From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines
It is about duty; defending the flag; and fighting for "right and freedom" anywhere "we could take a gun." It is brash, unapologetic, and in your face. It is about American exceptionalism--U.S. Marines guarding the streets of Heaven--and certainly not about helping NGOs "empower feminist networks."
It celebrates the courage of honor, and the honor of courage.
This great Hymn popped into my mind while thinking about Obama's foreign policy. In this second decade of the 21st century, as we survey the scene "From the Halls of Montezuma, To the Shores of Tripoli" we see the polar opposite of the traits celebrated in the old "Marines Hymn." We see silliness, deception, delusions, cowardice, weakness, and lies. We also see people, foreign and American, killed for no morally justifiable reason because of the behavior of our President and his political, bureaucratic, and media acolytes.
For American liberals, especially the ones who dominate our government, foreign countries are just places to play out their political delusions, just mere extensions of the domestic arena. We saw it in the 1970s, when they gleefully watched the people of South Vietnam fall to the totalitarians of the North, just "to stick" it to the conservatives. We saw it in the 1980s, when they wanted Central America to go communist in order to "stick it" to Reagan and Bush.
In Mexico, we have a country and a people under assault from some of the most vicious, well-funded, and organized criminals on the planet. Tens-of-thousands of Mexicans have been slaughtered by drug cartels who are turning the great nation of Mexico into a giant "no-go" zone. The liberal loons who took over the DOJ under Obama and former campus radical Holder saw Mexico's horror as a chance to crack down on US gun owners. They would have the ATF sell guns by the thousands--"Operation Fast and Furious"-- to the cartels and blame it on US gun shows and gun stores in furtherance of the false argument that "the drugs flow north, and the guns flow south." Life would imitate Hollywood movies; life would conform to the liberal version. Most of us believe what we see, the liberals see what they believe. They would get us to "see" guns going south by making sure they did go south. This would generate demands for new anti-gun laws and treaties. That will show those red neck, Tea Party, Republican reptiles!
The end result? Carnage. Hundreds of Mexicans murdered, including children and teenagers, by the guns slipped across the border by the ATF. To "stick it" to the conservatives at home, the liberals declared war on the people of Mexico, and in the process managed to get at least two US federal agents murdered. Obama, the great defender of Latinos, the man who gets 75% of their vote, had a deliberate policy that resulted in hundreds of Mexicans murdered. He asserted executive privilege to stifle Congressional investigators, relied on the echo chamber media to try to pour the whole putrid mess back into the jug as it began to leak out, and falsely accused his predecessor of having initiated the operation. In one of the greatest acts of betrayal since Jewish leaders refused to criticize FDR for his inaction on the Nazi death camps, the Government of Mexico and Hispanic leaders, always quick to find anti-Hispanic bias anywhere, remained docilely supportive of Obama and his henchmen.
In the Middle East and in Libya, in particular, we saw the liberal delusions play out again. The liberals, upset with Reagan and Bush, wanted to punish those in the region who had supported Reagan and Bush. Push out Mubarak; get rid of Qaddafi; denigrate and insult Netanyahu and Israel; minimize the threat from Iran.
The end result? Carnage. Assaults on our embassies. Mass murder, including of our diplomats. Strengthening of the once nearly defeated Al Qaeda brand. Iran emboldened. The West in retreat. An arc of instability from Tunisia to Indonesia which includes nations with nuclear or near-nuclear capabilities. The White House response? To lie and continue to propagate the idiotic delusions that got us into this mess in the first place. They insisted that the murdering raping mobs we saw on the streets of the Middle East were the harbingers of an Arab Spring; in the endearing and enduring words used by the pathetic hack Ambassador Susan Rice when discussing the thugs who murdered our diplomats in Libya, they were just "folks" who at times get a little out of hand when they hear of offensive videos on the internet. They didn't really mean it when they called for and carried out burnings of churches, murders of Christians, and beheadings of apostates. Just a small group of "folks" outraged by (fill in the blank) and misunderstanding the true teachings of the "Religion of Peace," and who do not yet fully realize how much President Obama really, really likes them.
We have gone from the deadly seriousness of the Marines Hymn which promises our friends a hand and our enemies a punch in the face, to the deadly silliness of Obama which promises our friends at best nothing and our enemies a kiss on the butt. As the always patient American people catch on to the nature of the disaster in the White House, that White House talks about Big Bird, contraception, "Bin Laden is still dead,"and other trivia in a desperate attempt to hold on to power for another four years.
The Obamistas continue to insist that we disbelieve what we see, and that we see what they believe.
Time to turn them out and return to the spirit of the old Hymn.