Based on the record, the case can be made that Obama still has not resolved the fundamental identity issues that drove him to experiment with weird, obnoxious ideologies that are fundamentally hostile to America and what it has stood for. That’s scary.
The case can also be made, and has been by Stanley Kurtz, that Obama has resolved these issues in favor of a radicalism that, though less virulent than that of Rev. Wright, Frank Davis (the Communist who mentored Obama in Hawaii), and Bill Ayers, is ambivalent at best about America and what it has stood for. That’s very scary.
Yes, it is scary. The son of radical marxists, raised by radical grandparents, mentored as a teen by a Stalin-loving communist, he was an active marxist with revolutionary goals while in college. After college, he associated with other radicals. He turned to unrepentant terror bombers to ghost write his autobiography, set him up in cushy positions and start his political career. He identifies three incendiary rabble rousers as his spiritual mentors once he is an adult.
But I’m hard-pressed to see a plausible case that Obama has resolved his identity issues by fully discarding the radical belief systems to which he was drawn both as a teenager and a mature adult. If he has genuinely done so, when did he do it and what prompted the change? His candidacy for high political office likely would have prompted only steps to conceal his ideology. His ascension to the presidency would have imposed constraints on his ability to act, but not necessarily any change in his underlying beliefs.If he changed, where is the evidence? He hasn't written or said anything to establish that his views are any different. And of course, no one in the news media will ask him about it.
I agree with Paul that it is weird, at best, that there is apparently no documented process whereby Barack Obama “evolved” from an anti-American radical to a person who could possibly be fit for high office.
I suppose Obama supporters would wish they could point to his governance as president in an effort to minimize his radical roots, but that approach suffers from the inconvenience of a collision with the facts. He said he was going to fundamentally transform this country (a fairly radical proposition) and his policy efforts are certainly in keeping with such a goal.