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Mr. Obama Student of History
September 6, 2011
Remember when the masses came to see him? It was unprecedented. He said he could change the world. He promised all would be right with the world if we just listened to him. He gave us hope. Then the day came. They waited for the historical moment to happen. They were there by the thousands, even tens of thousands. They hung on his every word. And when someone asked how would they feed all these people? Mr. Obama said, “Just find a few fish and a couple loaves."
Ah, what a difference three years makes…but weren’t there signs so much earlier that this man was a false Messiah?
Let us go back in time to President Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech. When I first heard it I did one of those Flintstones triple takes with that "wadda, wadda, wadda" accompanying sound going on.
I’m no history professor so I couldn’t quite put my finger on some things that didn’t pass the smell test. But I knew when he got to this part of his speech we had trouble.
(And that starts with “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for “Pool”.)
As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. It was Islam…that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment.
Cue a Scooby-Doo-like “Huh?”
Then there was this eloquent sounding part to follow:
It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.
Hokey Dokey…where to begin?
Islam didn’t carry any light of learning no less pave the way for Europe’s Renaissance. Not in any history book I have ever read.
Muslims developed the order of algebra: Do you hear that obnoxious sound? That’s the You Are Wrong buzzer. Unfortunately, during our little exercise here, that is a sound you’re going to hear a whole boatload of times Mr. Obama.
The correct answer is: Ta da! It was the Greeks who “developed” algebra.
Muslims gave us the magnetic compass: There goes that buzzer! Wrong again!
The magnetic compass is an old Chinese invention probably developed sometime during the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.).
Tools of Navigation: Dang it, there goes that buzzer again! Wrong still another embarrassing time Mr. Obama! I definitely had to look this one up, but somehow I knew no one named Mohammad discovered navigational tools…and yeppers, I was right. Pesky thing history is. You can look it up…
The first Western civilization known to have developed the art of navigation at sea were the Phoenicians, about 4,000 years ago (c. 2000 B.C.E. ).
Phoenicians yes, Muslims? That’s a great big neg-a-tory.
Mastery of pens: OK – I’m going to give you this one Mr. Obama. The Egyptians did apparently have much to do with the invention of papyrus and then following that the first pen was made from a reed. The Greeks also had something very similar to papyrus and there is some thought that they came up with the first pen, but we’re going to give you a partial credit on this one. That’s the good news. The bad? The Egyptians discovered this implement in approximately 4000 B.C.
This happens to be long before the discovery of the Muslim religion. So it wasn’t Muslims who had any part in this discovery. Good effort though!
Printing: [grimaces] oh dear, our buzzer once again sounded. Darn it all. You were almost on a roll!
There was this thing called the printing press and the guy that gets the credit for that was not Muslim. He was German and his name was Johannes Gutenberg. I didn’t have to look that one up either. Kinda knew that from…what was it? 3rd grade history?
I jest…it was 4th grade…
And we all know how tolerant Muslims are towards Christians and Jews. Oh, and what about those Libian rebels? I hear tell they rounded up thousands of Africans, in Libya legally as immigrant workers are now cooling their heels in prison.
There were other blunders, oh so many more, in just that one “Don’t Worry the U.S. Is Really, Really Bad But I’m Here Now” Apology Tour speech alone. But isn’t the above enough evidence for even the most skeptical?
Here we are, three years or so later and we are going to _ell in a hand-basket as a country. All thanks to our history buff or as he likes to call himself, “Student of History.”
We probably have before us not one of the worst Presidents, but the worst president in our great American history. My only question remaining is, why are we even going to bother listening to more of his rhetoric this Thursday? Are we really expecting that the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again? Trust me, our dead economy won’t rise like Lazarus. Not with this guy at the helm using his Muslim made compass, navigational tools and his head up his…papyrus…