The last class member had taken their seat at the conference table. The Professor was seated at the head of the table instead of in his usual style of pacing around the room. He removed his glasses and said, “Sorry to have missed the last four sessions. Today, I feel good for a change and want to respond to any questions you have on the several short papers I sent to you. Who wants to kick off the discussion?”
All signaled they had a question. The Professor pointed at Allison and said, “Okay, you get us started.”
“One of your ‘things to think about’ made me wonder if you thought the Obama Administration was acting in concert with a hidden conspiratorial agenda. Do you think President Obama had a hidden agenda?”
“No. On the contrary, I believe President Obama was very clear about what he wanted to do. Remember, he told us in several different ways he wanted to redistribute wealth among individuals and nations. He clearly said his presidency would result in the ‘transformation of America.’ You can’t get much clearer. Most of us just didn’t listen or constricted our thinking along traditional lines such as President Johnson’s ‘War on Poverty’ or President Roosevelt’s ‘Fair Deal.’
“Neither of these presidents was as skilled in the use of the tools of government and the art of messaging as President Obama. I don’t believe his thinking was inhibited by American nationalism or traditional boundaries on the use of government departments and agencies. To him, the use of executive power was not constrained by the separation of powers doctrine or other bounds imposed by the Constitution.
“Instead, he came to office with a clearly thought out revolutionary ideology to move America from its past role of the world’s policeman that often used military and economic power to achieve imperialistic and capitalistic goals that allowed America to maintain its power and uniqueness, both domestically and internationally.
“I believe that when you and your peers get around to writing the history of the Obama era it will show a steady cutting back of America military power and a determined effort to spread American manufacturing throughout the world. President Obama also managed to shift international power in the Middle East from Sunni Arab nations to the Shia nation of Iran.
“In eight short years, he managed to capture and coordinated the previously apolitical civil service to supporting executive orders, written and unwritten, far beyond the previous limits followed by past administrations. His legacy may well be that he has changed the way America is governed forever. Certainly, he has converted the center and just left of center Democratic Party to a new Progressive Party that is socialistic in everything except the name. A rather remarkable achievement.
“You have other comments I’ve sent out. No subject is off the table. You don’t need to look at your watches. I know the period is not over yet. But I’ve run out of energy. See you all on Thursday.”
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