To the Democratic Party, and specifically those of you responsible for shaping federal policies over the last seven years and our cultural institutions over a far longer time…
You’ve succeeded beyond your wildest dreams in your efforts to, as the front man for your current operation called it, “fundamentally transform America.” It’s been seven years with said front man in charge, and those of us not in on your game are staring slack-jawed at what you’ve made of this country.
When Barack Obama was first running for president, he cited the great Ronald Reagan, the most successful of modern American presidents and the principal hero of today’s Republican Party (which is problematic, seeing as though the man has been dead for two decades, but that’s a subject for a future column), as his principal role model. Many misunderstood what Obama was saying in promoting Reagan thus; they expected that to mean Obama wanted rapid economic growth, peace through strength, and an eight-year celebratory revival of American culture and society.
As we’ve seen, that’s not what Obama and his fellow travelers had in mind. Rather, Obama wanted to be for the Left what Reagan was for the Right; the embodiment of political strength and leadership demeanor.
In this, Obama has succeeded. Future Democrat presidents will attempt, with futility, to match Obama’s policy achievements. None will manage to so forcefully establish his or her party’s identity and brand. He is the Reagan of the Democratic Party, and for the next three decades or longer his party will pine for another vessel of Hope and Change such as he.
But if Obama is the epitome of the Left’s political dreams, we now know America is no better at socialism than is Greece or Venezuela. In nearly every way imaginable, our society is in deep decline — and in nearly each of those ways the decline has come thanks to bad leftist policy and persistent leftist cultural aggression.
Was there any more compelling reason for Obama’s 2008 election outside of a desire on the part of mostly white America to transcend the racial tensions of the past and exorcise those demons? Where are we now after seven years of Reverend Wright, the New Black Panthers, beer summits, Eric Holder, Trayvon, Ferguson, Baltimore, and Dylann Roof? More Americans believe race is a larger problem after seven years of Obama than disagree. But while there will always be dead-ender white trash like Roof, Obama and his allies have brought the rise of militant anti-white racists, who will be with us for the foreseeable future with their #BlackLivesMatter hashtags and their La Raza agitation.
Our economy? Destroyed. Obama’s America prospers haltingly, if at all — not a surprise given his boast early in his presidency that he would outlaw the business cycle. The Democratic Party formerly seethed at Reagan for his allusions to welfare Cadillacs; now, after seven years of a leftist president, some 93 million of us don’t even bother to seek employment. Our people increasingly think the American Dream is a bad joke, and barely half of us even think capitalism is worth having. The number of businesses extant in America has declined every year since Obama was first elected, and those still alive make a practice of refusing to grow. No wonder that consistent 3-4 percent GDP growth, taken for granted in previous recoveries, now seems fanciful.
Obama continues to boast that America’s standing in the world has improved under his watch, but he cannot point to a single concrete example proving that claim. He has all but destroyed NATO, China now emerges as a hegemon in the western Pacific, he admits defeating the rag-tag jihadist caliphate is a “generational” struggle (largely because he refuses to recognize the proper role of guns and bombs in winning a violent ideological argument), under his watch Latin America from Mexico to Ecuador has become a collection of failed and failing states, Africa has devolved into mayhem and murder as the principal front in the global jihad, and he sits powerless by as Iran hurtles toward leadership in a new Middle East nuclear arms race.
Our future? Militarily we’re weaker now than we were before World War II began, and our president seems more interested in sex changes for our soldiers — giving a new meaning to “private parts” — than in maintaining our naval strength. That weakness is undoubtedly provocative; just ask Vladimir Putin, Khamenei, and the Chinese. And when the balloon rises, so does the specter of our now $18 trillion national debt. How to finance a coming major war when we’re already mortgaged to the hilt? The answer is it can’t be done, meaning American weakness is locked in. In fact, thanks to the president and his fellow social engineers our decline isn’t just reflected in geopolitics but on our border. We’re being colonized by the Third World, both thanks to our own policies — see the result of our refugee resettlement efforts in Somali Minneapolis — and lack thereof. When Donald Trump inartfully raises the question of immigrant criminality above and beyond the initial trespassing he is demonized as a racist, but few bother to ask why America has to accept criminal immigrants at all. That’s startling in the wake of the Kate Steinle murder at the San Francisco pier.
Our freedoms? Ask Aaron and Melissa Klein what they think of the state of our civil liberties, after an Oregon judge not only sanctioned the destruction of their wedding cake business but denied them the freedom to discuss their plight. Ask Brendan Eich, the former Mozilla CEO who committed the crime of writing a check to support organizations opposed to gay marriage. Ask any conservative attempting to ply a trade in Hollywood or academia. The Left’s cultural fascists have perfected the ability to silence their opposition without the use of jackboots and truncheons as in the past, though as we’ve seen an angry mob or a riot squad here and there is hardly out of the question. Next up will be the forfeiting of tax exemptions by churches — unless the Left is willing to make exceptions for those it deems “helpful” to the cause.
Little wonder, given the above, that the American mood is no longer the cheerful optimism of the Reagan years but a morose recognition of perhaps permanent decline.
That’s what Obama and his party have on offer. Decline and despondence. And if you’re not on his team, he demands that you get your mind right — as he lights the White House in rainbow colors and lectures Christians on faith and good works.
A few months ago, Scott Walker was embroiled in controversy surrounding former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comment at a private fundraiser for the Wisconsin governor that Obama’s patriotism was lacking. But patriotism boils down to a love of country and its people. Where is Obama’s love for any but his own partisan constituency? Where is that love from any on the Left?
Nowhere. If you’re not with them, you’re the Other. You’re the recipient of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. You will be worn down, demonized and liquidated — politically or otherwise.
We’ve known this for some time, of course. We’ve seen it in Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Newark, New Orleans, Cleveland — all the cities where urban socialists like Obama and his pals have permanently seized power. Now it’s the country at large under their thumbs, and one third of America tells pollsters it’s ready to decamp for the national suburb — wherever that might be.
In short, Obama’s America sucks. And it can’t continue. Change is coming.