Thomas Sowell has been on fire recently, probably because few people understand the depth of the threat Obama poses to the American experiment as well as he does.
Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent?
Did you think that another "czar" would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers-- that is, to create a situation where some newspapers' survival would depend on the government liking what they publish?
Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called "experts" deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments?
Sometimes we get so lost in the details, be they of ObamaCare or Cap and Trade or this Czar or that Czar, that we forget to take a step back and look at the totality of the circumstances. Look at what this man has done and is trying to do to this Country in just nine months?
Does any of this sound like America?
How about a federal agency giving school children material to enlist them on the side of the president? Merely being assigned to sing his praises in class is apparently not enough.
How much of America would be left if the federal government continued on this path? President Obama has already floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries.
We already have local police forces all across the country and military forces for national defense, as well as the FBI for federal crimes and the National Guard for local emergencies. What would be the role of a national police force created by Barack Obama, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brown shirts of dictators than like anything American.
"Does any of this sound like America?"
No, it doesn't. None of it does. This is the hope and change so many people voted for in November. Obama wasn't exactly coy about his intentions either. He was more or less unabashed in his desire to remake America, to transform it into something in his own image. Many of us tried to warn our fellow Americans. We failed. These are the repercussions.
Given what's transpired in less than a year, can anyone imagine where we'll be in 4 years? Does anyone want to imagine? I've always tried to be as diplomatic as I could in these pages when discussing Obama's foibles. Sure I've called him an idiot and a moron, because he is, but I've tried not to ascribe nefarious intentions to his actions.
I said yesterday and I'll say it again, it's becoming harder and harder each day for me to do so. Collectively these are not the actions of a sane man honoring a sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. These are the actions of a dictator silencing opposition and implementing a radical totalitarian regime. Sorry, there's just no other way to say it without rationalizing.
Nothing so epitomizes President Obama's own contempt for American values and traditions like trying to ram two bills through Congress in his first year-- each bill more than a thousand pages long-- too fast for either of them to be read, much less discussed. That he succeeded only the first time says that some people are starting to wake up. Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question-- and the biggest question for this generation.
Contempt. That epitomizes Obama's feelings toward this Country. If the adage "actions speak louder than words" is still applicable in today's world, there is no other way to interpret Obama's ideas about America. He hates America as it was originally founded. He hates the concepts of individual liberty and enumerated, decentralized power.
I challenge you, how else can you possibly interpret his actions? Is there another rational explanation for his moves thus far? I've tried, believe me. I've tried to give him the benefit of stupidity. I've tried to give him the benefit of naivety. I've tried to give him the benefit of his being unprepared for the job.
None of them explains his administration. Taken individually or collectively, stupidity, naivety and lack of preparedness simply cannot explain the explicit actions taken by this administration thus far.
Mr. Sowell is right. WWII was the defining event of my grandparents generation. Whether enough Americans wake up and realize what is happening to the greatest country ever conceived on earth before their very eyes in time to stop it, is the defining question of mine.