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Obama’s Revenge: America’s Challenge

“This is about revenge.”
Rush Limbaugh on the policies of President Obama, February 27, 2009

“Voting is the best revenge.”
— Barack Obama, November 2, 2012

It was the grand leftist experiment.

It was Obama’s Revenge.

A revenge designed to take what Ronald Reagan once called “the last best hope of man on earth” and, instead, to “transform America.” A revenge designed to remake a nation founded on principles of liberty and freedom into a Westernized progressive utopia. An “Ameritopia” — to borrow from Mark Levin’s bestseller.

Rush Limbaugh nailed this exactly way back on February 27, 2009. And now the President himself — in an unscripted moment at a Friday rally — has made it clear that Rush was right.

Said the President: “Voting is the best revenge.”

In fact, Obama’s Revenge was the latest experiment in a long line of grand leftist experiments.

Obama’s Revenge has indeed transformed America. Transformed it in four years to a declining land of soaring poverty, relentless unemployment, with millions added to the food stamp rolls, the perpetuation of the race card a regular feature alonside skyrocketing gas prices and now — in the wake of Hurricane Sandy — dumpster diving, six-hour gas lines, and an endless lack of heat and power.

But this transformation was also something else.

Obama’s Revenge was the inevitable conclusion of a presidency formed in a Voldemortish cauldron. A cauldron seething with a witch’s brew of poisonous, bubbling anti-American passions gleaned here and there from far-left Obama mentors from Frank Marshall Davis to Derrick Bell to the Reverend Jeremiah Wright to Bill Ayers.

The first a Communist. The second a believer in “racial realism” — racializing every aspect of the law in “Critical Legal Studies.” The third a proponent of black liberation theology. The fourth a leader in the in violent 1960’s-era Weather Underground that believed, as stated in their manifesto:

The most important task for us toward making the revolution, and the work our collectives should engage in, is the creation of a mass revolutionary movement… akin to the Red Guard in China, based on the full participation and involvement of masses of people… with a full willingness to participate in the violent and illegal struggle.

Part of Obama’s Revenge was the old chestnut of Social Justice. Social Justice, don’t you see? It was about compassion. Justice. Fairness. Americans paying their fair share.

There were continuous Obama references to the “mess” America was in on January 20, 2009. But never an admission that the “mess” was caused by an earlier crusade for Social Justice — that crusade for Social Justice in housing.

There was no reference to the Social Justice command that was the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. A law from the Carter presidency that mandated bank regulators must determine if banks were serving “the whole” needs of low-income communities. A law that was followed by the Social Justice commands of the Clinton Administration — in particular the 1994 National Homeownership Strategy. This Social Justice gem demanded “financing strategies, fueled by the creativity and resources of the private and public sectors, to help homeowners that lack cash to buy a home or to make the payments.” Those Social Justice strategies appeared — courtesy of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Can you say “subprime mortgage crisis”? Can you say “American financial collapse”?

Which is to say the “mess” that Obama inherited was yet another Social Justice mess. The classic mix of Big Government, Statist busybodyness flavored with a heavy dose of rich liberal lobbyists. Or, in the words of New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson in her exposé Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon, the Social Justice mentality and its resulting actions that “finally blew up the American economy.”

How to fix this Social Justice mess?

Why… how else? Create another!

This jewel was, as the President loved to call it “the Recovery Act.” The stimulus. An $830 billion stimulus. Which is another way of saying almost one trillion dollars worth of stimulus.

And how was this grand Social Justice scheme supposed to cure the collapse brought on by the last grand Social Justice scheme? In the words of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, the Obama White House and their Social Justice allies on Capitol Hill

….did what comes naturally and wrote a bill that was all about transfer payments, temporary tax subsidies, green industrial policy, homeowner subsidies, 99 weeks of jobless benefits and all the rest. The spending bonanza benefited every Democratic interest group — except the Obama voters who wanted jobs and higher incomes.

Not content with this, Obama moved on to Obamacare — effectively nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy.

Higher taxes are all set to kick in. The financial cliff looms. Dodd-Frank has descended on the economy. The EPA has gone wild.

And the results of all of this?

The unemployment rate — which was promised by the Obama White House to be at 5.2% by this point in his term — is at 7.9%. On the rise and once again higher than it was when Obama took office.

Gas prices are through the roof — and going north.

And the Hurricane? The New York Times crowed on October 29 that “A Big Storm Requires Big Government.”

They got their wish.

New Yorkers living out Obama’s Revenge are now on the television news dumpster diving for food, freezing in the cold, waiting — or standing — in line for six or seven hours for gas. As the dead literally float on Staten Island.

Frantically Obama and Governors Cuomo of New York and Christie of New Jersey have gone about suspending every Big Government roadblock findable.

Over the side goes:

The Jones Act: a Big Government heritage from Woodrow Wilson, who signed it into law in 1920. What was the problem? The Jones Act kept foreign tankers from moving from port to port in the US. Result — gas is unable to reach the ports of New York and New Jersey. So Obama waived it.

New York State Tax Law: Funding New York’s liberal Big Government in part was a tax on fee on the movement of fuel oils, accompanied by stiff regulations. Result: the fees and regulations were keeping gas from gas starved New Yorkers. So Cuomo cashiered it.

New Jersey fuel regulations: These New Jersey regs have been state Big Government “limitations on the source of fuel particular and branded fuel retailers are allowed to sell.” Result: the long gas lines in New Jersey. Christie pitched.

Etcetera. Etcetera. Etcetera.

There are others, but you get the drift. When in trouble… the first thing that gets pitched over the side is Big Government. When Americans get really, really mad at the stupidity of Big Government — the taxes, fees and regulations go over the side faster than you can say “Ex- President Obama.”

But there’s more here. Something even more important than all of this horror.

Obama’s Revenge is more than just the litany of failures that are pushed by Social Justice liberals.

Obama’s Revenge is an attempt to rid America of the fundamentals of the American founding itself.

To replace those fundamental principles of liberty and freedom and the Constitution that enshrines them with the latest chapter in the eternal left-wing search for utopia.

Our friend Mark Levin has written two of the most important books of the decade, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto and the aforementioned Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,

These two books explain exactly what is at stake in the 2012 election. In fact, as recalled here, the reaction to Liberty and Tyranny was a bellwether for the 2010 anti-Obama landslide.

But why? Why exactly did Mark’s book strike such a chord with Americans when it appeared in 2009?

The reason is simple.

From the moment the Pilgrims first touched American soil in 1620 until the instant the late Neil Armstrong touched that first step on the moon in 1969; from the moment the ink dried on the last signatures of the Declaration of Independence, lighting the fuse of the American Revolution, to the moment former Navy Seals Ty Woods and Glen Doherty raced to the Benghazi consulate to try and save their fellow Americans — the ideal of freedom and liberty has burned in the American soul.

Liberty and freedom are the very antithesis of what Levin accurately labeled the Statist’s “insatiable appetite for control.”

They are ideals that are dangerous to Statists and Social Justice disciples precisely because they are colorblind and gender-blind, equal on all accounts for the rich and poor alike. They are dangerous because they democratize decision making and demand equal opportunity for all, removing control from the hands of self-appointed master planners whose friends — think Solyndra — will profit from what Mitt Romney accurately calls “trickle-down government.”

In this case, the Obama administration and their cronies are the very master planners who have cost so many millions in the American middle class their jobs not to mention their houses — and in Benghazi, their lives.

Whatever happens this election day in America — no matter who wins — the battle between those whose Statist, Social Justice policies have failed so miserably and those who are intent on keeping America the land of freedom and opportunity so many have died for, will continue.

Ronald Reagan once noted that

History comes and goes, but principles endure and inspire future generations to defend liberty, not as a gift from government, but a blessing from our Creator.

The defense of liberty on this day will take place invisibly, as it always does. From the small villages of New Hampshire, where first votes are cast and counted after midnight, to the suburbs, farms and cities of the greatest nation in human history, the battle will silently rage.

Reagan also noted, in his first inaugural address that Mark Levin quotes at the close of Ameritopia: 

“If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price. It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.” 

The Time for Choosing is here.

Liberty — or tyranny?

America? Or Ameritopia?

Obama’s Revenge? Or America’s Challenge?

We will know tonight.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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