What Obama Has Taught Us

Obama has built a legacy, all right: appeasement, staggering debt, racial animosity 

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online


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  1. Not to mention his Dear Colleague letter which turned title IX into an opportunity for radical feminists to drive a wedge of hysteria and danger between young men and women on college campuses, and possibly the rest of the country if hysteria prevails.

  2. 2VictorDavisHanson 4ObamaLegacy
    One thing pre-eminent of the Blame America First crowd (BAFsteers) of which Pres. Obama is the ne plus ultra specimen, they derive immense satisfaction in seeing American decline in the eyes of the world. The Obama Regime should be orgasmic in their titillation at Pres. Carter’s assessment that “it was hard to identify any improvement in our relations with any nation since Obama took office . . .” If putting down America is your cup of tea, maybe you should consider giving Pres. Obama a third term. Constitutional amendment, anyone?

  3. Seems to me you have this Islamist, racist, Marxist President about right, even though you went rather lightly on his Islamist moves like embedding the Muslim Brotherhood into his WH & State Dept, calling the Fort Hood terrorist act by a radical Islamist as “workplace violence,” or his refusal to attend the World Unity rally against “radical Islam” in Europe followed up by a ridiculous conference entitled, “Violent Extremism.” Then there’s his attaching himself to Morsi in Egypt, deleting the term “radical Islam” from all the FBI training manuals, etc., etc., etc.

  4. Proudly Unaffiliated

    This is VDH’s finest article to date. An outstanding description of all things Obama that cannot be improved upon. I daresay it is perfect. Thank you.

  5. I’m so glad I can honestly say that I didn’t vote for the Con-man in Chief either time. Obama can’t leave the White House soon enough in my opinion, and that day should be a national holiday.

  6. Libby Whitley

    I vote ‘yes!’ on a national Obama Departure Day observance…but does anyone really believe he’ll leave voluntarily?

  7. What Obama has set the stage for ?? ” The tide in the affairs of men” is ushering in another turning point. Starting with Arkansas finest, Bill Clinton, our leaders built sand-castles with the tide out. The inbound full-tide is set to reveal what is born from self-serving leaders enacting policy for enormous personal gains. One such visionary, the bane of shapely brunette interns, has a reported net worth around the 80 million mark. The betrayed but wealthy wife, ironically now lusts for power—- the very same power her quick-zippered husband once possessed. There’s a Harold Robbins novel in there somewhere.

  8. Rick Bonsteel

    All true, but if The Stupid Party doesn’t select a credible woman candidate who can’t be easily parodied then they’re going to lose again. All I hear is “You go, girl”, even though the “girl” in question should be an anathema to feminists and egalitarians.

  9. Obama’s basic ideas were formed as an adolescent as a result of his own self-hatred. He made an emotional ID with the Kenyan father he scarcely knew (one week when he was ten) and rejected his white mother, who abandoned him, and the white grandparents from Kansas who raised him. Hence he rejected white America and Europe – and their shared culture – and embraced the ’70s counter-culture of his teen years (anti-war, black power, feminist, Great Society big government, PC, etc. This was all cemented later in the only real job he ever had – 12 years as a part-time lecturer at the U of Chicago – and in his Chicago one-party political indoctrination. That he has a racial chip on his shoulder (like Eric Holder) has always been evident (Al Sharpton chosen as an adviser. for instance); it proceeds from the confusion and angst of his childhood. His authoritarianism and arrogance are based in personal problems – or neurosis, as we used to call it.

  10. In spite of all his putdowns of many Americans and America, Obama sure does love to live the high life at the taxpayer expense. I suppose he feels that is only retribution – although, of course, he is half white and his father was an African, not an African-American. I am half English so I suppose I should refer to myself as English-American. And if he really thinks we have a climate problem, why doesn’t he give up flying all over the world in Air Force One? It is so sad to witness the decline of once great America. What is even sadder is that so many people in the country think Obama is a great President and the answer to their prayers. How did we acquire so many stupid citizens?

    1. Stupid citizens, like the poor, will always be with us. Unlike the poor, however, we should not feel compassion toward those who want a path destructive to the American experiment. Help the poor, reject the foolish Leftists!

  11. “” Hillary’s Alinksy ties.”” From frontpage mag. Obama’s grasshopper will finish the death of freedom if elected.

  12. Obama is what he has always been! He was and is no mystery! Those who voted for this *** (twice) are the ones that need to look at themselves in the mirror and ask (rhetorically) what have I done? (THIS WAS EDITED BY THE MODERATOR FOR UNCOUTH CONTENT. we exercise the right to monitor the comments we receive. We will not publish comments that include obscenities, swear-words and vulgarisms; ad hominem attacks; racist expression; rudeness or discourtesy; violations of copyright; or any other transgression of taste or civility that the editors deem unpublishable on a Hoover Institution affiliated web site. We reserve the right, also, to close down comments on a particular essay if the editors believe we have reached “saturation” point. )
    I keep going back to Abraham Lincoln’s January, 1837 speech to the Young Men’s Lyceum in Springfield, Illinois where he said the following:
    ” In the great journal of things happening under the sun, we, the American People, find our account running, under date of the nineteenth century of the Christian era.–We find ourselves in the peaceful possession, of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them–they are a legacy bequeathed us, by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now lamented and departed race of ancestors. Their’s was the task (and nobly they performed it) to possess themselves, and through themselves, us, of this goodly land; and to uprear upon its hills and its valleys, a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; ’tis ours only, to transmit these, the former, unprofaned by the foot of an invader; the latter, undecayed by the lapse of time and untorn by usurpation, to the latest generation that fate shall permit the world to know. This task of gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform.

    How then shall we perform it?–At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

    At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

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  14. If you’re looking for some unchanging permanent truth, it is this: “Biochemistry before behavior”

    It would be an informative experiment to see if one could detect the release of endorphins in our President, when for instance, he was elected President and greeted by his supporters in Chicago.

    Since then, what would the President be willing to do for a short term fix?

    For the endorphin high?

    Especial as tolerance builds.

    Perhaps, ignore the Constitution’s separation of powers.

    We’re left psychoanalyzing the behavior…contemplating therapy while our enemies clearly understand their dealing with a “druggie”.

  15. Black racism and white guilt elected the half black Barak Obama to the Presidency. It was a vein hope that ‘hope and change’ might really happen. He talked sweet smack to the ghetto and sweet nothings everywhere else. Hope is still hoping for no more changes and change has simply turned daydreams into nightmares. In the next election voters might have color choices again, maybe even gender choices. This time ‘hope’ for a real intellectual instead of a pseudo one and ‘change’ the idea that smooth talking somehow equates with experience or wisdom or even honesty.

  16. In 2008, America elected its first radical Social Justice president. This despite Obama’s secretive, and, at times, disturbing past, as well as his glaring lack of either experience or qualification.

    After four years of watching our economic malaise grow worse, seeing massive borrowing, printing and spending that only led to more chronic unemployment and tepid economic growth, the passing of an unpopular healthcare law that had failed miserably to deliver cost reductions and doctor choice, and a stunning rebuke from voters in the 2010 midterms Barak Obama looked destined to follow Jimmy Carter into the dustbin of presidential history. But after what can only be described as a vapid campaign about nothing, challenger Mitt Romney failed to win what should have been an easily winnable election.

    Since then, the thin veneer of “Hope and Change” has peeled away from the Obama presidency to reveal a pall of hypocrisy, incompetence, and corruption. Whereas Newt Gingrich fought ferociously for a clearly defined agenda, sadly, John Boehner just looks utterly impotent and ineffective. And without any credible opposition this light tyranny is hear to stay and will probably get worse. Hillary Clinton, despite her easily exposed flaws and well catalogued deceptions and lies, will be difficult to beat.

    After the past 8 years, the American public is realizing that not all the glitters is gold. The only trouble is that they don’t know who is more to blame.

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