SOMEBODY’S GOTTA ASK IT: Has Obama Betrayed the ‘American-Way’?

Is Obama a quasi-traitor?  What do you think?  I suppose it depends on the evidence and what you consider relevant.
Clearly, Obama’s pledge to transform the United States of America strongly suggested his intention to significantly change our nation.  He made this pledge during the great recession, before taking office.
The recession came to an end during the spring of 2009 – during the first months of his presidency.  Obviously, he can take little credit for the recovery, which was effected by the actions of the George W. Bush administration.
After taking office, Obama did perpetuate the strategies initiated by the Bush administration, and he put into place additional bailouts and financial aid packages that contributed to the slow recovery to this very day.  And the handout society was significantly enhanced during his early years. 
The United States has been the longest lasting democratic republic in modern history – and the world’s most prosperous nation.  The USA saved Europe, the Far East, and other nations from despots, autocrats, natural disasters, and wars. America provides more foreign aid than any other nation or combination of nations.  Our country is a multicultural “melting pot”, which has grown, prospered, and integrated it’s people into a model for the rest of the world.  This has been accomplished by the American-Way* – the American Prosperity Machine*, which is summarized below.
So while there is always room for marginal improvements – one must wonder why Obama initiated a radical transformation of the USA – toward de facto Marxist/Fabian-Socialist/Leftist-Progressive ideologies. The old saying: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” seems appropriate here.
What did this neighborhood organizer – with no management or executive experience – know about transforming the United States of America – the most prosperous nation in the history of the World? Was his vision developed in the Chicago ghetto . . . or from the Leftist schoolboys at Harvard?  What did he know about our free-enterprise, constitutional economy . . . the military . . . or foreign affairs? 
Clearly, the changes that have been made to our economy, culture, military, space program, international relations, and the American-Way*, have been horrific . . . and America may never be the same Prosperity-Machine* that we once enjoyed. 

To make matters worse, Hillary Clinton plans to ride the coattails of Obama’s transformation right into the White House.   
*The American-Way ― *The American Prosperity Machine:   Traditional Judeo/Christian principles and values . . . the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness . . . freedom of speech, action, religion and family governance . . .  an educated and informed society . . . freedom from gender and racial discrimination . . . affordable healthcare . . . the rule of Constitutional Law . . . the peaceful settlement of disputes . . . honest elections and presidential leadership . . . patriotic, truthful, checked & balanced, limited government  . . .  a strong military . . . cost-effective national defense . . . secure borders . . . the right of citizens to own and bear arms . . . free, competitive markets and institutions . . . properly-regulated, free-enterprise . . . balanced trade . . . private property rights . . . low cost, domestically supplied energy and natural resources . . . controlled immigration . . . individual responsibility and ingenuity . . . entrepreneurialism . . . a strong work ethic . . . full employment . . . fair pay . . . appropriate safety nets . . . low taxes . . . a strong, reliable currency . . . financial availability, mobility, and responsibility (balanced budget, minimal debt) . . . Competitive, Free-Market, Free-Enterprise, Constitutionally Limited Government  . . . and American Exceptionalism.


About the author: William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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