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The President Speaks

July 19, 2013

And I wish that he would just shut up. Here is a full transcript of his remarks. I was going to copy them here but they are rather long, so I will only put in excerpts that I wish to comment upon.

First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.

What about the family of George Zimmerman? They are living in fear because of the large number of death threats they have received. Does the president have nothing to say to them? What about George Zimmerman? Can he not affirm that he was acquitted and should not be terrorized?

The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case — I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works. But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling.

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

If President Obama had a son, he would not be Trayvon Martin. He would be attending an exclusive private school, just as the President’s daughters are attending and he would have many opportunities that other Americans, White or Black, do not have. Barack Obama spent much of his young life either abroad, or being raised by his White mother and his White grandmother in predominantly White and well off neighborhoods. He has led a life of privilege. Trayvon Martin was not attending a private college-prep school, like Obama did, and it is very unlikely that he would have been able to attend Harvard Law School, no matter how bright he might have been. Barack Obama’s life experiences have not been typical of most African-Americans, no matter how much he would like to pretend they have.

And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.

It is not an excuse. It experience teaches us that African American boys are more likely to commit a violence crime, then it is sensible to be wary of African American boys. If Asian girls or Native American transvestites committed a disproporionate share of the crimes in the US, people would be wary of them. The question must be, what are we going to do about this, besides blaming racism.

I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.

If a White male teen had knocked an armed man to the ground and was pummeling him, the outcome might have been much the same. The only difference is that the race hustlers and the Left would have had nothing to work with and the case would never have gotten national attention.

Now, the question for me at least, and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through, as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family. But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do.

I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code. And law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.

I think Eric Holder should leave George Zimmerman alone. The constitution forbids double jeopardy for a reason

Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would be productive for the Justice Department, governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.

If he wants to reduce the mistrust that currently exists, how about reining in Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.

And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously, law enforcement has got a very tough job.

And I’m doing my best to make it tougher.

I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that the “stand your ground” laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case. On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?

And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.

We ought not to allow people to defend themselves. To answer the question, if Mr. Zimmerman had assaulted Martin, then certainly Martin would have had the right to stand his ground and defend himself.

And then, finally, I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching. There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have. On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there’s the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.

The truth is that you can not be honest about matters of race in this country. But if we want to have that conversation, why don’t we start with the fact that many Blacks are prejudiced against Whites?

And let me just leave you with a final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But when I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I seem them interact, they’re better than we are — they’re better than we were — on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.

And so we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues. And those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also have confidence that kids these days, I think, have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did; and that along this long, difficult journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.

The tragedy of Barack Obama is that he could have done much to promote racial healing in this country. Being half White and half Black he could have been a sort of bridge bring people together. Most Whites were happy to see a Black man being elected president. Barack Obama chose not to play that role. He decided to embrace the politics of division, of envy, of class hatred and racial animosity. His country is the worse for it.

 

 

The President is not Our Father

February 7, 2013

Way back when Rush Limbaugh had his television show, he liked to show this video from one of the 1992 Presidential debates.

I am as nauseated by this man stating that we are symbolically the President’s children as I was when I first saw this. I might have hoped that this sentiment might have lessened over time, but I guess with Obama it is as strong as ever. Here is a more recent video of Chris Rock saying the President and First Lady are our father and mother.

No, no, no. No, Ponytail guy, the president is not our father and we are not his children. No, Chris Rock, we are not obligated to support the President’s policies.

The Russian peasants used to refer to the Czar as “our little father’, little only in so far as God was the Great Father. This usage is appropriate for slaves and serfs of a despotic monarch. It is utterly wrong for free born Americans to refer to our leaders in such a way. We are not serfs. The President is not our master any more than he is our father. Rather, he and all the other politicians are our servants. The sooner we get that into our heads and treat them as particularly undependable servants, apt to steal the silver when not supervised closely, the better and freer we shall be.

Jim Messina Thanks Me

November 9, 2012

Jim Messina wants to thank me for the hard  work I have done for the Obama campaign.

David —

President Obama made a surprise visit to the campaign office in Chicago yesterday to give a heartfelt thank-you to staff and volunteers.

I wanted to pass this video along, because it’s a message every single person who helped build this campaign deserves to see. He wasn’t just talking to those of us in the office — he was talking to all of you.

In his speech on Election Night, President Obama gave you all the title you have spent the last year and a half earning:

“The best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics.”

So many times in this election, this campaign was counted out. They said our supporters wouldn’t turn out, and we’d never see the kind of voter participation we saw in 2008. They said we’d be buried in money and special-interest influence. And they said that no campaign could overcome the political headwinds we faced.

Last year, a major American newspaper asked, “Is Obama toast?” As recently as two weeks ago, another ran this headline: “Can Obama win?”

Tuesday night, you all answered all of those doubts with a resounding YES WE CAN. By knocking on doors, organizing phone banks, and chipping in a few bucks when you could, you built a campaign that is unparalleled. And you re-elected our president.

You also proved that millions of ordinary people taking ownership of a cause is still the most powerful force in our political process. You showed that grassroots organizing and small donations are not only the right way to win, but also the most effective way.

How we got here must guide where we go. If we’re going to accomplish the things America voted for on Tuesday, you’ve got to be even more involved in getting them done than you were in giving us all the chance.

We’ll be in touch soon about how we can get started on some of the President’s top priorities in his second term.

For now, I just want to say I am so proud of this team. And I can’t wait to see where you take this incredible movement from here.

Thank you — more to come,

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

You’re welcome Jim. Now, go back to that playground you were lurking in.

 

Stacy Dash Endorses Romney

October 8, 2012

 

 

I actually have no idea who this actress is, but she has managed to commit the one unforgivable act in Hollywood. She has expressed her support for Romney. To make matters worse, she is black.

Actress Stacey Dash, who has starred in everything from the 90′s hit Clueless to CSI, prompted a firestorm on Twitter after publicly endorsing Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and then standing by her opinion.

“Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future. @mittromney @teamromney #mittromney #VOTE #voteromney,” Dash wrote on her official Twitter page, accompanied by a photo of herself with an American flag.

Of course, the Liberals responded in their usual classy and respectful way.

Not long after, presumed Obama supporters began insulting Dash for her opinion, saying she isn’t “black” enough, several even asking if the actress would just “kill herself.”

One man wrote: “This hurts but you a Romney lover and you slutting yourself to the white man only proves why no black man married u @REALStaceyDash.”

As news of Dash’s treatment spread, however, First Amendment-lovers nationwide began voicing their support for the actress using the hashtag #ISupportStaceyDash.

And here are some of the best/worst responses, courtesy of Twitchy.

And

Of course, it is the Conservatives who are the hateful racists.

She has stood firm by her opinion and has had much support from those who actually believe in that archaic concept called freedom of speech. Maybe I should go and watch something she has acted in.

 

Hugo Chavez for Obama

September 30, 2012

It looks like Barack Obama has picked up an important endorsement from the evil dictator’s association. As Breitbart.com relates.

 

English: THE KREMLIN, MOSCOW. Meeting with Ven...

Evil Dictators for Obama

 

Hugo Chavez says he’d vote for Obama
CARACAS, Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in on the U.S. presidential race, saying he prefers President Barack Obama.

Chavez also said in a televised interview that aired Sunday that he’d like to have “normal” relations with the U.S. government.

The Venezuelan leader says, in his words, “If I were American, I’d vote for Obama.”
Chavez is running for re-election, seeking another six years in office in an Oct. 7 vote. Democratic U.S. President Obama faces Republican Mitt Romney in his November re-election bid.

Venezuela has had tense relations with the U.S. for the years, and the two countries’ embassies have been without ambassadors since 2010.

 

Isn’t anyone wondering why America’s enemies, foreign and domestic, seem to prefer Obama?

 

 

 

 

 

More on the Cult

September 24, 2012

 

I read this article in Investor’s Business Daily about the Obama cult after I wrote this post on the subject. There isn’t much in the editorial about the creepiness of the cult that isn’t covered elsewhere but I did think the point at the end was worth noting.

But the question is, why are so many Americans so willing to voluntarily buy into Obama’s personality cult?

Remember that will.i.am video from Obama’s first campaign?

Or the equally creepy video of elementary school students signing Obama’s praises:

“Mmm, mmm, mmm!

Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand

To make this country strong again

Mmm, mmm, mmm!

Barack Hussein Obama.”

Or how about the endless news photos of Obama with his head centered in the middle of a circle in the background, giving him the appearance of being surrounded by a halo.

Anyone want to guess how many times a press photographer decided to snap a picture of Reagan like that?

In totalitarian countries, leaders can force their greatness on unwilling subjects because they own the press, they own the entertainment industry and they own all the schools.

It is true that totalitarian dictators can force public worship in their subjects but one truth that perhaps we don’t want to admit is that their subjects are not always unwilling to support the personality cult. Few, if any, regimes survive solely by the use of force. Most rulers, however tyrannical, do have a certain part of the population who actively support them, whether because they benefit from the regime, or they fear the alternatives, or they believe the propaganda. I have no doubt that if you were to take a public opinion poll of the German population around 1936, you would find Hitler was geniunely popular among the great majority of Germans.

Most people who have seen the videos of North Koreans mourning the death of Kim Il Jong in the most extravagant fashion assume that they are afraid of punishment. That is true, but it is possible that many of these people really did feel grief. After all, if you are told the Dear Leader is the most wonderful person in the world 24 hours a day, you begin to believe it, especially if you have no standards of comparison.

I suppose my point here is that tyrants don’t often force themselves on an unwilling people. Usually, at least some segment of the population welcomes that tyrant and is willing to give up their freedom for some benefit real or imagined. What this might say about the future of out country I am not sure but it isn’t good that a certain number of Americans are willing to subscribe to such a cult.

 

 

Barack Nero Claudius Obama

September 16, 2012

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, more familiarly known as Nero was one of the most notorious of the Roman Emperors. Many historians have depicted him as a monster of vice and cruelty. He really wasn’t all that bad, though. He reign was actually mostly successful until the end. Still, I wouldn’t call him exactly good either. He did murder his own mother and he was the first of the emperors to persecute the Christians. One of the most prominent and long-lasting stories about Nero is that when the City of Rome nearly burned completely down in 64 A.D., Nero did nothing to try to help anyone and instead played his fiddle while singing of the fall of Troy.

That story is almost certainly fictional. For one thing the violin had not been invented yet, so Nero would have played a lyre. Actually, Nero was out of town when the fire broke out, but rushed back to Rome as soon as he received the news. There wasn’t much anyone could do to fight the fire in those days, but Nero did open up his palace gardens to house the Romans made homeless by the fire. Unfortunately, after the fire finally burned out, Nero decided to rebuild Rome, replacing the old, narrow streets and crowded tenements with a rationally designed new Rome, which included a huge new palace for himself. This started the rumor that Nero had started the fire himself and led to his blaming the Christians and persecuting them.

Whatever the truth of the story, however, the phrase fiddling while Rome burns has become a byword for someone who takes no action or is distracted by trivialities when things are falling apart all around them. Which, brings us to our modern Nero.

The entire Middle East is burning and Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be taking matters at all seriously. Well, he does take fund raising for his reelection campaign seriously.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is getting a boost from pop stars Beyonce and Jay-Z.

The superstar couple will hold a fundraiser with Obama on Tuesday at a swanky New York nightclub that Jay-Z owns.

Tickets are $40,000, but the campaign says a small donation lands a chance to win two tickets — airfare and hotel included.

Beyonce says in an email to Obama’s supporters that she’s a huge fan and will do whatever it takes to help him win a close race.

This isn’t the first time the Obamas have teamed up with the A-list couple to promote each other’s causes. Michelle Obama helped Beyonce with efforts to promote global humanitarianism, and the president appeared in a pre-recorded video earlier this month at a Jay-Z event in Philadelphia.

Yet, he can’t take time off from his busy schedule to attend daily intelligence briefings, heed warnings that our embassies might come under attack, meet with the Israeli Prime Minister over Iran’s continuing progress in making itself a nuclear power, or even take our looming fiscal catastrophe seriously. He might as well be fiddling.

Serious Questions

August 19, 2012

 

With the economy going downhill and an increasingly dangerous world we live in, it is nice to know that the media is willing to ask President Obama the tough, hard-hitting questions.

 

Well, maybe not.

 

Signing Barack’s Birthday Card

July 27, 2012

 

 

I got an e-mail from Michelle Obama yesterday.

David —

Barack’s 51st birthday is coming up.

I hope you’ll wish him a happy birthday by signing the card we’re putting together for him.

You’ll be adding David, from Indiana, alongside thousands of other supporters’ names — folks from all 50 states, from all different backgrounds. Together, all those names will be impressive — they’ll show the strength of this campaign and our support for Barack.

And I know he’s going to love it.

Add your name today — and then ask a friend to join you:

http://my.barackobama.com/Happy-Birthday-Barack

These last few months until Election Day won’t be easy — so let’s show Barack we have his back every step of the way.

– Michelle

Well, I couldn’t resist a personal appeal from the First Lady, so I signed, and was immediately hit up for a campaign donation. After I signed, I received another e-mail.

Hi,

Thanks for signing President Obama’s card. Want to wish him a happy birthday, or good luck in the months ahead, in your own words?

Add a personal note to the card here:

https://my.barackobama.com/birthday-note

Thanks again,

Obama for America

Well, I certainly do want to wish him a happy birthday, so I wrote that I hope he has a very happy birthday, next year in Chicago, or anywhere except the White House.

 

 

Insanity in the News

June 1, 2012

Looking over the headlines in the Drudge Report, I am beginning to wonder if everyone in the world is starting to lose their minds. First, there seems to be an outbreak of cannibalism. There is the face-eating bath salts user in Florida, a cannibal in Maryland who ranted on Facebook, and a creepy Canadian cannibal running around France dressed as a woman.

President Obama thinks he will be able to get more things done after the election when the “Republican fever” breaks.

“I believe that If we’re successful in this election, when we’re successful in this election, that the fever may break, because there’s a tradition in the Republican Party of more common sense than that. My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”

“I believe that If we’re successful in this election, when we’re successful in this election, that the fever may break, because there’s a tradition in the Republican Party of more common sense than that. My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”

Obama said he expects that after his reelection, Congress will pass a balanced deficit reduction plan, a highway bill, immigration reform.

“My expectation is that if we can break this fever, that we can invest in clean energy and energy efficiency because that’s not a partisan issue.”

In other words, if he is reelected he will still try to pursue his unpopular agenda and squander the taxpayers’ money on crony capitalism. I have a feeling the Republican fever won’t be breaking.

Here, in the Washington Post, are the last minutes of a snake-handling preacher’s life. I wonder if he has been nominated for a Darwin Award yet.

Mayor Bloomberg calls critics of his proposed bad on large sized soft drinks “ridiculous”. I can think of worse things to say about a politician who thinks he ought to micromanage people’s lives. What’s next? Cameras in people’s homes to make sure they exercise?, sensors in toilets to examine people’s excrement to ensure they are eating a healthy diet? These scenarios seem outlandish, but I wouldn’t put anything past the health Nazis.

And DC Comics has decided to make the Green Lantern a homosexual. Why? Comic book superheroes don’t need to have any kind of sexuality at all. Who are these perverts who have to include a gay character in every conceivable form of entertainment? Can’t we have a break from this?

And that is the way it was.

 


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