Our former President Barack Obama seems to be willing to speak very openly when he is not in our country. Within the country, he is careful, more careful at least, to frame talking points in more subtle ways.
The long and short of the Obama family’s efforts today is summed up in one of his statements at a conference on Sunday in Japan concerning his plans for the Obama Foundation:
“If I could do that effectively, then–you know–I would create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas”. “Or the next group of people who could take on that baton in that relay race that is human progress. A lot of our problems are caused by old men.”
“One of the things we’re going to be spending time on, through the Foundation, is finding ways in which we can study this phenomenon of social media and the Internet to see are there ways in which we can bring people from different perspectives to start having more civil debate and listen to each other more carefully.”
The words of this former community organizer ought to cause us to focus our attention on him, his family and the Obama Foundation. Former President Barack Obama is bent on reshaping our democracy to fit his vision of what that Democracy ought to be, not what the Founding Fathers saw it.
Can you imagine the school systems such as that which produced the eloquent students who met with President Trump in the Oval Office serving as feeder systems for the Obama Foundation and whatever are the spin-offs from that test bed in the future? That is what I see when I envision his statements coming to fruition.
Of course, I qualify as one of those “old men” that he decried as the “source of a lot of our problems.” I also qualify as a skeptic of things “Obama” because I know what he was when our countrymen elected him and I know what he is today. He is on a mission to change this country at its roots, to train our children to ‘correct’ the problems you and I have created over the course of time in this democracy.
There is something that comes from the experiences of adults that simply is not found in our young people only because they are young and have not yet had the life experiences of the adults. We learn what this country is all about and we respect that having been created for us by those who have gone before us. We make incremental changes in the way of our country as we learn lessons throughout this lifetime.
The Obama Foundation apparently seeks considerably more than incremental change since it sees that we are a damaged society which it/they alone have the foresight to restore to its original luster. This is a siren’s song for those who have not yet experienced the ebbs and flows of this life.
I knew all there was to know about this country and democracy when I went out campaigning for Barry Goldwater. My parents didn’t know anything. Other elders did not seem to understand what I knew or thought I knew, to be true. The students recently accorded the privilege to appear with the President in the White House thought they had achieved the penultimate thing in their young lives. They will come to better understand the things of this life as they experience more of those things in ‘real life’ as opposed to life taught from books and professors’ lips.
The Obama Foundation seems designed to pull in younger members of this society in addition to older members who have felt disadvantaged for one or another reason. This is roughly the equivalent in some minds of the “Second Coming”, but it pales miserably by comparison as those of us who have lived longer have likely come to better understand.
I would create a hundred or a thousand or a million young Barack Obamas or Michelle Obamas.
Barack and Michelle Obama and their Foundation are to be followed very closely. This is not what I think of when I think of our democracy, and I believe I am still in the majority. This transcends conservative thinking or liberal thinking. At least it transcends those concepts as I see this country. This is about more than that…this is about Barack Obama and Michelle Obama and their view of this country.