You’d have to hearken back to James Buchanan to graph the order of magnitude of the disaster Obama has left, not just for the United States, but for the world.
Buchanan, like Obama, was more interested in theoretical freedom than he was in freedom that might apply to any actual, living persons.
Buchanan’s presidency, it will be recalled, helped lead America to its great civil war, as Mr. Lincoln said, testing whether our nation, or any nation, conceived in liberty, can long endure.
The Fire Eaters in the pre-civil war era South — allies of Buchanan — argued for slavery as a positive good, because the slave was never in want.
So, too, today the Democrats argue that keeping everyone on the government plantation is the great freedom that we have all been waiting for, because someday soon the government will be so powerful that no one individual will ever be burdened by having to make decisions for themselves.