Before you can answer the question “What is the European perspective of the United States” you need to ask “Which Europeans?”.  Those who lived behind the infamous Iron Curtain have a very different view from those that were never trodden into de facto poverty under the Marxist Socialist Soviet boot.  They see where we are going because they have been that route.  Thanks to the PowerLine here is a sample of a common view from Eastern Europe.

An editorial from the Czech newspaper Prager Zeitungon:

The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency.  It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.  The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America.  Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.  The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool.  It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.

This sentiment is nowhere to be found in countries like Germany, France or Spain.  If you have been there and suffered it, you know it when you see it.  If you haven’t, you don’t.


Sing along now,

Gimme that old time secession,

Gimme that old time secession, (louder)

Gimme that old time secession,

It was good enuf for the Founders and Silas,

It was good enuf for the Founders and Silas, (everyone now)

And it is good enough for me.

The whole idea seems radical, doesn’t it?  Ron Paul doesn’t think so.  He says the idea of citizens, now some from every state using petitions to appeal to the federal government “is as American as apple pie and George Washington.  The founders believed in it, there’s no prohibition in the Constitution against secession,”

The petitions are not an expression of a genuine wish to secede and break up the union.  No group loves a united America more than these signers.  The petitions are an alternative to a demonstration.  They are expressions of a serious grievance and a reminder to Washington that if Washington takes governance away from the people, the people have a way of taking it back.

The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence reads in part,

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

The president and his administration are radical, self-declared in effect by the president’s own words when he pledged to completely transform the nation.  Compare the president’s promise to the petitioner’s goal of returning the nation to adherence to the Constitution and the principles laid down by the Founder’s and then tell me, who are the radicals?




The Washington Post reported today that the president is considering appointing Sen. John Kerry to the post of Secretary of Defense.  My first reaction was one of disbelief.  I doubled checked the source; could I somehow have logged onto the National Enquirer by mistake?  It is not my nature to do “untils.”  I do not sit on flagpoles or refuse to eat until… whatever.  However, occasionally there comes a time for an exception in most anything.  RandomThots has always shown respect for the office of the President of the United States of America.  But this man has tarnished the office and is transforming the nation from the United States of America into the Disunited States of Something-Or-Other.  If the paper’s story proves to be accurate, the time will have come for an exception.  Unless and until we see a complete transformation of Barack Obama, he will be referred to in these pages as the president, not the President.

Other than the value of insult, pray tell exactly what qualifications does John Kerry have to be the head of the United States military?  And if insult is his purpose, why didn’t Obama pick Jane Fonda?  What’s next, Bill Ayers for Secretary of State?

Remember this?  The picture was taken right after Kerry made some disparaging characterization about our soldiers.  At least our troops have a good sense of humor.


This came in my email.  Sandy left me backlogged so I am not certain what post was referenced.  However the message is clear.  It is time for courage and reflection.  It is not time to give up.

“I’m on the road today, enroute to London for meetings with underwriters, so am using my iPhone. Since I haven’t figured out how to comment in Random Thots with this contraption (designed by a devout Socialist named Steve Jobs, I might add), I decided to send this comment directly to you.

Today’s message was especially well-timed. I know that most -if not all- of my conservative friends are more despondent and non-communicative than ever before. The Lindbaughs and Millers and Hannitys etc are all screaming “The end of the world is here!” and I’m too stubborn to join them as they jump off the cliff. Many of my friends are truly fearful to even send email comments – fearing the Obama KGB are collecting the data for a planned purge. Not me.

Anyway, I think your message today was enlightening.  It helped me take a deep breath and know that pulling historical messages into the forefront gives people the courage to do the same. I have faith that it is not time to surrender. In my mind, that time is never.”


About a year ago President Barack Obama was caught on an open mic saying to then Russian President Medvedev that he, Obama, would have more flexibility after the election.  What the Russian leader heard of course was – Russia will have more flexibility if Obama is re-elected.  And so they have.  And so has Iran, Syria, Libya, Egypt and the whole Muslim Middle East.

Fifty two Americans were held hostage for 444 days during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.  The day Reagan was sworn in replacing Carter as President, Saddam Hussein knew he had lost his flexibility and immediately released all hostages.  Less than a week after Obama’s re-election Syria launched rockets into Israel’s Golan Heights.  It is the same Golan Heights that Syria invaded and started the 7 Day War in 1967.  Now Assad knows all he has to fear is a demand from the U.S. that he stop annoying Israel and a request for negotiation.  America isn’t the only nation that lost the election; Israel lost too.


This story told by General Ritchie will make you feel proud of our military..