In listening to Condi Rice’s speech, there was a particular passage that resonated with me and (in my furry opinion) perfectly encapsulates why America is flailing within, why the world is in relative chaos, and why the American and world economies are in tatters:
And we have seen — we have seen that the desire for liberty and freedom is, indeed, universal, as men and women in the Middle East rise up to seize it. Yet, the promise of the Arab spring is engulfed in uncertainty, internal strife, and hostile neighbors are challenging the young, fragile democracy of Iraq. Dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their people and threaten regional security. Russia and China prevent a response, and everyone asks, where does America stand?
Indeed — indeed, that is the question of the hour. Where does America stand? You see when friends or foes alike don’t know the answer to that question, unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place.
That seems to me to be true on so many levels. Whether we’re talking about liberty or economics or democracy or peace or free markets or religion, prosperity doesn’t take root in the shadow of danger and chaos. And what we have is a hostile government within and a passive America without. And from all appearances this is exactly what President Obama and the progressive left are deliberately trying to create.