Here we are, exactly one year out, just one more year of an Obama presidency. In light of this probability, its more than interesting to note that President Obama represents the proximate progressive, with President Woodrow Wilson, the most remote progressive President. An interesting connection or, possibly, a disconnect between the two is their individual view of race. 1. "As with many intellectuals, he allowed his power worship to alter his analysis, and his sympathies came down on the side of great men who broke with traditional restraints on their power: two of his biggest heroes were Otto von Bismarck and Abraham Lincoln. Odd, in fact, since Wilson believed that giving blacks the right to vote was the foundation of every evil in this country. Comment for the_green_war_on_children - 1129493 2. in sharp contrast with President Calvin Coolidges call for religious and racial toleration during the 1924 election campaign,Wilson did much to implement an agenda that socially constructed racial categories, enforced racial disparity, advanced racial stigma, diminished human liberty and ultimately placed a regulatory drag on the economy. http://www.law.gmu.edu/assets/files/publications/working_papers/1128WagingWar.pdf 3. Matching this intuition, it was no accident that the resegregation of the U.S. Civil Service was brought about under Wilsons Progressive regime. Epstein, HOW PROGRESSIVES REWROTE THE CONSTITUTION, p. 102. The, as though the coda to progressivism, along comes a President with the very opposite of designs for black Americans. 4. As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama sold himself as the antidote to Americas enduring racial infirmities. Many Americans believed Mr. Obamas election heralded a new era of post-racial political and societal progress. Identity politics would begin to fade into irrelevance; Americas festering race wounds would begin to heal. America, united under its first black president, would now explore new and better frontiers in race relations. They were wrong. Rather than soothe old wounds and diffuse racial tensions by avoiding race-based politics, Americas president is making them worse. America’s Racial Time Bomb Is Ticking | theTrumpet.com by the Philadelphia Church of God 5. Victor Davis Hanson has written of Obamas emphasis on racial identity, and has knowingly, perhaps intentionally, inflamed racial wounds: a. . we learned that Obama was not terribly disturbed to hear that his attorney general had lambasted the American people as cowards for not engaging in yet more national conversations on race which in the past have not proven to be honest and painful discussions that touched on black responsibilities as well as civil rights. He tsk-tsked Judge Sotomayors racialist comments about the innate superiority of Latina judges over their white counterparts although the unfortunate remark occurred at least five times, in both written and oral contexts, and was part of a brief speech in which she managed to reference herself as a Latina/Latino dozens of times. What Happened to Our Postracial President? - Victor Davis Hanson - National Review Online b. From time to time, a voice of near-antipathy in Obama erupted, as in his infamous clingers speech about the lower-middle-class supposed know-nothings of Pennsylvania, or in his dismissal of the grandmother who raised him as a typical white person. Before Michelle Obama grew silent, she managed to tell America that it was a downright mean country, Op.cit. 6. No clearer indication of the racialist notions that this President brought with him than the current Department of Justice. This, from J. Christopher Adams book Injustice: a. If we had that frank, truthful discussion about race, wed learn that the Obama administration doesnt believe some civil rights laws protect every American. The Bush Civil Rights Division was willing to protect all Americans from racial discrimination; during the Obama years, the Holder years, only some Americans will be protected. Americans have a right to know and judge the racial policies of the administration they elected in 2008 Hostility pervaded the Voting Section Some said that unless whites were victims of historic discrimination, they shouldnt be protected .Because whites were better off than blacks in Mississippi, no lawsuit should be allowed to protect whites, they argued. So, the first Progressive President, anti-black. The current one, anti-white. No doubt there will be a future scholarly work comparing these two men, their likes and dislikes .