It takes little time to remind ourselves that Obama was the fake Constitutional Law professor. While lesser teachers in law schools around the country were called professor only when they had gained tenure, the University of Chicago backed Obama in redefining that post. If Obama said he was a "professor" at the University of Chicago Law School, then by God he was! And he had the backing of the Law School itself to prove it.
We learned something of Obama during those times. How it was always clear after the fact that he was right. And how he was above all a Constitutional Scholar to be reckoned with. A man who knew what he was doing around the Constitution. With backers to tell you so.
The big puzzle now, after all that has come before him, all his "accomplishments" while in the Oval Office, is how it is that this wondrous Constitutional scholar finds himself with healthcare reform gutted, tax payroll cuts for the rich, social security abated on the way to elimination, secrets disclosed everywhere, permanent detention without due process still the law, and Obama's wars continuing unabated with surge after surge.
The answer of course is that this was always Obama. A man of the cloth to those who kowtowed to the leader. A man of little substance and wholly messianic direction. A man on his own.
When he reworked the Democratic Party, his takeover was the stuff of legends. The Party went broke, staying afloat only with his largess. And his disdain for that institution continues unabated.
There is nothing left for anyone to like. And much to tell us as Americans that we got a raw deal.
Start with healthcare and you will see a trend. Let's assume that he and others knew that this had to be a tax in order to pass muster. Yet, in some diabolical partnership with insurance companies, Obama saw fit to require everyone to have an insurance policy. This was his big contribution to all of us. Immediate abandonment of the public option, or as his supporters point out, simple adoption of his position all along.
And an undoubted finding that this is unconstitutional. The biggest accomplishment of Obama, our Constitutional expert. An unconstitutional law. And some of his supporters claim this was clever of him. Spin on spin on spin. Until we are nothing but dizzy.
His spending was pointedly one-sided. Turning over eventually trillions of dollars to financial institutions and General Motors, which did not even come to light before Bernie Sanders made it a law to do so. Secrets upon secrets.
Talking about secrets, this is the President who said there needed to be better protection against cyberwarfare. A need for care and protection of our secrets.
Yet his Presidency has seen enormous leaks of monumental and unprecedented proportions. Under his watch as president, he claims the United States has been seriously damaged in the world because of his porous State Department and Pentagon open to Wikileaks and others who care to visit.
Of course, secrets are what he lives for when taking things away from the working stiffs of this country. Just look at his tax cuts and social security payroll cuts. All necessary, according to him, to get money to working people. The folks. The "middle class," that huge group including rich and not quite rich "folks." As a first step in delivering the knockout blow to social security. Another "accomplishment" of Obama. The man of the people and folks.
In the civil rights arena, this great Constitutional authority has found himself seeking even broader authority than George W. Bush in invading everyone's rights to due process. More immediate and severe intrusions into our lives. More power in the Executive. Fewer rights while continuing indefinite detention.
And for wars, this President takes the cake. Increasing our troops overseas in some claim of need and future victory. In an area where loyalty comes to the highest bidder and at times who is there next. An impoverished group of insurgents whose mission is far from getting to the United States but instead to maintain their rock in the name of freedom or some other mantra. When it proves that Obama's real target is the nuclear toting crew in Pakistan who may really be harboring bin Laden.
In the end, the reality of Obama is a series of debacles unlike any before him. A man whose ideology is hidden, still largely unknown. Whose political pragmatism is to turn his back on his constituents and those who need him for the rich and the few. Whose entire purpose appears to be either looking for a way to stay in the White House or to claim his time is over. Which is more likely?
Let's all pray Obama finds it a good time to leave. We cannot survive another four years of this wayward mess.