“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” declared a confident Barack Obama in Columbia, Missouri, on Oct. 30, 2008. He stood on the cusp of a historic presidential election and historic decade still to come — a decade of fundamental transformation. He predicted a “defining moment in history” to “give this country the change we need.”
Obama’s audacious assertion was perhaps surpassed only by the response of those in attendance, who, rather than urging pause over such a bold ambition, wildly applauded. To be sure, Obama enthusiasts would have ecstatically cheered anything their man said at that moment. Obama himself admitted to serving as a kind of “blank screen” upon which Americans could project whatever “hope and change” they wanted.
And yet, Obama’s two-term presidency no doubt marked a turning point. The country experienced a fundamental transformation in that period and throughout the 2010s.
That transformation, however, did not happen in areas hoped for (or feared) in 2008, or that Obama even had in mind, let alone dared to mention in Missouri. It has not been a fundamental shift in attitudes regarding, say, foreign policy, taxation, regulations or even health care, where Obama had his signature legislative achievement. The reality is that the true fundamental transformation in America (and the West generally) has come in the realm of culture, notably in matters of sexual orientation, gender, marriage and family — a transformation where every individual is his or her own arbiter of truth and reality.
The shift has been unprecedented — and far beyond anyone’s imagination in 2008. It was signaled most conspicuously mid-decade, in June 2015, when the Obama White House — the nation’s first house — was illuminated in the colors of the “LGBTQ” rainbow on the day of the Obergefell decision, when the Supreme Court by a one-vote margin rendered unto itself the ability to redefine marriage (theretofore the province of biblical and natural law) and imposed this previously nonexistent “constitutional right” on all 50 states.
That photo is the picture of the decade, the sign of the 2010s. To say that the image would have made the American Founders blush is insufficient. Presidents from Washington and Jefferson to Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and on would have been speechless.
If ever there was a picture of a fundamental transformation of the United States of America, that was it.
And such was just one of countless bold examples of cultural-sexual revolution advanced, heralded and literally posted by the Obama administration. In June 2016, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Obergefell, the White House Press Office released two extraordinary fact sheets detailing Obama’s vast efforts to promote “LGBTQ rights” at home and abroad. The first, titled “FACT SHEET: Obama Administration’s Record and the LGBT Community,” was released on June 9, 2016. The second, titled, “FACT SHEET: Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of LGBT Persons,” was issued on June 29, 2016.
Not only was it telling that the White House would assemble such lists, and tout them, but their sheer length was stunning. There was no similar roster of comparable dramatic changes by the Obama White House in any other policy area. Such achievements included the infamous Obama bathroom fiat, when, according to President Obama’s executive word, all public schools were ordered to revolutionize their restrooms and locker rooms to make them available to teenage boys who call themselves girls.
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