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"It matters not where he was born; this man is deeply and fiercely alien to the American tradition. He thinks ordinary Americans "cling" to Gods and guns because we are "bitter." He believes we should "redistribute the wealth." He thinks cops are "stupid" for politely asking a Harvard professor to show proof of residence when a neighbor reported a burglary in progress. He thinks that if Congress doesn't immediately do his bidding, he can ignore the Constitution because he supposedly has a superceding need to"act." He thinks government has a right to tell people when they have made "too much money." He is an alien menace," – Quin Hillyer, American Spectator

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"Instead of being a merit society, we’re an entitlement society, where government’s role is to take from some to give to others. What I know is that if [President Obama and the Democrats] do that, they’ll substitute envy for ambition. And they’ll poison the very spirit of America and keep us from being one nation under God," – Mitt Romney

Why has it not been more noticed that Romney has been the crudest, nastiest McCarthyite in this race so far? Only Santorum comes close, with his statement of the president involved in “absolutely un-American activities," to this deranged analysis of Obama's handling of the Green Revolution:

We sided with evil because our president believes our enemies are legitimately aggrieved and thus we have no standing to intervene.

We sided with the opposition but because they asked us not to give a propaganda coup to the regime, we did so without grandstanding. But notice that Santorum has all but accused the president of "siding with evil", with the enemies of the United States. This is an accusation of treason. It appears that it will be a central plank in the GOP platform this fall – and Romney has spearheaded the charge.

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"Barack Obama suffers from an inherent policy contradiction, especially in foreign affairs. On the one hand, as a leftist he despises the United States and sees it as a force for ill in the world. On the other, as president, is judged by how well the country fares during his tenure. Logically, he cannot reconcile the contradiction of these two imperatives: If he wants to be reelected and celebrated as a great leader, he has to forward American interests; but if he wants to implement his preferred policies, he subverts the country and fouls his nest. Ideology vs. interests — this leftist conundrum goes far to explain why Obama’s leftist comrades despise his time in office," – Daniel Pipes, NRO.

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"Well, no one is asking him to go out there and asking him to be a jingoistic cheerleader. But when you call your own country 'lazy' when you are abroad and you call it unambitious and soft when you're home, I think what you are showing is not tough love, but ill-concealed contempt," – Charles Krauthammer, Fox News. Chait explains how Krauthammer wrenches Obama out of context. I notice that he also said on Fox that Obama spent

$1 trillion on the stimulus which increased unemployment

He knows this causation is nonsense. It was not $1 trillion, and it prevented unemployment being far worse in the short term. Criticize it on its long term effects, but please. This is partisan propaganda.

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"I do not believe [Obama] represents American values. One of our American values is: America is an exceptional country. He appears to want to try and apologize for that. Americans hate that. They hate that. It’s not that Americans feel arrogant but the opportunities that people have in this country, the standard of living that people have in this country, is exceptional. Our military capability, it’s exceptional. It’s weaker now, but it’s exceptional. That’s a huge American value. That same attitude is what started this country. And it appears as if he is trying to diminish and mitigate that. So from that standpoint he doesn’t represent American values," – Herman Cain, in an interview with Israeli right-wing tabloid Israel Hayom.

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"[Obama] believes in using government, as well as his bully pulpit, to bludgeon those who excel in business and commerce. They need to punished, targeted, and marginalized. The fact that this is contrary to prosperity and flourishing matters hardly at all. To find this sentiment in a university professor would be predictable. To find it in an American president is quite rare – and quite pernicious as well," – Pete Wehner, Commentary.

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by Chris Bodenner

"Mr. Obama did not explicitly run on an anti-exceptionalism platform. Yet once he was elected it became clear that his idea of how and where to apply presidential power was shaped precisely by this brand of [post-'60s] liberalism. There was his devotion to big government, his passion for redistribution, and his scolding and scapegoating of Wall Street—as if his mandate was somehow to overcome, or at least subdue, American capitalism itself. 

Anti-exceptionalism has clearly shaped his "leading from behind" profile abroad—an offer of self-effacement to offset the presumed American evil of swaggering cowboyism. Once in office his "hope and change" campaign slogan came to look like the "hope" of overcoming American exceptionalism and "change" away from it. 

So, in Mr. Obama, America gained a president with ambivalence, if not some antipathy, toward the singular greatness of the nation he had been elected to lead," – Shelby Steele, author of the Von Hoffman-esque A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win (2007). It's disheartening to see someone who once wrote this amazing cover story go off the deep end.

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"I emphatically agree with Messrs. Limbaugh and Sowell about this president's attitude toward America as it exists and as the Founding Fathers intended it. That is why my own answer to the question, "What Happened to Obama?" is that nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind," – Norman Podhoretz.

If the Obama of his dreams did not exist, he would have to invent him. And so he did. This column could have been written at any point in the last forty years against anyone with whom this fanatic disagreed. The "anti-American" label is essentially a claim of treason.

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"We saw within a few days that this President was going to be heavy-handed, he was going to implement his agenda and pay back his political allies, and it just went on from there to ObamaCare and then to Dodd-Frank. It has been the most anti-business and I consider anti-American administration in my lifetime. Things that are just so anathema to the principles of freedom, and everything he has come up with centralizes more power in Washington, creates more socialist-style, collectivist policies. This president is doing something that’s so far out of the realm of anything Republicans ever did wrong, it’s hard to even imagine," – Senator Jim DeMint.