It’s Called Courage, Mr. President

iran_soccer_playersMany politicians and citizens hold up ‘bipartisanship’ as the ideal, claiming that the ‘middle’ is where Americans want to live and be governed, but most of us know the truth—the label of conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, instructs the way we live and the way we vote.

Elections have consequences, but as a conservative, it is painful watching the rapid devolution of America via: ‘employee free choice act’, increased federal oversight of businesses, raised taxes, the oncoming inflation resulting from a nonsensical monetary policy, defense cuts, and the acknowledgement, before the Arab world, that yes, Americans torture. The President for change has been busy, but again, he is merely setting out to accomplish what he promised—redistributing wealth, health-care for all and turning the last superpower into just another member of the UN and NATO with a vote, not a voice.

These policy disagreements are natural, but there are behaviors we expect from our President which transcend policy. Save the Code Pinkos and lunatics on the fringe, I believe all Americans demand courage from our Commander-in-Chief, which is why his silence on Iran is so troubling. Whether President Obama chooses to believe it or not, around the world, Americans are looked upon as cheerleaders for freedom. Those Iranians braving jail, beatings and death to protest the fraud perpetrated by the Ayatollah and the midget, carried signs in English—not aimed at Gordon Brown—but toward the captain of freedom’s cheerleaders.

Perhaps the revolutionaries should have written those signs in French. Here’s French President Sarkozy, from The Wall St. Journal:

The President yesterday denounced the “extent of the fraud” and the “shocking” and “brutal” response of the Iranian regime to public demonstrations in Tehran these past four days.

“These elections are an atrocity,” he said. “If [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad had made such progress since the last elections, if he won two-thirds of the vote, why such violence?” The statement named the regime as the cause of the outrage in Iran and, without meddling or picking favorites, stood up for Iranian democracy.

Aside from convincing Twitter to delay its maintenance schedule, President Obama has been mute, until yesterday, when he dropped the hammer, saying he had ‘deep concerns’ about the election. What about the protesters murdered by the government, Mr. President? Aren’t they worth mentioning?

After living abroad and traveling extensively, I’ve learned more about the unique character of the American people. When you rip apart the labels and facades, you’ll see a people who loathe nuanced positioning, especially when freedom is at stake. We crave courage and clarity from our leaders.

You might not like it Mr. President, but you have a duty to those Iranians who are willing to die for their vote and also those Americans who expect their leader to embody the ideals which set us apart.

To those brave Iranians marching, tweeting, posting and wearing the green of Mousavi on their arms while competing in international soccer competitions, we salute you.

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2 responses to “It’s Called Courage, Mr. President

  1. I think you are missing the bigger picture behind Obama’s decision on Iran. If Obama came out against Ahmadinejad and in support of the protesters, it would only serve to help Ahmadinejad. America as a scape goat is a major tool in the Middle East and if America tries to intercede, Ahmadinejad will use it to turn the issue into Iran vs US (in which he will garner support from across Iran). The best thing to do is to let the situation play itself out. True social change comes from the citizens who live there.

  2. Your argument is that of the White House, but I don’t agree. Obama has no problem meddling in Israeli affairs, so I don’t see why he should have a problem in this case. Using your logic, we should do nothing in Darfur. Let the Darfuris rise up…Bottom line, whether you or I like it or not, the U.S. has a responsibility here. Reagan, Kennedy and many other Presidents before him had no problem calling out oppressors. You can’t always be liked, and we can’t always worry about thugs in the Mid East distorting our intentions. They do it every day.

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