The purpose of being an elected representative of the people is that you…..represent them. Whether it’s on a school board, city council, the statehouse, member of Congress, or the President of the United States, you represent the people.
So what good does it do when you want to represent the entire state of Georgia in the Senate and you insult those very same people by agreeing they’re like “arrogant teenagers?”
In an interview with the Macon Telegraph editorial board, David Perdue was asked if the United States are like “arrogant teenagers” of the world and Perdue said, “Absolutely.”
Seriously? It got better (worse actually) when Perdue proclaimed, “The rest of the world gets it.”
Not only is he insulting his fellow Georgians, he’s poking a stick at the American people in general.
For whatever reason, there are people who are taken aback by the idea of celebrating American exceptionalism. Alexis de Tocqueville first used the term to describe this country and he was right. It was true then and it’s true now.
It’s not arrogant to discuss the United States in that context. It’s just a reflection of reality, contrary to what the rest of the world thinks.
David Perdue should know better.
His comments are similar to the attitude of President Obama. Here’s a segment of a speech he made in France in 2009:
So we must be honest with ourselves. In recent years we’ve allowed our Alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there’s something more that has crept into our relationship. In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
The question of course is, “Where has that attitude taken us?”
- The Middle East is in shambles.
- Iraq is about to be lost to a terrorist group (ISIS) that is even more extreme than Al Qaeda.
- Our standing in the world has been diminished greatly with Obama’s failed leadership.
The evidence of what Obama’s foreign policy has wrought is reflected in recent polling data. In the latest CBS/New York Times poll, Obama’s approval on foreign policy was 36%. His approval on his handling of the situation in Iraq is 37%. The President’s approval on foreign policy in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is 37%.
Does David Perdue really want to be associated with that?
If one wants to represent the state of Georgia in the Senate and the United States, that person should be prepared to be an advocate for American exceptionalism, not a detractor.