Don’t hold back on our account, Nat. Go on. Speak your mind about Barack Obama.

Nat Nentoff — famous civil libertarian (as in ACLU), pro-Lifer, offender of both the Left and the Right, and atheist — on Barack Hussein Obama:

I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think Obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had.


I am beginning to think that this guy is a phony. Obama seems to have no firm principles that I can discern that he will adhere to. His only principle is his own aggrandizement. This is a very dangerous mindset for a president to have.


Bush was led astray and we were led astray. However, I never thought that Bush himself was, in any sense, “evil.” I am hesitant to say this about Obama. Obama is a bad man in terms of the Constitution. The irony is that Obama was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He would, most of all, know that what he is doing weakens the Constitution.


In England, you have what I would call government-imposed euthanasia. Under the British healthcare system, there is a commission that decides whether or not, based on your age and physical condition, the government should continue to pay for your health. That leads to the government not doing it and you gradually or suddenly die. The present Stimulus Bill sets up the equivalent commission in the United States similar to that which is in England. The tipoff was months ago on the ABC network. President Obama was given a full hour to describe and endorse his health plan. A woman in the audience asked Obama about her mother. Her mother was, I believe, 101 years old and was in need of a certain kind of procedure. Her doctor didn’t want to do it because of her age. However, another doctor did and told this woman there is a joy of life in this person. The woman asked President Obama how he would deal with this sort of thing, and Obama said we cannot consider the joy of life in this situation. He said I would advise her to take a pain killer. That is the essence of the President of the United States.

JW: Do you think Obama is shallow?

NH: It’s much worse than that. Obama has little, if any, principles except to aggrandize and make himself more and more important. You see that in his foreign policy. Obama lacks a backbone—both a constitutional backbone and a personal backbone. This is a man who is causing us and will cause us a great deal of harm constitutionally and personally. I say personally because I am 84 years old, and this is the first administration that has scared me in terms of my lifespan.


This is a dishonest administration, because it is becoming clear that the unemployment statistics of the Obama administration are not believable. I can’t think of a single area where Obama is not destructive.


If James Madison or Thomas Jefferson were brought back to life and they looked at television and read the papers, they would not recognize the country. The media has been very bad about informing us about what is going on. They focus on surface things. They do not focus enough on the fact that the Fourth Amendment is on life support and that we need a return to transparency in government. The media ignores what is really going on. But I am optimistic. I have to be optimistic, as I know you are. That is why you keep writing and keep doing what you do. You have to do this because we have been through very dark periods before. There are enough people who are starting to be actively involved that we can turn things around. And we need to encourage others to become involved.

You can read all the good parts that I left out — and there are a lot of them — here.

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  • gpc31

    Hentoff is a principled guy, which makes him a pleasure to read even when one disagrees.  But in this case, all I can say is:  Sing it Brother Nat!  Call and response from the Hallelujah Chorus.


    One very big AMEN coming your way gpc31

  • Zhombre

    I’ll take issue with Hentoff on one point: Obama was not a law professor.  He lectured on the law, and he was the nominal editor of the Harvard Law Review but there’s no paper trail whatsoever of Obama’s views and every word I’ve heard him utter on the law (mainly the NPR in Chicago interview before he was elected to the US Senate) was standard  liberal boilerplate.  As a law prof, Obama simply displayed his skill at mimicry.  I think Hentoff nails it however: regarding Obama, there is no substance there.  We’ve elected a mimic President.


    Sgt. Joe Friday nails it – a don’t miss minute!

  • BrianE

    This is why I think it’s a mistake to label Obama a Socialist or Communist.

    His policies certainly skew socialistic or communistic but he’s not enough of an ideologue, as is pointed out, to fit the mold of a true believer.

    What does one label the Chicago Way?  Power Cronyism mixed with State Capitalism?

  • Gringo

    I  began reading Nat Hentoff   years ago.  His jazz journalism is superb. I also liked his writing about long-ago Boston.  He has long shown that he does not tailor his views to a given political creed, such as his changed view of the ACLU. He is not a propagandist but a man of integrity.  I will here use Nat Hentoff as a sniff test. His smelling something  rotten in the state of Obamark is an indication that my nose is not failing.
    Socialist/Communist or opportunist, fool or knave? The speculation goes on.  This is just further indication that we have a President whom we don’t know.

  • Ymarsakar

    Obama thinks power originates from himself, rather than the people he was elected to serve.

  • highlander

    Mr. Hentoff also spoke of the constitutional illiteracy which pervades our country these days.
    Only 3% of high school students could pass the immigration exam!  I’m ashamed to admit that I probably couldn’t pass either, and I consider myself a patriotic American.  I’ve got some homework to do.
    I think this widewpread constitutional illiteracy goes a long way toward explaining how Obama and his friends are able to do what they do.

  • Ymarsakar

    Take a trip to Christmas past, on this winter’s eve.
    What the history of the Democrat party and their crimes against humanity demonstrates to us is not that the Republican party is superior or virtuous. What it demonstrates to us is just how people can be convinced to vote for Democrats that continue to keep them in poverty and misery, generation after generation.

    The solution to stopping the abuse of human beings by the Democrats is not to elect Democrats and hope they will burn enough villages and towns of their economy and lifeblood to make electing Republicans a must do thing. That is neither ethical nor honorable.
    The tools Americans have learned in Iraq is the solution to ending the eternal chain of organized criminal violence, poverty, resentment, discrimination, and injustice here in America. You may not be able to use snipers, J-Dams, and M1A1 Abrams tanks against Democrats, but the principles of counter-insurgency apply the same whether that insurgency is a Sunni population controlled by AQ terror or an American urban population/minority controlled by Democrat power and lies.

    Once the people under the Democrat yoke see that there are better alternatives, the Democrats will be forced to either release their hold or tighten it. And when Democrats tighten their grip, like they tried to do with Sarah Palin, all of us will finally be able to see the Democrats for what they truly are.

  • Ymarsakar

    It’s interesting reading what I wrote back in a time when not even I could imagine the cold callous cruelty of the Obama nation towards those they were granted power over.