When GWB was president, we saw scores of attacks about him. Some of those who disagreed with him didn't simply say that the man was governing poorly; they claimed that he was evil - like Hitler.
Today, there are some on the right who make similar comments about President Obama - that he is attempting to destroy the U.S. and ruin all that is good about it.
For those who think that many of the actions of the Obama administration have harmed our nation seriously - I'm with you. Nevertheless, I strongly agree with this column by Andrew Klavan. Obama is not purposely working toward creating harm. He simply believes in principles and philosophy that do not work in practice as their supporters purport they do.
What Obama is is the representative and unyielding ideological supporter of a series of ideas that do not work and would be wrong even if they did. He is “a faithful scion of the political culture of the ’60s left,” as Norman Podhoretz put it in a calm, precise, and brilliant op-ed in the Wall Street Journal  not long ago. Podhoretz wrote:
Whereas the communists had in their delusional vision of the Soviet Union a model of the kind of society that would replace the one they were bent on destroying, the new leftists only knew what they were against: America, or Amerika as they spelled it to suggest its kinship to Nazi Germany. Thanks, however, to the unmasking of the Soviet Union as a totalitarian nightmare, they did not know what they were for. Yet once they had pulled off the incredible feat of taking over the Democratic Party behind the presidential candidacy of George McGovern in 1972, they dropped the vain hope of a revolution, and in the social-democratic system most fully developed in Sweden they found an alternative to American capitalism that had a realistic possibility of being achieved through gradual political reform.
Most of Obama’s supporters, I would imagine, do not share the radical anti-Americanism inherent in this vision. But they often do share in its other errors: most crucially now, the idea that the government can or should be the architect of economic “fairness.” This idea is wrong in so many ways. Economically, it hampers the effectiveness of the markets by robbing money from the production of what people want in order to funnel it to what experts think they ought to want. This fails because, for all people’s individual errors, the wisdom of crowds is almost always wiser than the experts. Stealing money from the markets for government schemes destroys jobs, punishes creators, and hamstrings businesses — and all because people with too much education and too little experience think they know better than those on the economic front lines.
But more important, such wealth redistribution is morally wrong, because it takes away our individual freedom of choice. It gives the government the power (though it never has the right) to say to us, “No, you can’t spend the money you earn on a new TV, we want to use it to create green jobs or pay for other people’s children’s education or make sure one race gets as much work as another. We are the compassionate and wise and we know best.” This may seem appealing in the moment but it is viciously destructive over the long run. The moral heart of a nation, of the world, is individual choice. Fashioned, though it often is, in the crucible of foolishness and failure, it is still ultimately the only true path to decency and right action. Without free individual choice, without that crucible, a culture becomes flaccid, passive, unproductive, violent, and morally dead, a place-marker waiting to be conquered by the next group inspired by a moral vision.
Someone sent me an email this past week with the meme that Michele Obama had said something derogatory about the flag. I watched the video - and like Klavan, I couldn't determine at all that the First Lady had made this nasty statement. All of us - irrespective of political leanings - should try our hardest to stick to data and argumentation about it. Slandering others without cause doesn't make them and their causes look bad; we ourselves are then the ones that show poorly.