Reason #28/29 – The Threat of Fundamental Transformation/America – A “Mean-Spirited” Country


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Reason #28

The Threat of Fundamental Transformation

Obama has never changed his attitude towards America.  Just as he hoped in 1990, “…to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous,” [i] on October 30, 2008, he told a University of Missouri audience that:

“We’re five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” [ii] 

He didn’t say he would fundamentally transform the way Washington did business.  He said he would fundamentally transform our nation…and people cheered.  They should have run.  No man should ever seek to “fundamentally transform” a country that recognizes the God given “unalienable rights” of all men to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”[iii]

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 Reason #29

America – A “Mean-Spirited” Country

Barack Obama established long ago, that he views America , not as the land of opportunity, but, as a “mean-spirited,” ungenerous nation that looks down on minorities.  In 1990, Shortly after being elected the first black President of the Harvard Law Review – a great honor afforded him by his Harvard peers – Obama was quoted as saying:

“There’s certainly racism here [at Harvard]…

“Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous.” [iv] (Emphasis Added)

Obama’s opinion however, does not stand up to the facts.  As he and his fellow Democrats have grown so fond of saying, “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.”

It is in this “mean-spirited” country that Obama became President of the Harvard Law Review, a State Senator, a U.S. Senator and President of the United States.  It is in this ungenerous nation that “…charitable giving has generally risen faster than the growth of the American economy…”[v]  In fact, according to The American, “no developed country approaches American giving.”[vi]

Commenting on a survey by the Charities Aid Foundation in Britain, the Philanthropy Roundtable’s Adam Meyerson called this “…consistent with many other studies showing that America is by far the most charitable country on Earth.”[vii]

We need look only as far as our own soldiers, who historically have given of their own limited resources to help children and others in the nations in which they have served.  I can remember interviewing a U.S. Navy Corpsman in Vietnam, who sent a large portion of his paycheck home to purchase clothing, soap, food and over the counter medications that could be given to the local population.

Given our rich history of giving and of opportunity, it is difficult to explain a President who sees our people as “mean-spirited” and ungenerous, and who sees a need for “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”


[i] Allison J. Pugh, Associated Press, (Cambridge, MA 1990), “Law Journal’s Leader Wants to Help Poor,” appearing in National Section of Altoona Mirror, April 16, 1990, p. B7, retrieved from Newspaper Archive.com http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=70515705&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=5&currentPage=0&fpo=False, using search terms “Barack Obama” “between years 1987-1995”, (Retrieved June 8, 2010)

[ii] Barack Obama, (October 30, 2008), the Missourian Web-site, Thousands cheer Obama at rally for change, retrieved January 1, 2011 from http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2008/10/30/obama-speaks-crowd-40000/

[iii] Declaration of Independence, (July 4, 1776)

[iv] Allison J. Pugh, Associated Press, (Cambridge, MA 1990), “Law Journal’s Leader Wants to Help Poor,” appearing in National Section of Altoona Mirror, April 16, 1990, p. B7, retrieved from Newspaper Archive.com http://www.newspaperarchive.com/PdfViewerTags.aspx?img=70515705&firstvisit=true&src=search&currentResult=5&currentPage=0&fpo=False, using search terms “Barack Obama” “between years 1987-1995”, (Retrieved June 8, 2010)

[v] Arthur C. Brooks, (Mar/April 2008), “The American: The online magazine of the American Enterprise Institute, A Nation of Givers, retrieved January 29, 2012, from http://www.american.com/archive/2008/march-april-magazine-contents/a-nation-of-givers

Enterprise Institute, A Nation of Givers, retrieved January 29, 2012, from http://www.american.com/archive/2008/march-april-magazine-contents/a-nation-of-givers

[vii] Jason L. Riley, (December 23, 2011), Wall Street Journal web-site, Opinion: Political Diary, America the Generous, retrieved December 24, 2011, from http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204464404577116710690931258.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

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