The month of July in the year 2009 has revealed a terrible truth. Far from the dissolution of the red state/blue state racket, far from the post-racial society, far from the post-partisan society we were all promised, it would seem as though the very same people that were entrusted with creating a more perfect union have indeed torn at the threads that hold us together.
Never before had so much optimism been placed at the back of one Presidential candidate. Never before had talks of bridging the racial divide been so genuine on both sides. Never before had the word “hope” meant so much to so many.
President Obama is losing popularity and credibility weekly if not daily, not only with Republicans and Independents, but with Democrats as well. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll .
The optimism of six months gone by has been replaced by relative suspicion. The hopes of so many has turned into outright regret as we see the nation we love be turned into a simmering oligarchy. The trail that this President is leaving is painted by the color of something worse than broken promises, this President is blazing a trail glossed only with the blood of the broken American heart.
Before we get to the baffling incoherence this month has brought the Obama administration, allow us first to examine what July has wrought in terms of race relations.
During the campaign, President Obama was praised for his honesty about his grandmother when he described her as “…a typical white person, who if she sees someone on the street that she doesn’t know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away…”. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taylor-marsh/obama-grandmother-typical_b_92601.html
He was also applauded for defending his Black Liberation Theologian Pastor of twenty years Jeremiah Wright, famous for being anti-American and horrifyingly anti-white, saying that “I (Obama) can no more disown him (Wright) than I can the black community.” Yet he was not questioned when he subsequently broke ties with Pastor Wright. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3842706.ece
These examples and many more forced honest thinkers to understand the danger of this man’s views on race if he were to be elected President. This is not to say that his views should not be considered when discussing race, but to have a man with a purely divisive bent on the issue occupying our highest office should be of concern to all of us.
Enter July 2009 and the arrest of President Obama’s Harvard friend, “Skip” Gates. We all know the story by now, so there will be no indulgence of it here. When asked to comment on the incident, President Obama immediately acknowledged that he did not know any of the facts, then used that premise to launch into his belief that the “police acted stupidly.” This comment alone, from any President, is enough to fuel an inner-city fire-storm of the citizen versus the police, especially when considering poor and minority neighborhoods.
To further damage the relationship between police and citizen, President Obama went on to insinuate that the Police follow minorities, arrest minorities, and are suspicious of minorities in a disproportionate fashion. For knowing absolutely nothing about the incident of which he was asked, he was certainly ready to respond.
However he failed to consider how disproportionately minorities commit crimes in terms of the size of their population, and how disproportionately crime-ridden minority communities are compared to other communities. One could argue that these disproportions may actually cause the police activity that our President publicly detests. http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.pdf
We could delve into the minutia of the Skip Gates arrest and point fingers as to who brought race into the equation, discuss the fact that both the black and the Hispanic officers on the scene said that the white arresting officer acted appropriately, but we’ll leave that to the “post-racial” President, as he plans to solve a centuries old struggle (in which millions have suffered and died) over a couple of beers at the White House.
Whether we are deemed “a nation of cowards” by our Attorney General on the issue of race, or the President intentionally fans old racial flames in order to present himself as a sort of healer; whether our Attorney General drops charges against weapon-wielding Black Panther Party members outside a Philadelphia polling place, or our President makes good on his dreams of bringing reparations through programs like Universal health care; the fears of the honest thinker are coming true in that this President’s racial attitudes are far more dangerous than anyone wanted to admit during the campaign.
The main issue on the table for the month of July has been health care reform. This issue has been called “Obama’s Waterloo” by conservatives, and according to Chuck Grassley even Obama acknowledged that this one issue could “ruin my presidency.” Yet President Obama repeats as often as he can that, “this isn’t about me.”
“This isn’t about me” must be stated publicly. But if not to ensure his own legacy as the President that brought us Universal health care, then what is this trillion dollar health care reform all about? The supposed 50 million uninsured? Most Americans know this number is terribly inaccurate and misleading, yet our leaders continue to use this as a means of selling a public option. This tactic breeds distrust and angst. http://www.examiner.com/x-13430-Sarpy-County-Conservative-Examiner~y2009m6d21-The-public-health-care-option-boondoggle-and-some-associated-myths
Is this something that the American people are demanding? Studies reveal that most of us are happy with our health care and our insurance policies, but we do understand the need for reform. We understand the idea of reform, but what is being pushed is an entirely different system from the one we have. If most Americans are happy with the best health care in the world, and recognize that we do need to cut costs and tweak our system, why is our time being wasted bantering about a public option that has failed miserably every time, and every place (including the United States) it has been tried? Reform is not supposed to be interchangeable with utter destruction.
Is this reform about cutting costs? The plans circulating in Congress have been projected to cost trillions of dollars, and the CBO has said that federal spending would not decrease, but would likely increase as a result of a public health care option. The American citizen has to wonder just how in the world everybody is going to get better coverage, at a cheaper price, in a more expensive system. This idea causes a degree of cognitive dissonance at best, and makes one believe that this President is lying to us at worst. http://rightsidenews.com/200907265676/culture-wars/second-time-this-month-cbo-says-obamacare-too-expensive.html
How can the President continue to tell us that we can keep the plan we have if we like it when the plan he is selling calls for the eventual crowding out of the plans we have on page 16 of the bill circulating in the House? http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=104161
How can the President promise us that bureaucrats in Washington won’t be involved in our health care decisions when current bills create medical advisory boards that are in charge of recommending best practices to doctors? Why digitize our health care records if not to have these medical advisory boards decide what practices would be best for an individual citizen? How is it that digitized records don’t violate the medical “expectation of privacy” used in Roe v. Wade to establish a woman’s right to choose an abortion?
Are opponents of a public option really playing politics as usual as the President claims? After all, President Obama has voted in opposition to numerous health care reform measures including no votes on allowing Americans to deduct health care costs, no on allowing Americans to purchase health care across state lines, no on allowing Americans to use their own Health Savings Account funds to cover their premiums, an no on requiring illegal immigrants to maintain a level of health insurance. (All of these reform measures were offered by Republicans.) http://912member.blogspot.com/2009/07/senator-obamas-voting-record-on.html
The President claims that opponents of his plan are “defending the status-quo”, that opponents “would rather do nothing”, and “play politics.” The preceding paragraph seems to expose this false dichotomy presented by the President, and reveals that he embodies the ultimate political animal, and is no better than the worst of political hacks.
The questions are many, and the answers are dishonest and disheartening. This President was supposed to bring us together, bring us closer to a more perfect union, and so on. Honest thinkers knew that he represented divisive politics and harbored divisive attitudes. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans did not, and all of us are now forced to watch as the hope and optimism that brought this man to power drowns in the blood of the broken American heart.