or how about Sudan...better or worse than, say, France? The problems of the French warrant a dozen columns, yet they are far more preferable to Sudan. I would vacation in France, face a French court or trust my life to a French hospital any day, if the alternative was Sudan. Every country in Europe and most, if not all, countries in Africa are far superior to Sudan. Should we share progress with them?

Then there's Venezuela, Cuba and, until recently, Honduras. Would we be pleased to see every other Latin American country in the same situation as these three? Mexico has serious problems right now, but if they became another pawn of Hugo Chavez, our problems would increase exponentially. However, if they would become more like Canada, we would all benefit -- none more than the Mexican people themselves. I will happily elevate Canada over Mexico and Mexico over Venezuela!

If we are not trying to elevate one group of people over another, what are we doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do we view the Taliban as morally equal to the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai? We are clearly not seeking to share progress with the Taliban or Al-Qaeda or any other murderous group, nor should we.

The basis for favoring one nation or people group lies in their ideas and actions. We do not elevate groups based on race, gender, ethnicity, language or anything typically a byproduct of birth. We judge them based on their principles, because we believe certain things to be better than others. For example, killing Jews in the 1930's was bad; therefore, we de-elevated Nazis and their conspirators. We didn't go to war because we hated Germans; we went to war because Germans were committing horrible, murderous acts and our idea (stopping them) was superior.

So what are these empty words from President Obama? Do they have any significance at all?

Certainly, the man wants to be liked. That may explain why he says one thing while doing another. But I suspect that he sincerely believes his proclamation. This ideology would explain why Obama has so aggressively meddled in Honduran affairs to reinstate a leftist president who ordered his military to defy the Honduran constitution and Supreme Court in order to help him illegally retain power. Zelaya attempted a coup, but has, so far, been thwarted by the Honduran courts and military. If the American administration was smart, they would elevate the rule-of-law stance that Honduras has taken and stop trying to force Zelaya back into power.

This would also explain Obama's silence on the abuse of power in Iran by the fraudulently "reelected" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Granted, opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi may not be a true friend of freedom, but he's not as dangerous as the current megalomaniacal leader. We should never share equal power with either of those men.

President Obama apparently does not understand that many world leaders want to dominate America, while some want to kill us all. Putin and his puppet president Medvedev do not wish to be equals. They wish to be superior. Many in the Muslim world believe it's their duty to eliminate American "infidels" or at least impose Sharia law. They never have been and never will be interdependent with us.

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that our leader does not believe that American ideals are, for the most part, superior to much of the world's ideals. A constitutional republic is superior to a dictatorship. This must be proclaimed to the entire world, not as a means of lording over them, but as inspiration to achieve freedom in their own lands. The rule of law reigns supreme over an oligarchy. Equality before the law far exceeds corruption in the courts. Those nations or people that hold to these things must be elevated higher than those who do not. Otherwise, we all fall to the lowest level of human existence.

Obama campaigned on a premise of "hope," but nothing is more hopeless than to say that some things are not better than others. Freedom is better than oppression; therefore, it must be elevated. Justice is better than anarchy. Lift it up. Those who believe in the good things that we collectively call "American ideals" can only give hope to those who suffer without them by elevating these ideas. America has been, and must continue to be, a shining city on a hill. President Obama must not be allowed to dim our light or the world will slip into further darkness.

Author: Randy Robison

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