Way back in 2008, a number of us warned voters about Obama's ideological background, and what this portended for the country. (Thank very much to Stanley Kurtz, whose new book, Radical-in-Chief, to prove us right.
Even before Kurtz' book was written, the American public should have been able to discern Obama's predispositions, just by reading what he himself wrote, and listening to what he said. Too many were not paying attention, or they were swayed by the romantic notion of electing the country's first black president, without regard to what the man stood for.
They are tuned in now. Two years into his presidency, there is little doubt about Obama's attitudes and his agenda, or the fact that Obama deceived large swaths of the electorate.
He painted himself as a healer, post-partisan, post-racial, inspired by his faith. Instead, he has proven to be a race-baiting ideologue, profoundly partisan and deliberately divisive.
He is ambivalent about Christians and Christianity, announcing to the world, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation,” and deleting references to God even when he quotes from the foundational documents of this country that mention God explicitly. But he is inexplicably solicitous of Muslims, bowing to their kings, defending the decision to build a mosque at Ground Zero, and sending forth the head of NASA to make Muslims feel good about their contributions to space exploration. All of this is supposed to make Islamic terrorists suspend their passion for “man-caused disasters.” Meanwhile, they try to detonate bombs in SUVs, their underwear, and just days ago, in cargo planes.
Unlike Democrats of earlier decades who represented the interests of working class voters, or Ronald Reagan who appealed to their values, Obama displays nothing but disdain for the middle class, whom he views as dumb cows to be led into pens by the unaccountable elites he appoints. He has referred to police officers as “acting stupidly,” criticized rural Americans as “bitter” bigots who “cling to” their guns, and tried to characterize everyone who opposed his agenda as a part of a mindless, panicked mob, “hardwired not to think clearly.”
Most recently, Obama attempted to pit Hispanic Americans against all those who would enforce existing immigration laws, exhorting them to “punish their enemies.” (Has any other president referred to his countrymen as enemies, or asked Americans to view other Americans that way?)
Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.