As we all know it is a very rare event when everyone’s favorite EX-president doesn’t seize upon an opportunity to do that which he does best, which is to spread a little hate and discontent directed at those with whom he disagrees! And it was just such an opportunity that presented itself on Tuesday at Rice University in Houston, Texas. And it was then that Barry took it upon himself to deride the American nationalism of President Trump’s supporters, describing it as something somehow rooted in a “hatred” of foreigners. Such is the typical brand of drivel long heard from the likes of Barry, and it’s really nothing new. After all we the supporters of the president have been labeled as deplorable, the dregs of society, and Nazis, just to name a few.
It was at this event that Barry said: “We did not adapt quickly enough to the fact that there were people being left behind [by globalization] and that frustrations were going to flare up and that all these changes were happening really quickly, and you had to address them and speak to them. In those environments, you then start getting a different kind of politics. You start getting politics that’s based on, “That person’s not like me, and it must be their fault,” and you start getting a politics based on a nationalism that’s not pride in country, but hatred for somebody on the other side of the border, and you start getting the kind of politics that does not allow for compromise because it’s based on passions and emotions and identities.”
He went on to say, “When I hear people say they don’t like identity politics, I think it’s important to remember that identity politics doesn’t just apply when it’s black people or gay people or women. The folks who really originated identity politics were the folks who said three-fifths clause and all that stuff. That was identity politics. That’s still out there. Jim Crow was identity politics. That’s where it started.” Barry lamented the news media diversification following the rise of the Internet. He said a “common set of facts” — previously delivered b consensus via the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, ABC, CBS, and NBC — was lost following the arrival of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News on the news media landscape.
He said, “There are a range of reasons why [“the overlapping ideological spectrum in each party”] changed. Some of it had to do with, frankly, the shift in the media because in 1981, your news cycle was still governed by the stories that were going to be filed by AP, the Washington Post, maybe the New York Times, and the three broadcast stations. Whether it was Cronkite or Brinkley, or what have you, there was a common set of facts, a baseline around which both parties had to adapt and respond to, and by the time I take office, what you increasingly have is a media environment in which if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader. It means the basis of each respective party [has] become more ideological.”
And I thought it hilarious when Barry claimed President Trump lacks “reverence” for the Oval Office. He said, “When I walked into the Oval Office, there’s a reverence there for that office that is independent of you, and if you don’t feel that, then you shouldn’t be there because a lot of fights, a lot of sacrifices, a lot of bloodshed is represented in that office — not just soldiers in Iwo Jima. It’s maids in Selma, workers in a coal mine. It’s farmers in the Dust Bowl. You’re carrying that vessel, and I never lost that reverence for that office, and every day I would come, and I would say, “I’m going to make mistakes. There are going to be decisions that are compromises.” I found it shocking that Barry was able to say such a thing with a straight face.
And then he went on to say, “Through all those ups and downs, you had to have a part of you — and the Bushes had that, and Ronald Reagan had that, and Bill Clinton had that — that sense of, “This is sacred. This is important.” And there’s a civic religion and a set of ideals and principles that we won’t get perfect, but we should strive to get perfect, and that is something I never lost throughout the time I was there.” Odd to hear Barry speak of such “reverence” of the office when we remember frequently seeing him pictured in the Oval Office with no tie, in dungarees and with his feet up on the desk. President Trump is never in the Oval Office without a coat and tie, respecting the office. And we don’t need to talk about the antics of ‘Slick Willy.’
Yes, in retrospect, it’s still somewhat amazing that our Republic was actually able to survive the eight long years of having Barry ‘O’ in the Oval Office. Because he was, in fact, someone who was, without a doubt, the most-divisive president in all of American history, in both words and deeds. But with that said, Barry, with the help of his two Attorneys General, did manage to do significant damage to our nation, with some quite possibly being beyond repair, by their intentionally allowing hatred to fester every chance they got. The long-term effects of that kind of self-serving promotion of hatred still remains to be seen. I’m sure historians will come to look back at the eight years of Barry and see how little was actually accomplished.
As I have said many times before, the truly sad thing is, that as the first black president, Barry could have been a truly transformative president. But instead he chose to simply waste his presidency being an arrogant, divisive, fool, who only sought the lime-light and to be consumed by his leftist politics. He could have left the country with many of its racial wounds healed, but NO, he chose to inflame them in effort to score cheap political points. He could have mended partisan divides, but NO, instead he left them totally fractured. And he could have made it about “We the People,” but instead he made it all about himself. Barry’s presidency was a period in our history where our country was in worse shape at the end than it was at the beginning.
And never have we had a president like Barry who spoke with a caustic, evil tongue against the citizenry rather than present himself as a soothing, calming and trustworthy force. He is void of the basic emotions that most feel regarding this country and insensitive to the instinctive pride we have in our national heritage. His opinions were formed by those who either envied us or wanted him to devalue the United States and the traditions and patriotism that unites us. So now here we are, again, after eight long years of Barry’s promulgation of racial and class warfare, still having to hear this failed two-term ex-president intentionally confusing “hate” with patriotism, wanting our borders secured, and maintain our national sovereignty.