Former President Obama has criticized President Trump’s temporary immigration ban on citizens from seven Middle East countries. Here is Obama’s statement:
“Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
Obama encourages anti-Trump protests on the grounds that the immigration ban violates American values. This critique is uniquely hypocritical. For eight years, I watched Obama’s concentrated assault on our values. How can he pretend to defend these values after doing so much to undo them? “He pledged to ‘fundamentally transform America,’” said Joseph Farah, editor of WorldNetDaily, “and he has done his level best to destroy it through fanning flames of hatred of all it stands for both inside the country and abroad.” American Thinker agreed: “Barack Obama is trying to destroy America’s essence, that commitment to liberty that makes her unique in this world, and that makes her uniquely American.”
Where does Obama stand with respect to American values? “If the desire to knock America off its pedestal, to redistribute American income to other countries, to shrink America’s footprint in the world, makes you anti-American,” said author and political commentator Dinesh D’Souza, “then Obama is in fact anti-American.” Here is a list of American values followed by Obama’s negative interpretations:
- Success is the reward of hard work (myth of the self-made man): Obama attempted to destroy this value with his condescending statement, “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” As the Daily News pointed out, Obama attacked the individualism inherent in the American dream.
- Freedom of the individual (The state exists to optimize individual freedoms, not to control the individual): “Every single one of [Obama’s] initiatives,” says American Thinker, “is directed at increasing government control in every area, with a corresponding decrease in individual liberty.”
- Separation of powers (among the three branches of government): Obama has used executive orders to bypass the other branches and set up an imperial presidency. “I think [the Constitution] is an imperfect document,” he said, “and I think this is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture.”
- Self-reliance (The American ethos believes we are accountable for our actions): Obama pushed for increased entitlements—welfare payments, unemployment benefits, subsidized healthcare—because he doesn’t think we are able to succeed on our own. Obama’s comments in case after case have denied the principle of personal responsibility, stoked the fires of racial discord, and added to the racial divide. “Self reliance remains the American way,” says Forbes Magazine, “despite persistent messages that Americans need a strong helping hand from the state due to discrimination and life’s other disadvantages.”
- Equality of opportunity via free market competition: Obama did whatever he could to move the country from meritocracy to race-based tests for “fairness.” Suggesting that we should strive for equality of outcome, he supported the argument that the high rate of black incarceration is the result of unequal treatment by the justice system instead of the higher crime rate in the black community.
- Respect for private property, material wealth, and upward mobility: “U.S. institutions permit individuals to amass wealth (and lose it as well),” said Forbes, “and to do so in a single generation. Upward mobility keeps the ‘American Dream’ alive.” Obama argued that the way to end poverty is to take wealth away from the rich. His objectives were the redistribution of income and the enforcement of socialism. In keeping with his globalist philosophy, he pushed for redistributing America’s wealth to the third world.
- Pride in American exceptionalism: “American exceptionalism,” says Forbes, “is the notion that the United States occupies a unique position in the world, offering opportunity and hope to others by its unique balance of public and private interests and constitutional ideals of personal and economic freedom.” From the first day of his presidency, Obama was apologizing all over the world for what he perceived as America’s shortcomings and transgressions. At the core of Obama’s message, said the Heritage Foundation, was “the concept that the U.S. is a flawed nation that must seek redemption by apologizing for its past ‘sins.’”
At a time when our new president needs support, Obama should at the very least keep his mouth shut. “It is rare for former presidents to criticise their successors,” observed The Telegraph (UK), “and certainly not just a week and a half after they are sworn in.” Instead, Obama is encouraging the very kind of civil disobedience that he tried to suppress during his own presidency. The Obama administration “made a habit of using the power of the state to coerce and compel others to accept its cultural attitudes,” argues The Federalist. “For him, unity means little dissent. In his last State of the Union, for example, Obama laid out a progressive agenda, then implored us to embrace ‘American ideals’ as if they were the same.” Eight years of his hypocrisy are enough.
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