America: Who Loves Ya, Baby?

By Phil Erwin

Rudy Giuliani

Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Way back in the Dark Ages, circa the 1970’s there was an unlikely hero-cop type running around television’s “New York”, sporting a very bald pate, a very New York attitude and a very silly candy sucker. The character was Kojak, the actor was Telly Savalas. Every episode, Savalas would pull the sucker out, mug for the camera and ask: “Who loves ya, Baby?”

A few days ago, Rudy Giuliani might have borrowed Savalas’ signature line to ask: “Who loves ya, America?”   His own rhetorical response would have been: Not Barack Obama.

Here is what Giuliani actually said: “I do not believe that [Obama] loves America… He wasn’t brought up the way [we] were brought up, through love of this country.”

For that remark, and his subsequent explanations of it, Giuliani has received ridicule, scorn, the “racist” label and no end of excoriation from the hyper-Liberal media. They had the proverbial field day with it. Not really surprising, since Giuliani is considered a possible Republican contender for President, and many revere him for his handling of the 9/11 crisis and aftermath. (And how the Liberal media loves to excoriate respected Republicans!) So it was not surprising; but it was revealing – of just how unfair and biased the media are; of how little they seek to understand before they criticize.

Let’s consider Giuliani’s remark more carefully than the media did:

To begin with, Mayor Giuliani is an expressive guy, and he comes by it rightfully: He’s of Italian descent (an ethnic group not known for hiding their emotions); he grew up in New York (a hodgepodge of ethnic groups, none of which are known for hiding their emotions); and he had the misfortune of being both resident and mayor of New York on 9/11/2001, the day when the nation discovered there were people in the world who really, really don’t “love us, Baby.”

It was, of course, the nation’s great fortune that Giuliani was the mayor. It is universally recognized that he did an astonishing, and heroic, job pulling that city through those tough days, and weeks, and months. Years later, many in the city still carry the emotional scars of being on what proved to be the first real “front line” of the War on Terror. And none have more right to feel those scars than Giuliani, who lost friends, co-workers, employees, supporters, constituents and the option to sit back and do nothing, all in the same moments.

The rest of us could grieve in disbelief. Giuliani had to act.

So I think it is fair to say that Giuliani has earned the right to be emotional about his city, his people, his country – and about terrorism.

What of Barack Obama, the object of Giuliani’s patriot concern? What does he have to say about his feelings for the nation?

Perhaps Obama’s most telling public remark came five days before he was first elected President, when he said this: “We’re five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America!

I’m not the first to point out that you don’t generally want to “fundamentally transform” that of which you approve (a less emotion-packed way of saying you “love.”) So one might reasonably presume that Obama, when he uttered those words, was admitting that he fundamentally disapproved of America.

Then there’s the fact that his wife said, repeatedly, that “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.” Why? Because there was change coming! She was proud, not of the country she grew up in, but of the country she saw coming.

Do you think the Obamas might have shared that sentiment?

Now, reasonable people would be perfectly willing to accept that two intelligent Black people, growing up in an America struggling to leave racial discrimination behind, might look forward to a different time; a different country. Why wouldn’t they?

But then there’s this: Giuliani was spot-on about Obama’s non-traditional upbringing. His parents and grandparents were certainly “familiar” with far-Leftist influences; and Obama’s developmental teen years were highly influenced by a “mentor” relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed Communist. So to suggest that Obama did not have a typical, flag-waving, tractor-driving, apple-pie upbringing is hardly an unwarranted stretch.

And what did Obama do when he first took on the Presidency? (I’m very, very tempted to say “…when he first ascended to the throne.”)   Let’s see. He went on his “apology tour,” and informed the world that America had been arrogant, and caused a lot of worldly grief. He went to Saudi Arabia and bowed down to the King there, a serious breach of diplomatic protocol (kinda like what he just berated both Speaker Boehner and Israel’s Netanyahu for!) He went to Venezuela and palled around with Hugo Chavez, a brutal dictator and serious Communist, who gave Obama a book about why one should hate America. And he unilaterally cancelled a missile defense shield meant to protect Eastern Europe from, let’s say, non-Democratic incursions.

More recently, his Presidential escapades have included re-establishing diplomatic ties with Castro’s regime (another brutal Communist dictator, whom many Cuban expats wish dead); and signaling, “Tell Vladimir that I’ll be more flexible after my re-election,” after which he did absolutely nothing to deter Russia’s brutal Communist dictator Putin from annexing (stealing) Eastern Europe’s Crimean peninsula; and now is doing absolutely nothing as Putin invades other parts of the Ukraine (still part of now non-shielded Eastern Europe) – These latter points despite the fact that America is obligated by diplomatic pact to protect the sovereignty of Ukraine.

And of course Obama seems Hell-bent on opening our southern border to – Well, to whomever shows up on our national doorstep. With or without weapons.

Do you get the feeling that the America Obama wants to leave behind him is not the America you grew up in?

I think he wants to leave an America that is weak, broke, disillusioned, unimportant on the world stage, vulnerable to her enemies, overrun by non-Americans; an American ship that is badly damaged, taking on water and unable to get the bilge pumps started.

It seems to me that Barack Obama seeks to sabotage America’s ship of State.

And he’s doing a damn fine job of it.

But why? Why would Obama want to weaken America?

Well… Consider this excerpt from Obama’s own book, Dreams of my Father, in which his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, tells his stepson about a man who killed (the emphasis is my own):

“Why was the man killed? The one you saw?”

“Because he was weak.”

“That’s all?”

Lolo shrugged and rolled his pants leg down. “That’s usually enough. Men take advantage of weakness in other men. They’re just like countries in that way. The strong man takes the weak man’s land. He makes the weak man work in his fields… Better to be strong… If you can’t be strong, be clever and make peace with someone who’s strong.

So. Putin is universally considered a strong Communist dictator. Chavez is known as a strong Communist dictator. Castro has survived decades as a hated, but strong, Communist dictator.

And Obama is universally considered to be clever.


 If Giuliani was suggesting that Obama might be a less-than-loving patriot, I challenge you to find anything in Obama’s policies that actually prove Giuliani wrong.

Go ahead. Think of something.

Just try.


Phil Erwin is an author, IT administrator and registered Independent living in Newbury Park. He sometimes wishes he could support Democrat ideals, but he has a visceral hatred for Lies and Damn Lies, and is none too fond of Statistics. If his writing depresses you, he recommends you visit Chip Bok’s site for a more lighthearted perspective.

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