We’ve reached the tipping point; the big question is where—and what—will be the breaking point?  As I went about the daily business of a high school English teacher—grading tests, vocabulary sheets and research papers and gently encouraging students to gain a new insight here and improve their writing there—I’ve been reflecting on what the reelection of Barack Hussein Obama means for America.

Obama Mural In Polling Place (Credit: The Weekly Standard)

On one hand, if one takes Mr. Obama’s words in his victory speech at face value, one might be reassured.  Here is a new man, a man who is for all Americans, a man who Loves America:

We may have battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future.

Here is a man who “gets” the economy:

A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt…

Here is a man who is ready, even eager, to change:

And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you’ve made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.

Here is a man determined to work to help us, the little people, a man who will address the concerns of the bitter God and gun clingers:

Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do.

Heaven forbid that Mr. Obama should be for politics as usual!  If one, despite all of the evidence of the last four years, allowed themselves to believe that Mr. Obama’s words may be taken denotatively—by their dictionary definitions—rather than by his momentary, ephemeral intentions—by the political expediency of the moment—it might be possible to believe that Mr. Obama intends, in the best Clintonian manner, to tack toward the political center.  It might be possible to see Mr. Obama actually reaching across the aisle and adopting significant elements of an agenda that respects the Constitution, Federalism and limited government.

But Barack Hussein Obama is not Bill Clinton.  He’s not even Hillary Clinton.  He was, is, and will remain, the most ill-prepared, the most racialist, divisive, statist, anti-business and anti-individual liberty man ever to become President of the United States.  The assumptions and understandings ofAmerica and her system of government—of freedom–of Bill Clinton are as foreign to Mr. Obama as communism is to patriotic Americans.

It was once universally understood, and with complete justification, that the Clintons were unusually prolific and unashamed liars.  Mr. Obama has transcended them.  One need not resort to Google to recall many instances of Mr. Obama’s dissembling, prevarication and deception.  Mr. Obama will not tack toward the center.  He will not reach across the aisle.  He will not work to create the conditions for the recovery of the economy and for jobs. He will, however, create the rhetoric that, if no one looks more deeply than the surface—“who you gonna believe?  Me or your lyin’ eyes?—seems to prove he is doing all of those things.

We’ve all seen it.  Mr. Obama claimed he called the Benghazi massacre a terrorist attack the day after it happened–a blatant lie as revealed by transcripts of his speech and by his 60 Minutes interview released only two days before the election.  Mr. Obama said private business is doing well.  A blatant lie.  Mr. Obama said the economy is recovering (over and over).  A lie each and every time.  And the examples go on and on and on.

Let’s, briefly, examine Mr. Obama’s rhetoric and compare it with the truth, for his own victory speech indicates his never-changing beliefs and his future intentions.

…the task of perfecting our union moves forward.

It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.

Translation:  He does indeed intend to “perfect our union,” by “fundamentally transforming it into a socialist utopia.  We have not triumphed over war and depression, he has run from it and created new depths of depression both economic and psychic.  His utopian intentions ensure that individual dreams will be forcibly exchanged for collective fantasies of “fairness” and “social justice,” and his class and race warfare have served to set back the cause of racial and American harmony by decades.

Mr. Obama praised those who worked for his reelection:

You’ll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who’s working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country ever has to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home.

Translation:  Patriotism consists of supporting him and his agenda.  Contrast the handful of high-ranking former military officers who endorsed him, compared to the hundreds who endorsed Mitt Romney.  Our troops will be coming home soon, particularly if the sequester hits as planned, and Mr. Obama’s economic and energy policies will ensure they’ll have an obscenely hard time fighting for jobs and putting a roof over their heads.

But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

Translation:  Statist education and testing mandates will give the illusion of good schools and teachers.  The technology about which he preaches is solely of the “green” variety, destined to line the pockets of his bundlers and cronies, and to throw megabucks down the drain in the manner of Solyndra and the Chevy Volt.  Those “good jobs and new businesses” will last just long enough to siphon billions from the treasury and provide photo ops for Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden before those businesses head straight to the bankruptcy courts and the hapless workers in those “good jobs” head straight for unemployment and food stamps.

We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.

Translation:  To deal with the debt, he’ll expand ObamaCare, which will bankrupt the nation by itself.  To ensure there is no “inequality,” he’ll take the property of his political opponents and enemies and give it to his supporters.  It’s the Chicago machine politician way: reward your friends, punish your enemies, and pay to play.  Global warming is a convenient excuse for income redistribution.  After all, Mr. Obama is saving the planet!

We want to pass on a country that’s safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this—this world has ever known. But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war, to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being.

Translation:  The best way to make America safe is to cripple its military and intelligence capabilities.  Mr. Obama will declare peace and a peace dividend and ignore and/or support militant Islam, the most dangerous force bent on destroying “the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being” known to man.

Our economy is recovering.

Translation:  And if I say it often and loud enough and produce enough cooked statistics, enough of the rubes will believe it.  Enough of them bought it to reelect me.

Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do.

Translation:  America is absolutely going to get the action, Chicago style.  Mr. Obama will talk about reaching out while telling Republicans “I won again.”  He’ll use phony accounting and false statistics to proclaim deficit reduction while every program and new, wasteful bureaucracy he institutes, and those already in place—like ObamaCare—raise the national debt to unimaginable—and unrecoverable—levels.  He’ll reform the tax code by infusing it with class warfare and wealth redistribution.  ObamaCare alone has multiple new tax increases.  He’ll fix the immigration system by throwing the border wide open, and we’ll be freed from foreign oil by greenie dreams and schemes that raise the cost of gasoline, heating and cooling so much no one can afford it and demand will dry up.  See?  Foreign oil all gone!  The EPA stands ready to unleash a job-destroying, energy-draining blast of regulation unlike anything ever seen.  Mr. Obama does indeed have more work to do, but not for the American people, to the American people.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.

Translation:  We’re not yet as divided as Mr. Obama plans to make us.  He’ll call anyone who doesn’t fall into line with his plans cynical, and individual ambitions–the driving force of America–must of necessity give way to his collective statism.  And if he has his way, America will be all red–red as in the bloody red of communism–and nothing like America has been and needs to be.

I’m not forecasting, merely remembering the last four years.  There is no reassurance.  The rhetoric Mr. Obama used in his victory speech is, word for word, intention for intention, the same rhetoric he used to deceive America throughout his first term.  Can there be any reason to believe he means anything else now?

The general Obama rule of believability is quite simple:  When he promises to destroy entire industries, bankrupt companies and people, when he promises to circumvent the Constitution, when he promises to fundamentally transform America for the worse, one can take him at his word.  For all else, we can tell he’s lying because his lips are moving.

We have, once more, elected a man who professes to love America, but whose every action and utterance reveals that he cares not at all for Americans.  Is that not–each and every one of us–what America is?

We’ve reached—and passed—the tipping point.  As to the breaking point?  I’ll be writing about that in the near future.  I fear there will be no far future before that point is reached.

Congratulations, Mr. Obama.  You conned the rubes yet again.  In that, at least, you’ll surely make the history books.

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