Skip to comments.P resident Obama: “Fundamentally Transforming” America?
Posted on 06/13/2014 5:49:28 PM PDT by Kaslin
Dr. Cornel West is a leading liberal public intellectual. He gave an interview to NewsOne immediately following the 2012 Election that was nothing if not provocative. Dr. West said he was happy Romney didnt win, but far from satisfied with the Obama record and especially with the just-ended presidential campaign:
So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problemsecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So its very sad. I mean, Im glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.
Say that again? If one of my conservative colleagues had dared to say anything remotely like that, he (or she) would have been charged with racism of the worst sort. Still, it is worth considering the merits of Cornel Wests argument.
Has President Obama really been so disappointing from a genuinely Left-wing perspective? I suggest he has not. Nor has he been incompetent, as so many of my conservative colleagues are charging. Most recently, some have raised the bar (or, perhaps, lowered it) by claiming that President Obamas administration is one of epic incompetence.
President Obama has seemingly floated above these charges, these criticisms Left and Right. He marches to the beat of a different drummer.
He shrugged off sharp criticism from the Clinton camp in 2008. Recall he raised the hackles of Bill and Hillary then by saying Ronald Reagan was a transformational President in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were not. The Clintons were enraged. But candidate Obama was exactly right. He was giving the Gipper a left-handed compliment, to be sure. He granted that Reagan had transformed American politicsbut in no way that he, Obama, would approve.
In fact, the Clintons and most of the Establishment media missed the real point of Mr. Obamas statement: He was promising liberal activists to be the kind of transformational President for the Left that Reagan was for conservatives.
And so he has been. His administration began by exercising control over the banks, insurance companies, and major automakers. All this was done in the name of pulling
the country out of its economic nosedive. Mr. Obamas Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers reassured worried corporate leaders that the administration was not going to nationalize everything, but only the commanding heights of the economy.
Austin Goolsby seemed blissfully unaware of the Marxian roots of that expression and that tactic. Apparently, it is getting harder to distinguish between classic Marxism and liberal thought in our Ivy League faculty lounges.
After passing a huge, $787 billion stimulus bill that failed to stimulate, Mr. Obama spent the next year driving through the takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been going through the throes of implementation ever since.
Millions of Americans feel like theyve been put on the rack. It is torture. Most of the media coverage has focused on the botched rollout of the www.healthcare.gov website.
The patient protection part of the 2,000-page opus is obviously false. Millions who had health coverage have lost it.
The affordable care part is likewise clearly false. For millions, the doctors they liked and the plans they could afford are suddenly out of reach.
From a political science perspective, however, that part of the Obama plan least commented upon is the last word in its title: Act. It is not an Act of Congress, at all.
What passes for ObamaCare today is not the bill that was rammed through both Houses of Congressusing Nancy Pelosis and Harry Reids most questionable tactics. It is not
the measure signed with great fanfare by President Obama in an East Room ceremony on March 23, 2010. (Yes, that was the august ceremony that Court Jester Joe Biden told us was a big f___ing deal!)
ObamaCare today is not even the challenged law that was adjudicated and narrowly upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. That was a dogs breakfast of a ruling, but even that is not the main point
ObamaCare as it is today is vastly different. It is an ongoing process. It is an administrative amoeba, constantly changing, growing, transforming itself--and us.
We no longer have laws, we have mandates.
There have been no fewer than 41 major changes to ObamaCare since its initial passage.
It is impossible to say today what ObamaCare will mandate tomorrow. But President Obama will nonetheless make tomorrows changes mandatory.
President Obama sacrificed much to get ObamaCare through Congress and the courts.
But from a fundamentally transformational point of view, it was all worth it.
Most Americans understand this. A recent poll showed that 56% of the American people believe the real purpose of the law is to control Americans lives. Smart people!
A hint of this could have been gleaned from the last-minute decision to toss an amendment onto the ObamaCare steamroller that would let the federal government take over college student loans.
What has this to do with health care? If you think ObamaCare was actually about health care, the answer is: nothing. College students are among the healthiest portions of the American public. And under Mr. Obamas legislation, they could stay on their parents plans until age 26.
But if you think ObamaCare is truly about controlling our lives, then the nationalization of college loans makes perfect sense. It completes the portfolio of the average American familys major debtshome mortgages, cars, health care, college tuition.
Henceforth, we Americans must look to Barack Obama for his help in each of these vital areas of our lives. That is, unless we repeal ObamaCare.
So, do not look to Americas retreat from the world, or to our obviously lowered profile in the international sphere as unintended by this administration. Creating a socialist republic here with a veneer of democratic legitimacy requires a lesser America on the world stage.
To President Obama, American Exceptionalism is exactly the problem. Ronald Reagans vision of America as A Shining City on a Hill is the source of this problem. America under Obama will become like Europelarge, placid, contented, cared for. Like a cow.
His bumper sticker said it all: Obama Cares.
He means to repeal Reagan. Thats why he needs greater flexibility toward Putins Russia. Thats why we will lead from behind, if at all. Focus inward, focus on bringing socialism to America. Thats what he means by a nation fundamentally transformed.
Dictatorships tend to do that.
And thus the first black President brought forth to this nation common core to fix all from the ground up.
"If only these miserable people
and their Constitutional system
had but a single neck."
He's now in his endgame, and he sees the time slipping away. Nothing will hold him back now, as he completes the destruction of the country he hates.
You know, I never considered race to be an issue in the past, but this piece of crap has demonstrated that was folly.
I simply no longer have any use for minorities. I won’t talk with them unless it is required, will no longer befriend them, certainly will not trust them ever again.
I think you are going too, too, far. There are lots of outstanding minorities of all races, Black, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, you name it. Unfortunately the people in this country voted for a muslim by the name of Barack Housain bin Obamination, an Islamic terrorist and socialist that’s determined to destroy a once proud and free nation.
Exactly. I lived near Obama in Chicago and saw him on a street corner in downtown Hyde Park outside a bank. He was calling for the bank to make equal loans to blacks regardless of credit. Pure communism.
I knew for day one it would be a bad day for America.
0bama’s next step is social unrest.
He has about 2 years to drive conservatives over the edge and provoke an armed conflict.
The standoff at the Bundy ranch may have been a test.
The flood of illegals may provoke armed citizens to defend our boarders were the Feds have failed.
I get the sense that this criminal anti-American administration is begging for a fight. An opportunity to pit the/his “government” against those that are true Americans.
If we fight back we will be painted as “right-wing” crazies. If we don’t fight back we will continue to lose our country.
0bama has nothing to lose either way.
Consider how Republicans are viewed in the press etc..
If there was just ONE scandal, we might be seen as rational. But there are a dozen or more scandals and as a result, we are seen as irrational partisans as we “complain” about virtually everything.
This is not going to end well.
I agree. I think Obama is probably really surprised that the “right wing extremists” haven’t started trouble. He keeps pushing, and pushing and pushing, and still there is no uprising. I think it must be very frustrating for him.
But he’s got time. He’ll make sure it happens.
There’s an old concept that I think was attributed to Stalin at some point.
“When you push your sword into your enemy and you hit a barrier, retreat. If you don’t hit anything, keep pushing”
As I typed this I have to think it was originally from Sun Tzu.
Keep an eye out for a false flag type of event.
A dimrat operative who starts something where the regime and their media responds harshly.
I don’t put anything past these people.
I wonder if We the People have enough “American Exceptionalism” to impeach, convict and imprison the slimy sonofabitch that is trashing the Presidency and the White House?
“America under Obama will become like Europelarge, placid, contented, cared for. Like a cow.”
I don’t think that is how things are headed. I think we will wish it were like that because it will be so much worse.
Cornell West is NOT a leading liberal intellectual. He is a hardcore marxist and has been for decades, esp. as a leader of the marxist Democratic Socialists of America.
He has sponsored many communist fronts of the Communist Party USA, DSA and the Workers World Party. It’s all out there, esp. on the internet and in books.
Try www.keywiki.org and www.DiscovertheNetwork. org, as well as Trevor Loudon’s massive books, “The Enemies Within” 2011, and 2013 (Marxists, Socialists and Progressive in the US Congress), www.pacificfreedomfoundtion.org.
West is slick like a snake oil salesman. But he’s a red.
Don’t let Obama’s poison poison you.
Every person deserves to be judged based on their actions and not their skin color. There are honest honorable people from every walk of life.
The REAL problem is, you are probably right.
But, we should!
I first joined the military when I was 16 in 1955 not much use for someone like me. Kids today are 10 time stronger and smarter than I ever was, and that is all sides not just ours.
I don’t believe kids today are 10 times smarter than we were at their age; THEY think they are!
I should have said Combat wise not smarter
I really don’t know about that — I’m 73, and probably not qualified to comment.
I am 75 so.......
Maybe neither of us is qualified to comment?