John Sununu raised a bit of a stink yesterday with his remark that the President needs to learn to be an American:

Sununu has apologized, but I think he had it exactly right. Barack Obama is not a genuine American.

This has nothing to do with where he was born. I will reiterate again–I believe Barack Obama was born in the United States. But Barack Obama was not raised in an American culture. That is not a matter of opinion, that is a matter of fact. He was an adopted son of an Indonesian muslim and lived in Indonesia, where he was known as Barry.

He did not grow up saying the pledge of allegiance in class at the start of each school day. He was not taught American history of any type until he reached middle school in Hawaii.

Barack Hussein Obama consistently aligned himself with most radical elements in American society–Bill Ayers, an extreme leftist who admitted to participating in attacks on U.S. Government facilities, and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who freely damns and condemns America.

Real Americans, regardless of ethnic origin, understand that this country was created by men and women who sailed to America looking for religious freedom and economic opportunity. And yes, African slaves were brought here against their will, but the bulk of what is America was built by immigrants pursuing a dream.

Most of my ancestors showed up in the late 1600s and early 1700s. They did not have a Government Nanny waiting for them at the dock to hand out checks, housing, food and clothing. These men and women had to rely on themselves and their intellect. In the course of working to build a new society in America, they did pay taxes to create services. The fact that they paid money to build roads and infrastructure simply means that they were willing to give part of their wealth to help others. Public infrastructure does benefit everyone regardless of how much they contributed.

But just because Government builds something with your tax dollars does not mean they are doing you a great favor. You don’t have to thank the Grocer for selling you groceries after you’ve paid the money. That’s what they are supposed to do.

Barack Obama does not understand this kind of world. He is not an American at heart. He does not celebrate the pioneer spirit that led folks like Daniel Boone and his sister, my great grandmother, to move to the wilderness of Kentucky and then Missouri. They did not have a Home Depot or Loews readily at hand. No McDonald’s or Burger King. They had to grow their own food and provide for themselves.

It is one thing to acknowledge that when families and friends work together they can achieve great things. But that’s not what Barack Obama was saying. He was dismissing as foolishness the notion that anyone could build a business. He genuinely believes that anyone who succeeds in building a better mousetrap and making money by selling to the public got there because of the Government and public infrastructure.

That is un-American. That is the mentality of communists and socialists. Communists and socialists believe in the collective. The individual is irrelevant. That conflict was at the heart of our Revolution in 1776. As Thomas Jefferson penned so eloquently, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, …”

An “unalienable right” is something no man or government has a right to take away from another.

Barack Obama’s vision of America is a country that has stolen land from Indians and raped the world through Capitalism. In his simplistic, authoritarian world, just having a road in front of your house ensures your success. But any thinking, sane American knows that is pure crap. Just because there is a road and public water and sewers and lights does not ensure a business will be successful. The success of a restaurant, for example, hinges on the talent of the Chef and the service of the staff. If you serve shitty food and have a shitty attitude you will not stay in business.

It is only when you do not have a choice and the Government dictates where and what you will eat that the power of the market disappears. That is what is at the center of Obama’s un-American world view.

Yes. Obama is not a genuine American.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.