The Obama Watch

Election 2012: America Will Never Be the Same

Nor will conservatism, if Obama wins and is left free to pursue his inner Che.

By 8.31.12

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The world is dynamic rather than static, so constantly thinking ahead is the key to understanding. Recognize now that on the morning after the election, whatever the result, America will never be the same. The results themselves will have wrought basic, fundamental change for the body politic. That inevitability underlines and highlights what you should be doing now to influence those results.

Karl Marx's Last Stand
The wildly overconfident Left is least attuned to what is at stake for them. If Barack Obama is routed this fall as he should be, it will be worse for the left-wing neo-Marxist views he represents than if he had never been elected at all. For then the voters will have seen what he is offering and rejected it. In retrospect, Reagan's landslide defeat of Carter followed by his landslide reelection ushered in a generation of Reaganite dominance of national politics. Clinton figured out a way for Democrats to accommodate that dominance, enabling them to hold public office as long as they did not interfere with the ongoing Reagan revolution. But the public did not fully accept and embrace Clinton until he accepted that bargain. See 1994.

The last four years have been a coming out party for the Democrats. For over a hundred years now, Progressivism, a polite, Americanized term for Marxism, has been infiltrating and taking over the Democrat party, the national media, academia, the courts. But until now they have effectively hidden what they are all about. Under Obama, however, the heart and soul of the party has been let out of the closet and revealed (only for those paying attention, however, not the millions who so stubbornly still are not). And that heart and soul is Che.

Having attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, I saw all of this first hand. I saw all those prep school Marxists pledging to each other life long fealty to the worldwide socialist revolution, and going on to pose as "liberal" reporters and commentators, "liberal" environmentalists plotting the destruction of capitalism and its middle class prosperity from within, "liberal" candidates moderated just enough to get elected in their districts or states, "liberal" academics tutoring the next generation in the proper, socially acceptable attitudes to worker revolution, and providing cover for each other on the acceptability of more and more radical views.

Hillary Rodham Clinton from Wellesley is a classic case of the Progressive committed from an early age to fomenting revolution from within. I saw the Barack Obama types as well, more openly radicalized because they realized as minorities polite society would have to accept their grievances and philosophy as legitimate. But I never thought a majority of Americans would be so foolish as to not see where they are coming from.

Let us scrap the social diplomacy so we can communicate most effectively. Barack Obama is not just a communist infiltrator. He is communist royalty, born and bred. He hails from a self-professed communist Kenyan as his father, and from an anti-American 1960s hippie as his mother. Left to be raised by his "progressive" grandparents, he was provided a personal mentor during his adolescent years who was an open member of the Communist Party USA, Franklin Marshall Davis.

In his own autobiographies he tells us how he favored Marxist professors and student radicals in the Ivy League colleges where they are fostered. After he graduates, he becomes not just a student but an instructor in the social manipulation methodologies of openly Marxist revolutionary Saul Alinsky. In the opening pages of his worshipped masterpiece Rules for Radicals, Alinsky dedicates the book to the first true radical -- Satan. One of Alinsky's rules is to pose as an advocate for the middle class as the most effective way to overturn what he and his cohorts see as the most worldwide blood sucking class in world history. ("White folks greed runs a world in need," they say.) Obama provides these classes in the employ of the nasty Marxist street agitator organization ACORN.

And it goes on and on. Obama launches his political career in the living room of confessed, anti-American terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn. He attends the church of neo-Marxist Black Liberation Theologist Jeremiah Wright. I am not trying to break news here, just connect all the dots.

Following Alinsky, Obama campaigns today as an advocate for the middle class. But he and his compatriots see the American middle class as a moral embarrassment because we are so much richer and more prosperous than the rest of the world. That is what he was thinking when he was foolish enough to say "we just can't keep driving our SUVs, eating whatever we want, keeping our homes at 72 degrees at all times regardless of whether we live in the tundra or the desert, and keep consuming 25% of the world's resources with just 4% of the world's population, and expect the rest of the world to say you just go ahead we'll be fine."

Actually what we expect an American President to say to the rest of the world is that they have nothing to say about how we live, which stems overwhelmingly from voluntary transactions among a free people. And if you are unhappy with your standard of living, you can try that too, we are not stopping you, we are encouraging you, and probably defending you, at our expense. But Barack Obama will not say that because, wherever he was born, he is not culturally an American.

This is why Obama and his cohorts are not the least perturbed by the onrushing return to recession in 2013, first fully explained in my own Encounter Books Broadside No. 25, "Obama and the Crash of 2013," so obvious now that even the Washington establishment CBO is ringing the alarm bells. A second, double dip, recession before we have ever even recovered from the last one would just further plunder the resources and standard of living of the American people, especially the middle class. Moreover, Obama and his neo-Marxist strategists see New Deal style political benefits from that, as more and more Americans become dependent on government, and so vote to keep their paymasters in power.

Moreover, in a second Obama term, the plunder of the American middle class will accelerate well beyond this, easing the pain of the moral embarrassment over America's riches suffered by Obama and his cohorts. It is all explained further in Stanley Kurtz's new book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. He should have said how Obama will rob the suburbs to pay for the cities, because this will really blossom into full swing in a second term agenda.

Indeed, in a second term, the rule of law will collapse as well, as the checks and balances among the branches of government break down. By the second term, Obama will have appointed a majority of federal judges. This is particularly ominous as the liberal judges he appoints believe not in applying the law as it is, but making up the law as they think it should be. And, of course, they will think the law should be whatever it needs to be to enable Obama to do whatever he wants to do.

Expect as well in a second term for the Supreme Court to break down as well as a check and balance, as it already has in the case of Obamacare. Barely five aging men on the court cannot hold the line against the Obama onslaught for four more years. Obama just needs one more appointment to seize the court for his make it up as you go along judicial activist liberals. Gone then will be any judicial check on his illegal activities, such as making recess appointments without the consent of the Senate, when Congress is not in recess. Or creating bureaucracies operating outside the rule of law, such as Dodd-Franks' Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has the power to tax and regulate with no supervision from any branch of government, or the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which has the power to cut Medicare without Congressional approval.

In a second term, Obama will be free as well to fix the second great moral embarrassment that so troubles him -- America's global military dominance. Already underway is his great military builddown, slashing America's Navy to it's lowest number of ships since 1916, or adding the fewest number of planes to America's Air Force since 1947. Most dangerous will be Obama's unilateral nuclear disarmament, which is also already underway as a result. When America's military is cut down to size, then America can sit at the table of nations as one equal among all the others, and Obama can sleep at night with the satisfaction of a job well done. Just as Reagan gave us Peace through Strength, I expect a second Obama term to give us War through Weakness, as Obama's military builddown successfully induces some foreign enemies to attack us, with battle loss size domestic casualties as a result. Don't expect any gauche effective American military response either, as that would go back to the big, bad white bullies beating up the little people, which would be another moral embarrassment keeping Obama up at night.

All of this is not just Obama. It is the heart and soul of today's Democrat party, more publicly revealed to America now then ever before, as more and more Democrats have felt free under Obama to drop their mask, and reveal their inner Che. What is now revealed is America's Democrat party as one of the most left-wing political parties in the entire world. That is why it is no longer a respectable institution that ordinary Americans can support, with their votes, their volunteer time, and their contributions.

This is what is on the ballot now for political offices all over America. If the Democrats go down to another stinging defeat this year as in 2010, then this progressive, neo-Marxist, radical left, Che Guevara vision will be more thoroughly discredited and repudiated than it ever has in any debate anywhere. The Marxists who are still fighting in reaction to the rise of capitalism centuries ago, and the industrial revolution that ushered in capitalist prosperity and dominance in the 1800s, will have been defeated for at least a generation, and maybe for good. Half of remaining Democrat office holders will turn to collaborating with the new Republican majorities and President to enact a more free market, Romney/Ryan vision than even was implemented under Reagan, ushering in a new American century of economic and military dominance.

Given how Obama has so religiously pursued the opposite of everything Reagan did, it will only be just deserts now if instead of being re-elected in a landslide and validated by the voters, as Reagan was, he is defeated in a landslide and discredited by the voters, as he deserves.

Can Conservatism Survive?
But the other half of the picture is what happens to conservatism if Obama manages to win. Obama is running an in your face campaign against conservatism. He has now openly embraced gay marriage. The Democrat theme of a Republican War on Women is morphing into an unrestrained embrace of abortion without limits. That will be featured all the more at the Democrat convention. Obama is even campaigning on forcing the Catholic Church to pay for contraceptives and medical procedures that transgress their political beliefs. Let Obama have one more Supreme Court appointment in a second term, and the historic Second Amendment victory the American people won in the recognition of an individual right to keep and bear arms in Heller v. DC will be gone in a matter of months.

If Obama wins campaigning like this, his victory will be taken as a rout of social conservatives and their pro-family values. You could expect even Republicans to start to fall from the social conservative platform, convinced it is a loser, particularly those running in the Northeast, Midwest, and Far West. Expect to see the explosive return of gun control.

Moreover, Obama is the first presidential candidate to run on a tax increase since Walter Mondale in 1984. Even in his first campaign, Obama did not run promising to increase taxes. He just promised not to increase them for singles making less than $200,000 a year, and couples making less than $250,000, a promise he broke and smashed to bits in Obamacare.

But now even more than Mondale, Obama is running on very specific, multiple tax increases for a second term. On January 1, the tax increases of Obamacare go into effect, and the Bush tax cuts expire, which Obama is pledged not to renew for the nation's successful small businesses, job creators, and investors.

Who gets hurt the most by that is, surprise, the middle class, and working people, as that will throw America back into a double dip recession before we have even had any real recovery from the last one. The unemployment rate will soar back into double digits, the deficit will soar well over $2 trillion, real wagers and income will decline further, and poverty will soar. Again, even the Washington establishment CBO is already ringing alarm bells over that.

Another problem is that rhetorically Obama is running against "the failed policies of the past" as the cause of the 2008 financial crisis. He has explicitly made clear that means Reagan style deregulation. But listen to him more carefully recently and you will see he has effectively been saying that prior tax rate cuts were the cause of the crisis and recession as well.

There is no economic theory under which tax rate cuts cause recession. Not even Marxism. Even Keynesianism recognizes tax rate reductions as expansionary. But that doesn't stop Obama from leading his Obamabots over the fiscal cliff.

If Obama wins having broken his pledge in the 2008 campaign not to raise taxes on the middle class and working people, while promising still more sweeping tax increases, and fingering tax rate cuts as the cause of the financial crisis, conservatives will have lost the tax issue as well, perhaps for a generation. The media will much more aggressively label anyone who even criticizes a reelected and therefore deified Obama in any way as a racist.

And despite what even some conservatives are saying, if Obama wins there is no way he will back down on his tax increases now already scheduled in current law for January 1. The "rich" already pay almost all the income taxes in America, and the federal income tax is already the most "progressive" in the world, and so there is no reason to Obama's charge that the rich are not paying their fair share. But raiding them still more is a major reason Obama ran for office. After winning a second term, there is no way he is going to back down from a victory he has already won. When the economy turns south again, he will just blame it again on the Bush tax cuts, and after he has been reelected, even disputing him on anything will start to look like a racist civil rights violation justifying jail time. More people on welfare as a result just means more Democrat voters to him.

Moreover, if Obama wins, Paul Ryan and his brave, courageous, innovative budgets will have been discredited and repudiated as well. Don't expect to see even Republicans bring up entitlement reform again, nor any more even the discredited tax cuts that "caused" the financial crisis. There will be no political hope or stopping point before fiscal collapse for America.

This is what is at stake for conservatives in this election. If they lose, the entire Reagan coalition will be taken as politically discredited and repudiated. These very stark different contrasts as to the future posed by this election are why this election is a decision point for the American people no less dramatic than 1776.

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Peter Ferrara is Director of Entitlement and Budget Policy at the Heartland Institute, General Counsel of the American Civil Rights Union, Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and Senior Policy Advisor on Entitlements and Budget Policy at the National Tax Limitation Foundation. He served in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan, and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under President George H.W. Bush.