Revisiting Obama’s dream of Transforming America

Barb Wire

Does it seem that politicians’ words don’t appear to mean what they should mean?

What did you think Barack Obama meant when he promised before his election: “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Did you think he meant our foreign enemies would no longer fear us, and our allies would no longer trust us? Did you think he meant that one in seven of us would rely on the government for food stamps, compared with one in 50 in the 1970s? Or that 94 million working-age adults wouldn’t have jobs, a 38-year low in the labor participation rate?

When Obama criticized George W. Bush for “trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress,” did you think Obama meant to assume autocratic authority that makes Bush look restrained?

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Maybe you should have paid closer attention. Five months before Obama’s promise to transform America, his wife provided a few clues: “[W]e’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”

Can you say, “Mission accomplished”?

While considering fundamental changes, let’s consider President Obama’s idea of curbing mass murders with “commonsense gun laws.” Considering that U.S. cities with the most stringent gun laws also have the highest rates of gun murders, what could Obama really be suggesting?

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Mark Landsbaum
Mark Landsbaum is a Christian husband, father, grandfather and journalist who has written for a living for 43 years, ever since discovering he had no particular talents. He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin, and in the archives of the Orange County Register where he wrote another column for 10 years. He can be reached at

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