Depending on how you define success, President Obama is arguably the most wildly successful president in U.S. history. Historians will have a difficult challenge proving otherwise. Not only has he made good on his promise to fundamentally change America, but his efforts continue to thrive unabated. Obama’s “hope” was to “change” traditional American values, rewrite our glorious history and undermine the culture we share – mission accomplished. One would think that the abundance of corruption and lies should have been enough to derail his destructive efforts, but too many American citizens have mentally stepped aside, and his Republican opposition has failed to brake this high-speed train of change.
From the beginning, his goals were made easier by a destructive mix of distraction and ignorance among the voters, and by the pass given Obama by a biased media. And now our country is spinning out of control as if the very axis of the earth has been altered.
Obama’s dizzying number of policies dictated by executive orders and/or rammed through Congress have had a debilitating effect on life in America. Per the majority decision of our activist Supreme Court, your most intimate and private medical history once shared with only your doctor is no more. As the President said, “Obamacare is here to stay. Get used to it”. Medical records and advice once solely in the hands of your physician are now in the clutches of unseen, unknown government employees and their easily-hacked hard drives. Insurance premiums cost more, deductibles are skyrocketing by 20 to 35% or more, and services are notably diminished. The White House brags that Obamacare enrollment is rising. More and more people are signing up, they say; but what they don’t tell you is that private insurance can hardly meet the demands of Obamacare, causing widespread cancellations. So how will this massive Obama entitlement of socialized health care be paid for? The same way as Amtrak and virtually every other liberal endeavor: by robbing Peter to pay Paul.
The White House touts a low unemployment rate of 5.5%. Sounds impressive – except when one realizes that the Department of Labor no longer counts the 93 million Americans out of the workforce. The real unemployment number hovers at nearly 12%. Yet with so many of our fellow citizens underemployed or not at all employed, our porous borders allow illegals or “undocumented immigrants” (or whatever the latest liberal term is for those breaking our immigration laws) to usurp jobs Americans need. Only lower taxation and less government interference will fuel our economy and vastly increase job opportunities for all, but this practical common sense is rejected by the White House and the Democratic Party which wins elections by spreading freebies and encouraging government dependence, as opposed to freeing those who seek self-reliance and independence.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner in the Oval Office has also succeeded in throwing our national security and foreign policy into a dangerous state of affairs, perhaps the most dangerous ever. At one time, American foreign policy had clear red lines that our ardent enemies thought twice about crossing. But today they pursue their interests with little respect for this President. Putin rolled into the Ukraine, China is constructing military bases in the South China Sea, and Iran is spinning 19,000 centrifuges well on their way to nuclear weaponry as our negotiators collapse to the mullahs’ demands. As we celebrated our country’s Independence this past weekend,we were alerted to possible ISIS terror attacks on our homeland. Only a short time ago, Barack Obama referred to this worldwide Islamic terror threat as merely the “JV Team.” Today we are reopening our embassy in Cuba and probably tomorrow in Tehran. Yet this White House refuses to open an embassy in the capital of Israel, the only pro-American, stable democracy in the Middle East.
The pride of the South, the Confederate Flag, is accused of inspiring a horrific murder by a lone despicable racist; and so now, reruns of a silly 30-year-old TV comedy featuring the flag in a few frames of film are canceled, as if that politically correct gesture will somehow cure racism. Political correctness has also been wielded as a weapon to drive Christian bakers into bankruptcy.
And what could be better proof that Obama has succeeded in fundamentally changing America than this past week as we witnessed the banning of the Ten Commandments display in Oklahoma on the same day that the White House was lit up in rainbow colors celebrating the Supreme Court’s affirmation of same-sex marriage?
The Presidential election of 2016 cannot arrive soon enough, along with a a chance to reverse the downward spiral of the past six years intentionally navigated by the Obama administration. We need leaders who clearly understand that his kind of success is, for the rest of us, a colossal failure.
William Pollack is a Memphis, TN media entrepreneur and freelance commentator.