There is an undeniable transformation happening to the United States of America. For some it is subtle, for some it is overt, for some it is seemingly nonexistent. But, for all, it is disastrous and happening before our very eyes. The transformation is America's steady progression toward a European-style social democracy -- and we all know how that's working out for Europe.
We have a president intent on shepherding in this transformation and changing America at the very core. This is no secret. Just before the 2008 election President Barack Obama said: We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.
And transform he has. Obama effectively overhauled 18 percent of our economy with the passage of Obamacare. So devastating are its effects that 84 percent of doctors have considered leaving their practice. Millions of Americans will be forced to participate in government-run healthcare exchanges, and the government's grasp will tighten around the healthcare industry until it's in a virtual chokehold.
Not only in the health care industry is dependence on government the goal, but in every facet of life. Unemployment benefits, disability insurance, you name it -- Americans are depending more and more on government.
Take food stamps, for instance. Since Obama's inauguration, 13 million more Americans signed up for food stamps, a program for which the government actively solicits enrollees. You may have heard the USDA-sponsored radio commercial with an exchange between a mother and announcer that goes as follows:
Mom: Can I be eligible if I have a job?
Male announcer: Yes, you can, if your income is low.
Mom: But I have a car.
Male announcer: No problem, you may still qualify.
Mom: But, I own my own house, so can I still qualify?
Male announcer: (laughs) Yes, you might.
Is this what America is all about? Has our great country devolved to the point of begging its citizens to enroll in government benefits? This is not the attitude that created the greatest country on earth. Far from it.
And this is precisely why this election is so crucial. In four years we have seen an ever-expanding government and a steady contraction of individualism and self-responsibility. If Obama is given four years of unchecked power this November, I shudder at the thought of what my country will look like in 2016.
But it doesn't have to be this way if America would just wake up and realize what is at stake. America is losing her soul. November 6, 2012, will determine her fate.
Kayleigh McEnany is a writer and political activist who graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and studied at Oxford University. She is the founder of www.RealReaganConservative.com. She writes every Tuesday for the International Business Times.