Pat Boone: The President without a Country

H/T De. Malloy

The  President without a Country
By Pat Boone (Checks out as true at Snopes.com)

“We’re no longer a Christian  nation.” – President Barack  Obama, June 2007
 
” America has been arrogant.” –  President Barack Obama
 
“After 9/11, America didn’t always  live up to her ideals.”- President Barack  Obama
 
“You might say that America is a Muslim  nation.”- President  Barack Obama, Egypt 2009

Thinking  about these and other statements made by the man who wears the title of  president. I keep wondering what country he believes he’s president  of.
 
In one of my very favorite stories, Edward Everett  Hale’s “The Man without a  Country,” a young Army lieutenant named Philip  Nolan stands  condemned for treason during the Revolutionary  War, having come under the influence of Aaron Burr. When  the judge asks him if he wishes to say anything before sentence is passed,  young Nolan defiantly exclaims, “Damn the United States ! I wish I might  never hear of the United States again!”
 
The stunned silence  in the courtroom is palpable, pulsing. After a long pause, the judge  soberly says to the angry lieutenant: “You have just pronounced your own  sentence. You will never hear of the United States again… I sentence you  to spend the rest of your life at sea, on one or another of this country’s  naval vessels – under strict orders that no one will ever speak to you  again about the country you have just cursed.”
 
And so it was.  Philip Nolan was taken away and spent the next 40 years at sea, never  hearing anything but an occasional slip of the tongue about America . The  last few pages of the story, recounting Nolan’s dying hours in his small  stateroom – now turned into a shrine to the country he foreswore – never  fail to bring me to tears.  And I find my own love for this dream,  this miracle called America , refreshed and renewed. I know how blessed  and unique we are…
 
But reading and hearing the audacious,  shocking statements of the man who was recently elected our president – a  young black man living the impossible dream of millions of young  Americans, past and present, black and white – I want to ask him, “Just  what country do you think you’re president of?”
 
You surely  can’t be referring to the United States of America , can you? America is  emphatically a Christian nation, and has been from its inception! Seventy  percent of her citizens identify themselves as Christian. The  Declaration of Independence and our Constitution were framed, written and  ratified by Christians. It’s because this was, and is, a nation built on  and guided by Judeo-Christian biblical principles that you,  sir, have had the inestimable privilege of being elected her  president..
 
You studied law at Harvard, didn’t  you, sir? You taught constitutional law in Chicago ? Did you not ever read  the statement of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the  Supreme Court and  an author of the landmark “Federalist Papers”: “Providence  has given to our people the choice of their rulers – and it is the duty,  as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation – to select  and prefer Christians for their rulers”?
 
In your studies, you  surely must have read the decision of the Supreme  Court in 1892:  “Our lives and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody  the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should  be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and  our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
 
Did your  professors have you skip over all the high-court decisions right up till  the mid 1900’s that echoed and reinforced these views and intentions? Did  you pick up the history of American  jurisprudence only  in 1947, when for the first time a phrase coined by Thomas  Jefferson about a  “wall of separation between church and state” was used to deny some  specific religious expression – contrary to Jefferson ‘ s intent with that  statement?
 
Or, wait a minute . were your ideas about America  ‘s Christianity formed during the 20 years you were a member of  theTrinity United Church of Christ under your pastor, Jeremiah  Wright? Is that where you got the idea that ” America is no longer a  Christian nation”? Is this where you, even as you came to call yourself a  Christian, formed the belief that ” America has been  arrogant”?
 
Even if that’s the understandable explanation of  your damning of your country and accusing the whole nation (not just a few  military officials trying their best to keep more Americans from being  murdered by jihadists) of “not always living up to her ideals,” how did  you come up with the ridiculous, alarming notion that we might be  “considered a Muslim nation”?
 
Is it because there are some 2  million or more Muslims living here, trying to be good Americans? Out of a  current population of over 300 million, 70 percent of whom are Christians?  Does that make us, by any rational definition, a “Muslim  nation”?
 
Why are we not, then, a “Chinese  nation”? A “Korean nation”? Even a “Vietnamese  nation”? There are even more of these distinct groups in America than  Muslims. And if the distinction you’re trying to make is a religious one,  why is America not “a Jewish nation”? There’s actually a case to be made  for the latter, because our Constitution – and the success of our Revolution and founding – owe a deep debt  to our Jewish brothers.
 
Have you stopped to think what an  actual Muslim America would be like? Have you ever really spent much time  in Iran ?  Even in Egypt ? You, having been instructed in Islam as a kid at a Muslim  school in Indonesia and saying you still love the  call to evening prayers, can surely picture our nation founded on the Quran, not the  Judeo-Christian Bible, and living under Shariah law. Can’t you? You do  recall Muhammad’s directives [Surah 9:5,73] to “break the cross” and “kill  the infidel”?
 
It seems increasingly and painfully obvious  that you are more influenced by your upbringing and questionable education  than most suspected. If you consider yourself the president of a people  who are “no longer Christian,” who have “failed to live up to our ideals,”  who “have been arrogant,” and might even be “considered Muslim” – you are  president of a country most Americans don’t  recognize.

Could it be you are a president  without a country?

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Posted on May 29, 2010, in Commentary and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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