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Obama’s Skewed Moral Universe

President Barack Obama likes to see himself as a moral leader. “The arc of the moral universe is long,” Obama likes to say, quoting Martin Luther King Jr, “but it bends toward justice.” According to Obama, Obama is a genteel representative of decency and good grace, a man pointing America toward a broader vision, a fellow questing for social justice and contextual consideration.

In reality, he’s a narcissistic fool. And like Burgess Meredith’s character in “The Twilight Zone,” he will be left standing in the ruins, bewailing the fates that abandoned him, leaving no worshipful admirers upon whom to lean.

Obama’s legacy is one of failure all around the world. He leaves office with a genocide in Syria on his record — a genocide he pledged to prevent, then tolerated and finally lamented, mourning the fates while blithely ignoring his own cowardice. Libya, meanwhile, remains a full-scale disaster area, with tens of thousands of refugees from that failed campaign swamping Europe, along with those fleeing Syria, and his leftist European allies paying the political price.

Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, stands on the brink of a nuclear dawn, its pockets filled with billions of dollars, its minions ascendant from Tehran to Aleppo to Beirut. Obama made that happen with nearly a decade of appeasement and a willingness to abandon freedom-minded Iranians to the tender mercies of the mullahs.

Meanwhile, Russia has only expanded its reach and influence, invading the sovereign nation of Ukraine and seizing Crimea to the deafening silence of the Obama administration. Russia has flexed its muscle in Kaliningrad, where it has stocked missiles, and in Syria, where it has assured Syrian President Bashar Assad’s continued dominance.

China has grown its sphere of influence across the South China Sea, putting American allies from Taiwan and Japan to the Philippines directly under its thumb. Thanks to Obama’s military cuts, China believes that it can bully American allies into embracing Chinese supremacy in international waters — and it may be right. Simultaneously, Obama continues to drive America into debt, and the Chinese are large buyers of that outstanding debt.

The communist Cubans have been re-enshrined; so have the socialist Venezuelan authorities. The Islamic State group remains an international threat, and western capitals have been struck by Islamic terror time and again, to Obama’s teeth-gnashing and general inaction.

But at least Obama is truly putting his focus where it’s necessary: on declaring that our only ally in the Middle East, Israel, has no historic claim to its own existence and threatening Jews with sanctions for building bathrooms in East Jerusalem.

Obama came into office amidst grand promises to restore America’s place in the world. Unless our place is the outhouse, he’s failed. But at least he feels good about his accomplishments, even if thousands have died — and thousands more will die — in order to ensure his moral stature in his own mind.


Ben Shapiro
Ben Shapiro is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KTTH 770 Seattle and KRLA 870 Los Angeles, Editor-in-Chief of, and Senior Editor-at-Large of Breitbart News. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans . His latest book, The People Vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration, was released in June, 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.
  • Bob

    Ben is exactly right.

  • Thistle

    Here it is in a nutshell: Obama has never had any personal principles. He has substituted leftist ideology and Democratic Party platform planks in place of them.

    Check every single thing he has done. It has been informed only by what is heard in the echo chamber.

  • Luther R. Norman

    “Skewed” is a gracious way to describe how it turned out. First, Obama had to be ‘deified’ to show he was good enough, then he surrounded himself with as many Jewish individuals as possible (well, no one in the West is allowed to criticize Israel!) to show his impregnability, while hiding behind Dr. Martin Luther King for comparison. Now, Obama has gone against Israel for the first time since they appointed him so you know he must pay…

    • jfl

      Really? I thought many of his czars were Muslim!

  • I pray we can very soon quit talking about this American traitor and he disappears and fades quickly in the black pit of history

  • oglet

    That picture takes caricature to new heights of artistic accomplishments. I dare you to look without a hearty belly laugh!

    Prior to Obama’s election to the presidency, his record and character were readily available to any who wished to educate themselves before casting their vote. Informed voting is necessary for the proper working of our type of government but too many people chose to ignore that fact. Although I did not vote for him, I prayed for his success as our first black president not withstanding Bill Clinton’s so called black presidency.

    Like so many Democrats before him, he blew it. His egotistical and narcissistic personality did not allow him to humble himself and act in a way beneficial to most Americans since he was primarily blind to their needs. Rather than salvage what few positive aspects of his legacy that remained, he chose to act like a spoiled child and sabotage things creating problems for his successor.

    If only Martin Luther King Jr. could have served in his stead.

  • FloridaJim

    Obama has used America to advance himself and his foul party at the expense of taxpayers. All the rules, laws and regulations secretly passed, and still being passed, will take a long time to sort out and be sure all his foul deeds have been exposed and stopped cold.
    Drain The Swamp Mr. Trump and indict those who broke the law this is the only way to completely stop it and make it last.

  • Lynn

    Ben is briillian, and only 32? Geez! Genious!
    Love his writing and his sense of humor. And enjoy listening to him on various radio stations.

  • Graywolf12

    Look up the number of members of the Muslim Brotherhood are in very sensitive places in the Obama regime. His handler, Valarie Jarrett , is very closely connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.