Monday, January 9, 2017

Chicago is a fitting site for Obama Epitaph

Obama is scheduled to deliver his final public remarks as president in Chicago, a city where, in 2016, 762 people were murdered and more than 3,000 were shot. There were more murders in Chicago in 2016 than there were in New York City and Los Angeles combined. This provides a tragic and telling backdrop to Obama’s epitaph.

In 2016, Black Lives Matter created an atmosphere and pushed policies in Chicago that gave violent criminals the green light as police were hamstrung from doing the dangerous job of protecting the community. Perhaps black lives really don’t matter to a group that is more interested in a political agenda than they are in the 99.9% of law-abiding black people who are trying to live their lives. Most of those murdered and shot in Chicago were black. Meanwhile, President Obama stood on the sidelines essentially cheering on Black Lives Matter.

Yet the problem is more systemic than the tragic events of one year in one city. Obama furthered the failed liberal policies of the last half century, policies that damaged black families, black education, black commerce and the black church. Ironically, much of the liberalism that would lead to the problems that have ever since riddled the black community and are now symptomatic in Chicago emanated from Saul Alinsky, the Chicago community organizer who was Barack Obama’s mentor. Alinsky patented much of the subsequent actions that would use black people as cannon fodder in a socialist agenda.

Alinsky’s agitation encouraged welfare dependency which resulted in broken families and increasing numbers of young black men growing up without a father in the home. His anti-business approach slowed down the emergence of a black middle class and leftist propaganda damaged the moral authority of the black church. Liberal teachers’ unions shut down the possibility of black children getting vouchers and getting out of rotten public schools and liberal judges increasingly let criminals loose to do havoc.

Liberals of the ilk of Saul Alinsky are not racist in the sense that they hate black people. In fact, they are genuinely well meaning. The problem is that they embody a type of stealth racism that gives them a feeling of entitlement as they inflict destructive programs on the black community. They almost unconsciously promote racial division which serves their political purposes. They benefit financially from the social problems they have exacerbated with their multitude of agencies. They represent a sort of Rudyard Kipling imperial British “white man’s burden” style of racism that looks upon black people as if they were children, incapable of functioning like everyone else.

Barack Obama’s liberalism marred his presidency and squandered his opportunity. The Chicago murders will no doubt either go unmentioned in his swan song or he will find a scapegoat. Obama’s former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright inadvertently identified the consequences of the liberalism that brought us here when he said: “America’s chickens have come home to roost.”  

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