For the past 15 months, Mr. Obama has embarked America upon a national socialist project. He has de facto nationalized the big banks, the financial sector, the health care system, the automakers and college-student loans. He now hungers to have the economy under federal control through cap-and-trade. His policies are establishing a form of corporatism: the alliance of big business and big labor under the regimentation of big government.
Abroad, Mr. Obama openly embraces socialist dictators such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s Fidel Castro (who praised Obamacare as a “great” achievement). He is seeking to forge a partnership with communist China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He is the most anti-Israel president in U.S. history, pulling America’s support away from the Jewish state.
At home, his supporters are intent on erecting a cult of personality, decrying opposition to Mr. Obama as racially motivated and illegitimate. The liberal media is obsessed with skin color and the number of whites, blacks and Hispanics at Tea Party rallies. The politics of race has become the ideological lens of the pro-Obama left: they see it everywhere, projecting it upon critics to vilify them.
Opposition to socialism, skyrocketing debt and runaway government spending is not treasonous or racist. It’s rational, common-sense patriotism. Attempts to demonize the Tea Party result only in further undermining Mr. Obama’s credibility and standing with the American people.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington think tank. He is the daily host of “The Kuhner Show” on WTNT 570-AM (www. talk570.com) from noon until 3 p.m.
By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution