Surprising surprise


In Forbes, columnist Joel Kotkin wrote:

Obama seems to possess a desire not so much to fix the basic infrastructure of the country but to re-engineer our entire society into the model championed by liberal academia.

I responded:

Mr. Kotkin, with all due respect sir, this is surprising to you? The man is a product of liberal academia. He has spent his entire adult life in a Leftist-insular bubble. Nearly every significant friend or mentor of his that we know of was an anti-American Leftist if not outright Marxist. He listened every Sunday for 20 years— that’s over 1,000 Sundays— to a reverend who thinks America is terrible. His voting records in both the Illinois State Senate and U.S. Senate are firmly, unequivocally Left (this includes being rated by the non-partisan National Journal as the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate in 2007). Shortly before the election, Mr. Obama, a man who chooses his words very carefully, said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Not improve the United States of America, but fundamentally transform it.

Mr. Kotkin, it is not surprising that Mr. Obama wants to re-engineer our society. What is surprising is that this surprises you.

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