Barack Obama had been mercifully traveling around with his mouth shut for most of the past two years, while his successor, President Trump, had been fixing the economy that Obama had nearly ruined, even as the Obama leftovers in the Justice Department were trying to cover up their own collusion with Russia in 2016 by accusing Trump of what they had done.
Still, Obama was out there last week making a speech at some place or other that was giving him an award for something he probably deserved as much as his Nobel Peace Prize (that he still hasn't given back). In the speech, he accused President Trump and Republicans of offering "a home to the politics of division and resentment."
OK, well, I'm calling him out.
What the heck are you even talking about, you contemptible liar?
The "politics of division and resentment", indeed. Let us set aside the fact that "politics" are by definition associated with division, since in a free country we elect people at the ballot box. We're not voting for a choice of people who agree with one another, but who disagree on how to lead. There is going to be division if there is politics. That is no different in the current campaign from what it was in any election campaign that Obama lied his way through, whether with "You can keep your doctor" or "There is no scandal at the IRS" or ... well, you heard them all.
Is it not "division", when you ram through a hugely unpopular health-insurance law without even consulting with Republicans and using a parliamentary trick to pass when the 60th Senate vote was lost because a replacement Senate race was won by a candidate pledging not to vote for Obamacare? What exactly was the olive branch you offered to those you divided yourself from after that?
"Resentment"? Do you even have an example of what is different in this administration from yours? Aren't you the one who sent your Attorney General to Ferguson, Missouri, to take the side of a convenience-store robber who tried to steal a police officer's weapon and got killed doing it? And vilified the officer so badly that he had to quit the force? And precipitated riots in the streets there?
Aren't you the guy who took the side, knee-jerk, of a professor in New England who was uncooperative with police? You engendered resentment on the part of law enforcement officers across the country, but I guess its OK to be resented by people you think are "pigs" anyway. And you know you do.
But actually, my problem with the speech is that "division and resentment" don't really apply to this president, let alone to where he would be the one accused of practicing them. Donald Trump's approach to the economy -- which has worked, by the way -- is as ecumenical as could be, certainly by virtue of the fact that his tax policy and stripping of burdensome regulations have resulted in historic lows in the unemployment rate of black and Hispanic workers. Imagine that. A rising tide, after all, lifts all ships.
But it is not in the interest of Barack Obama and his ilk to see success on the part of minorities in the USA. Rather, they need economic failure in minority communities so that they seek the solution of big, dominant, welfare-state government to take care of them, preferably on a generational basis, to produce the votes needed to keep them in power.
The nation saw through that, but it took two terms of Obama to realize that was what was going on. Fortunately for the USA, with power comes entitlement, and the entitled Hillary Clinton bullied her way to a nomination for an office she couldn't possibly serve well in. Someone who did her own "dividing", by insisting that her qualification for office rested upon her possession of a uterus.
Barack Obama could sure read a speech well (his extemporaneous stuff, well, that's a parade of stammering as his mind sifts through his platitude Rolodex). But unfortunately now we actually can stop and listen to the words he reads, and we understand that it's all lecturing; all passion and no substance. His failures in office will eventually be what unites us, ironically, behind an economically successful America that he had no hand in creating. All he did was screw up so badly that we were willing to vote for Donald Trump to get us out of it.
Which he is doing. If there is any "division", it is your legacy, not Trump's. And I don't "resent" that.
Copyright 2018 by Robert Sutton
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