“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the force… not leave it in darkness!” –Obi-Wan
Believe it or not Republican’s and Democrat’s used to be able to have a conversation. The average person didn’t hear about the political affiliation of someone and then immediately conclude their moral character.
This country has devolved into a pack of dogs viciously attacking each other.
The people who define themselves by the word liberal, have no idea what a Liberal actually is. Democrats these days use the word ‘progressive’ and ‘liberal’ to refer to themselves interchangeably.
Let me tell you, a progressive is not a Liberal, and a lot of liberals are not even Liberal. The number one betrayer in chief of Liberal principles is our old President, Mr. Obama.
Liberalism is the inherited ideology from years of strife and political conflict. In order to prefect this ideology people had to have their freedoms stripped from, be subject to the rule of harsh monarchs, and have very little freedom. It is an ideology that has merit because it was proven through the lives of many generations.
“Classical liberalism” is the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade.
From the Middle Ages to the 18th century Europeans had gained remarkable freedom from Feudalistic slavery, lost their freedom to autocratic Kings and Queens, developed a strong skepticism against the role of Government to control the lives of the people, and developed the concept of liberalism.
This ideology is not so much about the freedom of people, but about the mechanism that insures freedom for the people. What makes this ideology unique is the idea of economics being the first principle to freedom. Economic freedom is simply the freedom of choice Classical liberals believe that no other freedom can be attained without the freedom of choice.
To understand the importance of economics in freedom you must understand what economics is. Economics is the study of the use of scarce resources which have alternative uses. In Europe prior to the idea of Liberalism, the state decided the use of scarce resources. Much of it was given to the crown or crown loyalist.
I could make another article detailing exactly why each principle of the Liberal ideology is integral to insure any kind of freedom, but it would be too long for this article. (Comment if you would like to see that article.)
Obama is the manifestation of the progressive corruption of the Liberal cornerstones of the Democratic party. Here are five ways he betrayed the party of liberty.
- Obama was supposed to stop war, not start new conflicts and flame existing ones
Endless war is exactly what Liberalism is against. The perpetual wars between European nations were not fought by the Lords and Kings, peasants fought and died for the petty struggles of Kings and Queens.
We seem to forget how little war is actually fought for the people even though its explicitly fought by the people. In a democracy where the people chose their government, the government faces more pressure to justify their wars to appease the people.
Except Obama’s thinly veiled reasons for war don’t hold up in hindsight. In 2008 Obama was the anti-war candidate.
“What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by….other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.”
Man Obama gave a great speech! He knew exactly what to say to the people. After all it has always been the American citizens that were sick of war and its heavy costs. He even won a Nobel Peace Price because of it.
Yet in 2011 this same man started to sound like the Bush administration that he loved to criticize so much.
“We have the chance to show that America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator … America must use all our influence to encourage reform in the region … we need to speak honestly about the principles that we believe in, with friend and foe alike.”
This speech was given during the beginning of the Arab Spring. Sounds like nation building, sounds like John McCain, it sounds like George freaking Bush.
The Arab Spring managed to topple rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. However, with exception of Tunisia, those countries have either slid into civil war or seen their revolutions rolled back. This was disastrous for Arab youth, who face an impossible task trying to find jobs and plan for their life. It’s easier to go to jail than it is to find a job for the youth.
Obama’s decisions have directly impacted the lives of several of these countries for the worst.
- Egypt– The regime is bust, sustained only by generous injections of cash from Gulf states (and, to a lesser degree, by military aid from America). Even with billions of petrodollars, Egypt’s budget and current-account deficits are gaping, at nearly 12% and 7% of GDP respectively. Coptic Christians are getting assassinated and the current ruler is even worse than the one initially overturned.
- Qatar- In May of 2014, then President Barack Obama released five Islamic terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility into Qatar’s custody in exchange for the Taliban’s return of Bowe Bergdahl. The problem? Five Arab states – Bahrain, Egypt, Libya’s interim government, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the Islamic Gulf State of materially supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) and its ideological and religious progenitor – the Muslim Brotherhood.
- ISIS- According to Obama he ended the war on terrorism. “Bin Laden is dead.” “Al Qaeda is on the run.” “ISIS is the JV team.” Meanwhile, al Qaeda has affiliates all over South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. And ISIS has its own country—comprising a third of Iraq and a third of Syria. The ugly truth is that, since Obama started: more people are dying from terrorism; the terrorists control more territory and they have more money.
- Libya- On Sept. 11, 2012, weeks before a presidential election, terrorists attacked U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Obama being Obama was sure to escape all blame and initially blamed this attack on a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim YouTube video that spun out of control. Obama took out Muammar Qadhafi and now? Libya is a violent hell hole.
- Syria- What started off as protests against the Syrian President has become a bloodbath that probably destroyed the lives of Syrians for years to come. This conflict is still happening and worse, Syria has become a proxy war for the United States and Russia.
- Somalia- Few people are aware that we’re even engaged in a clandestine war in Somalia. Obama used Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies to fight this war against Islamist militants. The militants still carried out the 2013 attack at the Westgate mall, which killed more than 60 people and wounded more than 175 in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Yemen- Saudi Arabia is engaged in a proxy war themselves with Iran. Or at least they say they are. And Obama decided to help them. He immediately authorized a support package that included intelligence-sharing and logistical support for military operations. That package has seen the United States deliver more than 40 million pounds of fuel to Saudi jets over the past 18 months, according to U.S. Central Command. The picture isn’t pretty for Yemen. There have been over 10,000 deaths there since the conflict began. It has left more than 28 million people on the brink of famine.
A cornerstone of the Obama foreign policy was confront your enemies head on as little as possible. Apparently he needed to reserve our strength to spread our troops out as much as possible.
I have no idea what Obama’s hopes for with all these conflicts. I’m willing to bet it wasn’t for the American people. No Liberal would ever condone unnecessary war that only benefits the ruling class.
No matter Obama’s reasoning, it’s a betrayal of Liberal principles and it was an absolute failure.
- The economy and race relations were supposed to be better!
Part of the reason that people default to Democrat is their standing on social issues. The only vestiges of Classical Liberalism can be seen in the Democrat’s stance on social freedoms. At it used to be. And Obama is a huge part of the change.
After a long and drawn out Culture War, many thought that having Obama in the Oval Office would ease race relations and send our country in the right path. However, results would suggest differently.
According to a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday said race relations have deteriorated under Mr. Obama, the highest mark since he was elected eight years ago. That number is up 18 points since 2014, when 42 percent said the relationship between the races had worsened. Only 9 percent believe that relations have gotten any better. 9 percent.
Oh well, they had high hopes. At least he made things better for black people, right? You mean he didn’t? Only thing I’ve ever heard is how Obama is the second coming FDR and saved us from the Great Recession.
How about we look at the truth.
People elected Obama to fix the economy. Exit polls from Pew Research show that 63 percent of all voters — and 65 percent of Obama voters — cited the economy as the number one reason they voted for him. Nobody had higher hopes than the black people who voted for him.
The betrayal! Obama put his corporate friends above the people that put him in office. The results are in, and it doesn’t look good. In 2009, when Obama took office, the black poverty rate was 25.8 percent. In 2014, according to Pew Research Center, the black poverty rate was 27.2 percent.
CNNMoney says, “Minority households’ median income fell 9 percent between 2010 and 2013, compared to a drop of only 1 percent for whites.” In 2009, white households were seven times richer than their black counterparts. That gap is now thirteenfold. Both in relative and absolute terms, blacks are doing worse under Mr. Obama.
The economy is so bad for black people that the labor participation rate is the lowest rate since 1977 . The decline in black labor force participation is actually attributed to the 0.6 drop in black unemployment. Don’t worry, unemployment still sits comfortably above 10 percent!
They say a man’s heart is their home. Obama must not have a heart because under Obama we’ve lost our homes! Homeownership rates have fallen six percentage points among black households — double that among white households. More than 25 percent of mortgage homeowners in both high-poverty and minority neighborhoods were owing more than their homes are now worth in 2013.
It’s not looking good for the rest of the country either.
The unemployment rate declined from 7.6 percent in January 2009 to 4.9 percent in October 2016. The federal debt has doubled from $9.99 trillion at the end of FY 2008 (September 30, 2008) to $19.95 trillion at the end of FY 2016 (September 30, 2016). That’s is about equal to the $9.99 trillion in debt racked up the founding of the republic in 1789 to 2008.
If there was any doubt left in your mind how bad President Obama has been for the economy, he’s the only President since Hoover who has not had a single year that saw an annual growth of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that reached or exceed three percent.
Now look at what GDP has looked like under Presidents such as Reagan or Kennedy, hell look at the rate under President Carter. You will see how awful this number is.
Nowhere in Liberal ideology does it say that the government must act as a huge safety cushion. It goes against every principle of private property to force one citizen to pay for another’s private life. Or what we call it in America, welfare.
This should be the final nail in Obama’s legacy coffin, but unfortunately the man made a lot of betrayals. One of my least favorite is how much he increased the American people’s dependance on the government.
The student loan crises has gone from a light snow way to a full blown winter apocalypse. College prices are increasing faster than ever, and today the average undergraduate is now leaving school with $35,000 in debt, up from about $17,000 when Obama announced.
Young people supported Obama because they thought that he would stand up for the students. He was one of only two members on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee not to have taken money from the Sallie Mae PAC. In this position he was privy to HELP Committee so he should have known of the illegal and deceptive activities by the lenders, the universities, and even the Department of Education.
When Obama took up the mantle of President the nation’s student loan debt was a steep $450 billion. But just like everything else besides the GDP, he took it and made it bigger. We now have over $1 Trillion in student debt tab.
Grinning in trump at the latest numbers, Obama sat down to ask himself, how can I get more voters? Food stamps!
The number of food stamps recipients went up by 10.7 million people, a 32 percent jump, since President Obama took office in 2009, according to the Department of Agriculture.
In 2009, 33,490,000 people received food stamp benefits. As of October 2016, the last month reported for FY 2016, 44,219,123 people received food stamp benefits, an increase of about 10,729,000.
Yikes it is numbers like these that make you ask, what did Obama do for this country? And further what legacy is Obama even trying to protect?
- What happened to rooting out corruption in Washington?
This wouldn’t have been a surprise to anybody in Illinois, but the Obama likes his government with a side of corruption. Of course, they would say, Obama is a Daley politician.
Progressives have been playing with corruption since it came out the womb-mind. So it’s no surprise that one of their own would be corrupt. But to Liberals, this kind of corruption is a huge betrayal of everything the ideology went through to be created. Kings and Queens are supposed to be corrupt. The American President not so much.
What’s more corrupt than the IRS targeting of conservative non profits?
The director of the IRS Exempt Organization division even admitted the impropriety! Of course she didn’t do this in front of Congress and she blamed little rough bureaucratic agents in Cincinnati, but it’s a step up from not acknowledging anything was wrong.
Unfortunately for the lady the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wasn’t thrilled with her repeatedly pleading the Fifth, they found her in contempt of Congress. If only the Justice Department had been as strict.
Justice Department prosecutor Barbara Bosserman, who had donated $6,750 to Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee from 2004 to 2012, investigated the matter and declined to bring up charges.
And maybe House investigators lost their nerve because they did not find a direct link from the White House to the IRS scandal. Unbelievable given that the Justice Department was aware of the matter two years before Congress and took no action, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act.
Fast and Furious
This Obama operation allowed about 2,000 guns to flow to Mexican drug trafficking organizations under federal supervision before authorities lost control of the guns. It seemed like Obama was more mad that he got caught than he was the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona. They found two of the Fast and Furious guns at the scene.
The Obama administration fought like hell to hide the documents from the operation to the House Oversight Committee, but 17 House Democrats and almost all House Republicans got along long enough to find the Attorney General at the time in contempt of Congress.
So far the tally is 69 people who were killed by the lost guns according to Judicial Watch. Obama claimed no responsibility and that he had no awareness of the program. In no place but Washington D.C. do bosses claim ignorance of their subordinates activities and not get fired.
You wouldn’t be a corrupt politician from Illinois if you didn’t have your cronies! Obama was the best thing to happen to energy lovers since Al Gore. He was supposed to use our precious tax payer dollars to save the environment. Instead he gave them to his friends.
The Energy Department provided a $535 million loan guarantee to a solar panel firm Solyndra as part of the 2009 stimulus bill. The company declared bankruptcy was investigated by the FBI and went belly up. Just like all the other subsidized green energy companies that also collapsed.
It’s enough to make a person skeptical of anything Obama say– never mind, Obama smiled again and I forgot anything was ever wrong.
- The most transparent administration ever?
More like professional players of hide the pickle. Obama promised to be a more transparent administration after the public was sick of being lied to. I don’t think I have to say how a government that hides is a government that lies. A government that lies is not a Liberal one.
I always thought that the Clintons were to chummy with Obama. Obama tried real hard to block any investigation into the Clintons.
The Obama administration rejected requests from three FBI field offices that wanted to open public corruption cases involving the Clinton Foundation and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton The FBI wanted to investigate conflicts of interest stemming from foreign donations during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
I don’t know how else you get away with destroying servers, hiding evidence, and lying about it and not go to jail. Also accepting bribes to make foreign policy decisions. That’s another one that you think would land you in jail.
For how angry the media is at Trump, you’d think he was Obama
“If you look at the last eight years, there has been a very concerted war on not just sources and whistleblowers, but also journalists, implemented by not Donald Trump but by the Obama administration,” says Glen Greenwald.
Greenwald explained that journalists like himself were working in fear, constantly bullied with threats of subpoena by the Obama administration.
Their favorite mechanism, the Espionage Act of 1917. On Obama’s watch, there has prosecutions twice as many people under the act than all other president’s combined.
During the Obama administration, the Department of Justice brought charges against eight people accused of leaking to the media — Thomas Drake, Shamai Leibowitz, Stephen Kim, Chelsea Manning, Donald Sachtleben, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou and Edward Snowden.
Some even tried the Obama/Clinton trick of pleading ignorance. Of course that didn’t work for them and the Obama Justice Department went full speed ahead.
It didn’t just stop at whistleblowers, Obama went after reporters as well. In 2010, as part of its investigation into Stephen Kim in 2010, Obama’s Department of Justice obtained a search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen’s private emails. In an affidavit supporting the search warrant, an FBI agent accused Fox News reporter James Rosen of conspiring to violate the Espionage Act.
“There is probable cause to believe that the Reporter has committed a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793 (Unauthorized Disclosure of National Defense Information), at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator of Mr. Kim,” FBI special agent Reginald Reyes wrote in an affidavit that shocked press freedom groups at the time.
Though Rosen was never charged, reporters still lived with the threat of charges. It was clear that Obama was no friend of the media and definitely no friend of whistleblowers.
If Obama’s lack of transparency wasn’t clear yet, the Obama White House set a record of failing to file FOIA requests. Got to hand it to Obama, no one lies to your face but stabs you in the back like Obama (except maybe McCain).
Obama not only betrayed the free market ideas of Classical Liberalism, he even betrayed the progressive socialist wing of the Democrat Party. Not very many are happy with the power that corporations excerpt over the American government.
Dr. Ron Paul said it best,
“The question has been raised about whether or not our president is a socialist…. I am sure there are some people here who believe it. But in the technical sense, in the economic definition of a what a socialist is, no, he’s not a socialist…
He’s a corporatist. And unfortunately we have corporatists inside the Republican party and that means you take care of corporations and corporations take over and run the country.”
Obama wasn’t so much regulating and taxing the people to help the poor in downtrodden as creating an economic system that favored the elites at top. It should have been obvious when he picked Tim Geithner as Secretary of Treasury. This was the chief author of the Wall Street bailouts.
The Washington Examiner said it best,
In crafting the Troubled Asset Relief Program under President Bush and implementing it under President Obama, Geithner wasn’t simply trying to stop panic and ward off a meltdown. He was trying to make sure the post-crisis financial sector looked a lot like the pre-crisis one. That is, Geithner wasn’t just trying to save the economy, he was trying to save the big banks.
Citigroup composed Obama’s cabinet
This isn’t discussed as much as you would think given the wide spread outrage over former Goldman Sachs. But according to the Wikileaks dump of Podesta’s emails, Citigroup pretty much chose Obama’s cabinet members for him.
Citigroup submitted their preferences for cabinet positions one month before the 2008 election. And what do you know the list looks almost exactly like the composition of Barack Obama’s cabinet.
The memorandum was written by Michael Froman, who was then an executive with Citigroup and served as US trade representative beginning in 2013. Froman received criticism for negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement in secret and that he “took care of his friends on Wall Street and in corporate board rooms at the expense of sound environmental and climate policy.
The list went like this:
- Robert Gates, a Bush holdover, became secretary of Defense
- Eric Holder became attorney general
- Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security
- Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff
- Susan Rice, United Nations ambassador
- Arne Duncan, secretary of Education
- Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services
- Peter Orszag, head of the Office of Management and Budget;
- Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs
- Melody Barnes, chief of the Domestic Policy Council.
The Secretary of Treasury Geithner, along with the Bush Treasury Secretary (and former Goldman Sachs CEO) Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, had played the leading role in organizing the Wall Street bailout.
All the bail outs!
Citigroup had its list ready three days after Bush signed the Troubled Asset Relief (TARP) program into law. This act allocated $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue the largest Wall Street banks. The single biggest beneficiary was Citigroup, which was given $45 billion in cash in the form of a government stock purchase, plus a $306 billion government guarantee to back up its worthless mortgage-related assets.
Let that sink in. Obama’s first act in becoming President was to chose a cabinet full of people chosen by Citigroup and Citigroup became the biggest benefactor to the corporate welfare that was TARP. Wowwwww.
Not only did Obama funnel trillions of dollars to the banks, not a single leading Wall Street executive faced prosecution for the nefarious practices that led to the financial collapse and Great Recession. He even personally intervened to block legislation capping executive pay at bailed-out firms.
Oh and lets not forget the Obamacare bailouts for members of Congress. This bailout costs taxpayers about $12,000.
Speaking of Obamacare…
To anybody foolish enough to defend this corporatist law please take into account how Obamacare was created. Drug lobbyist and the hospital lobby met in a backroom to draft the bill. Who knows the intent, but the effect has been a consolidation among hospitals insurers.
How could you trust the very people receiving subsidies (i.ed drug companies, insurance companies, and hospitals) to draft a bill that didn’t take from the American people to pay well connected businesses.
Maybe we shouldn’t blame Russia, or even the Clintons for the Democrats failure. I think Obama’s complete betrayal of Liberal principles speaks for itself.
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