Day By Day

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dual Citizenship

Make of this what you want. In his Berlin address today Senator Obama introduced himself in these terms:
"Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen – a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world...."
Read the full text here.

This formulation, not unusual among today's liberal transnationalist elites, assumes a perfect correspondence between American interests and those of "the world". But of course no such convergence exists. The interests of the United States are not those of Russia, or China, or Iran, or Zimbabwe, or for that matter, Germany. When disagreements emerge, as they inevitably will, Obama will have to make a choice, and nothing in his rhetoric to date assures me that he will make the right one.

It would be good to remember that we are electing a President of the United States, not merely an American representative to the Parliament of Man!