Barack Obama made America a more open society — Myth or Fact?

Barack Obama said that his main goal as President would be to fundamentally transform America. That was the calling cry of his 2008 campaign, e.g., in an October 2008 campaign visit to Columbia, Mo Obama said“…we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

He backtrakced on that in a Bill O’Reilly interview on February 2, 2014, but it’s clear to any impartial observer that Barack Obama has all his life been hostile to the America of the founding fathers. He came into office wanting to “fundamentally transform” America into something entirely different than what they created in 1789. Rush Limbaugh said he hoped Obama would fail, i.e., that he would fail in his attempt to fundamentally transform America. Rush has since said many times that Obame did not fail, that he succeeded beyond all his dreams. It’s hard to disagree. He did change America. It turns out the voters now want their country back.

So is America a more open society today than when Obama took office in January, 2009? Is America more tolerant of different lifestyles, of different political opinions, of different people? You might say gay marriage shows that yes, America is now more tolerant. But tell that to Brendan Eich who was forced out of his positioin as CEO of Mozilla when it was discovered that he had donated $1,000 to California Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in Californiabefore being struck down by an activist judge in 2013. Tell that to the bakeries that have been subjected to harrassment for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, or the photographers who have been hounded merifully for saying they would rather not photograph a gay wedding.

That some who provides wedding cakes and photograghy believe their religion teachs them marriage is sacred and same sex marriage is abominable and is not a marriage at all does not mean that gay couples cannot easily obtain these services elsewhere. The only reason to hound and persecute these people for their religious beliefs is sheer abject intolerance of other opinions, other lifestyles, other people.  This intolerance is so intense it is can rightly be compared to Nazi persecution of Jews in the 1930s. The only dfference in that, so far at least, this new “Gay Mafia” has not started shooting people down on the street.  For the time being they seem content to simply ruin people’s livelihoods and subject them to Star Chamber style court proceedings.

The current strain of malignant hateful intolerance now extends to Trump supporters afraid to announce their support publicly for fear of being ostracized, or worse. Millions who voted for Trump feel that have to pretend they voted for Hillary in order to keep their friends or avoid having to undergo a dressing down by their friends.

The answer to the question posed by the title to this post is that Obama has fundamentally transformed America and made it worse. I hope we get our country back under Donald Trump’s presidency, and I believe we will.

Further study is available at today’s WSJ: Coming Out — This Time for Trump, Hiding My Support For Him Felt The Same Way as Keeping My Sexual Orientation Secret

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