Many Americans who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 now ask: ‘what has happened to him?’ Former supporters from the left suggest that he has betrayed the principles of socialism that they so fervently share. Former voters from the right suggest that he campaigned as a centrist but has performed as a leftist. Former voters from the black community suggest that he was elected to elevate blacks into preferred economic and social status and that he has shown no desire so to do.
The truth is that most of those now-traumatized voters paid insufficient attention to the 2008 presidential elections, and too little effort to tracking Barack Obama’s political history, and therefore relied on unreliable indicators to identify Barack Obama’s position in political space . Barack Obama is performing exactly as any intelligent and thoughtful voter would expect from his past record. He is delivering exactly what he promised to do. And what this President is delivering is a tragedy for this once great nation.
When someone who is wealthy campaigns as though he is personally impoverished, one knows that he is a hypocrite. When a black isolates himself from his own kind and lives in almost entirely white communities, one knows that he does not identify with his own race. When an American demonstrates consistently anti-American rhetoric, one knows that he will not stand firm on American ideals. When a young aspiring politician mixes with former domestic terrorists (Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohn), with American haters ( The Reverend Jeremiah Wright), and with anti-Semites (Rashid Khalidi), one does not expect him to perform as a George Washington or a Ronald Reagan all-American hero. When a U.S. Senator votes to the left of all his colleagues, one does not expect him to produce laissez-faire economic policies. When an aspiring president shows no previous record of fighting on any principle other than those that enhance his personal advancement, one should not expect him to fight for policies that do not easily bring forth Congressional majorities.
A constitutional republic cannot long survive when its People become intellectually lazy and overly-complacent. Barack Obama should never have come close to accessing the White House given clear signals of what he offered the nation. That he did so is because many careless individuals voted expressively in favor of a perceived black Messiah destined to carry the nation to an unattainable Utopia.
Well, dystopia is what they deserved and dystopia is what they have received. As Americans reflect backwards on the era of the Great Moderation (1984-2000) – if they reflect at all on such matters – they should compare life then with life now. And they will surely conclude that they were much better off then than they are today. In the meantime, the black Messiah is having a whale of a time living it up with limousine liberals, on the taxpayers’ dime, in a gated property, on an exclusive Liberal Democrat island safely off the coast of Massachusetts.
Barack and Michelle Obama? Think Juan and Eva Peron.
The United States in the early twenty-first century? Think Argentina in the mid- twentieth century.
The projected slide? Top Tier to Third Tier status within a short decade of collectivism.