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Obama’s Legacy, Of Failure

President Obama made his rounds around the world again, posing for pictures to put in his Presidential Library. After returning home, he spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus at their annual dinner party. His attachment them was two things. Both central to him. His skin color, and his legacy. And that’s it. It’s all about him.

What he’s concerned about is his legacy as the first Black President who failed miserably. He succeeded only in the thing he set out to do. Which is to fundamentally transform America by managing its decline, in so many ways.

Never mind that he made things worse, not better. But he is in good company among presidents. There have been White presidents who were lousy, or some form of ineffective. But his ego won’t accept he failed to do what he told people (Blacks included) what he was going to do “for them.” So at the CBC dinner, his community organizing persona comes out, shaming Blacks into supporting the candidate for President who will continue his legacy of failure. “C’mon bro. We look alike, so vote for her,” says the bumper sticker on the back of his limo.

In 2008, had he been honest with Americans and told them what he was going to do, instead of what they wanted to hear, Hillary Clinton would have been the President, not him.


Chicago Breaking Records

July 2016 was the deadliest month for Chicago in 10 years. Now, for August 2016, Chicago broke that record by having the deadliest month in 20 years.

Chicago saw its bloodiest month in two decades this August, after police recorded a staggering 90 murders, 384 shootings and 472 total shooting victims.

And as usual, innocent victims become part of the statistics. Like a seven-year-old shot in the arm as well as Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

The trend is worsening. The shoot:kill ratio for July was 4:1. For last month it is just over 5:1. Out of 472 shooting victims, 90 of them were fatal. Something has to be done to keep Chicago from changing from The Windy City to The Shooting City.

Something from this post bares repeating . . .

I have a suggestion for cities like Chicago where gun violence is so prevalent. If just one innocent life could be saved . . .  Innocent lives would be spared if the thugs had better marksmanship skills with their illegal guns. If, through proper weapons training, we could get their efficiency closer to 1:1 than (now) 5:1, then that little seven-year-old shot in the arm would not have been shot. And Nykea Aldridge would still be alive today. It’s a win-win.

Links: Aug. 2016: Chicago’s Bloodiest Month in Two Decades  |  August most violent month in Chicago in nearly 20 years  |  Deadliest July In Chicago

Supremes Uphold Dem Bigotry

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a bid by North Carolina to reinstate for November’s elections several voting restrictions, including a requirement that people show identification at the polls. So, by virtue of a 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court, the lower court ruling stands.

South Carolina started 4 years ago to require a photo ID to vote, to ensure the integrity of one person, one vote. A right already extended to voters in Florida and 29 other states.

According to Democrats, which person here is incapable of following voting rules?

According to the NYT, opponents of the South Carolina election law (all Democrats) their reason to oppose it is . . .

its provisions deliberately “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision” in an effort to depress black turnout at the polls.

The “restrictions” the Democrats contend “target” Blacks are . . .

  • voters must present photo identification at the polls, even though there is an affidavit alternative for voters without a photo ID.
  • no same-day registration, registering to vote on Election Day, and
  • no registering to vote before being old enough (18) to vote
  • early voting via absentee ballots

The way the Democrats use the justice system to suit their political agenda (as opposed to the Constitution) is obvious. It also shines the light on the fact that they only care for Blacks when it comes to their vote. Something you’ve heard from republicans, including Donald Trump.

Looking behind their whole premise, is that Blacks are incapable of following voting rules. As an American, that bigotry offends me. They also contradict themselves. If 364 days before an election isn’t enough time to register, and early voting via an absentee ballot is not enough time to vote, then how is it that “same day” registration is even an issue?

Bottom line here, what Democrats fear most is a fair voting process that insures the integrity of one person, one vote. And, they’re using Blacks as their vehicle to get them there.

Link: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina Voter ID Requirement

Deadliest July In Chicago

65 people killed in Chicago in July, a toll that pushed the number of homicides in the city this year to nearly 400.  The total for all last year was 490. By comparison, total U.S. casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom for this year is 5.

It was the deadliest July since 2006, when 65 homicides were also recorded, according to Chicago Police Department records.  Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson noted that the month was still lower than June, when 72 homicides were reported.

That was for July. In less than a week for August, between last Friday afternoon and early Thursday, at least 99 people were shot in the city, 24 of them fatally.  At least nine people were killed on Monday alone, the deadliest day in Chicago in 13 years, according to Tribune data. Among the wounded that day was a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played on his front porch in Lawndale. That’s a 4:1 shoot/kill ratio.

Here’s a stunning statistic for you to ponder.  40 of the weekend’s shooting victims had been arrested 672 times.

Those killed over the weekend included 23-year-old Abner Garcia, an Army veteran with no criminal history, and 19-year-old Arshell Dennis, a college student whose father was a police officer. On Sunday, a 6-year-old girl became the third child under 10 to be shot in the past week, and a pregnant woman was shot in her chest.

When and how will it end? It won’t end until Democrats own up to the destructive nature that their feel-good social engineering is having on poor people; Black, White, and everywhere in between. Patrick Smith, the father of the  armed thug who was shot this weekend in Milwaukee, got one part of  the problem right when he said . . .

“Being on the street, doing things of the street life: Entertaining, drug dealing and pimping and they’re looking at their dad like ‘he’s doing all these things.’ I got out of jail two months ago, but I’ve been going back and forth in jail and they see those things so I’d like to apologize to my kids because this is the role model they look up to. When they see the wrong role model, this is what you get.”

If you believe that giving illegal aliens a drivers licenses will save innocent victims from their DUI and hit-and-runs, then I have a suggestion for cities like Chicago where gun violence is so prevalent. If just one innocent life could be saved . . .  Innocent lives would be spared if the thugs had better marksmanship skills with their illegal guns. If, through proper weapons training, we could get their efficiency closer to 1:1 than 4:1, then that little 6- yr-old girl would be alive today. It’s a win-win.

President Hates America

Media headline, “Obama says U.S. race relations have improved, but work to be done.” Don’t you mean Obama “claims” U.S. race relations have improved? More work to be done? Like this?

First President ever to hate his country. So much so that he wants to fundamentally change it.

And the only way he’s getting away with it is, because he’s Black. And if you disagree with his agenda, then you are called a racist. Not patriotic. A racist. Not only by his acolytes, but by the willing media as well.

Part of the American Dream is the mobility of the people that liberty and opportunity affords. Blacks don’t have a monopoly on being “poor.” He wants to make sure that if you succeed and want to move to a better place, regardless of the color of your skin, that it won’t exist.

His agenda includes killing the American dream.

Links: Obama says U.S. race relations have improved, but work to be done  |  Obama’s last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy

Dept. of (Black) Justice

No ‘blind justice’ from this Justice Department. If AG Loretta Lynch’sblind_justice criteria were income-based, she at least could make a case for leniency. But, typical of this administration, it is race-based.

And, if you disagree with a racial preference application of the law, then you must be a racist. See? So how’s that ‘post-racial’ administration working out?

There is empirical evidence that the ‘reform’ of the type Lynch wants will only exacerbate the crime problem. Typical of liberals like her, they never look at the consequences of their policies beyond their intentions. Also typical is that the “fix” makes matters worse. Worse for the people she portends to help.

This new court “reform” will only exacerbate the crime problem. Studies show ignoring low-level crimes like warrant violations only leads to bigger crimes.

That there is improvement to be made in the criminal justice system is obvious. For example, it makes no sense to levy a fine while at the same time suspending a driver’s license for an offense that had nothing to do with driving. And without transportation, you lose your job, making paying the fine impossible. Creating unemployment, poverty, and government dependence. Is that what we want of our justice system?

Many of the cities with the highest fines, such as Philadelphia, are run by Democrats; and the Justice Department is no piker when it comes to levying fines.

“US attorneys always want fines and restitution amounts in the millions from people who have little chance of ever paying it back,” the department official said.

Liberals are actually to blame for the trend they’re trying to reform. Court fines and fees help pay for all the new costs liberals have added to the system, such as drug counseling and home electronic monitoring. They’ve also pushed judges to assess more fines in lieu of incarceration, especially for drug offenders.

Yet now they claim the whole court fine and bail system is racist.

Link: AG Loretta Lynch wants to let nation break law without consequences

Motor Voter 2.0

Hillary Clinton is playing the race card on the campaign trail over “voting rights,” saying that Republicans want to prevent Blacks, Hispanics, and illegal aliens from voting.

That’s why I urge the all minorities to be on the lookout for Republicans attempting to prevent you from voting. Call 911 immediately if one or more of them get between you and the voting booth.

That’s exactly the impression Hillary Clinton and her party paint of Republicans. The reality is, there’s no one out there putting roadblocks on people motivated enough to vote. Hillary wants to make registering to vote mandatory..

Just because people can register to vote, does not mean they have to register or that they have to, or even should, vote. But the door has been opened. If the government can make you buy health insurance that includes registering to vote, or be fined, what’s to stop them from mandating that you vote as well?

Use this same Democrat logic with another “right” and see how accepting of it they become. Unlike voting or registering to vote, this right is provided for in the our Constitution. The right to keep and bear arms.

So when you are eligible for a drivers license or sign up for Health Insurance, in addition to being given a voter registration form, which I don’t agree with either, also include a form 2A (2nd Amendment). There is no such form, but for argument’s sake, make it a summary of the meaning of the 2nd Amendment, the firearm laws in the state, how old you have to be to buy a long gun and a hand gun. Maybe even a sentence or two about buying the weapon from a licensed firearm dealer and submitting to a background check.

Democrats should be for something like that. Otherwise, wouldn’t they be preventing Blacks, Hispanics, and the poor from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights?  Making them powerless to defend and protect themselves, their family, and their property. How racist is that?

Why Black History Month

There is a lot that we, as Americans, do not know about what is now called Black History Month.

Here are two pieces from Stacy Swimp at the Project 21 website on the subject.

The Origin and Purpose of Black History Month

History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they have been and what they have been, where they are and what they are. Most important, history tells a people where they still must go, what they still must be. The relationship of history to the people is the same as the relationship of a mother to her child.

– J.H. Clarke

Stacy Swimp

February is observed as “Black History Month” in America.

Its precursor, “Negro History Week,” was created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926 and observed on the second week of February.

A staunch Republican, Woodson choose that week in that month to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Woodson created Negro History Week because black Americans and their accomplishments were largely left out of the educational curricula of that time. Where blacks were mentioned, it was usually very demeaning imagery or discriminatory ideas.

Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro (now African-American) Life and History in 1915 and the Journal of Negro History in 1916. He was dedicated to helping educate black and white Americans about blacks and their accomplishments and potential in a way that would benefit everyone.

His week-long observance was expanded to become Black History Month – officially recognized by the U.S. government – in 1976.

Unlike it often seems to be today, Woodson never intended black history to be about black firsts and a parade of black icons. Woodson was a scholar. He intended this observance as a means to get around the institutional hatred of the era and ultimately have this new information included in the teaching of American history, period.

In particular, Woodson wanted black Americans to understand the strong family values, work ethic, sense of individual responsibility, spirit of entrepreneurship and incredible dignity that was indicative of black Americans and their African ancestors.

This educational pursuit was also important to Woodson because he felt that historical awareness would inspire black Americans of his time to avoid becoming dependent on government to do for them what they could do for themselves.

Woodson also believed that, if white Americans knew the true history of blacks in America and in Africa, it would help overcome negative stereotyping.

Negro History Week was envisioned as a tool to develop and cultivate new awareness and new critiques. It was about unity. It was not a basis for ethnocentric pride and cultural divide – the path radical black Americans on the left have pursued over the past few decades.

I personally take advantage of the national spotlight that Black History Month provides to educate others about the real history leftist scholars rewrite or ignore, and stress the original purpose of Negro History Week.

Woodson’s vision was that someday a special week or month would no longer be required in order to appropriately honor black Americans and their accomplishments. Black history is American history – and a year-round school curricula relevant to all.

But that won’t occur under the oversight of the U.S. Department of Education as long as there continues to be a left-wing domination of public education.

When we segregate months to highlight ethnicities and genders, we cease to simply recognize accomplishments and instead encourage disunity among Americans of all stripes. The political left deserves scorn for their determination to keep America divided along ethnic, cultural and so-called class lines.

I am thankful for the work and the vision of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. History is indeed a human need. His contribution and that of other black Americans is considerable and far too important to ever be compartmentalized into just one month.

I pray for a day when Dr. Woodson’s desire to observe “Negro History” comes to proper fruition.


Black History Month Makes a Mockery of Black History

During “Black History Month” most people focus on black America’s “heroes.” Stories are shared about the past, or what some call the “black experience” in America.

Unfortunately, Black History Month seems to have become a mechanical celebration of a few people and a few things that are deemed appropriate by the media and black establishment.

This tired programming doesn’t do justice to the vision of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of “Negro History Week” — the precursor to Black History Month.

I suggest that merely heralding a few black heroes and situations is a perversion of the reason Negro History Week was originally created back in 1926.

The great Dr. Woodson believed we study black history to learn an historical perspective to use to deal with modern problems and practices.

Dr. Woodson wanted black Americans to understand where we came from, who we were and what we had done so that we might also understand where we really are, who we really are and what we can do today as well as where we still need to go, who we still need to become and what still must be done.

Negro History Week, as Dr. Woodson saw it, was not simply a commemoration or a celebration — it was a call to action.

His hope was that, by learning the valuable lessons of history, we would not make the same mistakes. Likewise, studying history and learning about the struggles of the past should motivate us to take some level of personal responsibility in making our home, neighborhood and society at-large a better place to live, work and play.

In his speech to the National Urban League’s annual conference on September 6, 1960, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. provided a strong indictment of the black community’s failure to honor heroes with personal integrity and dignity rather than with phony ad hoc observances, saying: “The Negro must make a vigorous effort to improve his personal standards… One of the sure signs of maturity is the ability to rise to the point of self-criticism.”

We are suffering today for not properly studying, understanding and acting in response to the lessons of yesterday.

As a result, too many of us have become cynical and disillusioned. Some of us have conditioned ourselves to perpetuate a system of segregation. We have lost touch with an important something that’s called initiative.

Too many now cite the oppression of the past as an excuse for modern mediocrity.

Many of us also live beyond our means, spend money on frivolities and fail to give to serious causes, organizations and educational institutions that so desperately need our charity.

In that same 1960 speech to the National Urban League, Dr. King said: “Our crime rate is far too high.”

It is indeed an insult to the legacy of so-called Black History Month heroes that so many of us claim to honor when we too often live our lives in direct contrast to the values and principles that they challenged us to maintain.

Black History Month celebrations, in my opinion, have all-too-often become something other than an honorable commemoration.

It’s not an outright mockery, but the ways we sometimes behave would surely disgust Dr. Woodson and the people about whom he sought to teach us. They would be disgusted at how their contributions are increasingly being wasted.

If they saw how we commemorate Black History Month today, I think our forefathers might say: “Keep your fake celebrations. Try practicing some integrity and self respect.”

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Stacy Swimp is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network. Comments may be sent to Project21@nationalcenter.org.