“Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation?”

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008

Much has been written today about Bill O’Reilly’s Sunday interview of The President. At one point during the interview, Bill reads a question from concerned American who asks “Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?” Obama backs away from his promise to do that very thing.

Over at RedState, Dan Spencer has an excellent post dissecting the President’s answer.

So why would Obama, after five years, finally back away from his radical fundamentally changing America remark?

Has he decided, as George Will suggested Obama should in his excellent 2012 “Obama: the real radical” column, to finally take a “first step toward accommodation with a country increasingly concerned about his unmasked determination to ‘transform’ what the Founders considered ‘fundamentals?’”

Or, as I think more likely, has Obama surveyed the fundamental transformation he has already wreaked, considered the 2014 political outlook and decided his radicalism has gone as far as it now can?

Obama, like every Democrat this year, is running away full tilt from Obama. But the lawless President is only running away in public. In policy, he is every bit the radical transformationist that he has been all along. And the causes of the left are trying the same thing. They are walking softly but trying to carry a very big stick. They want to make this the “year of action” just as the President suggested, and are pushing as hard as they can on issues like gay marriage, gun control, abortion and birth control mandates, silencing of Christianity, diminishing of America on the world stage, and every other so-called “progressive” agenda item.

Stay vigilant. And read more from Spencer here.

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