By Cliff Kincaid
December 28, 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, two important developments have the potential to turn the tide against Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the United States.
First is the public rejection of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” due to its cancellation of health care plans for millions of Americans. Second is the public backlash against the suspension of a character in the “Duck Dynasty” television show, over his critical comments about gay rights.
These two seemingly unrelated developments were dramatic indications that the American people are beginning to understand that their country is being transformed in ways that run directly contrary to their best interests and values.
In the House, 39 Democrats voted for Republican Rep. Fred Upton’s “Keep Your Health Plan Act.” The measure would allow Americans to keep their current health-care plans, even if they don’t meet the standards or requirements established by the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The uproar over the suspension of the “Duck Dynasty” star, Phil Robertson, was reminiscent of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, when hundreds of thousands of people turned out to protest the homosexual rights movement’s targeting of the chain. The company’s president, Dan Cathy, had outraged the gay lobby by stating his support for traditional marriage.
It is clear that millions of Americans are looking for bold leadership to really “take their country back” from Obama and his “progressive” backers, who are pushing socialized medicine, homosexual rights, and other radical measures, such as amnesty for illegal aliens.
What is lacking at this point is an adequate public understanding of what the Obama administration is doing to the country in the area of foreign policy.
Consider what passes for an intellectual discussion on a recent edition of CNN’s “Crossfire” show. Liberal columnist Ruth Marcus described as “brilliant” Obama’s decision to send homosexual athletes to the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia in February, to protest anti-gay propaganda laws in Russia. Co-host S.E. Cupp agreed the decision was brilliant. “Me, too,” she said. She also made it clear that “I support same sex marriage. I’m a gay rights advocate from the right. And clearly the President is delivering a strong message to Russia in this.”
The “liberal” co-host, Van Jones, said, “And I’m super excited about it as well, and I think it is interesting that you can now have a President of the United States slap down [Russian President Vladimir] Putin on the issue of gay rights. That wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago and now it is. It seems to me Republicans are nowhere to be seen on this fight.”
Conservative commentator William Kristol was a guest on the show and countered, “…wow, that was really bold. He is really showing Putin who is boss. I’m sure Putin is sitting there thinking, boy, I’ve just been humiliated by the President. And he sends a couple of gay athletes over [to] the Olympics. That’s going to cause me big problems. Meanwhile, we’re capitulating to him on everything important.” He added that Obama’s “reset” with Russia “has been a total failure.”
Unfortunately, time ran out before Kristol could explain how dramatically the reset has boomeranged.
We are seeing Obama’s capitulation to the Russians unfold in the Ukraine, where the government, under pressure from Russia, has cut a deal with Putin involving natural gas purchases and financial credits. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy (CT), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, recently spoke to a crowd of hundreds of thousands of protesters in Kiev, some of whom had toppled a statue of Lenin in Bessarabska Square and used hammers to attack it.
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