Having made my post in praise of Obama's impact on perceptions of the U.S., I now have a whole slate of reasons regarding some of his poor choices.
- Why is it that some on the Left think being tolerant means limiting the liberty of others? This is evident in certain restrictions on speech deemed offensive to different religious groups. I avoid offending people over religion whenever possible (pretty much always), but the impact of our country supporting laws that restrict free speech sets a dangerous precedent. I do not want the government determining whether my views are inappropriate, outside of the traditional restrictions on speech that have existed since before the founding.
- The United States should always stand for liberty, and side with those who would expand it. Our recent dealings with oppressive regimes do not provide a strong sense that we intend to do so.
- Obama isn't the first president who has faced difficult foreign policy questions upon assuming the office. Victor Davis Hanson makes reference to Harry Truman, and hopes Obama will be more like him than a spiritual successor to Jimmy Carter.
- Obama is no "uniter." He is more openly critical of the preceding administration than any president in memory. It does not help him appeal to the significant portion of the population that happens to like the last administration, notwithstanding its fault.
- Politics as usual continues in the Obama administration.