Obama’s Lasting Legacy: Transforming America
A Nation of Dependents That Sustain the Democratic Party
On the eve of the election in 2008, Barack Obama got lost in his own enthusiasm and revealed his agenda for the coming presidency when he said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Now we know that he meant it, and intended to apply all his beliefs and experience as a left-wing community organizer to altering nearly every institution of government.
At the time, Obama’s comment was lost in the euphoria of the newness of Obama himself. To millions he was a blank slate. He promised an end to bipartisanship, new respect for America abroad, renewed economic prosperity, and even the final chapter in the country’s long struggle with race.
For those who looked below the surface, there was ample evidence of Obama’s true intentions. Throughout his adult life, Obama was a committed ideologue, seasoned in the struggles of class warfare and adept at describing America’s past sins.
It didn’t take long for Obama to reveal his true intentions. Within weeks of his inauguration came his devotion to overheated Keynesian economics in the nearly $1 trillion stimulus plan. Then came Obamacare, his most ambitious goal of all. When he traveled abroad, he apologized for America’s foreign policy.
All along was there was evidence to know what Obama meant by “transforming” the United States. But hardly anyone looked. To this day, the mainstream media conceal his true beliefs and what he hopes will be his legacy.
There is one telling piece of evidence that deserves re-examination today for a look at Obama’s blueprint for his presidency. It was a speech at Loyola College in 1998 when Obama served in the Illinois Senate. It was a clear statement of his belief in the redistribution of wealth and the Democratic Party as the vehicle to form a majority coalition of voters dependent on a vast array of government programs.
The Daily Caller exposed an audio version of the speech last fall when Mitt Romney was savaged for saying that 47 percent of Americans are captive Democratic voters because they receive government payments and pay no income tax. He was right.
In his 1998 speech, Obama was clear about his philosophy and his goal of creating a lasting voter majority that would sustain the Democratic Party.
“I actually believe in wealth distribution,” Obama said “At least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody’s got a shot.”
Obama still talks about everybody getting a “fair shot,” but he doesn’t see the path to that goal through free market capitalism that creates jobs. He sees the government as the custodian of the “fair shot.”
The future president said he believed the working poor and welfare recipients capable of serving as a “majority coalition”—the foundation of the Democratic Party’s road to permanent power. Today he carries on endlessly about helping the “middle class,” but his policies reveal his true intentions.
Obama is devoted to expanding a nation of citizens dependent on the federal government. He recoils at any suggestion of economic opportunity that serves the individual. To him, the deck is stacked against the individual who can only be rescued by government programs.
He only has a few years left to continue forming a dependent society that will elect Democrats. But he has accomplished a great deal.
Obamacare is well on its way to destroying private insurance and advancing single-payer health care. His budgets pile more debt on the $17 trillion already on the books. The economy is stalled and mired in regulation. Millions rely on food stamps and move from unemployment insurance to disability payments.
All the while, the president doesn’t seem to mind. He is well on his way to cementing his majority coalition that looks to the Democratic Party for its security and even its sustenance. It’s the Obama legacy.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.