LOSS OF EMPIRE: THE LEGACY OF BARACK OBAMA
Barack Obama’s legacy is not only one of scandal, dramatic expansion of federal bureaucracy, wasteful spending, and unconstitutional assumption of legislative power, it is also one of deliberate retreat from superpower status and disavowal of historic promises of support to allied nations. With that retreat comes grave dangers for Americans, stemming from increased risks of terrorism, destabilization of markets at home and abroad, and military expansion by foreign powers that view the United States as an enemy, like China and Russia.
Whether it is apologizing for American power, defunding and delimiting essential military operations, conceding nuclear weapons to Iran, failing to support our staunchest Middle Eastern ally, Israel, backing down from presenting any opposition to Russian expansion into the Ukraine, destroying the free enterprise engine of upward mobility through a combination of over taxation and over regulation, or refusing to unleash the full weight of American military power against ISIS, Barack Obama has caused the United States to retreat from the international stage, abandoning its vital interests and inviting other powers, like China and Russia, to fill the vacuum.
When the United States fails to combat effectively even those who are dedicated to our nation’s destruction, that profound withdrawal from self-defense is a cause of remark around the world and an invitation for powers that oppose us to make bold anti-American moves that they otherwise would not. Confident that Obama will pose no serious obstacle to military expansionism, both Russia’s Putin and China’s Jinping now seize the initiative to intimidate neighboring states and modernize and expand their respective militaries. As that regional instability and expansion continues apace, Obama downsizes critical elements of our own military apparatus necessary to maintain parity with our enemies’ rise in power.
The world is comprised of competing states, many antithetical to our Constitution of liberty and our way of life. Rather than view those powers as enemies that must be opposed whenever they act against American interests, Barack Obama has sympathy for them and believes it appropriate for the United States to appease them. Obama is willing to avoid a focus on rights violations, ignore state funding and support of terrorism against the United States, and ignore military expansion into neighboring states allied with the United States in order to curry favor with America’s enemies.
Under Obama, the nation has exchanged a clear standard in defense of individual liberty and free enterprise for one of retreat and acquiescence to exertion of foreign power, even at the expense of American lives and property. Obama has caused a decline in America’s super power status and a corresponding rise in super power status by Russia and China. By abandoning the American cause, he has led Putin to make expansion of Russian military and geopolitical ambitions a priority and likewise Jinping’s expansion of Chinese military and geopolitical ambitions. He has fueled expansion of international terrorism and has led nations sympathetic to the United States to conclude that the United States will surely do nothing to support them in light of our abandonment of defense of even our own direct interests.
After eight years of this conscious abandonment of defense for liberty and free markets, Obama leaves behind a clear legacy of loss and retreat. We are viewed as decidedly less influential, less powerful, and less well respected by those who hate us and wish us ill than we were viewed over a decade ago. No international leader would today believe that the United States, as John F. Kennedy assured the world, would “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Indeed, every international leader knows the opposite to be true of Obama: that this President will never pay the price, bear the burden, endure the hardship, support our friends, or oppose our foes as needed to assure the survival and success of liberty. Indeed, Obama so devalues liberty that he is willing to violate core constitutional doctrines, like the separation of powers, and assume imperial power to rule by pen and phone through the fiat creation of law and policy. John F. Kennedy’s world view is the opposite of Barack Obama’s. Kennedy believed in American greatness. By his actions and oftentimes by his own words, Barack Obama does not.
When he leaves office, Obama will retire comfortably despite his abdication of leadership and abandonment of the American cause. He will leave having reduced the gravity of the presidential office, the image of the United States, and the strength of the nation. He leaves us a much weaker, more vulnerable, less secure, and less healthy nation than we were the decade before he took power. He has sacrificed American liberty, security, and property at home and abroad. And while he will likely never feel the bite of those losses personally, he will be surrounded for the remainder of his life by Americans who do.
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Jonathan W. Emord is an attorney who practices constitutional and administrative law before the federal courts and agencies. Ron Paul calls Jonathan “a hero of the health freedom revolution” and says “all freedom-loving Americans are in [his] debt . . . for his courtroom [victories] on behalf of health freedom.” He has defeated the FDA in federal court a remarkable eight times, seven on First Amendment grounds, and is the author of the Amazon bestsellers The Rise of Tyranny, Global Censorship of Health Information, and Restore the Republic. He is the American Justice columnist for U.S.A. Today Magazine and joins Robert Scott Bell weekly for “Jonathan Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty,” an hour long radio program on government threats to individual liberty. For more info visit Emord.com, join the Emord FDA/FTC Law Group on Linkedin, and follow Jonathan on twitter (@jonathanwemord).
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Obama’s legacy is not only one of scandal, dramatic expansion
of federal bureaucracy, wasteful spending, and unconstitutional assumption
of legislative power, it is also one of deliberate retreat from superpower
status and disavowal of historic promises of support to allied nations.