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Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn’t Work

Publisher: Regnery Publishing • 2013 • 256 pages

Barack Obama is going to fix everything, right? That’s what the liberal media keeps telling us: he’s young, he’s personable, he’s the sum of everyone’s hopes, he’s the new FDR, the new Lincoln. He had nothing to do with the recession or the credit crunch or the mistakes that were made in Iraq or Afghanistan or any of the other old-regime bad things. This handsome JFK-revisited guy is going to magically sweep away all those bad things with his magic new broom. Right?

Wrong. The land we love has been hijacked by a bunch of left-liberal fruitcakes. They don’t have much of an idea how to fix the economy. But they do know exactly how to ruin your life. And they will. In “Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future, and It Doesn’t Work,” British author James Delingpole reveals how. Delingpole has seen it all before: Obama is intent on implementing policies that have already been tried and failed in Britain — not that that country’s Socialist elite has noticed their failure. He explains how, over the next four or eight long, weary years, our taxes are going to rise, our standard of living is going to drop, and — maybe the worst thing of all for free Americans — our liberties are going to be curtailed. Socialists, he explains, don’t believe in freedom — and Socialism is what we’ve got now. The Democrats won’t call it that, says Delingpole, but the results will be the same. They’ll dress it up with nice-sounding phrases like “equality,” “fairness,” “social justice,” “freedom of choice,” “environmental care,” “affirmative action,” “multiculturalism,” “carbon emissions reduction,” “negotiated settlement,” “ethical foreign policy,” “animal rights,” and “consumer protection.” Under those guises, they will push for higher taxes (needed to fund all the big, new government programs Obama will assure us are necessary to ensure fairness and economic justice); enact stringent gun bans; implement government controls, initiatives, and busybody interference in your life in order to meet the imaginary threat of manmade global warming; plunge America into the nightmare of inefficiency known as socialized medicine; perpetuate the great liberal cultural death wish of unrestricted immigration; and pursue appeasement of America’s enemies.

But take heart. Delingpole concludes with a number of reasons for conservatives to feel consoled even as Obamamania sweeps the nation and the world. In Obamaland, he provides conservatives with solid arguments and evidence to convince friends and coworkers who have drunk the Obama Kool-Aid to curb their enthusiasm. Welcome to Obamaland, the Socialist Paradise:

  • The choice conservatives have all had to make: between seeing the world as it is or the world as we’d like it to be, between the spray-on niceness and ease of the glib, Leftist consensus or the opprobrium and rigor of conservatism
  • How, with the collapse of Communism, Far Left ideologues needed a new cause that (like Communism) combined high- mindedness, control-freakery, and austerity with a burning hatred of capitalism — and where they found exactly what they needed The little-noted reason why there is no full, honest debate about immigration today
  • Why the writings of 90 percent of Left-liberal academics today are opaque to the point of incomprehensibility — and how this helps subvert higher education for a specific Far Left political purpose
  • How the fact that we inhabit a world in which most of our media, our seats of learning, our entertainers, our role models all seem to be singing from the same, drearily Left-wing hymn sheet is not a reflection of justice or truth, but is merely a function of the Left’s slippery cunning
  • Why it’s no accident that the global Islamic jihadist movement has managed to make so much political capital out of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo
  • The British hunting debate, and its lessons for Americans: why it wasn’t about animal rights, but about the very essence of the philosophical battle between Left and Right: the question of who best understands how you ought to behave, the individual citizen of the government
  • How the Left exploits some of humanity’s most ignoble impulses — jealousy, resentment, a sense of entitlement — while repackaging them under the more flattering title “Equity” or “Social Justice”
  • Liberalism: a political philosophy that derives its primacy from feelings, leading people to do the sort of thing they do when they’re led by the heart instead of the brain
  • How scientists and the liberal media have decided if Joe Public ever gets all the facts about global warming, he might draw the wrong conclusion — and that therefore he should only be fed those bits of information which will help him reach the right conclusion
  • Why any state healthcare system is a disaster waiting to happen
  • How, for liberals, history is neither a source of comfort, nor a route to greater understanding, but only a nightmare from which they are trying to awake
  • Why President Obama would be foolish to try to deny Americans the Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution — and why he will almost certainly try anyway
  • How Leftist firebrands who might once have gone into politics instead infiltrated the newspapers, the theatres, the seats of learning — anywhere where they could disseminate their ideology — and successfully poisoned the minds of several generations
  • Why a Socialist huckster like Obama can make such mighty political capital out of Socialist statements like “It is time for folks like me who make more than $250,000 to pay our fair share”

Equality: why it is the last thing any of us should want — at least in Obama’s sense of the word Why conservatives should insist that modern Judaeo- Christian civilisation is the apogee of human accomplishment — giving the lie to the multiculturalist imperative that now reigns supreme in Barack Obama’s America

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