In the days leading up to the 2008 elections, President Obama promised to, “…fundamentally change the United States of America”. After entering office with large Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress, Obama has been on a mission to do just that. Now, America is at a crossroads. Voters in the 2016 Presidential election will have to decide which direction they want America to go.
President Obama and the Democrats have been steadily moving the country to the left, instituting their progressive policies. At home, unemployment rates remain high despite record spending that has increased America’s national debt by trillions of dollars. Record numbers of Americans are on food assistance, disability benefits, and many other welfare programs during President Obama’s tenure.
In addition, there is an increasingly steady flow of illegal immigrants streaming across our southern border. Tens of thousands of mostly poor, uneducated migrants are coming uncontested into America. These illegal immigrants are getting access to welfare programs and competing with Americans in the shrinking job market.
Obama and his party are also fundamentally changing our access to affordable energy. Citing environmental benefits, his administration is openly seeking to bankrupt oil and coal companies. His policies on energy are not designed to benefit national security, create energy independence, price reductions for American consumers, or to allow competitiveness American businesses.
On foreign policy, the Obama administration is becoming more and more isolationist. The mid-east is in turmoil after years of America fighting to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan. Russia and China are increasingly hostile to neighboring nations, with no fear or repercussions. In fact, America has drastically reduced military spending and the size of our fighting forces, giving renewed confidence to potential threats.
Obama has repeatedly threatened to use his, “pen and phone” to act on legislation when Congress won’t. His use of executive orders on issues that he thinks are important go mostly unchecked by the Congress whose power he is usurping and a complacent media, who agree with his ideas.
Also under the Obama administration, the IRS has been used as a weapon against Americans who disagree with the direction the country is going. The NSA has been caught spying on Americans. Five vicious terrorists have been released in a trade for one American deserter. And the crown jewel, after 100 years of trying, the Obama administration with a Democrat Congress, passed the Affordable Care Act, instituting socialized medicine on every citizen. Fundamental transformation is well underway.
However, it would seem that Americans are growing increasingly frustrated of the direction the country is going, with the president’s poll numbers hovering around all time lows. Any Democrat candidate will have to distinguish themselves from the Obama administration to attract a more and more skeptical public.
Democrats voting in their presidential primary will decide whether they want to continue the extreme liberal, leftward trend that Obama has taken us on, or elect a more moderate candidate. Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts is often mentioned as possible candidate and has been known to be critical of President Obama for not being progressive enough.
Nevertheless, the most prominent potential candidate is Hillary Clinton. With national campaign experience and financial support, Clinton has the ability to attract more moderate Democrat voters. She also has name recognition that will be hard for her challengers to overcome.
The Republicans are seemingly poised to regain the presidency, if they can unite on a single positive message. Currently, the Republicans are having an identity crisis. Establishment Republicans, such as Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, argue that a more moderate candidate with years of experience is needed to work across the aisle with Democrats to get things done.
On the other side, so-called tea party members of the party argue that a return to constitutional first principles is the winning message that should be taken to the public. Sens. Ted Cruz from Texas and Rand Paul from Kentucky have been the most prominent of these voices. They argue for America to return to governmental limits laid out in the Constitution, and that the current state of government is far removed from those ideals.
In 2016, America will decide which direction our nation takes. Will we continue to grow the size of government and spending while reducing our military presence around the world? Or will we choose to return to constitutional principles and a government that is limited and precise? In just over two years, we will find out.