LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2014 — Between genocide in Syria, Israel being forced into another conflict in Gaza, and Russia shooting down a plane and killing nearly 300 innocents, the world is burning.
The American economy is still on life support six years after the financial crisis and multiple recovery Summers that never came. Illegal immigrants are being held in the equivalent of internment camps under miserable conditions due to their impression that they will receive amnesty.
President Obama went to Texas but passed up a trip to the Southern border, claiming that he did not do “photo ops.” Yet the man who took a smiling selfie at Nelson Mandela’s funeral made time in Texas to take a picture of himself playing billiards. With the world spinning out of control, Obama decided to spend his time hobnobbing with wealthy elites at Democratic fundraisers. His actions have led critics, neutral observers, and even a sliver of supporters asking a very uncomfortable question.
This is one question that should never be asked or answered cavalierly. It is one thing to criticize a person’s job performance. Plenty of objective metrics exist to measure whether tasks get completed in an efficient and effective manner. In politics, supporters of an individual will add positive spin and critics will offer negative spin. Nevertheless, the metrics themselves exist and plenty of unbiased people are capable of evaluating results.
Asking if a person even cares questions what is in their heart. Its implication is that the individual is not just a bad employee, but a bad person. For decades, liberals have attempted to silence conservatives by painting them as uncaring. Accusing somebody of hatred is a way of stifling legitimate policy discussions. Discussing tax cuts often takes a back seat to whether those advocating supply-side economics are just racist, sexist, bigoted homophobes who hate kittens and puppies. The politics of personal destruction starts with accusing somebody of lacking character. A lack of caring for others is the worst character flaw in existence.
Obama certainly cares about his family. He is a loving husband and doting father. By all accounts, his intentions in this arena have been matched with positive results. His children are good kids.
He certainly cares about his most passionate causes. He has never wavered in his obsession with the three issues he initially ran on. He wanted to imprint his politically liberal vision on healthcare, education, and environmental issues, including energy. Healthcare was rammed through the legislature and some environmental regulations were decreed through his executive branch. His education plan will not be enacted.
When the subject matters to Obama, he cares. Yet anybody can care about what they want. True caring is taking an interest in what others want. This is where Obama falls vastly short. There is nothing in his behavior that shows he has the slightest regard for the feelings of others. He tends to view people who disagree with him as evil. He publicly mocks those people in an attempt to humiliate them. He can barely hide his contempt for those who may have different solutions to complex problems.
His supporters point out that his cool demeanor is anything but a cold, detached indifference. Obama is just a serious person, an introvert who keeps his cool. He does not emote like Bill Clinton. Obama may not publicly declare, “I feel your pain,” but his private demeanor is that of a deeply reflective and contemplative man.
The fact that his supporters have to even defend against charges of indifference is taken by them as proof of vitriol directed against Obama. No other president has ever faced such criticisms, they tell themselves.
The reason the question has validity is because all people have to go on is Obama’s behavior. For reasons only he can answer, he acts like a person who has quit his job without officially resigning.
Part of this could be Obama’s background. In many ways, he never left the faculty lounge.
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