In the summer of 2008, when then-candidate Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally change” America, liberals on both coasts and throughout the heartland believed what they wanted to believe. They thought the first black President would at last raise the urban poor out of their poverty, end the racial divide, and level the playing field for everyday Americans. They believed that opportunity for all would finally be realized. They were wrong on all counts.

Obama’s promise of “hope and change” worked only for the rich and famous. In Obama’s America, the rich got richer, the poor got poorer, and the weight of “hope and change” was borne by the middle class, who paid more in taxes and took home less in their paychecks, if they could find work at all. The racial divide, spurred by the President himself taking sides prematurely in controversial cases, deteriorated more than at any time since the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1968.

U.S. President Barack Obama laughs as comedian Conan O'Brien speaks during the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ORG XMIT: WAS222

While the personal wealth of the Obamas soared from $300,000 to millions in the last eightyears, while they hobnobbed with the elite on the golf course, at ritzy fund-raisers, and on late-night talk shows, and while they were taking multi-million dollar vacations in Hawaii and on Martha’s Vineyard, most Americans saw their wages stagnate or disappear as full-time jobs became part-time jobs or no jobs at all.

The government’s optimistic unemployment numbers reflected only those workers who applied for unemployment insurance for the first time, ignoring the millions who had run out of benefits or given up looking for jobs, the teens who could never find work in the first place, and those who simply fell through the cracks. In the eight years following Obama’s election, the workforce non-participation rate soared to a 38-year record of 94,708,000, making the real unemployment rate close to 20% or higher. Americans lost their jobs in record numbers, while over-regulated, over-taxed small companies went out of business, killing millions of jobs that once supported America’s economy.

ocare-costAt the same time, under Obama’s eponymous pride and joy, ObamaCare (the so-called Affordable Care Act), health care also deteriorated rapidly. In a population of well-over 300 million, fewer than fifteen million people signed up, and the program is now in its death throes, as insurance companies continue to drop their participation in all but a handful of states. Obama’s promise of $2500 savings a year per family evaporated under the weight of co-payments and premium costs that went through the proverbial roof.

In short, during Obama’s eight year tenure in the Oval Office, millions of main-stream Americans lost their jobs, their healthcare, and their hope.

Cities like Detroit, Memphis, St. Louis, Oakland, and Baltimore now have the dubious honor of being among the most dangerous cities in the country. Chicago, Obama’s hometown, saw its notorious murder rate jump 72% in early 2016, reaching more than 3,600 murders since Obama became president.

As Obama’s tenure in the White House (which he has arrogantly called “MY house”) draws to a close, he eyes what he refers to as his “legacy”. Characteristically, he races to grind the dreams of Americans further into dust with his expanded resettlement program. Instead of learning from the growing chaos now enveloping Europe, caused by the massive, unregulated immigration of millions of Middle Eastern Muslim ‘refugees’, Obama is rushing to unleash the same culture-changing demographic shifts on the United States. He has promised to increase the flow of immigrants from the Middle East in the government’s massive refugee resettlement program. Not satisfied with his original goal of 10,000 ‘refugees’ from Syria and other Middle East countries in 2016, Obama recently announced that he intends to increase that number to 110,000 in 2017.

Ironically, although Christians have been brutally targeted in Syria by Muslim terror groups, fewer than 1% of those ‘refugees’ being brought to the US have been Christians. Of the 7,551 Syrian refugees brought to the US since the beginning of FY 2016, 7,482 were Muslims and only 35 were Christians. Even worse, only 10 were Yazidis, who like

isis-man-and-his-sex-slaveChristians, were singled out for savage slaughter and sexual slavery. Tens of thousands of Yazidis were murdered by ISIS, and at least thirty thousand women and girls as young as ten were sold into sexual slavery with ISIS fighters and wealthy old men. Yet the Obama administration, representing America, the home of the free, could find no place for them here under our broad wings.

And if that were not outrageous enough, there’s more:  According to an internal communication from supervisors at a US Citizen and Immigrations Services field office in Houston, Texas, “The Field Office due to the election year needs to process as many of their N-400 cases as possible between now and FY 2016”. The letter encouraged workers to work nights and weekends to expedite applications for naturalization, implying that the reason for this rush is the upcoming presidential election. The President’s assumption is, no doubt, that newly minted Americans will vote for Democrats.

In the shadow of the upcoming presidential elections, Obama is hedging his bets in order to ensure, he hopes, the outcome. His latest moves are grotesque and will do lasting harm to America, a pattern he has followed since 2009 when his first efforts to “fundamentally change America” were introduced.

America as we have known it, Reagan’s “shining city on the hill” and the hope of generations of legal immigrants who have come to these shores to escape tyranny, will disappear if Obama is successful in hijacking the presidential elections and ensuring the election of Hillary Clinton. America’s best hope for the future of an exceptional America lies in the defeat of Obama’s candidate Clinton (whom he openly hopes will cement “his legacy”) and the victory of Donald Trump.

Regardless who follows him into the oval office, Obama’s legacy is both unimportant and irrelevant. It will be one of failure, both in domestic affairs and on the international stage. It will not matter because it will no longer impact America’s future. But in this election, the most critical in generations, the people’s choice regarding who will follow him is absolutely pivotal to the role that this nation will play in the lives of its people and future of the world.

A vote for Clinton will be an affirmation of Obama’s policies, policies that have stifled America’s economy and weakened its position in the world. A vote for Donald Trump, although he is considered a wild card by many, will be a vote by people who are increasingly angry with the status quo and want to see real change in Washington. It will be a vote rejecting Obama’s (and therefore Clinton’s) arrogance and hubris, opting instead for one that will help the economy grow, create jobs, strengthen our position in the world, and provide stability and unity in our society. The choice couldn’t be clearer.