Is Barack Obama the last liberal president? In I Am the Change, Charles Kesler, a leading conservative scholar, educator, and journalist, offers a sophisticated analysis of the president’s political thought, based on Obama’s own words and writings, to demonstrate that he represents either a new birth of liberalism…or its demise. Kesler’s writing is a potent mixture of philosophy, journalism, psychology, and history—seasoned with a delightful, razor-sharp wit—as he takes a greatly underestimated chief executive seriously and explores American liberalism in crisis.
Charles R. Kesler
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Kesler's I Am The Change is a scholarly, sophisticated, readable book about the most important phenomenon in recent American history. I won't say it's an easy read. The dominant figures--Wilson, FDR, LBJ, Obama--do not identify themselves with a particular author or ideology such as Marx and socialism but Kesler leaves no doubt as to what they believe. The "living" constitution is a negation of the Constitution created in 1787. Kesler quotes liberally from all four. What Obama believes contrasted with what he has said during the present campaign is plain to see. Kesler shows in detail Obama's habit of leaving key words out of what sound like patriotic speeches. I have read at least ten books relevant to the current political situation and this is the best.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney described his opponent as, "A nice guy who's in over his head." As it turns out, the description was more accurately that of Romney himself. Barak Obama as most definitely not a nice guy, and he's definitely in control of his main agenda as president.
But how can we say that, since virtually everything Barak Obama has touched since he was inaugurated in 2009 has come up short, usually disastrously so? The answer, as this valuable book shows, is that Obama isn't interested in tackling immediate problems such as employment or immigration reform. Instead, by his own admission, he's using his presidency fundamentally to change the essence of America. This process began more than a century ago, and Obama is the fourth president (following Wilson, FDR, and Johnson) to move this "progressive" project forward. Professor Kesler, using each man's own words--written and spoken--as source material, explains in detail where their ideas...
How far back do you have to go to understand modern liberalism? At the very least, you have to go back to Hegel (I would say you have to go back to Genesis 3:5, but I’ll put that aside for now). Kesler reads Hegel into the history of modern liberalism very simply and conveniently in a few pages, and then he shows how Darwinism became a sort of solution to the political problems presented by Hegel’s end of history philosophy.
Okay, so what? Kesler shows how Woodrow Wilson was able to weave these two together in an effort to reject the thinking of the American founding. Wilson used to be rather forthright about his rejection of the Founding. FDR on the other hand, was no great thinker, and he embraced Wilson’s political philosophy, but he re-imagined those politics as being **in the tradition** of the Founding. And then at the same time, FDR stole the word liberal from the political Right. Kesler’s telling will leave your head spinning (in a...
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