The last few weeks we have heard occasional comments about what President Barack Obama is doing to consolidate his legacy. He leaves office tomorrow, but his legacy, for good or for ill, will linger on a long time. Here is an evaluation of his legacy, from my personal point of view.
First, here’s the good part of Mr. Obama’s legacy. 1/He commuted the sentence of Bradley/Chelsea Manning. Mr./Ms. Manning may be confused about his gender identity, but he knew illegal and immoral behavior by U.S. forces when he saw it. He spoke up and tried to stop it. Eventually he handed over documents to Wikileaks, which exposed the wrongdoing of the U.S. Good for Mr./Ms. Manning. It is surprising, even shocking, to me that Mr. Obama had the decency to commute Mr./Ms. Manning’s sentence, but he did. Good for Mr. Obama.
2/Mr. Obama began the process of opening up relations with Cuba. The sanctions should never have been installed. The way to bring Cuba back out of the nuttiness of Fidel Castro’s communism was always to engage in honest trade with Cuba. This might have led the Cuban people to see the benefits of free trade. Thomas Jefferson recommended “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” George Washington was similar in his recommendations. Opening relations with Cuba is something which should have been done a long time ago. Mr. Obama is the first president who has had the common sense to do what needed to be done long ago.
With that, we seem to have reached the full extent of Mr. Obama’s positive legacy. I am confident that there is something good I am forgetting. There almost has to be. We might say that he refused to go into a full-scale war against Syria, which was good on his part, but in that decision his hand was largely forced by the American people, who made it clear that they did not want another foolish intervention.
[Added on Jan. 26, 2017: A third positive legacy from Mr. Obama’s presidency is the nuclear treaty with Iran. I forgot to mention that in the original post. And, to repeat, no doubt there are some other good things I have failed to remember.]
The rest of Mr. Obama’s legacy is disastrous. Here are a few of the things that stick in my mind, in no particular order.
1/The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) continued the destruction of the ability of the American people to pay for their own medical care at reasonable prices.
2/The continued admittance into this country of Muslims and illegal aliens from south of the border went on unopposed under Mr. Obama’s watch. These policies are disastrous for our country.
3/The pro-perversion legacy of Mr. Obama is huge, in his support of homosexuality and trans-genderism (not a word, but it should be).
4/Mr. Obama continued and expanded the use of drones to attack people who might be enemies of the U.S. Drones strikes are judge, jury, and executioner. If people attending Muslim wedding parties are “accidentally” blown apart, hey, it’s collateral damage. Get with the necessities of realpolitik This attitude is profoundly evil. Mr. Obama said at one time that he was good at killing people. He got that right. But he shouldn’t have been doing it. Unfortunately, that is a big part of his legacy.
5/Mr. Obama continued and expanded the wars of intervention of his sociopath predecessor, George W. Bush. (At times it has occurred to me that Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama are twins–fraternal rather than identical–separated at birth. Okay, it’s just a theory; maybe there’s nothing to it.) Mr. Obama helped overthrow the legally elected government of Ukraine. He continued the madness in Afghanistan and in Iraq. He gave military support to that wonderful U.S. ally Saudi Arabia in their war on Yemen. He oversaw the Libyan disaster, turning a stable country into chaos. All these policies destabilized the Middle East and helped lead to the disastrous immigration of Muslims into Europe.
6/Mr. Obama’s pandering to the black community led to a vast worsening of race relations in the U.S. His rhetorical responses in the cases of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were predictable, but wrong-headed. He traveled to South Africa to spend nineteen minutes eulogizing the murderer and torturer Nelson Mandela.
7/Mr. Obama, down to his final days in office, is trying his best to pick a fight with Russia. To what end? Russia has done nothing to harm us. Even if they did somehow hack various U.S. computers having to do with our election (which is unlikely, according to computer guru types), so what? Do you think we are not hacking other countries constantly? The out of control CIA has been interfering in the political business of other countries for way over half a century. Read, for example, Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA, by John Prados. Or read one of the dozens of similar books. Leave Russian alone. But Mr. Obama’s legacy is to the respond favorably to the ravings of our neoconservative loonies, in going to the brink of war with Russia.
8/Mr. Obama is a profoundly dishonest man. The economy is great, he says. Tell that to the countless people who have given up looking for work. His dishonesty in regard to his own past is in full accord with his general dishonesty on political issues. He tells us the politically correct lie rather than the difficult truth we all need to hear. Aided and abetted by Mainsleaze Media, Mr. Obama has continued the example of constantly resorting to lies as a way to explain what is going on.
9/Mr. Obama pretends to be a Christian, but his policies are anti-Christian. If his legacy is a Christian legacy, give me some sort of semi-honest paganism. The Christianity of Mr. Obama is far worse than no Christianity at all.
10/Mr. Obama leans left on every issue. His own moral failing of liberalism is profoundly corrupting to us all. We all need to stop wanting to live by the sweat of someone else’s brow. Mr. Obama tempts us in exactly the wrong direction, always in the direction of living on Other People’s Money.
11/Mr. Obama is a supporter of the murder of unborn children via abortion. His legacy includes murdering babies, and calling it “choice” or “freedom” rather than murder.
12/Under the administration of the Mr. Obama, our national debt has almost doubled, from around $10.6 trillion dollars, to about $19.6 trillion. The bankruptcy of the U.S. is certain. This bankruptcy might lead to Mr. Obama’s most telling legacy of all: the potential end of the United States. The break-up of the United States will, I believe, prove to be a very good thing! We have become too big, too violent, too anti-Christian. But the process of getting to several or many much smaller countries is likely to be extremely painful, with loss of savings, possible huge loss of life due to starvation and/or violence. The end of the U.S. could be part of the legacy of Mr. Obama. For my part, I offer him a cheerful thank you for that, at least. Granted, I may lose all my scant savings, and my pathetic life, but the people that survive may be poised for a better future once the U.S. disappears. So, thank you, Mr. Obama, for that portion of your legacy which has helped lead to the potential end of Leviathan.
The legacy of Barack Obama is one of almost uniform horror. He is a despicable man. But how much is he to blame? He could never have done what he did, without us. Taken as a whole, we the American people are deliriously corrupt. Go down the list of the negative aspects of his legacy. Most or all of the points will apply to we the people as a whole, Christian and non-Christian. We shrugged, or went along to get along. He could not have done it without us.
May God have mercy on the soul of Barack Obama, on my soul, and on yours. We are all going to need it.