The belief — it is perhaps more accurate to describe it as an article of conservative faith than a “belief” — in many conservative quarters is that President Obama is exactly a man of his word. His stated objective is to transform America — and that is exactly what he and his liberal allies on Capitol Hill and in the media are all about.
It is no accident that the other day in the New York Times, as the nation awaited news on a fiscal cliff deal, Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman took to the op-ed pages of America’s liberal bible to say:
As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.
You read that right. A liberal professor of constitutional law regards the Constitution — the very document then-State Senator Obama once derided as a document of “negative rights”, as “downright evil.” This is, of course, along the same line of thought as expressed by no less than liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who told Egyptians last year that she wouldn’t recommend the U.S. Constitution as a guide to establishing an Egyptian democracy. And don’t forget this gem, also from the Times, which has Washington University of St. Louis professor David Law doing a study on the Constitution that compares it to “Windows 3.1” Meaning: antiquated. Out of date. Irrelevant.
There are conservatives aplenty who see anything and everything Obama does as part and parcel of a long-term strategy to not simply “transform” America but to irrevocably make it a country that was never imagined in the wildest imaginings of its founding fathers.
A nation where Americans are gradually confronted with a reality that strips them over time of their most fundamental rights, leading them step-by-step to life in a country that has been deliberately, willfully bankrupted, riven by class and racial warfare.
Say again, to update, there are conservatives who believe when you do business with Barack Obama you keep in mind that he and his liberal allies are operating with, to use Reagan’s words, “a different set of standards.”
They believe the President has no intention of cutting spending, and has every intention of reserving unto himself the right to ignore and evade when not undercutting the Constitution. And if, along the way, he can stiff Israel and allow Iran to get nuclear weapons — thus further diminishing America’s role in the world — he will do that as well. All with America’s best interests at heart, he will insist.
At this moment, it seems that conservatives may know neither President Obama’s mind — or their own.
The clock ticks.
It’s time — past time — to fight.
Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan White House political director and author.