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"Why do I hate the President?"

I am often asked by my fellow African Americans when I criticize President Obama is “why do I hate the president?” Of course I reject the very premise of the question. I don’t hate the president, but I do very strongly dislike his policies and the divisive tone he has set for his presidency and for this nation. Unfortunately in the era of President Obama, disagreement with this president’s policies automatically makes you a “hater” or a racist. Noted Black progressives like Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornell West can call the President a “Rockefeller Republican in Black face” or a “global George Zimmerman” and there is barely a peep and no mention of hatred from President Obama’s loyal Black supporters.

Professor Cornell West calls President Obama “Rockefeller Republican in Black face”
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The fact is Black people have lost more of their wealth (10.9%) than any other demographic under President Obama's watch. Black overall unemployment is at historic highs. Even the former head of the Congressional Black Caucus said that if President Obama were a White president, they would be marching on the White House! Latinos have received a Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and support for amnesty including letting undocumented students stay in the country. Homosexuals have received support for gay marriage and repeal of “Don't Ask Don't Tell” in the military. The extreme environmentalists have received a delay on the decision to construct the Keystone pipeline; a project that could create thousands of jobs for African Americans and in related industries. Instead, the President tells a Congressional Black Caucus audience in 2011 to "Quit grumbling, quit complaining" and to "put on your marching shoes." Many CBC members were understandably upset and felt talked down to by the President of the United States.

It's not that you're "hating" Black people when you point out facts. Detroit, New Orleans, Newark, Kansas City and St. Louis have been ran by Democrats for the last 60 years. Are Republicans responsible for Detroit's bankruptcy or the under performing schools and school districts in these cities? The policies implemented during the so called “War on Poverty” are no longer theories. We now have 50 years of empirical evidence to gauge these program’s effectiveness. When you have an 8% employment rate for Black teenagers in Chicago and murder being the number one cause of death for Black males aged 15-29, then you know the status quo is not working and that these programs have been an absolute failure. Like many of my fellow Black conservatives, I am not emotionally invested in Barack Obama - or any other politician for the matter. A politician’s skin color should make no difference when it comes to accountability. Can you credibly say we “hate ourselves” because we choose to hold Mr. Obama accountable to his promises, just like we would any other politician?

I've lost acquaintances, friends and even close family members due to my political beliefs. And that's OK. There's only one judge that I ultimately adhere to – and people that disagree with me politically are not it. I do not seek fame, fortune or recognition for espousing what I believe. I do it out of a deep love for my people and my country and out of a conviction for doing what's right, nothing more. I cannot close my eyes and ears to the sorry record and truth about this president, his administration and his policies. I just can't. I tell my friends and acquaintances if you don't like what I write or say - and if it offends you - then I sincerely apologize but I will not compromise what I believe to placate your feelings because you are uninformed and still emotionally invested in a politician. I have always criticized this president's policies, NOT HIM PERSONALLY, and I will continue to adhere to that until the next president is inaugurated.

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