“I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles, and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.”
– Candidate Barack Obama, 2008
To piggyback on that Obama noticing, let it be known that in no other country on earth is our current story possible, where the luckiest humans ever consider themselves so abused and oppressed.
I recently wrote a piece for American Thinker questioning the voting motives of good-enough people that are influenced by outdated mindsets that lead them to act in either a classical liberal or even conservative way while at the same time voting for the extreme left. They wouldn’t be wrong…if they lived in 1956 and Eisenhower was running against Adlai E. Stevenson.
We don’t have to imagine the outcry President Trump would receive if he remarked on America’s uniquely superior framework of governance and opportunity. The Fourth of July celebrates “independence” in air quotes now. In four short years, Mount Rushmore went from being a majestic and regal testament to the greatness of individual Americans to finding itself commemorating slave owners and situated on stolen land.
Today, it is obvious that not a single Democrat loves this country. How do you love something allegedly built on evil and that still perpetuates it? Likewise, they no longer believe in the framework around which she is built. Basic liberties and basic rights interfere with reprogramming.
Just twelve years ago, what was considered mainstream and middle-of-the-road Democratic positions would now be viewed as solidly Republican. President Trump, and conservatives in general, get derided as xenophobes, homophobes, racists, and white supremacists for saying exactly what Candidate Obama said just twelve years ago.
It’s worth exploring those previous Obama positions. Other than the “black” thing, which is all the rage right now, he likely wouldn’t win the Democratic nomination. If anything, he might be more aligned with conservatives today than the party that elected him just over a decade ago.
Opposition to Gay Marriage
Obama pandered to the Christian base and wholeheartedly positioned himself as a defender of Biblical principles. Not only did he oppose a Constitutional amendment or legal redefinition of marriage, he stated in no uncertain terms: “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian – for me – for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” Not only has gay marriage been federally codified, cultural currents now demand that religious institutions condone the practice despite their own doctrinal misgivings. Failure to abide by any left-wing stance on the gay movement (or trans moment that evolved out of it) results in immediate cancellation.
Support for Tough Illegal Immigration Measures
A New York Times piece that ran in 2008 compared basic platform positions on a variety of topics for candidates Obama and McCain. As it relates to immigration, the Times summarized his position by noting he wanted those “living here illegally but otherwise playing by the rule” to “get right with the law.” It continued that ”undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, pay taxes, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.
He also believed in adding more support for additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at ports of entry. Could we translate infrastructure as a wall, perhaps?
Then, there was an Obama speech made on the Senate floor in 2006, no doubt as a runup to his presidential aspirations where he said this: “The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally … disrespect the rule of law. And … we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of immigration laws.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, no president ever deported more resident aliens in a single year or in a four-year term than Obama himself. In 2012, at its peak, the Obama administration deported over 400,000 illegal aliens. In fact, Obama deported more aliens than did presidents in the entire 20th century.
Responsibility of the Black Community
In a recent 2020 virtual commencement address, President Obama said the challenges in the black community were the result of “ongoing racial disparities.” He adopts the blame-game narrative hook, line, and sinker.
He had a different tune in 2008 when as a candidate he made these remarks:
“For the African-American community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past…And it means taking full responsibility for own lives – by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.”
Today, even suggesting that blacks have bootstraps to pull themselves up is racist. A message like this might come from the black conservative movement, such as the powerful language used by participants in the newly-released documentary Uncle Tom, but we might wait a while before we hear another Democrat or Black Lives Matter activist suggest blacks have agency.
Recognition of America’s Uniqueness
Perhaps nothing better illustrates the shifting sands than President Obama’s patriotism. Nowadays, the P-word is a dog whistle for white supremacy. Goodness only knows how white leftists would have pretzeled their noodles trying to figure out where a patriotic black Democrat fit into their intersectional hierarchy.
President Trump, in his recent Fourth of July tribute to America, had his event summarized as “standing in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.”
Candidate Obama made a stop at Mount Rushmore in 2008. He needed the photo op, and even joked on how he might look up there with his big ears. No one seemed bothered that there was a certain admiration for the majesty of the monument nor the symbolism it projected.
The bygones of left-wing patriotism are a memory of the past. No more will a Democrat utter phrases on their election night victories like Obama did: “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
Yes, we do have our answer. Democrats went from lying about their love for America to just now being brutally honest about their disdain for her. Better late than never in trying to figure it out.
“I love this country too much to see it divided and distracted at this moment in history. I believe in our ability to perfect this union because it’s the only reason I’m standing here today. And I know the promise of America because I have lived it.”
– Candidate Barack Obama, 2008
Quotes like these make liberals yearn for a second coming of their presidential messiah. In reality, what they are actually yearning for our conservative principles. Hopefully, they figure that out by November.