CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 3, 2014 — Three little words on a bumper sticker sum up the past six years of the Obama administration: “Legalize the Constitution.”
Those words would be humorous were they not so true.
Regardless of the controversy of the day, President Barack Obama glides through the presidency as though it were just one giant wave for his surfboard. Everything he does is just one big game after another.
Nothing Obama does carries weight unless it is something he deems politically disruptive enough to divide the country he supposedly leads. Thus the American people are treated to beer summits, faux rage over slain diplomats in Libya, perpetual lies and phony day-long meetings about race relations in America with more experts than the cast of Gone with the Wind.
When Obama came into the White House, or as Mark Steyn puts it, “Barackistan,“ he was supposed to be the great uniter. Racial unrest, such as the incident in Ferguson, Mo. was supposed to be a thing of the past. The messiah would change everything and the United States would, at long last, become as idyllic as Eden.
Unfortunately, a funny thing happened on the way to the next president because unity does not translate into votes in Obamaworld. Without a steady stream of political upheaval and devisiveness, Obama would be unable alter the Constitution and the ideals of the founding fathers into his personal image of what the country should be.
And so we get so-called leadership about race relations from the likes of Al Sharpton and other outside agitators who sit around a table in Washington discussing and dissecting problems that exist primarily in their own minds.
Rev. Jesse Peterson summed it up perfectly with the term “race hustlers.“
Obama’s racial summit was little more than his usual dog and pony show disguised as a sincere attempt to solve the problems such as Ferguson and others like it which will eventually develop.
Much of what caused the problem in the first place could have been addressed during the first half dozen years of the Obama’s wasted presidency — things like improving the economy or education, as he promised to do, rather than changing the healthcare system beyond repair.
Are there racial tensions in some places across the United States? Of course there are. Will there be future incidents like Ferguson or Trayvon Martin? Yes, absolutely.
But looking back on history and the progress that has been made in race relations in this country since the 1960s, and considering the relative rarity in this nation in any given year of events like Ferguson, is it really necessary to spend the time, money and energy trying to resolve an unresolvable issue?
Far too many violent incidents go unreported or under-reported to justify the amount of publicity garnered by instances such as Ferguson, which was over-reported to the extreme.
Ferguson has become the ebola virus of race. It has become a media event whose coverage far exceeds its real importance.
Former NBA star Charles Barkley has weighed in on the subject and been chastised vociferously by the mainstream press. The difference between Barkley and his NFL St. Louis Rams counterparts, however, is that Barkley did not abuse his celebrity to express his opinion. Agree or disagree with him, Barkley did not blindside the public by making a political statement in a forum that was meant for a completely different purpose.
The St. Louis Rams players exercised their right to free speech, but there are limits of public custom, and the Rams players abused their position.
The aftermath of the grand jury decision in Ferguson should have received as much attention as the decision itself. Sadly it did not. Sadly, because it demonstrates the focus of the true agenda of mainstream media and those in Washington with the power to control the story.
The brilliant writer George Will, whose columns often require his readers to use a thesaurus and a calculator to understand, recently wrote, “America’s two vainest presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Obama, have been the most dismissive of the federal government’s Madisonian architecture.”
The complexities of contemporary American society have grown far deeper and considerably more intense since Obama took office.
Unfortunately, those widening differences are not accidental, and we are not better for them.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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