Change! That’s what the American people are demanding, and by most accounts, it’s what they are going to get. If Barack Obama closes the deal and takes the oath of office next January, what will our country become?
For certain, the United States of Obama will be a changed nation. George W. Bush and his Iraq war and tax cuts will soon be a distant memory. Obama promises to end the Iraq War, step up the fight in Afghanistan and “spread the wealth around.” He will likely have supermajorities of liberal Democrats to make it tough for Republicans to act as a check and balance.
Here is what will be different.
Obama will see the nation’s “mission statement” as outlined in the preamble to the Constitution as a mandate to implement his brand of social and economic justice. According to the Constitution, this nation was formed to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty…”
There is no doubt that an Obama-style, liberal interpretation of these missions will translate to income redistribution, also known as socialism. Sen. Obama spoke to the NAACP back in July in a language that much of America might not understand – but this audience did. “I’ve been working my entire adult life to help build an America where economic justice is being served,” he told the group.
This is perhaps the root of what might be called “The Obama Doctrine.” Simply stated, it holds that anyone who has succeeded in life must have done so unfairly and therefore government must use its power to move some of that wealth around.
Thus, an Obamaism such as “restoring fairness to the economy” means higher taxes for people who fall into that category called “the rich.” America got a glimpse of this last week when the ultra-liberal Congressman Barney Frank suggested on CNBC that the country should start spending more money and recover the funds by taxing rich people.
But there aren’t enough rich people to soak for Barack Obama to provide tax cuts to 95 percent of the people as he has promised. According to the American Enterprise Institute, in 2006 the top 10 percent of earners paid almost 71 percent of taxes.
Lots of us will be labeled as “rich” so that we become eligible for the soaking. Besides, Obama’s tax cut plan extends to people who don’t pay taxes, so their “refund” check is really welfare. That’s wealth redistribution, and “social justice” to Obama.
And what about corporations? And unions? Under Obama, corporate taxes would likely go up and unions would be strengthened under proposed new “card check” rules for union organizing. Ford and GM cannot continue with high taxes and an extremely costly unionized workforce. So expect the American automobile industry to virtually vanish.
If the Constitution provides our national mission statement, then our “vision statement” comes from the Declaration of Independence – the Jeffersonian concept of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The nation under Obama will throw it all away.
If you Google the name of the Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui, you will find a video that is hard to watch. In urging Hispanic voters to reject Obama, the Latino star runs footage from abortion clinics that will make you cry. And yet, Barack Obama is so pro-abortion that he helped block legislation that would have protected children who survive botched abortions.
So much for life. What about liberty and happiness? Obama’s healthcare plan, leading to a single-payer system, would take away choices and lead to rationing. We will get cap-and-trade legislation to control climate change – but that is really designed to put the government in charge of everything. And, we’ll get the “Fairness Doctrine” to throw Rush Limbaugh off the air and anyone else who might have a contrary opinion.
There will not be enough Republicans in Congress to stop any of this. So hide some money in the mattress and get ready for the United States of Obama. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.