The President Who Has Done the Most Damage

I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country. I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the "compassionate conservatism" of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance "compassionate" is a euphemism for ever-expanding government.

But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.

This is equally true domestically and internationally.

Domestically, his policies have gravely impacted the American economy.

He has overseen the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history.

He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion dollars in five years (this after calling his predecessor "unpatriotic" for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years).

He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid — means-tested, let alone non-means tested — than work full-time.

He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money — thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking another reserve currency — and saddling the next generations with enormous debts.

With his 2,500-page Affordable Care Act, he has made it impossible for hundreds of thousands, soon millions, of Americans to keep their individual or employee-sponsored group health insurance; he has stymied American medical innovation with an utterly destructive tax on medical devices; and he has caused hundreds of thousands of workers to lose full-time jobs because of the health care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers.

His Internal Revenue Service used its unparalleled power to stymie political dissent. No one has been held accountable.

His ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. No one has been blamed. The only blame the Obama administration has leveled was on a video maker in California who had nothing to do with the assault.

In this president’s White House, the buck stops nowhere.

Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress — the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party.

Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, he has not only not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair ("If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon") and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police "acted stupidly") were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic and, most of all, divisive.

He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world — something he should know as well anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first black elected the leader of a white-majority nation. Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

He has also divided the country by economic class, using classic Marxist language against "the rich" and "corporate profits."

Regarding America in the world, he has been, if possible, even more damaging. The United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War I.

One wonders if there is a remaining ally nation that trusts him. And worse, no American enemy fears him. If you are a free movement (the democratic Iranian and Syrian oppositions) or a free country (Israel), you have little or no reason to believe that you have a steadfast ally in the United States.

Even non-democratic allies no longer trust America. Barack Obama has alienated our most important and longest standing Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Both the anti-Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Iran Arab states have lost respect for him.

And his complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has left that country with weekly bloodbaths.

Virtually nothing Barack Obama has done has left America or the world better since he became president. Nearly everything he has touched has been made worse.

He did, however, promise before the 2008 election that "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." That is the one promise he has kept.

Dennis Prager’s latest book, "Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph," was published April 24 by HarperCollins. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.Com.

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  • potemkin_village_usa

    NOT ONLY DAMAGE, BUT DESTROY OUR FREEDOM:
    FROM SOVEREIGNS TO SUBJECTS UNDER OBAMA-CARE
    __The contract clause in Article 1 section 10 clause 1 of the US Constitution gives us the right to make contracts freely in regard to our wealth and our labor without governmental interference or edict abrogating such contracts. (Please read: “Rediscovering the Contract Clause,” Harvard Law Review 97 (1984): 1414, 1423-30.
    __The Harvard Law Review sites the principle of private autonomy; the preservation of the individual’s rights in that each person has the liberty, un-encumbered by government interference to dispose of their personal property and the fruits of their labor as they so desire. Whether it is a contract on paper or a handshake, the people will have total authority in making and dissolving agreements of contract without any governmental interference. Unlike the interference of Obama in his signature law, the Constitution allows each individual to be self determined. When the government uses force in the making and dissolving of contracts, it marginalizes the personal liberty of the individual which is the hub of our freedom!!
    __The government has been busy abrogating contracts of its citizens since FDR and the ‘Gold-Clause-Cases’ to Obama and his unlawful dissolution of the contracts in the ‘Chrysler-bond-holders-Case.’ Now, our sovereignty as a free people has been infringed by the unprecedented infringement of our right to contract and self determinism in Obama-Care by mandating the making of contracts through government force; mandating the purchase of a product that we don’t necessarily want, at a cost that is not acceptable and in some cases bankrupting us.
    __Article 1 section 10 clause 1 in regard to contractual autonomy and self determinism, in my view, is the hub of our freedom hidden within the US Constitution.
    Spread the word; call your Congressional Delegation at (202)-224-3121. Obama Care may be ruled Constitutional as a tax, however, it cannot be deemed constitutional while violating another right guaranteed within the constitution, which it does.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      If Democrats stopped doing things that were not constitutional they wouldn’t have a single policy left by which to Govern.

      • potemkin_village_usa

        Agreed with much thanx for your support!! Please call your Congressional delegation at:
        (202)-224-3121

  • RMN

    The damage to our country will only be exacerbated in the next three years. The biggest problem is the President and his administration just don’t care!

    • gold7406

      retribution,retaliation,redistribution.
      the administration has a very big chip on it’s shoulders.

  • Wheels55

    I agree. It will take a decade or maybe two to undo what Obama has done. Now is the time for us to be more Libertarian – wipe the slate clean and start over. Strong “Defense”, help those who truly need it, protect us domestically and everyone else get your own house in order. Personal responsibility is the only way to turn all this around – not government.

    • Brian Fr Langley

      Short of minute men saying heck no. ain’t gonna happen, not now, not in ten years. It ain’t really liberal politicians that need to be defeated, it’s the ultra liberal media.

      • Wheels55

        Funny how the media is suddenly paying attention to the effects of ObamaCare – seemingly only after the liberal comedians started bashing it. Could it be that the average American needs liberal comedians to wake up the media on any major issue? How sad is that?