Obama remakes Amer­ica in his im­age

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Jef­frey. T Kuh­ner

Pres­i­dent Obama has suc­ceeded in trans­form­ing Amer­ica. The con­sti­tu­tional repub­lic is dead. A so­cial­ist em­pire has been born. This is the true mean­ing — and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance — of the Nov. 6 elec­tion.

From the out­set of his pres­i­dency, Mr. Obama vowed to be a “trans­for­ma­tive” leader. His re-elec­tion shows that he has achieved his pri­mary goal: Erect­ing a Euro­pean so­cial democ­racy.

By any ob­jec­tive mea­sure, his first term has been a colos­sal fail­ure. His sig­na­ture leg­isla­tive achieve­ments — the eco­nomic stim­u­lus, Oba­macare — are un­pop­u­lar. Un­em­ploy­ment has re­mained chron­i­cally high. Eco­nomic growth is sput­ter­ing. The re­cov­ery is ane­mic. In­fla­tion is ris­ing. He has presided over mul­ti­ple, con­sec­u­tive tril­lion-dol­lar plus bud­get deficits. He has amassed over $5 tril­lion in debt. The na­tional debt is above $16 tril­lion — a stag­ger­ing amount that threat­ens our eco­nomic se­cu­rity. We are slid­ing to­ward Greece and im­pend­ing bank­ruptcy. Yet, the elec­torate re­warded him with an­other term.

Why? The an­swer is sim­ple and omi­nous: Be­cause over half the pop­u­la­tion — 50 per­cent plus one — now are de­pen­dent upon gov­ern­ment ben­e­fits. For the past four years, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has cre­ated a Franco-Ger­man wel­fare state, whose sole pur­pose is to forge a ma­jor­ity po­lit­i­cal coali­tion wed­ded to the Demo­cratic Party. The stim­u­lus, the health­care over­haul, the redi­rect­ing of fi­nan­cial re­sources to the in­ner cities, the ex­plo­sion in Amer­i­cans on food stamps and wel­fare, the mas­sive spend­ing in­creases in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture and agri­cul­ture, the green en­ergy boon­dog­gles, the bailouts of the auto in­dus­try, the con­tra­cep­tive man­date, the fed­eral fund­ing of abor­tion, sup­port for ho­mo­sex­ual mar­riage, and push­ing amnesty for il­le­gal aliens — all of these mea­sures di­rectly bought off key lib­eral con­stituen­cies, such as unions, pub­lic sec­tor work­ers, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists, blacks, His­pan­ics, fem­i­nists and the LGBT community.

In short, Amer­ica has been frac­tured into two nations: the tax pro­duc­ers and the tax con­sumers, the givers and the tak­ers, those who gen­er­ate the wealth and those who ex­ploit it. Mr. Obama has now peeled off the larger chunk. The pro­duc­tive classes are be­ing har­nessed into sub­si­diz­ing the non-pro­duc­tive el­e­ments. Statism and sex trumps en­trepreneur­ship and self-re­liance.

Con­trary to myth, lib­er­al­ism is not a po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy but a pseudo-re­li­gion — or rather, it is a sub­sti­tute for tra­di­tional re­li­gion. It is driven by emo­tion, sym­bol­ism, ir­ra­tional­ity and blind, in­tense faith. Its Holy Trin­ity is race, class and gen­der. Its church is the Demo­cratic Party. And its sav­ior — its sec­u­lar mes­siah — is Mr. Obama. He has fos­tered a cult of per­son­al­ity com­mon among left­ist rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. De­spite bla­tant fail­ures, he is not held ac­count­able by his sup­port­ers. Like Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trot­sky, Fidel Cas­tro or Hugo Chavez, Mr. Obama is never blamed by his ide­o­log­i­cal fol­low­ers for any mis­takes or mis­deeds; it is al­ways some­one else’s fault — es­pe­cially, for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush. Oba­maites have one ever-present bo­gey­man: Mr. Bush. He is the Amer­i­can left’s Devil.

More­over, this ex­plains Mr. Obama’s strat­egy — play­ing the race card, the re­lent­less at­tacks on “mil­lion­aires and bil­lion­aires,” and the phony claims of a GOP “war on women.” The only real war is the Democrats‘ cease­less as­sault upon tra­di­tional Amer­ica. Mr. Obama is prac­tic­ing the old pol­icy of di­vide and con­quer. His aim is to splin­ter and po­lar­ize so­ci­ety in the ruth­less pur­suit of power.

The path is now clear for Mr. Obama’s com­plete trans­for­ma­tion of Amer­ica. He has ad­mit­ted that the key to his re­elec­tion was the huge His­panic turnout. He plans to re­pay the fa­vor by push­ing amnesty for nearly 12 to 20 mil­lion il­le­gal im­mi­grants. The New York Times re­ports that Mr. Obama con­sid­ers “com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion re­form” to be his first pri­or­ity in a sec­ond term. The rea­son is ob­vi­ous: Grant­ing amnesty would per­ma­nently shift the elec­toral map in fa­vor of the Democrats. Piv­otal states with large il­le­gal pop­u­la­tions, such as Texas, Ari­zona, Florida, Ohio and Penn­syl­va­nia, would be­come deep blue. It would en­sure na­tional one-party Demo­cratic rule for gen­er­a­tions.

The last line of de­fense is the Repub­li­can-con­trolled House. The Se­nate re­mains firmly in Demo­cratic hands. Mr. Obama will re­shape the Supreme Court, as he fills in­evitable up­com­ing va­can­cies. The es­tab­lish­ment me­dia is his lapdog. Hol­ly­wood backs him. The pop­u­lar cul­ture idol­izes him. Al­most ev­ery ma­jor in­sti­tu­tion is fall­ing un­der his influence.

The pres­i­dent has shown noth­ing but con­tempt for the Con­sti­tu­tion.

He is re­mak­ing Amer­ica in his own im­age. Can Republicans stop him? If not, there will be no re­turn from Obama’s Amerika. Jef­frey T. Kuh­ner is a colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Times and the host of “The Kuh­ner Re­port” on Bos­ton’s AM-680 WRKO (www.wrko.com) from 6-9 am and 11 am-noon EST.

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