Suppose you own an older home, and you want to give it a makeover. A major makeover. Maybe even take it into “extreme makeover” territory. Before you can build the new rooms, walls, and so forth, you have to plan. And that plan must include, among other things, destroying at least some of what’s there. Take a look at this time lapse video to see what I’m talking about.
Tear down the old house, replace it with another one. That’s a pretty fundamental transformation. Destruction had to take place before the rebuilding could begin. Keeping that in mind, let’s rewind to one of candidate Obama’s favorite lines in the closing days of the 2008 campaign that made him president of the United States.
The crowds cheered wildly for his promise to “fundamentally transform” America. But did they know what they were cheering for? Did they know that they were cheering for both parts of “fundamental transformation” — not just the transformation’s outcome, but also the planning and destruction that inevitably take place before the transformation can begin?
Obama never really laid out his plans for “fundamental transformation,” not all in one place. Most of his fans probably thought it amounted to passing a couple of major bills that Democrats have wanted for years, ending the war against Islamist fascism (without their man ever calling it that, of course), socking the rich with higher taxes, and promoting the left’s ever nebulous and shifting notions of “fairness.” And they have mostly gotten that. But it’s not “fundamental transformation,” yet.
What is America, fundamentally? Fundamentally, we are a federal constitutional republic based on the rule of law, free citizens, and free enterprise. It is those fundamentals that Obama intends to transform, though unlike the house in the first video, they don’t need replacing. But to Obama, they need to be destroyed first to make way for his vision. What else could he have meant?
Obama’s project is more sweeping that what he has done to date, because his ideas are more radical and his motivations are deeper than most Americans realized when he was elected. Just taking a look at a few of his headline efforts, it’s clear that his promise — or was it a threat? — to “fundamentally transform” America is well under way. And that project inevitably means taking out some of the republic’s load-bearing walls.
Government’s relationship to industry. For decades, the left has agitated for more and more government control of U.S. private enterprise. They genuinely believe that government knows best, that big government=good government, and that government will bring about a more “fair” economy in which the rich will not get richer while the poor, presumably, will also. That demands redistribution of wealth, a principle that Democrats usually shy away from admitting. But candidate Obama, famously, admitted it during his street conversation with Joe the plumber in 2008.
And he admitted that for him, tax policy isn’t about economic efficiency, but “fairness.”
Democrats mostly keep this part of their agenda under wraps, but the mask slips once in a while as in the above, and as in this exchange between Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and oil company CEOs during their testimony before a House committee.