During Special Report on Fox News at 5 last night, the show was interrupted to cover a speech President Obama was giving in Chicago.
He was there to bolster his immigration executive order, but he couldn’t resist getting in a few words about the events in Ferguson, Mo. The magnitude of the man’s hubris and narcissism never fails to impress.
A grand jury made a decision yesterday that upset a lot of people. And as I said last night, the frustrations that we have seen are not just about a particular incident. They have deep roots in many communities of color, who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly. That may not be true everywhere. And it’s certainly not true for the vast majority of law enforcement officials, but that’s an impression that folks have and it’s not just made up. It’s rooted in reality.
Wow. He pivots from an incident that really has nothing to do with race to the black radical theory that everyone should be mistrusted because we are all racists. He evokes our past and weaves it into current times, which strikes me as quite unfair, for all his talk of fairness. Obama then does the trick of saying he’s not condemning everyone, he’s just condemning everyone. We’re all guilty, even though we aren’t all there and lynchings have stopped.
Now as I said last night, there are productive ways of responding. And expressing those frustrations and there are destructive ways of responding. Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk, that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. People should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts. But what we also saw, although it doesn’t get as much attention in the media, was people gathering in overwhelmingly peaceful protests, here in Chicago, in New York, in Los Angeles, other cities. We have seen young people who are organizing and people beginning to have real conversations about how do we change the situation so that there’s more trust between law enforcement and some of these communities. And those are are necessary conversations to have.
He himself doesn’t seem to be fueling necessary conversations about race, now does he? He gave his thoughts on Professor Brooks at Harvard and the police and Trayvon and George Zimmerman. I don’t recall him asking for restraint in either of those events. Nor does he talk about stemming the black on black violence in say, Chicago where he was speaking. Since the Michael Brown shooting there have been 244 black youths killed in Chicago in that short a time. Crickets on that subject.
We’re here to talk about immigration, but part of what makes America this remarkable place is, being American doesn’t mean you have to look a certain way or have a certain last name or come from a certain place, it has to do with a commitment to ideals, a belief in certain values, and if any part of the American community doesn’t feel welcomed or treated fairly, that’s something that puts all of us at risk. And we all have to be concerned about it. So my message to those people who are constructively moving forward, trying to organize, mobilize and ask hard, important questions about how we improve the situation, I want all those folks to know that their president is going to work with them.
More community organizing from the Prez. He is again lecturing us on our prejudices. That’s not the problem with his immigration plans. He is sanctifying lawbreakers and acting like a despot without working with Congress. It’s not that people reject all immigrants and he knows that.
Separate and apart from the particular circumstances in Ferguson, of which I am careful not to speak to, because it’s not my job as president to comment on ongoing investigations and specific cases, but the frustrations people have generally, those are rooted in some hard truths that have to be addressed. Those who are prepared to work constructively, your president will work with you. And a lot of folks, I believe in law enforcement and a lot of folks in city halls, and governor’s offices across the country, want to work with you as well.
Careful not to speak? That’s all he’s done and not in a constructive way. Besides, he loves to comment on cases and wants to influence them. See Trayvon and Brooks references above. No one is quicker to condemn than he is. How I hate it when he calls Americans “folks.” It’s talking down to us as if we’re peasants.
So as part of that, I have instructed attorney general Eric Holder not just to investigate what happened in Ferguson, but also identify specific steps we can take together to set up a series of regional meetings focused on building trust in our communities. And next week we’ll bring together state and local officials and law enforcement and community leaders and favorite leaders to start identifying very specific steps that we can take to make sure that law enforcement is fair and is being applied equally to every person in this country. And we know certain things work, we know that if we train police properly, that that improves policing and makes people feel that the system is fair.
In other words, I want to fan the flames and keep them going, not just in Ferguson but across the country. Regional meetings ties in with his role as community organizer in chief. And who trusts him anymore? The lies erupt daily and even the media is catching on. Favorite leaders like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Black Panthers? No thanks. All in the name of fairness, the god of liberalism.
How about some constructive ideas such as employment for idle youths, reinforcing the work ethic, stopping crime and school delinquency? I’m sure local leaders could suggest many other areas as well.
I was shocked that Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard and Charles Krauthammer on the Special Report panel last night like the speech. It had nothing new, was preachy and the same old stuff.
I would have been impressed if Obama had said we are a nation that respects the law and operates by the law and that a jury convened looked at all the evidence carefully and at length. We must respect the conclusion they came to. He could have upheld the law, but he chose not to take this tact.
He again blew a situation that he could have used to unite the country. But that’s Obama.