Three Presidents, One Nation- Believing and Deceiving
Henry 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.”
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.
Then what about the over 3million illegal aliens who voted?
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.
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.