If recent history is a lesson, and it ought to be, you can count on one thing from our community-organizer-turned-President. And that is, whatever he says about important issues, you better believe his true place, and desired result, is the opposite. With one, and only one exception.
Beginning with his coming out at the Democratic National Convention keynote speech in 2004, he painted himself as someone who even a Republican could embrace. But it was all false. All for show.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hiring somebody’s son. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted — or at least, most of the time.
The people I meet in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks, they don’t expect government to solve all their problems. They know they have to work hard to get ahead and they want to. Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don’t want their tax money wasted by a welfare agency or the Pentagon.
When it comes to Race Relations. This President bragged that his administration was going to be the first post-racial administration. At every turn, President Obama has not only sat on his hands when he could have helped, but he, and sometimes his Attorney General Eric Holder, have been active in festering a racial divide. Preamble to the beer summit, New Black Panther voter intimidation in Philadelphia, the personal destruction of Paula Deen, the stirring up of tension in the Martin / Zimmerman incident ultimately leading to Zimmerman being over-charged when in fact, no charges were called for. And now, same case, sitting on his behind leading from behind with the media eagerly anticipating racial unrest if/when Zimmerman gets acquitted.
This is just his racial deception. Pick any other topic from foreign policy, education, health care, THE ECONOMY, JOBS, and you will also see the results are 180 degrees from his promises.
Which brings me to the one exception to his promises, the one he has steadfastly kept. That is, to fundamentally transform this great country. That, he has done.
Nuclear proliferation gone wild, terrorism and terrorists spreading around the world (Africa, Middle East, “the right war” in Afghanistan), Pakistan, a nationalized health care system that is still leaving over 30 million people without health care, more expensive health care premiums, never before government levied fines for not buying health care, high fuel and energy prices and going higher, record food stamps, nearly a third of the entire population getting some government help, record long-term unemployment, smallest worker participation rate since Jimmy Carter. And, none of it has to do with his skin color. It has to do with his political color.
It is time for the coward to come off of the golf course, off from vacation, long enough to address the public, today. And tell the American people, especially those Black Americans who are already getting restless, that whatever the verdict in the Zimmerman show trial turns out to be, that he expects everyone to respect the decision and, that anyone breaking the law or rioting because they don’t agree with the verdict, will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. White, Black, and everywhere in between. And he should address the race industry specifically, the Jesse Sharptons, the New Black Panthers, the Farrakhans of the world, that he and his Justice Department expect them to change their tune and preach the same message to their activist followers.
And just one last thing. That we can believe him this time.
If he doesn’t use his bully pulpit to do that, then he will have shown ‘his true colors,’ and I don’t mean skin color, to all of America.