Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What I See In Barack Obama

by Prof. Paul Eidelberg

In an article dated October 14, 2008, Iranian-born journalist Amir Tahiri writes: “PREPARE for a new America: That's the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at [Evian, France] … last week.” Jackson went on to say: "Obama is about change. And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it."

Jackson has more or less confirmed the present writer’s assessment of Barak Obama or what I perceived in his campaign slogan of CHANGE. But let me be more precise.

Senator Obama has nothing less in mind than regime change—a radical change in the political philosophy on which the American government is based, namely, the basic principles and values of the American Declaration of Independence.

This revolutionary document affirms that man is endowed with certain inalienable rights, among which are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. An Obama government would substitute a right to happiness for the pursuit of happiness. Such a government would thus be utterly paternalistic—a tyranny.

The Declaration of Independence derives our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness from the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God. These laws, like any law of nature, are universal and immutable. They are not subject to the will or whim of man or of any government, be it a government of the one, the few, or the many. These laws transcend time and place. They transcend culture.

Obama, however, is a product of multiculturalism or postmodernism. He has been tainted by the university-bred doctrine of cultural relativism, which denies the existence of universally valid standards of good and bad, of right and wrong. He does not profess this relativism openly. Rather, he speaks of people’s cultural “narratives,” as if the cherished ideas and values of a people are purely subjective, hence, have no objective validity.

This multiculturalism is destroying Europe. It is destroying the nation-state and is thereby undermining America’s national sovereignty. Indeed, multiculturalism is leading to World Government via the United Nations. This means unmitigated tyranny,

Like any sovereign state, World Government necessitates a monopoly of power. In an era of weapons of mass destruction, a World Government would necessitate the equivalent of a KGB in every country to prevent any dissident group from developing such weapons—and they are being miniaturized.

It is in this light that we are to understand why Obama wants to cut U.S. defense spending. It is in this light that we are to understand his desire to redistribute the wealth of the United States to the Third World. It is in this light that we are to understand the extent to which Obama was influenced by radical socialists and communists like Saul Alinsky and William Ayres and has the backing of a billionaire like George Soros, an anti-American globalist.

Nothing in Obama’s upbringing and education offers the promise of a President committed to the basic principles of the American heritage. What else is to be expected of a man who, for twenty years, attended the church of “God-damn-America” Rev. Jeremiah Wright—an admirer of Louis Farrakhan, a Jew-hater?

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