Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review, by Paul Kengor

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COMMENTARY: The 2010s, the Decade of the Dictatorship of Relativism

By Paul Kengor, EWTN News, 1/7/20

Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. His books include A Pope and a President and The Divine Plan.


“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” declared a confident Barack Obama in Columbia, Missouri, on Oct. 30, 2008. He stood on the cusp of a historic presidential election and historic decade still to come — a decade of fundamental transformation. He predicted a “defining moment in history” to “give this country the change we need.”

Obama’s audacious assertion was perhaps surpassed only by the response of those in attendance, who, rather than urging pause over such a bold ambition, wildly applauded. To be sure, Obama enthusiasts would have ecstatically cheered anything their man said at that moment. Obama himself admitted to serving as a kind of “blank screen” upon which Americans could project whatever “hope and change” they wanted.

And yet, Obama’s two-term presidency no doubt marked a turning point. The country experienced a fundamental transformation in that period and throughout the 2010s. ….

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