I've been critical of President Obama's policies on government spending, bailouts, taxation, government takeover of health care, cap and tax energy policies, the sanctity of life, and bowing to foreign leaders.
While I didn't fault him for getting the Nobel Peace Prize, I'll admit that I thought it was absurd that he was awarded the storied honor not because he had done something, but because of what he might do in the future.
But his speech in Oslo this week to accept the award was one for which all Americans should be grateful. The fact that some in the audience and others in the left-wing fringe back home hated the speech probably is good indication that it was a reasonable and rational explanation for why sometimes war is a necessary act of a just and decent nation to fight tyranny.
The president spoke thoughtfully and forcefully to the fact that with some bullies and thugs, there is nothing to negotiate. The proper response to evil is to stop it — not to discuss it, debate it, or deliberate it.
President Obama rightly pointed out that Hitler couldn't be stopped by having dialogue and neither can Al Qaeda. No one likes war and the ones asked to actually fight it like it the least. But there is a glaring misunderstanding of what it means to be a person of peace.
Jesus is often quoted as having said "Blessed are the peacemakers." There are those who interpret those words to mean that Jesus opposed all forms of war. But Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers," not the peace-lovers.
We all like peace, but sometimes the only way to attain it is to forcefully stop those who violate the rights of others.
Barack Obama spoke like a president this week and, just as importantly, he didn't speak words that his audience necessarily wanted to hear. Some of his critics said his speech was no different than a speech that George W. Bush would have given. It may be that when it comes to standing against the evil of radical Islamic jihad terrorism, the truth is the truth. What President Obama said showed insight into the reality of the threat we face with Islamic terrorists; and what he said showed courage and clarity.
Republicans have an obligation to oppose policies that we feel fundamentally hurt the nation, but have an equal obligation to support those policies that are right.
I'll be relentless in trying to urge my fellow Americans to stand against the runaway spending, debt, government intrusion into health care and small businesses, but tonight I give credit where it's due.
Mr. President, thanks for telling it like it is in Oslo. Now that you're back home, let's see that same clarity on some domestic issues.
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