When JFK delivered his memorable speech in West Berlin 45 years ago he had a large American flag draping the balcony from which he spoke to signify the great role America was playing in keeping that city free from tyranny and defending freedom around the world. But there was no such flag for Obama at his speech. No such show of patriotism or pride. No, it was the Germans who brought our flag to the speech, not the man who would be President; not he who would be leader and defender of the Free World, defender from a new and terrible tyranny every bit as evil as Communism and the Nazis. No, not he who calls himself "world citizen" priding himself that he is better than we, a being exalted above the herd with far ranging views on war and peace, towering over a small-minded citizenry who cling to God, guns and country, loving America and their freedoms above all earthly things.
For America is not first in Obama’s worldview; though first among nations it’s undeserving of that place; its superpower status is an accident of history for its use of power past and present has been an embarrassing disgrace, and this must change and radically so under a wise Obama presidency.
So ashamed is Obama of America that he couldn't bear to share his Berlin stage with one American flag, sharing it instead with a monument to Prussian militarism-the cause of World War I-and three potted plants. Reagan proudly shared the Brandenburg stage with eight U.S. flags when he boldly told Gorbachev to tear down the wall. But Obama attempting to surpass the Gipper's humanity and appear to all a more enlightened being called for an end to all walls, divisions and countries in a new post-nation state world. Is it any wonder that Obama had a tiny pin on his lapel, a micro flag that went unseen, small enough so it couldn’t shame him, its small size mirroring the measure of his patriotism.
The America Obama loves is a thing in his mind, not the flesh and blood country with its many flaws and sins; but an America perfected, "a more perfect union," that’s radically reformed, changed and idealized. A new America for a new age lifting "the burdens of world citizenship" that Old Glory cannot symbolize with its stripes and fifty stars. The flag of our nation and patriotism are obsolete because the world is more than fifty American states, it’s a new world in the making the United States of Mankind, waiting for its Messiah in Chief, its deliverer from war, poverty, disunity and strife; waiting for its secular King of Peace, and some believe ridiculously that Obama is he.
Instead of bringing our flag to his speech Obama brought our national flaws to the applause of thousands. Apologizing to a nation that set the world ablaze in two great wars killing millions, burning gypsies, gays and Jews in unspeakable horror. What do we have to apologize for? For being magnanimous in victory over an evil regime and keeping West Germany free for 44 years? For crushing tyranny in Iraq and Afghanistan freeing millions from Saddam and the Taliban-two murdering terrorist states that sickened the atmosphere of this world? What do we have to apologize for? This flawed nation is second to none: second to none in its virtues, not its sins; second to none in our time and perhaps for all time. So uniquely endowed and blessed with good things it can only be compared to itself. What do we have to apologize for? Our flag is the banner of liberty, of mankind unchained and redeemed from slavery signifying a revolution that remains incomplete until all men are free under God and His grace. For we are the universal nation "one out of many" a land of all races, religions and creeds leading the way by example, achievement, sacrifice and faith to freedom, prosperity and peace. There is no better way in this predatory world, in this vale of shadows and tears. If anyone be the earthly Messiah and agent of peace it is we, no one man, no one leader, but America collectively.
After his flagless speech in West Berlin where Kennedy and Reagan defended freedom in the face of monstrous tyranny, it is we the blest people of this great land to whom Obama owes an apology.
Barack Obama, humble yourself before the flag that you scorned! Abase yourself and apologize to the American people!