Three Presidents, One Nation- Believing and Deceiving – By Yvonne Sam

Three  Presidents, One Nation- Believing and Deceiving

yvonne-samBy Yvonne Sam

Opinion - commentary -analysisHenry Louis Mencken, the great American English scholar, journalist, satirist and cultural critic,   also known as the Sage of Baltimore, said that, “under democracy one party devotes its chief energies in trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule and both commonly succeed and are right” How true and applicable is such a saying, when viewed in light of what is currently playing out in American politics.

In less than ten days the Obama era will come to an end. Approval ratings will no longer be of any significant concern. He will best be remembered as a great, but blemished, president, sadly however, most of the blemishes concerns how he dealt with the issue of race – or avoided doing so.   

We cannot lightly dismiss his first two years in office, what with his herculean acts in salvaging the banks, restoring the economy, rescuing the car industry and being successful in getting his Obama healthcare legislation passed. All in all, these were tremendous accomplishments in the face of bitter right wing resistance to his presidency, and the racist reaction to , of all people, a black man being in charge. It is difficult to overemphasize the symbolic significance of a black man controlling the most celebrated seat of power. Give praise where it is due, both his black brain and tongue changed America forever.

If only the President had been more forthright and outspoken on the issue of race, then perhaps it might have dulled some of the bigotry that sparked the rise of Donald Trump, or at least provided a compelling alternative to his vision of race.

Outbursts of black pride have disregarded awareness of his flaws, and when those shortcomings are admitted, squalls of black defiance down play their meaning and significance. Not the intended topic of my writing, but looking back in retrospect,  it was somewhat perplexing to see the manner in which he utilized the powers he had regarding Supreme Court and Cabinet nominations, and his continued inability to use his presidency to highlight racial injustice. He did bring the Americans, Eric Holder Jr., the first black Attorney General, but it was until pressured by black politicians during his second term that he gave up skimping and named more African Americans.

Shortly following his re-election in 2012 the Congressional Black Caucus, berated him for his cabinet choices which again were clearly reflective of a lack of diversity. Not for the briefest of moment, can Blacks forget that it was President Obama who reminded his loyal constituents that he was not the President of Black America, almost as if they were mentally inept to believe that he represented only or chiefly black interests. His displayed behavior after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, as compared to the contaminated drinking water tragedyin Flint Michigan spoke volumes, while bearing testimony as to his regards for certain citizens.

As he exits the political arena, what does the President do to veer off his failures?  Many have acknowledged that Hillary’s loss was due in great part to Obama’s far left aggressive agenda. Would he have acted differently if Hilary had won the election?  Take it or leave it, swallow or heave it but there isn’t a snowball’s chance at the equator that Obama would have engaged in such histrionics against Russia if Clinton had won.

Here is where the digression surfaces, the misleading shuffles into view, and the chief players display their cards. On November 25, the New York Times stated that, the Obama administration said on Friday that despite Russian attempts to undermine the presidential election, it has concluded that the results “accurately reflect the will of the American people.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/us/politics/hacking-russia-election-fears-barack-obama-donald-trump.html?_r=0

Nevertheless, using an executive order he announced sanctions against Russia for hacking the 2016 elections in favour of Donald Trump. Such a pathetically selective move! President Obama declared 35 Russian diplomats persona non grata, giving them 72 hours to depart the United States along with their families, in conjunction with the closure of two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland

Just playing the devil’s advocate for a moment, what if Russia did somehow hack the election? What did they publish that was not the truth? Were the emails released by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks false? It was Obama’s complaint that if Russia had not become involved in the recent U. S elections Hillary would have triumphed because her deceitful lies and conniving media cover-up would not have been exposed. The late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “It is a fine game to play—the game of politics. And it is well worth waiting for a good hand before playing”.

What about the deceased people who voted? There were reports of dead people voting in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Oklahoma.

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2016/05/25/report-dead-voters-found-voting-california/

Then what about the over 3million illegal aliens who voted?

https://milo.yiannopoulos.net/2016/11/illegal-immigrants-3-million-votes/

Many of them did so at the bidding of Obama himself, who said if they voted they were citizens. If the truth is to be examined are the Russians to beblamed for these things? In a speech made by President Obama during the deportations, sanctions etc. claimed that Russia had ben hacking for ten years. Strange enough, but the logical question ensuing from such a remark, would be: Did Russia, also help President Obama to be elected. Permit me to remind all that it was the same President Obama who was caught on an open microphone telling Russian President Medvedev, that he would have more flexibility once he was reelected.  Could this be interpreted as a quid pro quo for Russia’s assistance in getting him reelected. Pray tell me why would today with everything known believe one thing and not the same thing from that incident.  Let us all step back and take a cogent look at who is lying and who is trying.

Is the allegation that the Russian hacked the recent elections a deviation from the truth on Obama’s part, or in an effort to salvage whatever is left of his ego he will go to any extreme? In 2015, Obama dispersed of $ 350,000 of American taxpayers’ money to prevent the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, as reported in the Washington Times, July 12, 2016.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/

Who’s fooling who? The taxpayers’ money was used among other things to retain the services of a consulting firm with ties to Obama, money used to sabotage the Israeli election at a time when America’s permanently unemployed and those receiving food stamps were in the double digit millions.

Barack Obama did his utmost to get rid of Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, and was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was eventually kicked out of power. He undercut Moammar Gadhafi, allowing Libya to descend into civil war resulting in Gadhafi’s murder. It is reported that Obama spied on German president Angela Merkel, and he also tried to have the president of Syria Bashar-al-Assad deposed. Such a move backfired, still presently raging, resulting in immeasurable suffering and Assad remaining securely in power.

Then in another move that is clearly a blow to Obama’s ego, President Elect Trump recently publicized plans by a Japanese tycoon to bring 8,000 jobs to the United States. Also to his credit or in his favour, Trump accepted a call from the president of Taiwan, the first known contact since 1979 between a U. S president and a Taiwanese leader.

As one president prepares to vacate the White House and another stands on the threshold of taking command of the greatest nation on Earth, one cannot help but wonder whether it is too late to alter the trajectory of the nation. Kathleen Jamieson, an American professor of Communication said, “In politics as in life, what is known is not necessarily what is believed. What is shown is not necessarily what is seen. What is said is not necessarily what is heard.  May the nation possess the wisdom to hear and heed.

 Yvonne Sam

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  • Clyde Duncan  On January 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Yvonne Sam, I am not trying to be disrespectful – I am just expressing my opinion: Once you got to the part where you are quoting Andrew Breitbart News and Milo Yiannopoulos News – it is the same as the nonsense from the other guy, the other day, on this blog who gets his information from – and quotes something that he read at – the checkout line in the local supermarket. It just makes garbage of everything else in the essay. That’s what I think!

    On another note: You wrote “If only the President had been more forthright and outspoken on the issue of race, then perhaps it might have dulled some of the bigotry that sparked the rise of Donald Trump, or at least provided a compelling alternative to his vision of race.”

    There is NOTHING more President Obama could have done pertaining to race relations in the USA. President Obama is president of the United States of America and the Free World – he is constantly being distracted by events domestically and abroad – I am sure you heard of the concept of “the squeaky wheel getting the grease?”

    Well, that explains this: “He did bring the Americans, Eric Holder Jr., the first black Attorney General, but IT WAS UNTIL PRESSURED by black politicians during his second term that he gave up skimping and named more African Americans.”

    Yvonne Sam, do you honestly believe President Obama could have done more for race relations in the USA? Loretta Lynch’s confirmation was held up for more than 5-months while we witnessed a bunch of grown men throw a white tantrum.

    What about LGBTQ? What about the rest of the world? Multi-tasking is part of the job description. In spite of all the obstruction and all the white tantrums, President Obama did an exceptional job over the past 8-years – All Americans should be proud of the job he did. – By the way, President Obama said “I know where I was born!”

    – That’s what I think!

  • Hermina  On January 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    In the same respectful light you should perhaps pay ( more) careful attention to Paragraph 2 wherein it gives credit where credit is due. It is somewhat ironic, that even in the face of all the areas discussed that you landed heavily on the issue of race.
    Keep in mind this phrase he who does not find himself at the table may soon be served on it.

  • Clyde Duncan  On January 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Hermina – I don’t know how to respond to you – except, to say, in “Paragraph 2” the author invoked the notion that “… most of the blemishes concerns how he dealt with the issue of race – or avoided doing so.”

    Perhaps, you failed English comprehension ….?? Just saying.

  • Ron Saywack  On January 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Yvonne Sam, I applaud you for the courage you admirably demonstrate in calling a spade a spade. Good on you!

    Notwithstanding the obstructionist Republican Congress he had to deal with for the bulk of his presidency, Obama will go down in the annals of history as one of the worst commander-in-chiefs of the United States, not only in the manner in which he dealt with race relations but his disastrous oversight of the economy, his poor handling of Middle-Eastern issues, immigration matters, inter alia.

    The general consensus amongst the informed class is that the country is today more divided than when Obama took office eight years ago.Surely, that is not the kind of legacy he can be proud of. But that is the reality!

    The national debt has spiralled way out of control under his (and Bush’s) watch. It was $5.8 trillion when Bill Clinton left office 16 years ago to nearly 20 trillion today. Of course, he inherited a badly wrecked economy from 43 but did precious very little to stop the bleeding. Why? He was in too much of a rush to bail out Wallstreet and the auto industry, instead of taking a more measured approach to the ‘crisis’. Wallstreet ‘fat cats’ wasted little time is lining their pockets with hundreds of billions of that money. Obscene!

    The issues of the black family unit and black-on-black crimes in the inner cities (like in Chicago) have been poorly dealt with by Obama and have gotten worse. A whole lot more was expected of the first black president. Was he up to the task? You be the judge.

    Again, on the core issue of race, Barack Obama rarely (and perfunctorily) touched the subject as he did in the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents.

    Barack Hussein Obama will be best remembered for being a good orator but a poor administrator… in sports parlance: he talks a good game. Much more was expected of him. In the final analysis, disappointingly, his was a categorically failed presidency.

    Thank you again, Yvonne, I look forward to your next commentary.

  • Albert  On January 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    @yvonne:

    “He will best be remembered as a great, but blemished, president, sadly however, most of the blemishes concerns how he dealt with the issue of race – or avoided doing so.

    We cannot lightly dismiss his first two years in office, what with his herculean acts in salvaging the banks, restoring the economy, rescuing the car industry and being successful in getting his Obama healthcare legislation passed. All in all, these were tremendous accomplishments in the face of bitter right wing resistance to his presidency,”

    Agree with most of what you wrote. I think he was one of the best U.S. Presidents I have witness. He needed to be seen as a President of all the people not only of the black population. Thus he had to walk that fine line to get the white vote and not make the mistake that black politicians like Jesse Jackson did.

    Not mention is that he got unemployment below 5% and the stock market triple under his leadership which ended with one of the highest approval rating for an outgoing president.

    I am often critical of black politicians for not being like Malcolm X but I think Barack Obama was a great mind.

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