It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now that we are living in the fast-hardening cement of what Barack Obama promised to wildly cheering crowds on the campaign trail in 2008: A “fundamental transformation” of America.
Anyone who can remember back to the decades before Obama’s two-term presidency will recall a country committed to fairness and common sense:
- Judging people based on the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin;
- Welcoming people who entered the country lawfully and endured the arduous citizenship process;
- Never giving a second thought about girls’ and women’s sports being reserved only for a person born female and without a speck of steroids, let alone testosterone, in their bodies;
- Expecting that immensely immature men dressed as clownish faux women would remain hidden inside “special” bars and clubs and not held up as twerking examples of bravery to kindergarten children;
- Acknowledging without equivocation that Marxism was a bad idea and not an ideal;
- Never contemplating that anyone other than a tyrant would jail his political opponents for simply questioning suspicious election results.
And generally, in a more fair-minded time: No one considered gleefully calling evil “good” and good “evil.”
This, of course, is but a very short list of the slop that is being shoveled on a daily basis down the throats of ordinary, common-sense Americans. (We will leave it to the reader to shout out a few dozen more.)
The United States has been transformed into Obamaville.
As I point out in my new book, “Obvious: Seeing the Evil That’s in Plain Sight and Doing Something About It,” all of this slow boil of the pot, with the American frog paddling lethargically within, began with the nomination of Barack Obama.
People so desperately wanted what Obama was peddling — “Hope and Change” — that they inserted into that second word whatever their hearts desired most. And certainly, the color of the man’s skin was a huge selling point. Sure, the candidate had practically no track record, and had he been white, Hillary Clinton would have been the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2008. But the biracial aspect of Obama’s candidacy was seen, perhaps even symbolically, as a way of finally unifying this country after so much racial divisiveness over the previous decades.
Many conservatives like to push back on the charge that America is “systemically racist” by pointing to the 2008 election. Would a racist nation vote a black man into office? tends to be the gist of the argument.
But isn’t it more accurate to say that voting for someone based on his skin color is also racist? Racism goes both ways. That’s why anyone who says that black people cannot be racist is making a racist statement.
“It’s not about skin,” a friend once told me. “It’s about sin.”
The Bible puts it this way: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It doesn’t matter who you are; some have a penchant to steal, some to cheat, some to lie, some to murder, some to treat others in a derogatory way. And, of course, so many of us are pretty good at choosing from time to time a smorgasbord of most everything (and then some) on that list.
So where does all this leave us?
The left didn’t expect Donald Trump to win the presidency in 2016. His administration was a bump in the road. And so, in just a few short years, we have fallen as far as Bedford Falls of “It’s a Wonderful Life” descended into Pottersville. The United States has been transformed into Obamaville.
The hour is late, no doubt. The November election will be crucial in undoing many terrible changes.
And if, as some pundits are beginning to think, the Democrats’ standard-bearer suddenly turns out to be yet another Obama, with the added twist of possibly becoming the history-making first woman U.S. president, let’s just hope there are enough common-sense citizens who would not do something “systemically sexist” by voting for her.
Vigilance is necessary this time around to ensure a free and fair election and to keep the cement of “fundamental transformation” from hardening into unbreakable rock.
Editor’s note: A version of this article appeared originally at the Stream.