*Obama Speech to UN General Assembly: Americans Must Give Up their Freedom!*

By Onan Coca <http://constitution.com/author/onancoca> September 22, 2016

* “We have to put our money where our mouths are. And we can only realize
the promise of this institution’s founding to replace the ravages of war
with cooperation if powerful nations like my own accept constraints.
Sometimes I’m criticized in my own country for professing a belief in
international norms and multilateral institutions, but I’m convinced in the
long run giving up some freedom of action, not giving up our ability to
protect ourselves or pursue our core interests but binding ourselves to
international rules, over the long-term, enhances our security.”* —
President Barack Obama

*President Barack Obama may have just delivered the most disturbing speech
given by a sitting US president.*

Over the course of a 5,000 word diatribe, he bragged about his many failures
“successes,” complained about his political opponents, recognized that
capitalism is the reason the world has come as far as it has, before
arguing for an *end* to free markets, cheered the fall of communism, before
calling for *more* socialism, and argued for greater freedom before saying
that we must all give up some of our freedoms for the betterment of the

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*Obama told the audience that he believes global security can be
achieved with the help of international institutions like the U.N. In his
remarks, Obama said “powerful nations” like the United States will have to
accept constraints and give up some of their freedom. *

The president acknowledged that he has been criticized by his own citizens
for this belief, but that he remains convinced he is right. Obama also
stated that, while countries will have to accept some limits on their
freedom, they should not give up the right to defend themselves.

To call it a “paradoxical” speech would be too kind. It was schizophrenic,
full of blind idealism that ignored reality and the laws of physics. This
speech, perhaps better than any before, perfectly epitomizes the
foolishness, thoughtlessness, and sheer ignorance that is the Obama era of
American politics.

Watch it for yourself and be amazed at the alternate reality that President
Obama apparently lives in.

President Obama’s Full Speech to the UN General Assembly:

Partial Transcript (See full transcript at the White House website

*…Let me recount the progress that we’ve made these last eight years.*

*From the depths of the greatest financial crisis of our time, we
coordinated our response to avoid further catastrophe and return the global
economy to growth.  We’ve taken away terrorist safe havens, strengthened
the nonproliferation regime, resolved the Iranian nuclear issue through
diplomacy.  We opened relations with Cuba, helped Colombia end Latin
America’s longest war, and we welcome a democratically elected leader of
Myanmar to this Assembly.  Our assistance is helping people feed
themselves, care for the sick, power communities across Africa, and promote
models of development rather than dependence.  And we have made
international institutions like the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund more representative, while establishing a framework to
protect our planet from the ravages of climate change.*

*This is important work.  It has made a real difference in the lives of our
people.  And it could not have happened had we not worked together.  And
yet, around the globe we are seeing the same forces of global integration
that have made us interdependent also expose deep fault lines in the
existing international order. *

*We see it in the headlines every day.  Around the world, refugees flow
across borders in flight from brutal conflict.  Financial disruptions
continue to weigh upon our workers and entire communities.  Across vast
swaths of the Middle East, basic security, basic order has broken down.  We
see too many governments muzzling journalists, and quashing dissent, and
censoring the flow of information.  Terrorist networks use social media to
prey upon the minds of our youth, endangering open societies and spurring
anger against innocent immigrants and Muslims.  Powerful nations contest
the constraints placed on them by international law.*

*This is the paradox that defines our world today.  A quarter century after
the end of the Cold War, the world is by many measures less violent and
more prosperous than ever before, and yet our societies are filled with
uncertainty, and unease, and strife.  Despite enormous progress, as people
lose trust in institutions, governing becomes more difficult and tensions
between nations become more quick to surface.*

*And so I believe that at this moment we all face a choice. We can choose
to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration.  Or we
can retreat into a world sharply divided, and ultimately in conflict, along
age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion.*

*I want to suggest to you today that we must go forward, and not backward.
I believe that as imperfect as they are, the principles of open markets and
accountable governance, of democracy and human rights and international law
that we have forged remain the firmest foundation for human progress in
this century.  I make this argument not based on theory or ideology, but on
facts — facts that all too often, we forget in the immediacy of current
events. *

*Here’s the most important fact:  The integration of our global economy has
made life better for billions of men, women and children.  Over the last 25
years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut from
nearly 40 percent of humanity to under 10 percent.  That’s unprecedented.
And it’s not an abstraction.  It means children have enough to eat; mothers
don’t die in childbirth… *

*I say all this not to whitewash the challenges we face, or to suggest
complacency.  Rather, I believe that we need to acknowledge these
achievements in order to summon the confidence to carry this progress
forward and to make sure that we do not abandon those very things that have
delivered this progress.*

*In order to move forward, though, we do have to acknowledge that the
existing path to global integration requires a course correction.  As too
often, those trumpeting the benefits of globalization have ignored
inequality within and among nations; have ignored the enduring appeal of
ethnic and sectarian identities; have left international institutions
ill-equipped, underfunded, under-resourced, in order to handle
transnational challenges.*

*And as these real problems have been neglected, alternative visions of the
world have pressed forward both in the wealthiest countries and in the
poorest:  Religious fundamentalism; the politics of ethnicity, or tribe, or
sect; aggressive nationalism; a crude populism — sometimes from the far
left, but more often from the far right — which seeks to restore what they
believe was a better, simpler age free of outside contamination.*

*We cannot dismiss these visions.  They are powerful.  They reflect
dissatisfaction among too many of our citizens.  I do not believe those
visions can deliver security or prosperity over the long term, but I do
believe that these visions fail to recognize, at a very basic level, our
common humanity.  Moreover, I believe that the acceleration of travel and
technology and telecommunications — together with a global economy that
depends on a global supply chain — makes it self-defeating ultimately for
those who seek to reverse this progress.  Today, a nation ringed by walls
would only imprison itself.*

*So the answer cannot be a simple rejection of global integration.
Instead, we must work together to make sure the benefits of such
integration are broadly shared, and that the disruptions — economic,
political, and cultural — that are caused by integration are squarely
addressed.  This is not the place for a detailed policy blueprint, but let
me offer in broad strokes those areas where I believe we must do better

*It starts with making the global economy work better for all people and
not just for those at the top.  While open markets, capitalism have raised
standards of living around the globe, globalization combined with rapid
progress and technology has also weakened the position of workers and their
ability to secure a decent wage…  *

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