Friday, July 25, 2008
Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
Obama's speech in Berlin was a greay success.
Yet, somehow, his message seems to have missed the many admirers who rnjoyed the eloquence and music of Obama's Oratory in Berlin.
The essence, as I see it, was to put forward two principles of what we may, hopefully, one day, see as Obamaism.
I. Celebration of Americanism. We are a melding of immigrants with a unique tradition. We share that tradition with the world. This concept is the antithesis of Bush:Reagan imperialism, Obama is returning to t Meme previously offered by Jimmy Carter and John Kennedy.
Obama's Americanism is Reagan's Americanism stripped of arrogance. It celebrates the true role our history has had in a trtadtion that now includes other great democracies that contribute their own threads to a world wide movement.
The implications of renewed Americanism for foreign policy are immense. It suggests that we will propagandize the world as we once did with the Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress.
2. MultiLateralism Obama's vision is multilateral, a vison where the US may not be and should not always be the leader. The contrast with Bush, Clinton is stark,
Posted by SM Schwartz at 7:33 AM