Rush Limbaugh, America’s most listened to talk show host for almost 30 years, welcomed the Obama presidency with four words: “I hope he fails.”
Having been asked by a major publication to state his perspective on Obama’s inauguration in 400 words, Rush emphasized he did not want America to fail but rather the ideology Barack Obama espouses.
Almost 8 years ago, scores of Americans were jubilant that we actually put a black American in the White House. Multitudes celebrated. History was made.
While I relished the thought of an African-American as President or Vice-President (Ben Carson or Condi Rice?), I never voted for Obama and had very strong reservations about him. I remember once standing outside his Senate office in Washington, DC and pondering, “Who is this man?”
His study of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” (dedicated to Lucifer); his association with unrepentant terrorists Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn; Islamic upbringing;
long-term involvement in Jeremiah Wright’s controversial, liberal church; and, his meteoric ascendancy in a political party no longer resembling that of my parents and John F. Kennedy, all concerned me greatly.
On his inauguration day, I recall coming home from a speaking engagement and sitting down to watch the ceremony with my wife. I also remember my dearest friend of decades excusing himself saying sadly, “I’m sorry. I can’t bear to watch this.”
Newly elected President Barack Obama heralded the beginning of what he called, “the transformation of America.” Now, almost 8 years later, we need to face the reality of his work.
“Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?”
In the presidential debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in 1980, Mr. Reagan posed the above question to the American people. We reflected and admitted with deep regret our almost “unpardonable sin” of putting Carter in the Oval Office.
In Carter’s own words, we were in a “crisis of confidence.” Inflation had skyrocketed to 12%. Interest rates were at an unbelievable 22%. Iran held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days and Carter’s rescue attempt failed miserably. We faced serious gas shortages and the “Misery Index” hit an all-time high of almost 22%!
When people finally cut through the fog of Washington “spin” after being jolted by Reagan’s challenge, we finally awoke to what was happening to our nation. Citizens went to the polls and elected Ronald Reagan in an electoral landslide of 489-49!
Now let’s ask ourselves, blowing aside the smoke-and-mirrors, spin and subterfuge (which is even more sophisticated today), are we really better off than we were eight years ago?
I believe I could present a convincing case listing at least 10 major areas where President Obama has taken our nation seriously, and quite possibly irretrievably, off track. Let’s examine two.
Two Disasters We’d Have Avoided if Obama Wasn’t Elected
1. Constitutional Collapse
Abraham Lincoln told us, “America will never be destroyed from outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
In 1787 when our Founding Fathers left Independence Hall in Philadelphia with the foundational document that multitudes believe is the divinely- inspired U.S. Constitution, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin was asked by a certain Mrs. Powell, “Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?”
Franklin’s documented response: “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”
I believe President Obama’s leadership, characterized by lawlessness, deceitfulness and disrespect for the Constitution, has fostered an environment promoting tyranny and ongoing loss of religious freedom, especially through the courts. The future of the republic is truly in grave danger.
Gathering with over 1000 Conservative leaders in New York recently for a conversation with one of the presidential candidates, Dr. James Dobson said the most serious issue facing us today in America is tyranny reflected in ongoing erosion of religious freedom.
Increasingly the Supreme Court and other courts are becoming merely a rubberstamp, echo chamber for the President in the executive branch. Defiance of and
reinterpretation of our United States Constitution is an alarming development.
This week’s SCOTUS ruling striking down Texas law protecting the health of women and babies in abortion clinics is “today’s” example. Get ready for safety and health standards to now come down nationwide! “Yesterday’s” was the one homosexual judge striking down the will of over thirteen and a half million who voted in California’s Prop 8 referendum to uphold traditional marriage. It happens all the time!
Thomas Jefferson warned us to guard against tyranny like the British monarchy. Ted Cruz campaigned vigorously regarding our need to protect our Constitution and not succumb to rogue judicial activism.
Here’s the deal: This is a real and present danger exploding under Obama’s presidency and through his example. This fundamental “transformation” can destroy the United States of America as we’ve known it and the next president may appoint two or three Supreme Court judges to either advance or block this trend.
Currently 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner tells us, “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, yes, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its amendments, and its implications.” He goes on to state “The original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th) do not speak to us today.”
I believe if Barack Obama had not been elected, this precarious situation would have been averted.
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