Since it became clear he would be our 44th president, I have carefully studied Barack Obama. And let me tell you, he is no simple specimen. A well-studied orator, President Obama is a master of his own words. His intentions are easily lost in captivating speeches and eloquent explanations. So, to find my answers, I had to look beyond his flowing rhetoric.
I diligently examined his voting record and found a mixture of evidence. On one hand, his record is almost nonexistent. Only a United States Senator since 2005, Obama has only a small sample of votes to go by. Of the roughly 1300 bills that came through the senate since his swearing in, Obama missed 314 of them. This, though, is not uncommon for a presidential candidate. But, then again, most freshmen don’t run for Student Body President, either. On the days Obama did show up for class, he did little more than sheepishly raise a hand when his name was summoned at roll call. Not only a master of words, he is a master of neutrality.
But, through his vague words and lack of voting, it is clear that President Obama has lofty goals in mind. That became abundantly clear when he spoke to the Muslim world in Cairo last week. In a speech intended to appease world Muslims and end all holy wars, Obama slipped. He let the world too far into his mind. One simple statement offered a glimpse into that mind of the President, showing the observant public what he wants, what he believes, and what he will do. Not one time since his campaign was announced has Obama been so candid in his words.
‘Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail.’ With this one line, tucked in the middle of a broad message, Obama opened his soul to his constituency. Here, he told us that American exceptionalism is a false premise and will undoubtedly fail.
Barack Obama apparently believes that the United States is no better than the authoritarian dictatorships of Iran and North Korea. He sees capitalism, not as an advancement of human potential and individual liberty, but as an equally functional alternative to fascism or communism. While this does satisfy the elementary school notion of ‘nothing is better or worse, just different,’ it does run contrary to the mindset of most Americans.
Past presidents have promoted the idea that America is the greatest and most powerful nation on earth, and have taken steps to preserve that place. I believe that most Americans, even those who routinely degrade this country for its ‘flaws,’ fear the day we do not hold that status. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, at the core of most Americans is the fundamental belief that we are something special. Barack Obama simply does not share this belief. Of course, he would never say so. But, the echoes of his actions fill his hollow words.
Obama has affirmed that no country is, or deserves to be, better than another. Based on his first few months in office, he appears to be working hard to make that utopian ‘equality’ a 21st century reality. He has spent entire weeks touring the world, apologizing for America’s actions and downplaying its power and influence. Economically, he has multiplied the U.S. debt to China with breathtaking speed. He has printed currency like never before, setting the stage for a massive meltdown of the American dollar. He has thus furthered this ‘interdependency’ he spoke of, lessening the American control over world trade and currency.
On a domestic level, Obama’s statement in Cairo is telling of his general feelings toward capitalism. Stating that the elevation of any group of people over another ‘will inevitably fail’ displays Obama’s lack of confidence in a free market system, hence his socialist leanings. His tax and spend policies echo those of socialist Europe, rather than the democratic principles of our own Constitution. He has villianized the wealthy, implying that their status is failure of capitalism, rather than a product of their ingenuity and work ethic. He believes that the poor are poor because they are victims of the system.
President Obama bases his domestic and foreign policies on simple ‘fairness.’ That would all be well and good if everyone bought in, but they don’t. The world is not fair. There are evil people who cannot be talked down. There are good people who can’t change a thing. There are people who have more than they deserve. There are people who have less than they deserve. Barack Obama, in his arrogance and naiveté, somehow believes he can change that fact of life in a 4-8 year sprint.
In his Cairo speech, Obama confirmed what I had long suspected. That he considers capitalism an enemy of utopian, ‘fair’ society, where rich get richer and poor get poorer. Despite the fact that he is ‘rich’ (after being poor) and is a product of a capitalist society, our current president believes that socialism is a more ‘fair’ societal system. Obama, in addition, has conveyed his animosity toward general American exceptionalism. He would have the United States pay reparations for its ‘transgressions’ while other nations, many with evil aspirations, flourish and thrive.
But, I never thought I would see the day that the American President would be actively campaigning against the principles that built this country. The guilt-driven policies of Barack Obama are destroying America’s place in the world and weakening its influence. His political and social ‘fairness’ is not only unachievable, but utterly absurd in today’s world. Collectivist utopias of communism and socialism are routine failures because they contradict human nature. Voluntary disarmament, diplomacy among dictators, and other efforts to equalize nations have never succeeded because we don’t think or believe the same things.
What Obama doesn’t seem to understand is that America is what it is today because we fought for what is ours. We promoted our interests, just like other nations work to promote theirs. It’s not unfair, it’s life. Capitalism works the same way. All people vying for their own self-interests create a functioning society, which has lasted longer than any collectivist system. These principles are at the core of America and are shared by most all Americans.
From what he’s displayed in his first few months in office, Barack Obama fundamentally disagrees with much of what America stands for and thinks he can make it right. Years of university brainwashing have seemingly convinced him that all things can and will be equal. More astoundingly, he is naïve enough to believe he can make that happen. If any American wants to believe that this country is the evil of the world and its greatness must be compromised to ensure a ‘fair’ society, fine. But that individual has no business anywhere near the Oval Office.