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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Dallas Memorial: Obama Ruins It

This won't be long. I had debated whether even to comment on this since so much already has been said. On, however, reading the text of what Obama said at the Dallas memorial for the five police officers murdered by Black Lives Matter (BLM), I wanted to add my own thoughts.

You, of course, can read his comments and reach your own conclusions. We still have that much liberty left. Anyhow, I found the speech, well, appalling.

He apparently starts off well enough with some words, that I am not sure given what else he has said and done, he actually meant,
We’re here to honor the memory, and mourn the loss, of five fellow Americans -- to grieve with their loved ones, to support this community, to pray for the wounded, and to try and find some meaning amidst our sorrow. 
For the men and women who protect and serve the people of Dallas, last Thursday began like any other day. Like most Americans each day, you get up, probably have too quick a breakfast, kiss your family goodbye, and you head to work. But your work, and the work of police officers across the country, is like no other. For the moment you put on that uniform, you have answered a call that at any moment, even in the briefest interaction, may put your life in harm’s way.
He then tells a little about each officer who was murdered in the rampage. That's all fine and appropriate. It doesn't take him long, however, to fly into progressive land.
And then, around nine o’clock, the gunfire came. Another community torn apart. More hearts broken. More questions about what caused, and what might prevent, another such tragedy. 
I know that Americans are struggling right now with what we’ve witnessed over the past week. First, the shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, and the protests, then the targeting of police by the shooter here -- an act not just of demented violence but of racial hatred. All of it has left us wounded, and angry, and hurt. It’s as if the deepest fault lines of our democracy have suddenly been exposed, perhaps even widened. And although we know that such divisions are not new -- though they have surely been worse in even the recent past -- that offers us little comfort. 
Faced with this violence, we wonder if the divides of race in America can ever be bridged. We wonder if an African-American community that feels unfairly targeted by police, and police departments that feel unfairly maligned for doing their jobs, can ever understand each other’s experience.
And he's off,
[A]s for those who use rhetoric suggesting harm to police, even if they don’t act on it themselves -- well, they not only make the jobs of police officers even more dangerous, but they do a disservice to the very cause of justice that they claim to promote.

We also know that centuries of racial discrimination -- of slavery, and subjugation, and Jim Crow -- they didn’t simply vanish with the end of lawful segregation. They didn’t just stop when Dr. King made a speech, or the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act were signed. Race relations have improved dramatically in my lifetime. Those who deny it are dishonoring the struggles that helped us achieve that progress. 
But we know -- but, America, we know that bias remains. We know it. Whether you are black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point. We’ve heard it at times in our own homes. If we’re honest, perhaps we’ve heard prejudice in our own heads and felt it in our own hearts. We know that. And while some suffer far more under racism’s burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination’s sting. Although most of us do our best to guard against it and teach our children better, none of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this.
Was this the place for this cheap analysis?

This ceremony was for the fallen officers not for the dead in Minnesota and Louisiana under conditions not yet fully investigated. This ceremony was not about slavery and Jim Crow. I am going out on a limb here: much like the nonsense about Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown once the facts come in, I suspect the initial narrative about what happened in Minnesota and Louisiana will prove false. Whatever else Obama might claim later, in this speech he justifies the claims of the racist terrorists of BLM, and dismisses their violent rhetoric as merely "suggesting harm to police." He, of course, will be meeting at the White House in the next day or so with BLM and other race baiters, such as Sharpton and Jackson, as he continues his efforts to divide, confuse, and radicalize America.

The worst, most destructive president in our history.


  1. I have been reluctant to call Obama the worst President in our history, not while one of his predecessors was James Buchanan, who sat around scratching himself while the Civil War brewed. I can no longer hold Obama up and second worst. He now has achieved the crown of worst in my opinion. Buchanan let the Civil War develop; Obama seems to be actively trying to start a racial civil war in the USA.

    We will be a long time digging ourselves out of the rubble of the Obama presidency, if we ever do.

  2. Thank you Diplomad- another astute post. I particularly like your last sentence - the worst, most destructive President... and the worst of that is, it is not accidental on his part.

  3. What? We expect a choom smoking, coke sniffing, community organizing, illegitimate offspring of a dyspeptic 18-year-old female by the name of Stanley, likely knocked up by bi-sexual, communist agitator and pornographer, Frank Marshall Davis to give a rat’s arse?

  4. Obummer is a master of saying one thing yet clearly meaning another. I'm searching for the right word to describe this evil talent ... ah, I got it! ... "Democrat"

  5. "Obama seems to be actively trying to start a racial civil war in the USA."

    If he were half as smart as he thinks he is, he would do the math on exactly how many potential combatants 'his people' will field, versus those he clearly considers the enemy. But then, the Dunning–Kruger effect prevents him not only from doing the math, but from even recognizing he should have done the math.

    Perilous times lie ahead, thanks to this evil.

  6. In contrast, former Pres. Bush (II) showed compassion and class.

    1. Yes, Dubya's speech was much more presidential and unifying, but his Battle Hymn of the Republic Boogie left me wondering if he has fallen off the wagon, LOL!

  7. He's meeting with the son of Alton today-no time in 7 1/2 years to meet with his Intelligence Chief but he'll not miss an opportunity to disrespect our country AND fan the flames of racial hate.

    It's twofer for Obama/Jarrett.

  8. I find it hard to imagine that O is really worse than Wilson, Roosevelt the Lesser, or Bush the Younger. But the rest of this year may prove me wrong.

  9. During his speech, he said, "It's easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than it is to get a computer or even a book,". He has made this kind of remark before most recently during a speech about the Orlando shooting. I tried, to see if his remarks were true. I went to a local gun store, I live in a state without waiting periods, I have a carry permit for my state, I knew what I wanted, and it was in stock. Turns out the best I could manage was just under an hour. The store had the digital version of the 4473 form, so filling out the form took less time than hand filling out, but even with priority background check, yes, I had to have a background check even though I had gone through the far more in depth background check for my carry permit. The best they could do, was place me at the top of the list. Which took about 10 mins. Oh and then there is the matter of almost 500 dollars for the pistol. So I deem his claim false, and proved it false myself. Books don't cost 500 dollars unless you count the inflated text book prices at universities. You can even obtain a pretty nice computer for less than 500. You don't need a background check to buy a book or a computer either. If he was not clear and was speaking of illegal firearms sales, the retail price of a Glock pistol is going to be in the 500 dollar range, do you really believe that someone is going to risk a long prison sentence and sell at or under retail on a stolen or straw purchased firearm? Not a chance, there is going to be considerable mark up, even for a piece of crap Jennings .380 I am really getting tired of his rhetoric. I am glad he will be perma-golfing in 5 months. However, that said, Hillary would be worse. Fortunately there was Bernie to gin up the uber leftist that normally would vote for her to instead stay home or vote for the Green party instead, and the fact that even some Democrats see voting for Hillary as voting for someone less trustworthy and more corrupt than Boss Tweed.

  10. Facts and reality don't matter to Obama. Like all progressives he lives in a delusional alternate universe.

  11. Over the past seven-plus years I've learned to treat everything Obama says, especially if he's reading it from a teleprompter, as a lie or a clever misrepresentation.

    It's only when he goes off-script -- "Bitter clingers," "You didn't build that" and the like -- that we get a genuine look at his inner beliefs. It's not pretty. Not that anything he's reading is all that appealing, either.

  12. Can't really stop at Obama. How has our *society* come to the point where a speech like that can be considered to be 'commemorating' fallen police officers?
    He had NO BUSINESS inserting politics into this, regardless of bent.

    - reader #1482

  13. I am constantly ashamed of Obama's lack of leadership. How hard is to come out and say, killing is wrong. People who kill for revenge are bad people. People who attend gatherings and shoot people are murderers and terrorists because they risk the lives of innocents for the mere selfish purpose of their own agenda that never gets heard in the midst of murdering chaos. If there is a problem with policing vis a vis blacks, then more blacks should become police officers to lead by example. If you've seen aggressive policing in your community then organize meeting sessions with your local departments and talk about how it feels to be treated poorly, how scary and dehumanizing it is. Etc. That's leadership. All the dunque dunque around he does, and that professorial "now let me be clear" blather he does, does not move the needle. Nor hopey changey anyone's mind, especially the minds of the vengeful.

  14. The peanut farmer should thank Obama, The Anti-Midas. Everything he touches turns to, well... Anti-gold.
    Allow me to pose a rhetorical question, please. "What action, or lack thereof, has President Obama done that would be any different than Unconditional Surrender in the Global War on Terror?


  15. Cheap analysis? I'll give you cheaper analysis:

    "Look, we understood we couldn't make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue...that we couldn't resist it." - John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

    "[Nixon] emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks" Haldeman, his Chief of Staff wrote, "The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to."

  16. Black on Black killings? I remember when Italians were at war with each other. The 1920s.

    It was a government program too.

    The people in government are no fools.

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