Thank God She Lost
Have you seen Sarah Palin's response to the comment President Obama made recently about the United States of America and the burden's of being a superpower. His full comment:
"It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower. When conflicts break out, one way or another, we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."
Our president made a thoughtful and truthful statement. Our country, as the world's only superpower with its riches and deserved reputation as a force of good in the world, does find itself committing the lives of our military men and women and significant portions of our budget to helping the rest of the world. To take that statement and then say, "Could it be a lack of faith in American exceptionalism?" is intentionally misleading and irresponsible. You can see how simplistic Sarah Palin's argument is. She even thinks "nuclear deterrent" is a relevant term in today's world when the last few times we have been attacked have been by transnational organizations that don't have nuclear capabilities. Choosing her as a representative is a big reason why I will never give the Tea Party people serious consideration. That and the fact they protest government spending while standing on land maintained by the big government they despise so much.
I thank God every day that John McCain lost the presidential election. I lost a lot of respect for him when he chose her as his running mate. He's served his country for most of his life but putting her on the national stage will taint all the good he has done. Elevating her did us all a disservice.
You may not agree with everything President Obama does. I certainly don't. I am, though, pleased to have a president willing to discuss frankly on an international stage the role of our country in this world. We don't need another "America first" cowboy. All they do is create conflict.