On November 8th, the United States, by virtue of roughly half of the voting citizens, stepped back from the edge of the cliff, in the form of President Barak Obama’s fundamental transformation of America. America was on a course of surrendering the nation to a global political and economic construct, largely based upon worldwide cheap labor, open borders, and mass immigration. Hence, America’s national sovereignty, and way of life, was in grave danger.
President Obama’s open borders policy, allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to cross largely unimpeded into the country, costing taxpayers $113 billion dollars annually. His “catch and release” policy, and his release of over 19,000 illegal convicted felons in 2015, placed American citizens at great personal risk. His sanctuary cities policy led to the murder of Kate Steinly by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times before she was shot and killed while walking along a waterfront in San Francisco.
Obama’s economic, regulatory, and trade policies led to a no-growth, stagnant economy, with over 94 million Americans effectively out of the workforce. The nation now has more than 47 million Americans on food stamps, and a similar number living below the poverty line. His signature legislative act, commonly known as, Obamacare, is destroying household budgets, and reducing pursuit of medical treatment, due to skyrocketing premiums and high deductibles, with premiums increases ranging from an average of 25% among the states, with some states seeing increases approximating 100%. In addition, major insurance companies, such as Etna, are exiting the market, leaving consumers with fewer companies to purchase health insurance from, and less policy options.
Mr. Obama’s social policies were effectively redefining American life, and usurping governing authority from state and local governments. He intimidated public schools and parents into changing their lunch menus to fit his definition of nutrition. He pressured school systems into removing gender restricted bathroom policies. Most importantly, he supported and pressed for the redefinition of marriage, which was legalized by the US Supreme Court. Obama, by virtue of his policies, was reshaping American culture, and reducing freedom for American citizens.
President Obama’s political strategy has endangered American lives. He promoted a narrative that police officers are inherently biased, particularly against black men, and members of other minority groups, in their application of the use of force, even though the facts related to police-involved shootings overwhelming refute this premise.
Under President Obama, American foreign policy has created incredible instability, in the Middle East, and Western Europe, and set the conditions for an aggressive China in the Pacific, placing allies at risks, and U.S. interests. From his apology tour on behalf of America from the onset of his presidency, to his red line failure in Syria, to his Russian reset, to his Iran nuclear weapons deal, Obama has conveyed weakness, and a lack of American leadership, which has precipitated a complete loss of respect by America’s adversaries, and a loss of confidence among its friends. Obama has weakened the U.S. military, diminishing the nation’s capacity to maintain peace and stability, to project combat power, and to protect liberty.
Under President Obama, it became increasingly evident that corruption was tolerated. The IRS admitted abusing its power by treating conservatives applying for tax-exempt status differently than other applicants. Former Secretary of State Clinton used a private server, and destroyed 33,000 emails under Congressional subpoena. These actions reflect corruption at the highest level of the U.S. Government; and given that no one to date has been held accountable for these actions the sphere of two different legal standards has been raised, one for common citizens, and another for senior government officials.
So what does the election of Donald Trump mean? It means the total repudiation of Barak Obama’s domestic and foreign policies, and the rejection, with prejudice, of his philosophy of fundamentally transforming America. His election is a repudiation of globalism, as a substitute for nationalism; it is a rejection of a centrally managed society or statism, and an affirmation of individual freedom.
The American people never wanted their country to be fundamentally transformed in accordance with Obama’s vision. They wanted jobs created; control of government spending and debt reduction; lower-cost health insurance; and a return to peace and stability in the world.
Despite President Obama’s apparent disdain for this country, at least half of the voters wanted America to remain a sovereign nation; a deferential superpower; providing leadership in the world; living under the U.S. Constitution; and in charge of its own future. The majority of Americans support free-market capitalism as an economic system, which has led to the highest standard of living for any people in world history. Americans did not want government control of their lives in the form of socialism. Americans want to maintain religious liberty, and their right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment. Americans want law and order; not televised expressions of contempt toward the flag and national anthem. Finally, Americans did not want their president badgering them as racists, and sowing the seeds of cultural discord, when the nation has clearly rejected racism as immoral, and epitomized its national rejection by the election of its first black president.
Mr. Obama’s vision for America was never an expression of the sentiments of the American people. America is not a perfect country; yet Americans like their country, and want to keep their way of life. At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin, when asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” In electing Donald Trump, the American people, wisely, decided to keep it, just the way it is.
By Allen Sutton