Although our President barely knew the man, his father Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was, nonetheless a communist in the government of Kenya. The President’s Dad once theorized that it would be fine for the government to tax the wealthiest citizens in his country at a rate of 100%, so long as the “greater good” was served. Mr. Obama was eventually fired from his job in the Kenyan government, largely because Kenya was in the process of privatizing its economy, and he was severely out-of-step with his associates. But his ideas were nonetheless his, and Mr. Obama had a clear preference for the heavy hand of government, over the allegedly “greedy,” “selfish” tendencies of business owners.
In my previous writings about this matter, readers have been quick to tell me how rude, insensitive, and “racist” I am. But how many American Presidents, how many American citizens, have come from this kind of legacy? If one’s personal heritage has any impact on one’s present-day existence, surely President Obama’s family heritage of communism has, in some fashion, informed his view of the world today.
And what about our President’s early upbringing? It certainly contrasts sharply with mine. During my first through fourth grade years in an American public school, I experienced President Richard Nixon win re-election in a landslide, Vice President Spiro Agnew resign in scandal, Gerald Ford appointed to the Vice Presidency as Agnew’s replacement, Richard Nixon resign in scandal, and Gerald Ford ascend to the Presidency. They were tumultuous times. Yet those transitions of power happened peaceably, without gunfire or military engagement, and all according the United States Constitution.
But President Obama spent ages 6-10 in Indonesia, under the Presidency of Suharto, the second President of Indonesia who clung to power for over thirty years (1967-1998). Suharto was an anti-communist, and definitely a friend to the West during the Cold War. Nonetheless, Suharto built a strong, centralized, militaristic government around himself, and fought-off multiple coup attempts from the Indonesian Communist Party. Suffice it to say that the young Barack Obama spent some early and formative years in an environment where communism was alive and well. Might his perspective on the world be a bit different from yours or mine?
Americans will probably never “obey” President Obama the way he might like us to. The real question is whether Congress will simply “obey” the President - or provide a “balance” to his quest for power.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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