Dr. Carol Swain, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt Law School, is a woman of faith who loves this country and the Constitution.
She credits American exceptionalism and God’s hand for her rise from a family of 12 children that was born in rural poverty in southwest Virginia.
But now, Swain now thinks “we have all of these forces pulling us away from faith to secularism.”
“As a black person, it bothers me that the America I know and love I feel like is being destroyed by a black man. I don’t understand why,” she said, discussing her serious concerns about President Obama’s legacy in an interview with The Daily Caller.
“It bothers me that so many black people have been deceived into supporting programs and policies that are killing them,” she continued.
She worries most about Obama’s governance and how it erodes constitutional freedoms.
“I value my free speech. You know, I take that clause [of the Constitution] very seriously,” Swain said. “And, what I see in America right now is our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion, freedom of association — all of that being totally eroded. And when I look at the Fourth Amendment about the search and seizure, I see we have no protection. We are living an Orwellian experience where we are almost under 24-hour surveillance. We never know when we are having a private conversation.”
In this two-part interview, she discussed the tea party, “social justice” as a Marxist concept of administering compassion through government and what helps people analyze America’s changes.
In Part 2 of the interview, she closed with stirring words.
“I don’t believe that it’s too late for America,” she said. “Many people look at the direction of our country, and everything seems upside down. We’ve talked about the Constitution, and just how it has been shredded, it’s not respected. It’s as if it didn’t exist. They look at that and they look at the immorality and the leaders in both political parties and how much they’re compromised, and they feel like it’s hopeless. But I don’t believe it’s hopeless.”
Instead, Swain puts her faith in ordinary Americans: “I don’t think we should put our confidence in our political leaders of either political party. It’s up to us; it’s gonna be we the people that transform this country.”
Swain was surprised at the lack of support she has received from the Republican establishment — Karl Rove and the like — but she is convinced her voice is unique and necessary in this era as she works to change American culture.
For more on Swain, see her book, “Be The People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise,” her Facebook page and her participation in a recent Heritage Foundation panel on immigration.
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