There are many who believe that Barack Obama was motivated to be president of the United States to enact a radical agenda to transform the nation. Many believe his actions and language reveal he is against American exceptionalism. (“Understanding the meaning of American exceptionalism is indispensable for anyone who wants to understand what it has meant to be an American,” says Charles Murray.) Others believe he wants to even the playing field, making the U.S. just one power among other developed nations.
The following are eight objectives a person would have to execute to effectively diminish the unique status of the USA as the leader of the free world:
1. Become the U.S. President
Although the U.S. Constitution counterbalances the office of president with Congress and the Supreme Court, the president still has enormous influence as the leader of the free world. The president would have the ability to set foreign and domestic policy; appoint members of the Supreme Court as well as numerous federal judges; and be able to push certain major initiatives through, even without an official vote of Congress.
Truly, becoming president would be a logical goal for any person wanting to be in the greatest position to radically diminish and/or transform our nation.
2. Alienate Global Allies
Since the world is flat and we live in a global economy, a person desiring to diminish the status of the U.S. as the world leader would intentionally disappoint its greatest allies. In the Middle East, they would want to alienate Israel; in Western Europe, they would want to disappoint powerful economic nations like Germany.
For example, President Obama has had a very cold relationship with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, because of his position on the Palestinian issue and his weak posture toward Iran’s plans for developing a nuclear arsenal.
Furthermore, the NSA scandal brought about by Edward Snowden revealed the U.S. has been spying on all its Western European allies, even to the point of listening in on the mobile phone calls of German President Angela Merkel! This, of course, has greatly damaged our relationships with several of our most important allies in major parts of the world, not including the great damage this scandal has done to our international credibility and other nations affected by illegal NSA probes.
3. Run Up the National Debt
Another thing a person would do to diminish the power of this nation would be to weaken it economically through debt financing. To quote Peter Schiff: “The crisis is imminent. I don't think Obama is going to finish his second term without the bottom dropping out. And stock market investors are oblivious to the problems. We’re broke. We owe trillions. Look at our budget deficit; look at the debt-to-GDP ratio, the unfunded liabilities. If we were in the Euro zone, they would kick us out.”
4. Push the Nation Away From Biblical Values
The 10 Commandments (Ex. 20) were given by God as a blueprint to bless a nation. Nations that adhere to these commandments will experience prosperity. For example, all the nations most affected by the Protestant Reformation became the world’s leading innovators; the U.S. was blessed primarily because it became only the second nation in history (other than Israel) to be founded by a covenant with God (the 17th-century Mayflower Compact).
Unfortunately, President Obama has directed a policy turn toward the further secularization of the U.S.—for example, the Pentagon’s stance against biblical Christianity, forcing businesses like Hobby Lobby to fund abortion and contraception through Obamacare and his refusal to allow the Justice Department to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
5. Reduce the Military
Past presidents like Ronald Reagan believed in peace through strength. One of the main reasons why nations like Russia and China have not continued expanding their territories is because the U.S. military is a deterrent. The old Soviet Union was forced to compete with a huge military buildup initiated by Reagan. Its economy collapsed because it could not keep up with us!
Conversely, President Obama has continued to cut the military down to pre-World War II levels. These cuts are taking place at a time when Russia is attacking Ukraine, China is expanding its navy, and Iranian warships are coming close to U.S. coastlands.
6. Appease Foreign Enemies
Another way to weaken a country is to diminish its respect in the global theater while enabling its enemies to advance in their objectives. In the past several years, we have witnessed the so-called Arab Spring uprisings that have enabled Islamic radicals’ rise to greater power in Islamic nations; we have seen President Obama publicly draw a red line with Syria regarding the use of chemical weapons and then subsequently back away from his position when they tested him while deferring to Vladimir Putin’s Syria plan, thus hurting U.S. credibility and empowering Russia; we have seen an Iranian general publicly mock Obama and speak of annihilating Israel, our primary ally in the Middle East, while stringing along the U.S. and the U.N. regarding their intent on developing nuclear weapons.
Obama should learn from Britain Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement strategy with Hitler that failed miserably after he declared “peace for our time”!
Diplomacy will only work if you have the respect of your enemies.
7. Divide the Nation Along Race and Ideology Lines
A nation divided against itself cannot stand. Obama originally campaigned on a promise to end bipartisan bickering and to be the president of a unified nation. Unfortunately, the opposite has happened, with more hatred and animosity enveloping the nation since the 19th-century War Between the States!
Obama is constantly blaming Republicans for the nation’s ills, thus further dividing Congress. Under his administration, the IRS has been empowered to investigate conservative groups and to make it harder for those ideologically opposed to him to receive official government status. Knockout attacks are proliferating across the nation. All in all, there seems to be more division in this nation than at any other time in our history.
Obviously it is not all Obama’s fault, but under his leadership the racial and ideological divide in our nation has grown worse. A person wanting to radically diminish a nation would want to highlight what divides it rather than what can unite it. To quote an article from Investors.com regarding President Obama:
“But the divisive attitude was around before he was elected. It was while campaigning in April 2008 that he dismissed small-town folks as ‘bitter’ people who ‘cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them’ when they get frustrated. …
“There’s more. He once said his grandmother ‘is a typical white person,’ told Latinos they should say, ‘We're going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends,’ and complained about ‘our own right-wing domestic terrorists who are subverting the American democratic process.’
“Earlier this year, a Gallup Poll found Obama to be, in the words of The Washington Post, ‘The most polarizing president. Ever.’
“Clearly, he has become the president of some Americans and not others.”
8. Bypass Congress and Ignore the Constitution
Any person who wants to diminish our nation would have to ignore the U.S. Constitution and appoint officials and federal judges with the same disregard for our founding documents as they have. This is a must in order to carry out their agenda without being counterbalanced by Congress and the judicial branch. To quote black conservative Armstrong Williams:
“Our Founding Fathers crafted the Constitution with divided powers as such for good reason. With the powers of government limited through the division between our Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, the actions of government would ideally grow more coherent in terms of resonating in consensus with society. …
“President Barack Obama, former professor of Constitution law, effectively announced that as president of the United States he was ignoring the spirit of the Constitution. In lieu of his incapability to get agreement with Congress he is willing to use executive power to implement laws that Congress will not officially endorse. …
“President Obama has decided he is no longer willing to work with the Republican Party in Congress to pass legislation. His desire and will for reaching compromises has wholly diminished. He has made clear that he will henceforth move with actively implementing laws without convincing a majority of the Congress that it is the right thing to do. This is in clear violation of our Constitution.”
Finally, it is the opinion of many that President Obama has a radical agenda bent on diminishing the superpower status of the U.S. I personally do not think he hates the American people but that he sincerely believes what’s best for the world at large is a humanistic progressive ideology leading to a new world order, which, left unchecked, could lead to a serious diminution of our nation. His global highbrow egalitarian vision is paving the way for our nation to be merely one of possibly three superpowers (along with the EU and an Asian alliance led by China and possibly India).
We don’t have much time left to stop this ideological/political train that has already left the station.
Joseph Mattera is overseeing bishop of Resurrection Church, Christ Covenant Coalition, in Brooklyn, N.Y.