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Barack Obama to Elijah Cummings: Monuments to the men who “didn’t build that”

Written By | Jul 31, 2019

WASHINGTON: The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry has a storied past. It occupies one of the few remaining buildings from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The venue proudly displayed America’s technological prowess 400 years after Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World. Inventor Nicola Tesla–whose electric motor and alternating current are still in use today–dazzled visitors by employing an invisible electrical field to magically illuminate a gas-filled tube he held in his hand. Barack Obama plans to destroy this neighborhood in homage to Barack Obama.

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Photo: Knarfol at de.wikipedia,

A temple of doom

Inventor Nicola Tesla. CDN screen capture.

But a just-released federal report says Jackson Park, where the museum sits, is under threat. And that menace comes from a man famous for promising “hope” but delivering unwanted, chaotic change.

The report says his proposed presidential center would “diminish the sense of a particular period of time within the historic property and impact the integrity of feeling.”

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It further states that planned road closures required by the project’s multi-building footprint will disrupt “patterns of circulation [traffic], relationships between major features, arrangement of vegetation, and views.”

It would change the “characteristics of [the] historic property that qualify it for inclusion in the National Register.”

Fundamental transformation

But the continuity of history is of little importance to the former community organizer. Just days before he was elected the nation’s 44th president, he told students at the University of Missouri,

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Two years later, the American people stopped him by giving Republicans control of the House. Four years after that, the GOP took control of the Senate. His only remaining legacy, Obamacare, limps along deprived of its dictatorial individual mandate–although it continues to erode the quality of American medicine while increasing its costs.

The defeat of Hillary Clinton at the hands of Donald Trump and his “deplorables” was the nation’s final rejection of Obama’s fundamental transformations. “Make America Great Again” proved more appealing than leftist policies designed to overthrow the history and traditions which make America the “shining city upon a hill.”

Cast a giant shadow

Planned Obama Presidential Center. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.


Guatemala’s Tikal Temple: Photo: Dave Jimison via Wikipedia.

And speaking of hills, a prominent edifice of President Obama’s library is a structure that is more like a mountain. More to the point, a manmade mountain reminiscent of those constructed by the ancient Maya.

The structure designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates–with its steep angled outer walls–is similar to Guatemala’s towering Tikal Temple. A monument dedicated to the bloody business of appeasing the gods through human sacrifice.

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That this monument to Obama’s ego will cast a giant shadow, blocking views of the Museum of Science and Industry and snarling traffic, is telling. After all, Obama’s superstitious inklings, like those of the doddering Bernie Sanders, incline him to worship at the altar of intrusive and incompetent government.

Of building and tearing down

Obama views the success of creative individuals like the Wright brothers and John Deer of harvester fame, whose innovations continue to impact humanity for the better, as mere appendages of the collective.

In a speech he gave in 2012, Obama said:

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
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Rep. Elijah Cummings. Photo: 2017 AFGE Legislative Conference via flickr,

Recently, President Trump ignited a political firestorm for unfavorable remarks directed at Obama’s congressional ally, Rep. Elijah Cummings. During congressional hearings, the long-serving congressman scolded acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan for the squalid conditions at some immigration detention centers.

“None of us would have our children in that position … when a child is sitting in their own feces, can’t take a shower,” an angry Cummings told McAleenan.

But Trump reminded Cummings of the squalid conditions affecting his Baltimore constituents. Democrats homage to decades of failed liberal policies.

“Cummings’ District is a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” Trump tweeted, “If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

How can this be? Doesn’t Baltimore have teachers, as Obama pointed out? Haven’t Maryland taxpayers “invested in roads and bridges”?

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That being the case, what is hindering job creation by innovators and business entrepreneurs in Baltimore?

According to a recent Maryland Business Climate Survey:

“Businesses were asked to what extent state or local taxes hindered their ability to meet their strategic goals. In the first quarter of 2019, 59 percent of businesses reported that taxes had some negative impact on their operations.”

As Fox Business recently noted, Maryland is “the state with the second-highest income [tax] collection… at $2,276 per capita.”

You see, entrepreneurs invest in people; governments “invest” in boondoggles.

Urban blight

In Chicago meanwhile, a temple to economic doom and gloom, the Obama Presidential Center, will tower over that city’s shrine to innovations in science and industry, impeding the very roads used by entrepreneurs and employees alike.

A fitting symbol to the wasteful an incompetent servant of government who “didn’t build that.”

Top Image: Former President Obama unveils plans for his presidential center. CBS News screen capture.

Steven M. Lopez

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.