Patriotism is so yesterday

By Tom Quiner


The president announces Bo Bergdahl’s recovery in a Rose Garden ceremony

Bo Bergdahl is worse than a traitor.

This is based on the army’s rarely used “misbehavior before the enemy” charges against Bergdahl. They are really throwing the book at the disgraced soldier.

Here is what is strange about this story: the president knew Bo Bergdahl wasn’t a patriot.

And yet he swapped not one, not two, but five Islamic terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo for one, America-hating sergeant.

In March, the U.S. Army charged Mr. Bergdahl with desertion. The charges were just upgraded, describing his behavior as grotesquely dishonorable.

No one is surprised.

After all, the Associated Press reported on the story some five years ago about an internal Pentagon investigation that found “incontrovertible” evidence that Bergdahl deserted his post.

Even more, some of Bergdahl’s letters to his father were uncovered with damning exchanges like these:

√ “the title of U.S. soldier is just the lie of fools,”

√ that he was “ashamed to even be american,”

√ “the future is too good to waste on lies” …

… to which his father responded, “OBEY YOUR CONSCIENCE!”

The Army completed their investigation before last year’s elections. Of course, the findings, which make the president and his party look bad to America-loving voters, were withheld from the public until after the midterm elections.

Once again, another Obama coup turned out to be a con.

Here is what amazes. The president knew Bergdahl wasn’t a patriot, and yet announced the 5 for 1 swap with fanfare and a grand Rose Garden press conference, complete with Bergdahl’s teary parents standing on each side.

The president made himself look like the big man by feting a man he knew to be a traitor.

While this was all going on, the president refused to lift a finger for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a marine imprisoned in a Mexican jail.

Sgt. Tahmooressi ran afoul of the Mexican authorities by inadvertently driving across the border with guns in his vehicle. The Mexican police pulled him over and arrested him. He was mistreated some eight months in the Mexican prison, eventually gaining release thanks to a PR campaign waged by Fox News, but no thanks to the president.

Why would President Obama go to the mat for a traitor?

Why wouldn’t he lift a finger for a Second Amendment-loving marine?

I think back to something President Obama said a few years ago:

“I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

In other words, the president believes exceptionalism is in the eyes of the beholder. It is a subjective, not an objective, measurement according to Barack Obama.

We’re really no better than anyone else, goes the thinking.

With that in mind, you can understand the president’s attitude:

get over your love affair with patriotism.


  1. parrillaturi on September 17, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    As a veteran, I abhor this guy’s behavior. I won’t call him Sgt. He doesn’t deserve the title. Now his commanding officer says that no one was killed in attempts to rescue him. In other words, he is calling the soldiers who have indicated that some of their brothers died, liars. Way to go, pentagon. Protect the traitor, but defame the heroes.

    • quinersdiner on September 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Everything about this situation is so unsavory.

  2. oarubio on September 17, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    The emperor feted the Traitor because even he is a better person than Obama.

    • quinersdiner on September 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      I won’t go that far, Tony … and you know how hard it is for me to disagree with a Rubio!

    • encourage the faithful on September 17, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      I would go so far as to say that the emperor IS the traitor and the soldier is a parental failure. Sometimes children take a generation to grow up and others continue in such iniquitous sin that arrested development ensures they don’t grow into adulthood at all.

  3. encourage the faithful on September 17, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    This is what I think, Tom. Why is it that there are so few faithful Christians in high places who are willing to call a spade a spade? Don’t Christians (especially Catholics) understand at all the transcendence of the human person? Let me explain. Nothing is done by anyone without God’s knowledge and permission. A person makes decisions based on what his conscience and his will allow. Do we not see the spiritual warfare in the evil choices men and women make? Perhaps if we didn’t have so many effete people representing, us the truth could be known.

    Judas Iscariot had to fulfill his destiny, which of course was the betrayal of our Lord and Savior. Does it really take a Rhodes Scholar to know that Barack Obama has infected, beyond human intervention, the mores of the elected and the electorate? We have an effeminate president elected by a corrupt Democratic Party machine. Does it not make sense that Barack Obama makes choices, from his conscience and his will, to fulfill a destiny that is wicked? There is something sinister going on in this administration, in Congress and in the judiciary that is unprecedented in modern times. There has been no course correction since Obama has been president. Can’t we possibly intuit, using faith and reason, that this isn’t business as usual; that it is not just a few bad decisions? Can’t we see that in these times the truth is being exchanged for lies? Doesn’t the Bible give us plenty of warning about the precursors to the one anti-Christ?

    Tom, this is the time of disorientation that we have been repeatedly warned about. Any discussion about what Barack Obama has done that defies reason (the vagaries of his administration and his sycophants) has to include, in my opinion, a Biblical correlation. There is no other explanation.

    • quinersdiner on September 18, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I’m not sure I can go as far as you on this one, Barbie. There have been claims of an anti-Christ down through the centuries. I do agree that the truth is being exchanged for lies, and I do agree totally the Catholic laity and hierarchy have been passive in the face of such an all-out assault on our belief system. I always appreciate your insights, which make me think. Come again soon!

      • encourage the faithful on September 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

        Just to clarify, Tom (when I write so much at one time I can even confuse myself, lol!). I did not mean to imply that Barack Obama is THE anti-Christ. Just that he is one of the precursors. The Book of Revelation speaks about this in several passages but especially here:

        9 Here is a clue* for one who has wisdom. The seven heads represent seven hills upon which the woman sits. They also represent seven kings:10 five have already fallen, one still lives, and the last has not yet come,* and when he comes he must remain only a short while.11 The beast* that existed once but exists no longer is an eighth king, but really belongs to the seven and is headed for destruction.12 The ten horns that you saw represent ten kings who have not yet been crowned;*they will receive royal authority along with the beast for one hour.13 They are of one mind and will give their power and authority to the beast.14 They will fight with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and king of kings, and those with him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:9-14

        • quinersdiner on September 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

          Thanks for the clarification. Revelations is rich with symbolism. As a side note, one of the most interesting books I’ve read on the last book of the Bible is by Catholic convert, Scott Hahn, called “The Lamb’s Supper.” He suggests that the symbolism of Revelations has much to do with the Mass itself. Worth a read.

      • encourage the faithful on September 18, 2015 at 11:56 am

        Tom, Scott Hahn is almost too deep in Scripture for me. I have listened to his talks for hours and hours and I do love how he reveals more of Christ to me. I get so drawn in to his exegesis, so uplifted, that it sometimes makes me swoon. It is a very disconcerting feeling, so much so that I purposely avoid reading his work these days. I am told that I am too much out of this world already, lol! You are right to suggest it, though, because he has a gift.

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  5. pray2christ on September 18, 2015 at 2:51 am

    A Judas of the present time!