Those who control the government will suffer the fate that has befallen governments and those who control them throughout history: collapse and ruin. Obama has done nothing to forestall it. He is a small man with a small man’s flaws: mendacity, hypocrisy, vanity, vituperative, petty, unprincipled, an outsize ego, preoccupied with image over substance, and an inability to accept responsibility or admit error. Roosevelt had the same flaws, but you get treated better by the historians when you preside over the birth rather than the death throes of an empire.
Death is an inevitable consequence of empire, because of a phenomenon as simple as a Newtonian law. As an empire grows linearly larger and more successful, the energy and effort necessary to sustain it grows exponentially. Political and geographic entropy eventually engulf even the best administered regimes.Obama will enjoy the same historical prominence as Anthemius, Olybrius, Glycerius, Julius Nepos, and Romulus Augustulus, the last five emperors of the Western Roman Empire. Even Roosevelt’s reign will eventually be seen as just another governmental usurpation of power and abridgment of liberty. Nothing special, just what governments do and have done throughout history. Revolting against their arrogant overseers and rejecting Obama’s so-called legacy, the American electorate bestowed an improbable electoral victory on Donald Trump. It remains to be seen what he will do with it, but January 20 cannot come soon enough. Good riddance, Mr. Obama.