The Corner

Obama v. Britain

From Arthur Herman’s piece in the NY Post (linked in the web briefing):

Perhaps the president simply believes some other nation should replace Britain as our closest friend. (For a while, the Clinton administration meant to put Germany ahead of the UK.) Or perhaps Obama has a different view of the special relationship – one held by the likes of his onetime mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

These critics don’t see a legacy of freedom going back to Magna Carta. They see a historical procession of self-serving white males. And Churchill is not the man who singlehandedly stood up against Hitler and who warned us all about the Soviet Union’s iron curtain, but a white supremacist.

In this view (which also sees an America steeped in racism, colonialism and greed, rather than a nation dedicated to the proposition of liberty under law), there is no need to preserve any precious British-born legacy.

At times, of course, both the United States and the United Kingdom have fallen short of their shared ideals. But taken together their shows how the idea of liberty empowers human beings to resist and overthrow tyranny with a force unequaled in history.