There were those who, after the election of Obama, encouraged us to watch and wait and give him a chance. The thinking is that once a man stops being candidate and starts being president, the vastness of the office and all it requires changes him and causes him to moderate and enlarge his perspective. So even though my heart and gut were telling me otherwise, I tried to reserve judgment and hope for the best.
After less than a month of the Obama presidency, it's clear there has been no moderation. As Sean Hannity says, "The radicals are in charge." And it seems that for the time being there is little we can do about it but hold on for the ride and fix our eyes on things above.
In the meantime, I am encouraged by a few small things. First, the Republicans in the House have so far stuck together, seeming to realize what is at stake here, not only for our country but for them. When Obama's "steal-from-us" (HT: Texas Rainmaker) plan doesn't accomplish as promised, they will have a clear conscience and be able to say to the American people: "We tried to tell you." Second, perhaps the radical agenda will turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Obama and the Democrats currently seem so drunk with power that they are overreaching, trying to do too much too soon, desperately showing as much of their agenda down the country's throats as they can as quickly as possible. I pray that this backfires on them by waking people up. The question is, if and when people do wake up, will it be too late to undo the damage?
The Anchoress has posted a video created by Texas Rainmaker that juxtaposes audio clips of Ronald Reagan with those of Barack Obama. The effect is sad and frightening. The words of Reagan are shown to be prophetic, as time and again he warns against the very things Obama is now doing. The opening clips of the video say it all:
Reagan: "One of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children, what it once was like in America, when men were free."
Obama (on the campaign trail): "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."