Most lawyers who study Constitutional law do so out of an abiding interest in following the document which forms the basic law of the United States. Barack Obama studied it as an archaeologist studies ancient hieroglyphics–as an interesting historical document irrelevant to governing a modern society.
The essence of President Obama’s goodbye message is: utopia is coming, and I would love to shove it down your throat, but you won’t swallow.
In fact, the president mentioned the word “Constitution” only once in his entire “farewell” State of the Union address.
Our Constitution begins with those three simple words, words we’ve come to recognize mean all the people, not just some; words that insist we rise and fall together.
It was a dismissive reference prefacing a call to “fix our politics,” which is a euphemism for “you will be made to agree.” In what came off as the most hypocritical point in Obama’s “four questions” theme, he accused his opponents of the exact behavior he himself has committed the last seven years.
But democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. It doesn’t work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic. Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.
If that doesn’t describe the White House’s modus operandi for the Obama’s presidency, no words suffice.
Obama spent several paragraphs highlighting NASA’s push for the moon in the 1960’s, which was done on a “war footing” (read David Woods’ excellent book), and then called upon Vice President Joe Biden to lead a “new moonshot” to cure cancer. It was a nice gesture; Joe’s son Beau died last year of brain cancer. But there’s an essential difference between a moonshot and curing cancer. America knew how to fly to the moon, we just needed to do it. After decades of research, we don’t know how to cure cancer, and throwing more money at the problem doesn’t necessarily increase the likelihood we will arrive at a cure faster.
But that’s the utopian narrative, really: In the “new economy” (euphemism for “socialism”), the government throws money at every social problem, health issue, and national emergency until we have beaten it into submission. Obama spouted the same old progressive pabulum since Woodrow Wilson took over banking with the Federal Reserve.
“And we have to make college affordable for every American,” Obama said. “Providing two years of community college at no cost for every responsible student is one of the best ways to do that.” Why? We already spent stupendous amounts of money sending every student through twelve years of school–more per student than every other country except Austria, Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland. If we can’t get a good value on that investment, why would we want to, essentially, make high school six years long?
Because the “new economy” to Obama, Bernie Sanders and their ilk is a socialist, centrally-planned state-run manifesto, not a Constitutional republic.
“Look, if anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it,” a sneering swipe at the many scientists who dissent on the data. It’s not climate change that worries me about the pollyanna left, it’s their practice of denying human nature. They are human nature-deniers, thinking that China, India, and other countries who espouse completely different moralities about the planet and humanity’s place in it, would believe in western liberal solutions.
The president wants to build his legacy on his deepest belief that “hope and change” spring from utopian ideals that, when forced on societies, have always brought poverty, death, and despotism. Dinesh D’Souza was right about Obama: He’s angry and dangerous.
Thankfully, last night was the last time the president gets to use his bully pulpit in the pomp of a State of the Union Address, but it was a revealing time. We finally got to see the truest form of Obama–a man so deluded with his own superiority that, as Richard Wolffe reported, “I really believe my own bullsh*t.”