The recent revelations about the FBI and DOJ are important parts of the truth and reconciliation process necessary for America to come to grips with its dismal lost decade. The Nunes memo provided the first direct evidence of the criminality guiding the country throughout President Obama’s bleak tenure in office.
It's important to recall how we got here, and why such widespread denial remains. In early 2008, something new and terrifying appeared on the American political terrain: a personality cult with authoritarian overtones. A suave, elegant, charismatic junior Senator from Illinois mesmerized a sizable portion of America — and the world.
David Brooks of The New York Times gushed about candidate Obama’s perfectly creased pants — apparently confusing an excellent dry cleaner with Presidential timbre. The San Francisco Chronicle saw a spiritual Obama, deeming him a Lightworker poised to begin an age of enlightenment. Obama cast his own arrival as messianic, the turning point in humanity’s effort to heal our planet and ourselves.
This sort of adulation was abnormal — at least in the American context. Large parts of the world have fallen prey to personality cults. Such stories never have happy endings. For the first time in American history, an election was cast not as a contest between governing ideologies, policy preferences, funding priorities, or even personalities. Obama and his progressive followers promised to bend the arc of history towards justice, enabling good’s decisive triumph over evil. “Evil,” of course, meant anyone who opposed the progressive agenda.
That formulation is dangerous. Political parties hand power to their adversaries willingly (if unhappily) only because they believe that the future will bring new opportunities for free and fair competition. The Obama cult threatened that belief. It’s one thing to hand power to those you consider misguided. Handing power to those you deem evil is another matter entirely.
Unfortunately, many who recognized the danger merely inverted its conception of good and evil. They proclaimed Obama a Manchurian candidate cultivated from birth. America’s mainstream media — the propaganda arm of the Obama cult — let only such unhinged critiques through. They painted a false picture of an enlightened president fighting off crazy, racist, conspiracy-theoretic reactionaries.
The truth was far simpler. And in plain view. Obama himself had explained it. And though there was plenty of evidence to support it, that evidence was circumstantial. Until the memo.
President Obama told the American people of his goal to “transform” America. Much as Julius Caesar transformed the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire, Barack Obama sought to transform America from the liberal democratic vision of its eighteenth-century founders to a progressive vision cultivated in twentieth century seminar rooms and among the activists and thinkers of the New Left.
Those paying attention saw his many successes in the service of that goal:
Imminent cataclysmic climate disaster justified subordinating unipolar American supremacy to globalization.
Obamacare centralized authority, increased citizen reliance on the government, and reduced individual choice.
Strangling economic growth crippled the mobility that had always been central to the American dream.
Focusing on income inequality guaranteed inter-ethnic and inter-group tension. Lies about the racist motives of America’s hardworking police pushed the tension into street riots.
Attacking campus due process and free speech stifled dissent, and promoted discrimination and violence against those holding unpopular views — or merely belonging to disfavored groups.
Abandoning traditional American allies shattered American credibility abroad.
Embracing the revolutionary terrorists of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood — while attacking Israel’s government and denying Jewish history — nudged the U.S. towards the radical camp seeking to bring down Judeo-Christian morality and the liberal international order.
Lying about Ft. Hood, Benghazi, and Islamism in general fed a progressive narrative that enabled terrorists while defaming Americans.
Weaponizing the bureaucrats at the IRS, EPA, the Departments of Justice and Education, and the FBI held dissenting views in check.
Screaming about Voter IDs set the stage for massive voter fraud.
The evidence mounted. Jonathan Gruber, an Obamacare architect, crowed about fooling the American people. Ben Rhodes, a key foreign policy aide, turned himself into a comic book villain cackling that it was too late to stop his evil plans.
And yet… for all that evidence, from all those directions, the case remained circumstantial. Could it have been mere incompetence? Naiveté? Rogue bureaucrats? Coincidence? As long as Obama controlled the government, his critics could never produce a smoking gun. The deep state protected him — and itself — well.
Until #MemoDay — and the subsequent revelations that are pouring in. Suddenly, America has direct evidence. Would an American president really abuse the FBI? Use it to rig a presidential election? For any normal president, no. For a radical committed to doing whatever it takes to transform the country? He’d already done worse.
It will take time. It will be difficult for many to face the perfidy they supported. But truth and reconciliation are important. America must heal itself. A clear look at direct evidence is a necessary, if painful, first step.
Bruce Abramson is the President of Informationism, Inc., Vice President and Director of Policy at the Iron Dome Alliance, and a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. Jeff Ballabon is CEO of B2 Strategic, a Senior Fellow at the American Conservative Union's Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy, and an advisor to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. To read more of their reports — Click Here Now.
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