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The Big O

is not my hero. And I didn’t need him or Hillary Clinton to make me proud to be American or hopeful about opportunities here.

Forgive me. I must rain on the milestone-gushing parade.

We don’t need faux pioneers like Hillary Clinton. In her 2000 book, The Hillary Trap, Laura Ingraham wrote of Hillary Clinton: “If you think Hillary Clinton is a pioneer, if you think Hillary is a political genius, if you think Hillary is an innovator, you have been drawn into one big Clinton con job.” Ingraham wrote, “She wanted to be seen as the strong, assertive, mature feminist, but she advocated policies that were guaranteed to keep women as dependent on government, unions, and even the United Nations — as she was on Bill.”

We don’t need faux pioneers like Barack Obama. Tell me he’s a pioneer when he meets with Ward Connerly and embraces his Civil Rights Initiative movement, a successful effort to undo the damage big-government patronizing has done to civil rights. Tell me he’s a pioneer when he talks about the importance of the damage the welfare state has done in urban America, to the family. Tell me he’s a pioneer when he talks about protecting marriage. Tell me he’s a pioneer when he talks about the effects of abortion on blacks in America.

Americans need to be confident in American greatness — with its exceptional promise and opportunities. Hope is here, it’s not contingent on an Obama win in November. We need leaders who share this confidence — leaders who don’t need Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to make them believe.

I rant, but I wish I could get a little of this vibe from John McCain. As George Will reminds us, we need that.  

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