March 30, 2009
The Obama We Knew But DeniedBy Kyle-Anne Shiver
What if an American President campaigned as a pragmatic centrist, promised tax cuts to 95% of the American people and pledged himself to a new era of government honesty, openness and bipartisanship, but never had any of those intentions? The result might be a cabinet full of tax cheats, political cronies and lobbyists, and a president peddling an overstuffed budget of liberal dream-schemes at a time when the American economy can least afford an extra nickel for folderol or fiddling.
Meanwhile Rome is burning.
President Obama rolls the dice and grabs a can of kerosene.
This president's budget, plus the Faux Stimulus monstrosity, plus the TARP bailouts all add up to the biggest, most irresponsible spending spree in American history. Yet, according to some of the best and brightest economists on the planet, these schemes are built upon overly rosy expectations, will do little to stimulate any economic growth and promise to punitively tax the very people and industries we need to provide investment capital and jobs to actually create the pie from which all these liberal cherries are to be plucked.
Yet President Obama and his double host of Ivy League staffers are billed to be the smartest folks in the Country.
If I didn't know better, I might suspect these people aren't really interested in returning America to prosperity.
The Obama We Knew, but Most Denied
The man who is now president, Barack Obama, is precisely the man whose spiritual mentor for 2 decades, Jeremiah Wright, denounced "white folks greed" running "a world in need." Barack Obama is precisely the man whose political mentor, Saul Alinsky, advised the use of any and all means necessary to take power in America, and to clothe his deceit in "moral garments." Barack Obama is precisely the man whose most influential and moneyed backer was George Soros, the Fabian socialist whose financial schemes have garnered great wealth for him while leaving whole economies in shambles, the way ours is now.
Anyone still harboring the illusion that President Barack Obama cares one whit about the millions of Americans whose retirement funds and futures dwindle with each passing day of this "regime change" needs a reality check.
Barack Obama is the man who declared that bankrupting the coal industry would be the natural and desired result of his environmental policies, that his Global Poverty Act would bring "collective redemption" to an America presiding over an unfair world and that dismantling our defenses would make the world more safe.
So, as President Barack Obama now divvies up the slices of America's pie in roll-the-dice fashion, while he takes it upon himself to demolish the defenses that have kept us safe for seven whole years in a world out to destroy us and our best ally, Israel, those moderates who looked the other way and denied the truth now claim this is not the Barack Obama they knew.
Smart people always make the most dangerous fools.
Why must it always be us fervent conservatives who see the truth and have the guts to proclaim it.
Now, surely I'm not the only person in America who remembers full-well this little tirade of candidate Obama's on how we Americans "can't just drive our SUVs, eat all we want and keep our thermostats at 72 degrees...and expect that the rest of the world will just say, "Okay." Surely, I'm not the only American citizen who remembers that George Soros was one of Barack Obama's first and most influential backers and that Soros considers U.S. hegemony as an enemy to global governance, of the sort he has always supported.
The sad truth is that Barack Obama and his cabal of international socialists have every intention of bursting the bubble of American supremacy. They see America as the lynchpin of a global situation they deplore, a world that is inherently unfair. A world in which there is no genuine evil, only valid grievances for past oppression. It is that unfairness for which America now must pay with her 401Ks. And to these "liberal communists," Barack Obama declared fealty in his "Citizen of the World" speech in Berlin.
I'm thinking the words, "we've been had," are now forming in the minds of moderates from coast to coast.
The Race-Card Jujitsu
A vast array of Americans seem to still be scratching their heads in wonder at how a complete political knave has been elected to the highest office in the land with nary a single real accomplishment on his resume. But I would submit that it is not possible for an electorate to make wise decisions without the benefit of full disclosure about their candidates, without the tenacious investigating and forthright reporting by the fourth estate -- our media complex.
It is now no secret that our press saw fit to emphasize non-stories about Governor Sarah Palin and Senator McCain, while all but completely ignoring genuinely troubling information and huge gaps in information about the man Americans eventually elected. Voter surveys taken immediately after the election make this point painfully apparent.
This Zogby poll of Obama voters, at the behest of John Zeigler, has drawn wide attention and vociferous attacks, but the polling data seems to verify what many noticed during the election season. Barack Obama was getting a free pass on just about anything and everything that made him look less than ready to lead our Nation.
512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points
97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates
Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions
57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls Congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)
71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).
Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes
Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!
Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.
Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)
The only suggestions from any candidate that Barack Obama was receiving extra favorable coverage came from Bill and Hillary Clinton during the primaries, and they were slam-dunked for being racists in nearly all corners.
Were the Clintons being racist in their complaints? I don't think so.
In fact, I would venture to say at this juncture that it was Obama's race - and nothing else - that enabled his election to the presidency. President Obama is now the president owing to a perfect race-card jujitsu.
There are two kinds of racism. One is openly hateful and virulent. The other is elitist and condescending, and deceitfully parades as generous niceness.
We saw next to no racism of the first kind during this election campaign. The other may have been the guiding force behind our liberal media's disinclination to hold candidate Barack Obama to the same standards as his white-peer candidates.
I first encountered this condescending type of prejudice as the mother of a handicapped child. Our son became deaf at age three due to a near-fatal bout of meningitis, and I was suddenly thrust into the world of special education. This world is filled with lovely liberals with the very best of intentions. They offer a host of helpful information and provide a great service for students, who were once shuffled off to residential institutions, out of sight and equally out of mind, much the way black students were once contained to all-black schools.
But the ugly side of special education is that many (if not most) of the educators have a very condescending view of their students, very seldom expecting them to work as hard or ever come even close to meeting the same expectations we have for so-called normal students of the same age and intelligence. And sad to say, black parents report much of this same condescension from teachers of both races, especially when economic disadvantage and broken homes affect the student.
It boils down to an unspoken belief that certain students simply cannot be held to the same standard as other, more advantaged students. This attitude is not only unspoken, it is actively hidden from view.
We saw a perfect glimpse of this condescending prejudice from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, when he spoke to the NAACP on the differences between white children and black children. Wright declared that black children simply could not learn in the same rigid type of environment in which white children thrived. "Their brains are wired differently," he proclaimed.
This is simply a way of saying, "Black children can't succeed" in a white world with the same standards of achievement for all. This prejudiced attitude is the foundation of affirmative action, whether in education or employment. Whatever standards cannot be met by the disadvantaged group must be waived out of deceptive "niceness."
This is the insidious prejudice that has all-but destroyed our nation's public schools. For the past 40 years, we have disregarded objective standards of proficiency in favor of student self-esteem. We have discarded uniform discipline and standards of civil behavior in favor of a system with double standards, high for those we deem worthy of it, very low for those we believe deficient.
Wright was widely condemned for saying out loud and in public exactly what was happening with his own candidate for president. In failing to adequately cover candidate Obama's past, the host of his unreleased documents, including grades, and in otherwise defending every deficiency, from over-dependence on the teleprompter to his refusal to answer questions, our press demonstrated at nearly every turn its own institutional racism of the most condescending nature.
President Obama took advantage of this and received a 53% majority of the vote. This election, I predict, will stand as the most perfect example of political jujitsu ever enacted. An entire Nation choked on its own liberal-racism petard and doesn't even have the courage to admit it. We have become a Nation of fools and President Barack Obama is our just dessert.
Kyle-Anne Shiver is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. She welcomes your comments at email@example.com.