“It’s not just absolute power that the Founders sought to prevent. Implicit in its structure, in the very idea of ordered liberty, was a rejection of absolute truth, the infallibility of any idea or ideology or theology or ‘ism,’ any tyrannical consistency that might lock future generations into a single, unalterable course, or drive both majorities and minorities into the cruelties of the Inquisition, the pogrom, the gulag, or the jihad. The Founders may have trusted in God, but true to the Enlightenment spirit, they also trusted in the minds and senses that God had given them. They were suspicious of abstraction and liked asking questions, which is why at every turn in our early history theory yielded to fact and necessity.”
– Barack Hussein Obama, “The Audacity of Hope”
Aside from brutally misrepresenting the founding fathers and the Constitution, Barack Obama reveals himself here to be a dogmatic relativist. Rejecting the notion of absolute truth, he is free to pursue whatever “truth” tickles his fancy at any given time. Relativism is the ultimate license for tyrants. For the relativist nothing is ever settled, the rules are constantly changing, the goalposts always moving. There is no accountability: failure is simply a change in circumstances. There is no possibility of trust: all promises are transitory and therefore meaningless. There is no compelling reason why those who have power should not use it, for whatever ends they choose. All “convictions” are ephemeral, all “beliefs” are malleable, all “morality” is situational, all “truth” is subjective. There is only one enemy: the one who insists that man must conform himself to truth, not the other way around.