I am sitting in my oldest son’s living room, enjoying some down time with his family including my two young grandsons (John Brayden – 22 months & Gabriel Matthew – 10 days) and looking into the future of a new year and a new decade, and wondering what kind of a world we are delivering to them.

I suppose it is normal for grandparents to reflect on such things; after all, the love and warmth we feel towards our families translates into wanting to protect them and provide for them. I guess that is why I wonder what kind of a world they will grow up in and, frankly, that is why I am concerned about actions taken by our current administration in D.C., that I believe will make that future more dangerous and insecure.

I have actually been concerned for quite some time, but since I am also taking some time this December to read David Limbaugh’s book “Crimes Against Liberty” which details, among other things, the Obama administration’s foreign policy moves that have militated against liberty and security, it is at the forefront of my mind.

Mr. Limbaugh points out that it is notable that the Obama administration has gone out of its way to alienate our Allies and cozy up to our enemies and leaders of rogue regimes. The courting of friendships with dictators and tyrants is done under the auspices of trying to win them over with kindness, but is that really an effective strategy? Are bullies ever changed by trying to be nice to them? Why would the leader of the free world lend his country’s endorsement to serial violators of human rights? These are questions worth answering as we contemplate the future we want to see our children and grandchildren grow up in.

This administration includes cozying up to some of the most notorious South American dictators, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, as part of its accomplishments. As David Limbaugh documented in his book, Hugo Chavez called President Bush a “devil” and said the presidential podium “still smells of sulfur”. Then he repeated in 2009 “I still smell sulfur. I still smell sulfur in this world.” This is the same Hugo Chavez who gave a book to Obama at the 2009 Americas Summit that scathingly attacked the United States and Europe for their involvement in South America. President Obama graciously accepted this “gift”. Hugo also called America the “great Polluter” and said we were responsible “for having threatened, for having killed, for genocide as well.”

What about Daniel Ortega? He delivered an hour long rant against the United States at the 2009 America Summit with President Obama in attendance. What was our response? President Obama said he “was grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old.” This is pathetic and tacit agreement with the charges made. Sure, America has sins, but (as documented in Limbaugh’s book,) Fouad Ajami, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said and, as many in the Islamic world understand, “it is considered bad form, nay a great moral lapse, to speak ill of one’s own tribe in the midst, and in the lands of others.” Why would the American President show such disrespect to his own country among our enemies? Does this make us safer? Why does he allow dictators and tyrants (whose sins are well documented) berate our country and why does he not defend his tribe and the good that we have done in the world? Again does this make us safer? Or does this embolden these dictators and others like them around the world? What does the North Korean regime or the Iranian regime or Russia or China think when we passively sit by and receive verbal beatings and then tacitly agree with the charges?

We have similarly and, with arguably more danger, behaved in a similar manner with the tyrant in Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Our behavior was most notable in how we responded to the street protests in Tehran after the bogus elections, reinstalling Ahmadinejad as president of an aspiring rogue nuclear nation. When we had the opportunity to side with those protesting and, in some cases, risking life and or imprisonment for liberty, we responded with either silence or the lame, we are “impressed by the vigorous debate and enthusiasm this election generated.” The protestors said it best when they chanted in the streets,”Obama, Obama, you are either with us or with them,”. Alas, it was clear by the silence that President Barack Obama threw away centuries of siding with freedom fighters to stand by the corrupt, tyrannical, Islamic Iranian regime. Are you proud? How can we face our children and grandchildren and say yes, we are Americans and this is our country and what we stand for? Do you feel safe? Do you think this bodes well for a safe future for our children and grandchildren?

There are many more examples in Mr. Limbaugh’s book of the way in which the Obama administration has made the world a much more dangerous place. I recommend it to you. It is not real cheery reading, but it is important.

Does any of this matter to Americans? Does it matter to us as Christians? Ultimately, you will have to decide for yourself, but is not an academic exercise. People’s lives will be affected by what we do, and by what our leaders do. I know that as I look into the next year and the next decade, and the future for Brayden and Gabriel, I know that I have much to pray for. Although Jesus is ultimately the only one who can bring real peace to an individual, it is important for our posterity and people all around the world that we pray for our leaders to lead well and it is important that we encourage those in authority over us to stand with those who pursue liberty vs. tyranny. Mr. Obama we call on you to stand up for freedom and liberty, both here and around the world. Do not appease the bullies but stand up to them. You were elected leader of the free world. We should not suffer dictators and tyrants.

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