Secretary of State John Kerry, who thinks a lot like his boss on the subject of America’s place in the world, told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday that world leaders were “shocked” by what they were hearing from Republicans like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
“Everywhere I go, every leader I meet, they ask about what is happening in America. They cannot believe it,” Kerry said. “I think it is fair to say that they’re shocked.”
Kerry said world leaders were concerned about statements Cruz had made about stepping up surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods. They were troubled by Trump’s insistence that the U.S. go further with interrogation techniques than currently permitted by law.
“It upsets people’s sense of equilibrium about our steadiness, about our reliability,” Kerry said. “And to some degree I must say to you, some of the questions, the way they’re posed to me, it’s clear to me that what’s happening is an embarrassment to our country.”
Okay, so what does that mean? These liberals are always “embarrassed” by political rhetoric that doesn’t sound like it originated in Mao’s little red book. They start out from a position of embarrassment. They are embarrassed about the founding of America, they are embarrassed about the Constitution, and they are embarrassed about anything that happened before slavery was abolished. They are constantly critical of the United States, even today, even after they have been running the joint for nearly eight years.
When President Obama came into office, his first order of business was to go around to all of our allies and apologize for George W. Bush. Now, did Bush make some mistakes? Absolutely. But there was never a doubt that he had America’s best interests at heart. He presided over one of the most shocking attacks in this country’s history. Obama gets endless amounts of leniency for enduring the “worst recession since the Great Depression,” but Bush is never granted the same leniency for bringing America through an equally-historic threat.
But the point is this: Democrats like Kerry and Obama are already ashamed of American exceptionalism. They don’t believe in it, and they hate anyone who does. They don’t want to go down as figures of great American strength; they want to go down as European-style socialists who tried to do their best with a country hopelessly in love with capitalism and military strength. When Republicans emerge with a message that promotes everything they hate, we get stories like this.
If Kerry’s world leaders have been pleased with Obama, then no, they aren’t gonna like what Republicans are selling. Guess what? Too bad.