What on earth would make previously-thought conservative Brit, Daniel Hannan, burst our bubble and tell us he supported Barack Obama, or remind those who did know, more than a year later?
Karen at The Lonely Conservative has a shorter and pithier rant than mine. I know, I do go on.
Hannan doesn’t like Obama’s foreign policy. He didn’t like the offensive gifts to Queen Elizabeth or returning the historic bust of Winston Churchill on the second day Barack took office, but those were “minor irritants,” he says. He didn’t mention Michelle’s inappropriate cardigan at Buckingham Palace, or her shocking (to Queen Elizabeth) hug of the reigning Royal.
No, he is troubled about the dangerous foreign policy, unknown in any other modern day American administration:
…the Obama administration is backing Peronist Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands, or as Obama’s people call them, “the Malvinas.” British troops were the only sizable contingent to support the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have fought alongside America in most of the conflicts of the past hundred years. Yet when the chips are down, Obama lines up with Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega against us.
It has alienated Israel and India. It has even managed to fall out with Canada over its “Buy American” rules and its decision to drill in disputed Arctic waters. Never has there been a worse time to be a US ally.
No one denies that Obama was dealt a rotten economic hand; but he has played it ineptly. His policies are serving to make his country poorer, and less free and less respected. And that is a problem for all of us.
Well, yes, Mr. Hannan – he had no foreign policy experience. Running the streets of Chicago is a bit different than running the U.S. We conservatives knew it. We thought you were of similar mind.
Hot Air pointed out that Hannan feels good about Obama’s commitment to school choice. I said “What?” Hot Air said,” huh?” Now that’s a stunner. Hannan didn’t pay attention in 2008, and isn’t paying attention now unless it affects his own country:
In February 2009, one month after infiltrating the Oval Office, the Wall Street Journal muses:
So we’ll be curious to see how he handles the dismaying attempt by Democrats in Congress to crush education choice for 1,700 poor kids in the District of Columbia.
The answer came in May of the same year. Obama provided the vouchers for the 1,716 students already in the Washington D.C. program, and will allow them all to finish through graduation, but that’s the end.
No more children in disadvantaged areas, attending miserable excuses for schools, will receive vouchers or grants as long as Barack Obama has a say – including the students wanting to enter his own daughters’ school, the prestigeous Sidwell Friends. None of that riff-raff sitting side-by-side the Obama girls.
We can we forgive the New York Sun for believing Obama
on the campaign trail in February 2008, even though he had already promised the National Education Association (NEA) he would not support vouchers. After all, BO was handsome, spoke so beautifully, had a mouthful of pearly whites, and a long history of lying through them – but in those early days, who knew?
He [Obama] said he was astonished to learn that a voucher program in Milwaukee had never been tested in a longitudinal study to find out whether it had helped children or not. “If there was any argument for vouchers it was, all right, let’s see if this experiment works, and then if it does, whatever my preconceptions, my attitude is you do what works for the kids,” Mr. Obama said.
Did Hannan know anything about Obama’s failed leadership of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge
? How he scammed millions, at least $50 million – maybe $110 million, from deserving schools and funneled it to Flag-stomping, Weather Underground terrorist, Bill Ayers?
Does he know that funds were used for ethnic studies, leaving white children to flounder, with grants going to the South Shore African Village Collaborative
to celebrate Juneteenth, while The Chicago Algebra Project request for a grant was rejected. The District 5 Math Initiative request for a grant was also rejected. It goes on and on.
Daniel Hannan is a financial genius. He “gets” the pounds sterling and the U.S. dollars. He understands redistributing wealth, and sees it happening in his own country. He doesn’t like it. He doesn’t understand Obama’s willingness to turn over the Falkland Islands to Argentina, even though the people are happy being a part of the U.K., and have been for over 175 years.
Now Hannan can understand how we feel. Obama doesn’t discriminate. He takes land, including national forests, 80 miles from the U.S. Mexico border, and turns it over to Mexican
drug thugs and smugglers, bandits, rapists, human traffickers, pedophiles and murders, as happened today, Hannan’s disgust doesn’t come close to mine/ours.