The following thought was quoted by David Feith, in a recent The Wall Street Journal op-ed, from a 1975 Daniel Patrick Moynihan essay called “The United States in Opposition.” Moynihan’s essay was published just before the Democrat became the US Ambassador to the UN.
It is time, that is, that the American spokesman came to be feared in international forums for the truths he might tel. The point is to differentiate, and to turn their own standards against regimes for the moment too much preoccupied with causing difficulties for others, mainly the United States…. Such a reversal of roles would be painful to American spokesmen, but it could be liberating also. It is past time we ceased to apologize for an imperfect democracy. Find its equal.”
It seems that, over the last five years, President Barack Obama has…differentiated…significantly from his Better.