Guest Editorial

By Greg Allen   |  JULY 29, 2015

The “Change” few hoped for

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greg allenBarack Obama ran a 2008 campaign that showcased Hope and Change.  He said he would fundamentally change America - it was a nice looking Apple till you nibble around the edges to find a worm.

President Obama recently said: “America's grown soft.”  From the standpoint of an electorate not doing their research on the candidates his point is a legitimate one.

I researched Barack Obama’s voting record and his personal history before I decided to vote for the other guy in ‘08.  I was alarmed at what I found when doing research on the man.

Many blindly followed that politically conjured narrative: “It’s an inspirational thing to vote for a man who could be the first black president.”  I remember on election night a television reporter interviewed an Indiana University student, voting for the first time, who said:  “I voted for Barack because he likes sports, man.” (Now that's an informed individual).

Many in Hollywood threw their support behind candidate Obama in 2008 as well.  However, individuals like Robert Redford are now saying they don't even know who he is.

I think that America’s the most prosperous nation on the planet for a singular reason.  Its citizens grew complacent before, a prosperous existence will shellac that, but many now take notice of the political landscape being forged.  I can understand why voter turnout has been mostly low in the past.  Several I've talked to never bother to vote - young and old alike.  But seeing a growing unrest though, for many who have never voted before now plan to.

The President handles the truth carelessly and that has stirred the dandruff of the Republic, of which he can't contend.

For those familiar with poker Mr. Obama is “All In.”  He’s slid that last stack of political stash in the pot; it's all he’s got.  The President thinks he has a winning hand, but in fact it's a losing one.  He’s proven to be a poor player for the electorate has called his bluff.

I'm convinced the vast majority of Americans want nothing to do with Obama’s ideology.  Remember when your parents said:  “Be careful who your friends are.”  Barack himself said he liked to hang around with the Communist professors in school.  His past associations were with like-minded individuals, as are some of the czars he's appointed.

The President’s convinced spreading the wealth around is a good thing, yet that conflicts with the capitalistic economy America thrives on.  It's also contradictory to the Christian views Mr. Obama claims to have.  For the last of the Ten Commandments says: “You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.  You shall not set your desires on your neighbor's house, land, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”  (How striking that is).

Instead of the President denouncing the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is bent on overthrowing the government, he's encouraged it.  When was the last time you heard demonstrators say: “Down with the establishment, Man!”  If you're old enough to remember, the 60’s should ring a bell.  Before that “Abajo con el establecimiento, hombre!” rang out in the streets of Cuba 1959.  Prior to that it was: “Unten mit der Einrichtung, Mann!” in 1934 Germany. 

I'm of the opinion Barack Obama has awakened a sleeping giant.  The next president will have some knots to untie.  History will show that the citizens of the United States soundly rejected that ideology Mr. Obama has.

Because the Democrat party has swung so far left it will cost them.  I'm convinced if a politician has a “D” behind their name it will relate to negative connotations for quite a while.  I think the Democrat party was subtle with their ideology before, but that's no longer the case.  With that said, I’m convinced they’ve cursed themselves for the next 20 years; my meaning being they won't hold the majority on Capitol Hill for that long for the citizens of this country won't soon forget that party’s maneuvers.

For those politicians with an “R” behind their name don't gloat, for the American people will have you on a short leash as well.

As the rise of the tea party has shown, our leaders need to take notice or be shown the door.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, has been published bi-monthly since 2009.  He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor.  He can be reached at or follow him on Twitter @GregAllencolumn.