The President is coming

America will have a new president today. And it seems neither the people nor the we-left-our-brains-at-home media care about him and his collectivist ideas. Bush was pathetic, but he wasn’t an intellectual, which is not the case with Obama. And the way he got elected, he’ll probably assume he has the mandate to do anything he wants. Why probably, he’s already assumed it.

A reality check is required. So Edward Cline’s posts on what Obama really represents – “The Crown Prince of Collectivism”, and “An Inauguration of Tyranny” – are must-reads. In the latter post, Cline links to this op-ed by Gerald Warner. Its not news to anyone who’s been following Obama’s progress, but the warning is an ominous one-

TUESDAY may be regarded by future historians as the beginning of the end for the United States of America.
It is the first credible date that may become iconic as the moment when the federation that came into existence in 1776 and rose to global hegemony in the 20th century joined Macedonia, Rome and Britain in the catacombs of fallen empires. Barack Obama is America’s nemesis.

This presidency has the very real potential to impoverish America on a scale that could demote it irreversibly from its economic superpower status. When a politician masquerades as a messiah, be very afraid.

Present day America deserves Obama. And so does the world.

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  • you12  On January 20, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I will wait a bit longer before declaring the “End of America”. Not to indulge in nostalgia but that country really “was” about freedom and if America dies than tyranny wins, socialism wins and all evils win.

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On January 21, 2009 at 2:25 am

    leftist americans cannot contain there joy for obama. many felt he would change the way middle-east thinks about america. but when al zawahiri called him a “sell out” for the whites and a “horse negr0” on a video tape, many leftist on the forum starting cursing the middle-east. the only change i see is a black man in white america. nothings going to change about the american foreign policy. bush probably figured out that the only way he can avoid another major al-qaeda attack on american soil was to attack middle-east countries and keep them busy there. that’s what he did during his term and that’s what obama will do if he’s sane. there’s no such thing as a “truce” with jihadi’s. the homeland security act is as useless as any other act. there are many ways to attack america. remember mumbai attacks?

  • Abhishek  On January 21, 2009 at 11:38 am

    The office of President was one of modest power and limited responsibility. This old Reason article is a must read for anyone who wishes to get a historical perspective and deeper understanding of how the president came to be viewed as an authority, guardian and now a messiah.

    Yes, America has gotten what she deserves. But Obama’s victory doesn’t represent a big change; it’s just one more step in a continuous process that begun a long time ago.

  • Aristotle The Geek  On January 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The “idea” and its “concrete form”, while related, are essentially different. The USA of today is not based on the original idea of America – primarily liberty. So I won’t shed tears on the “End of America” because the Americans committed willful suicide by not caring about liberty. The US in concrete may die, but its idea will remain, and hopefully take root somewhere else.

    “bush probably figured out…”
    Looking at the mess he’s left behind, it doesn’t look like he figured out anything. And you are right, American foreign policy is not going to change too much – people say one thing when they are fighting elections, and do something else when they are in power. Obama’s no different.

    Excellent article. And the last paragraph sums it up pretty well, particularly the increasing demands made by people on government, and the resultant paternalism-

    In The Road to Serfdom, economist and political philosopher F.A. Hayek chastised the “socialists of all parties” for their belief that “it is not the system we need fear, but the danger it might be run by bad men.” Today’s “presidentialists of all parties”—a phrase that describes the overwhelming majority of American voters—suffer from a similar delusion. Our system, with its unhealthy, unconstitutional concentration of power, feeds on the atavistic tendency to see the chief magistrate as our national father or mother, responsible for our economic well-being, our physical safety, and even our sense of belonging. Relimiting the presidency depends on freeing ourselves from a mind-set one century in the making. One hopes that it won’t take another Watergate and Vietnam for us to break loose from the spellbinding cult of the presidency.

    I wonder if the change can ever be reversed.

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