Living In A World of Delusion.

I saw this article, and I just HAD to post it. 

To be honest, it should worry any thinking person.

From the Associated Press:

Obama victory sparks cheers around the globe

PARIS – Barack Obama’s election as America’s first black president unleashed a renewed love for the United States after years of dwindling goodwill, and many said Wednesday that U.S. voters had blazed a trail that minorities elsewhere could follow.

People across Africa stayed up all night or woke before dawn to watch U.S. history being made, while the president of Kenya — where Obama’s father was born — declared a public holiday.

In Indonesia, where Obama lived as child, hundreds of students at his former elementary school erupted in cheers when he was declared winner and poured into the courtyard where they hugged each other, danced in the rain and chanted “Obama! Obama!”

“Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place,” South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, said in a letter of congratulations to Obama.

Many expressed amazement and satisfaction that the United States could overcome centuries of racial strife and elect an African-American as president.

“This is the fall of the Berlin Wall times ten,” Rama Yade, France’s black junior minister for human rights, told French radio. “America is rebecoming a New World.

“On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes,” she said.

In Britain, The Sun newspaper borrowed from Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moon landing in describing Obama’s election as “one giant leap for mankind.”

Yet celebrations were often tempered by sobering concerns that Obama faces global challenges as momentous as the hopes his campaign inspired — wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the nuclear ambitions of Iran, the elusive hunt for peace in the Middle East and a global economy in turmoil.

The huge weight of responsibilities on Obama’s shoulders was also a concern for some. French former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Obama’s biggest challenge would be managing a punishing agenda of various crises in the United States and the world. “He will need to fight on every front,” he said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he hoped the incoming administration will take steps to improve badly damaged U.S. ties with Russia. Tensions have been driven to a post-Cold War high by Moscow’s war with U.S. ally Georgia.

“I stress that we have no problem with the American people, no inborn anti-Americanism. And we hope that our partners, the U.S. administration, will make a choice in favor of full-fledged relations with Russia,” Medvedev said.

Europe, where Obama is overwhelmingly popular, is one region that looked eagerly to an Obamaadministration for a revival in warm relations after the Bush government’s chilly rift with the continent over the Iraq war.

“At a time when we have to confront immense challenges together, your election raises great hopes in France, in Europe and in the rest of the world,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a congratulations letter to Obama.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski spoke of “a new America with a new credit of trust in the world.”

Skepticism, however, was high in the Muslim world. The Bush administration alienated those in the Middle East by mistreating prisoners at its detention center for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and inmates at Iraq’s Abu Ghraibprison — human rights violations also condemned worldwide.

Some Iraqis, who have suffered through five years of a war ignited by the United States and its allies, said they would believe positive change when they saw it.

“Obama’s victory will do nothing for the Iraqi issue nor for the Palestinian issue,” said Muneer Jamal, a Baghdad resident. “I think all the promises Obama made during the campaign will remain mere promises.”

In Pakistan, a country vital to the U.S.-led war on the al-Qaida terrorist network and neighbor to Afghanistan, many hoped Obama would bring some respite from rising militant violence that many blame on Bush.

Still, Mohammed Arshad, a 28-year-old schoolteacher in the capital, Islamabad, doubted Obama’s ability to change U.S. foreign policy dramatically.

“It is true that Bush gave America a very bad name. He has become a symbol of hate. But I don’t think the change of face will suddenly make any big difference,” he said.

Obama’svictory was greeted with cheers across Latin America, a region that has shifted sharply to the left during the Bush years. From Mexico to Chile, leaders expressed hope for warmer relations based on mutual respect — a quality many felt has been missing from U.S. foreign policy.

Venezuela and Bolivia, which booted out the U.S. ambassadors after accusing the Bush administration of meddling in their internal politics, said they were ready to reestablish diplomatic relations, and Brazil’s president was among several leaders urging Obama to be more flexible toward Cuba.

On the streets of Rio de Janeiro, people expressed a mixture of joy, disbelief, and hope for the future.

“It’s the beginning of a different era,” police officer Emmanuel Miranda said. “The United States is a country to dream about, and for us black Brazilians, it is even easier to do so now.”

Many around the world found Obama’s international roots — his father was Kenyan, and he lived four years in Indonesia as a child — compelling and attractive.

“What an inspiration. He is the first truly global U.S. president the world has ever had,” said Pracha Kanjananont, a 29-year-old Thai sitting at a Starbuck’s in Bangkok. “He had an Asian childhood, African parentage and has a Middle Eastern name. He is a truly global president.”

Cripes – where do I start with this?

Obama’svictory was greeted with cheers across Latin America, a region that has shifted sharply to the left during the Bush years. From Mexico to Chile, leaders expressed hope for warmer relations based on mutual respect — a quality many felt has been missing from U.S. foreign policy.

These are the same Latin American countries whose populace risks deprivations and death to flood into this country illegally.  Warmer relations?  With socialists and communists?

Maybe they’re trying to tell us something.

“Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place,” South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, said in a letter of congratulations to Obama.

Nelson Mandela…a socialist who, after he took power, flushed South Africa’s economy down the toilet.  The following UK Guardian article says it more succinctly:

More blacks believe apartheid country ran better

The number of black people who believe life was better under South Africa’s apartheid regime is growing, according to a survey published yesterday.

In a rebuke to the African National Congress government, more than 60 per cent of all South Africans polled said the country was better run during white minority rule.

One in five black people interviewed gave the regime that jailed Nelson Mandela and denied them the vote a positive rating – a result that analysts attributed to crime and unemployment. In 1995, fewer than one in 10 gave apartheid a positive rating.

A growing number of white people voiced confidence in the future of the state, as did blacks who have prospered since democratic elections replaced apartheid in 1994.

The study was conducted by survey company Afrobarometer in September and October on behalf of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, Ghana’s Centre for Democratic Development and Michigan State University in the United States. About 2400 South Africans were interviewed in a representative sample based on the 1996 census.

The disparity in views on the new South Africa threw into relief the anger of a large minority of blacks who felt abandoned, said Afrobarometer’s Bob Mattes.

“They are not looking to go back to apartheid, but as time passes you tend to forget the negative things and emphasise the things that you had then and don’t have now, such as law and order and jobs,” he said. “Apartheid was a harsh, repressive, but seemingly efficient government which made the trains run on time.”

There were positive findings for the young democracy but Professor Mattes said the state should be worried at a growing “de-linkage” between ruler and ruled. Only one in 10 people believed their elected representatives were interested in their needs and fewer than one in three felt today’s government was more trustworthy than the apartheid regime.

Black people were only slightly more positive than white and mixed-race groups about the government, with 38 per cent deeming it more trustworthy than before.

Professor Mattes also attributed the bitterness to legislation that allowed elected officials to switch parties, giving the ANCmore control at provincial level.

However, the feebleness of the opposition meant that in the short term there was no threat to its power, he said.

“There is no place for disaffected African voters to go to. They either stay out (of the political process) or hold their noses and vote for the ANC,” he said.

However, 54 per cent viewed the current system of government as positive.

I might point out that it was Winnie Mandela who was alleged to be involved in murder, torture, and kidnapping.  Yeah.  Mandela provides a “ringing” endorsement indeed.

However, I think my favorite comment was as follows:

“This is the fall of the Berlin Wall times ten,” Rama Yade, France’s black junior minister for human rights, told French radio. “America is rebecoming a New World.

The Berlin Wall was a part of the Soviet Iron Curtain. It wasn’t a wall that kept people out, but instead, kept people in. It was built to prevent Germans, under a brutal communist oppression, from fleeing to the freedom of the West.

Barack Obama’s election – disregarding what you think about his politics – is a testament to the freedom people enjoy in this country. If this freedom was never there, Obama would have never had a chance in the first place. People in this nation seem to either forget this, or overlook this basic fact of American life.

The whole notion that some French black junior minister of “human rights” seems to think that this nation is some oppressive dictatorship should tell everyone just how dense some of the people “of the world” shedding tears of joy over Obama’s election truly are.  They’re idiots.  It’s no surprise they hated us during the Bush years.

Then again, if you remember, France had riots because disaffected Muslim youths couldn’t get jobs. And I’d also like to point out that out of all the nations in the world, few have allowed minorities in the highest office of the country. France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, and many other European nations have been in existence longer than the United States of America, and their leadership has been notoriously “lily-white.” So where any of the people from these nations get off with the basic assumption that the US has a “race problem” is a little beyond me.

People looking at this thinking that this this somehow creates a “new America” never knew what America was about in the first place. In fact, if it wasn’t for the “old America”, Obama’s election would have never come about at all.

What I find the most galling is that Bush helped liberate MILLIONS of people in Afghanistan and Iraq, combined.  This notion that we’re an occupying force was just plain bull.  What Saddam and the Taliban did to their own citizens would HAVE NEVER BEEN TOLERATED in this country, or in Europe.  Yet these spineless cowards did NOTHING to undo the tyranny that festered in those nations.  In fact, many European nations did a lot of business with guys like Saddam.  We removed him, and allowed people to be self-governed – to choose their own fate.

Lots of the “people of the world” stood around whining about how bad things were in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The US, and Bush, actually DID something about the problem.  The adulation that these same people heap upon Barack Obama should worry anyone who loves liberty.

So I take this celebration by “the world” to be a bad thing. At best, it is comical. Cheering for something when you have no idea what you’re cheering for or against , to me, is the smoke seen just before the forest fire consumes everything you own.

Sorry, but I left doing or saying things to be “liked” in high school. The world has never “loved” us, nor will they “love” us again under an Obama administration.

People should cringe from seeing the elation of peoples who haven’t the wherewithal to stand up for their own freedoms, nor the courage to pursue the daunting individualism that has been the cornerstone of America’s success for nearly two centuries.  Most of these nations live in squalor, or they live under oppression that few Americans could even begin to comprehend.  Or, they are like Europeans who have had their God-given industrious spark sucked out of them via the Marxist bureaucracy.  What differentiated America was that men were allowed to be free; to ply their vocation without the abusive hand of government intrusion.

That was, of course, until now.

We shall see what the future holds.  I’m not all that optimistic.

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