What does Obama mean when he declares his intentions to fundamentally transform the country?
Barack Obama’s second term is now officially underway. His speech on Monday, in addition to his first term, makes it all too clear that his promise to "fundamentally transform" America is one promise that he's determined to keep.
Sadly, and incredibly, far too many moderate and conservative-minded folks — including commentators! — still fail to grasp exactly what Obama meant when he made this now-infamous pledge. Not Rush Limbaugh, though. Rush most certainly did grasp Obama’s meaning. Moreover, he was one of a relatively small handful of prominent figures on the right who had the backbone to translate its meaning out loud.
Obama, Rush told his listeners, wants to ruin the country. This is why he hoped that Obama would fail.
Rush knew what those first Western philosophers from before the time of Socrates knew: Fundamental transformation involves the extinction of one being and its replacement by another.
That which has been fundamentally transformed essentially ceases to be.
Rush, along with others, has repeatedly insisted that Obama wishes to destroy the country as we have always known it. Not quite. Obama, rather, wishes to destroy the country as he has always known it. There is a huge difference between these two perceptions of America.
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