When Color Trumps Character
Ushering in the age of Obama, neo-liberals and progressives -- escorted by the media elites -- invited a wide swath of middle Americans and ignorant under-thirty-somethings to sip from the false grail of redemption. Electing a black American as president was supposed to assuage all of those sins that accompany white man's guilt.
So, all of you who voted for Obama only because he is black, while conveniently dismissing his lack of any qualifications for the job as president, how do you feel now? Still feeling blissfully virtuous? Or has that fleeting euphoria finally given way to feelings of exploitation and despondency?
For all of you who still believe in Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision, but willingly overlooked the absolute corruption of MLK Jr.'s dream, as Barack Obama's ascendency trumped skin color over character, how do you feel now?
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of a notion of character, no longer fashionable. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of an old-fashioned notion of character neither as loyalty to identity nor as dependency upon equal outcomes. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of character as honesty, integrity, reliability, diligence, trustworthiness, and moral courage. None of these traits, in Martin Luther King Jr.'s old-fashioned content of character, describe Barack Obama.
Character defects range from the merely tarnished, temporarily disabling type, to those unredeemable fatal flaws, most egregious of which is lying. American voters eventually punish lying politicians by withdrawing their consent to be governed.
There are two kinds of American voters alienated by these lying pols: First, those voters whose intrinsic ethical value judgments depend on truth telling, expecting nothing except requited respect; notwithstanding such voters stuck on ethics are as rare as a buffalo nickel. And second, those whose loyalty to a lying pol breaks when the incumbent can no longer deliver the spoils of the office. Obama's lying about ObamaCare has now violated the truth telling norms for both sets of Americans. Oh Barack, you broke my heart.
"If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan. Period." Barack Obama, August 22, 2009 Weekly Presidential Radio Address.
Barack Obama embodies character as celebrity, character as convenience, character as shameless manipulation, character as the illusion that identity politics is equivalent to competent governance, character as lazy entitlement, character as casual disregard for the truth. Without Martin Luther King Jr.'s old-fashioned notion of character, Barack Obama is merely color. Barack, you broke his heart.
Martin Luther King Jr. would have found it remarkable that Barack Obama would be elected president. Not necessarily that a black man could cross the color bar to the highest elected office in the land. Instead, Martin Luther King Jr. would be astonished that a man with such an elusively vapid and airbrushed resume, enabling him to deploy charismatic oratory without scrutiny, would become president.
Irrepressible Obama disciples can at least cling to the central truth about his presidency: Obama's election alone was a triumph. But once elected, the coronation achieved, the rest devolved into shambles. Of course, Obama's failed presidency is blamed on the rest of us denying his post-election agenda because we are racists, ignoring the fatally defective content of his character.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s old fashioned notion of character was embodied in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered November 19, one hundred and fifty years ago. Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg to "dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who gave their lives that that nation might live" ...as Lincoln said. And in his prelude referred to..."a new nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
This week, November 19, 2013 marked the commemoration of Lincoln's immortal words with a ceremony on that sacred ground. On that day, a nation saw a president whose content of his character defined his identity apart from the color of his skin.
That president was Barack Obama. He never bothered to show up.