CHARLOTTE, NC: Former president Barack Obama finally weighed in on the three mass shootings. His response was nothing that had not already been expressed by fellow party members. Including our Democratic presidential wannabes. But this time it came from Barack. The message? El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy: all Trump’s fault. When tragedy strikes, blame the president.
They did occur on Trump’s watch, so technically the buck stops with him. But only technically. No one blamed President Clinton for Columbine. Nor did they blame Clinton or Democrats in Congress, then or now, for not addressing gun control. Democratic leadership is not being blamed for the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago and Baltimore.
“Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.” @kilmeade @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019
President Trump banned bump stocks after the Las Vegas shooting. (Trump federal bump stock ban goes into effect) And now he will be forced into making some sweeping gun legislation changes. Lest he is blamed for not doing something. (Trump explores executive action on guns) . If that costs him the election in 2020, it will be interesting to watch Democrats reverse any executive actions he has taken.
As Obama observed, Trump’s rhetoric – or damaging, polarizing words of a similar nature – were the root cause of the worst moments in human history: Jim Crow laws, the Holocaust, the Rwanda genocide and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.
“(They have) no place in our politics and our public life,” wrote Obama. “And it’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much — clearly and unequivocally.”
Apparently Obama was unable to recall the 24 times during his eight years in office that similar events occurred, which basically translated into two dozen tee times for him.
That’s without mentioning Benghazi, which by now everyone knows was caused by a “disgusting video.” Certainly, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bore no responsibility for that fiasco.
As the first half-black president, Barack Obama had a golden opportunity to be this country’s great unifier.
He blew it. Not by accident, but by choice. By design. In the process, Obama became the most racially and, at the time, politically polarizing president in history. Sending his message as he did about Trump was classic Obama; typically in-your-face hypocritical and disingenuous.
The shooter in El Paso, for example, claimed he had “a feeling of invasion and occupation” due to the current immigration problems in the United States.
As John Daniel Davidson writes in an August 5th commentary in The Federalist,
“Like ISIS or al-Qaeda fighters, they (the shooters) might be profoundly wrong about everything, but they aren’t lunatics. The same was true of Dylann Roof no less than Osama bin Laden. We can’t sooth ourselves by saying these men are merely insane. … (T)he terrorists in question are driven by a purposeful—obviously evil—ideology.”
The point being, that distasteful as Donald Trump may be to some, his tweets had virtually nothing to do with the shooting incidents last week. Such knee-jerk reactions are nothing more than finger-pointing excuses to gain leverage. They are political hoo-doo.
“The shootings and Trump arise from the same root cause: the feeling among many Americans that their country and its heritage are under attack, and that nobody is fighting back. The ordinary patriot reacts to this by voting for Trump, maybe wearing a MAGA hat, maybe putting a Trump sign in his yard or attending a Trump rally. The anti-immigrant extremist reacts by publishing a manifesto and killing innocent people.”
For all of Trump’s oft-displayed egomania, has he ever tweeted something to the effect that the American people should form ad hoc anti-immigration posses? That we should take the law into our own hands?
Explain, if you are able, why athletes failing to stand for the national anthem or denouncing the Betsy Ross flag is any less polarizing than anything the president says or tweets? Or why Hollywood actors using FREE air time during awards ceremonies to express their political views is anything less than rhetoric that leads to violence?
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Or when Lady Gaga interrupts her performance to advance her personal political agenda by lecturing paid customers who came to hear her sing, is any less polarizing than Donald Trump’s tweets.
If anyone is going to blame Trump for the violence, perhaps we should blame Colin Kaepernick, Meryl Streep, and Barbra Streisand as well. No one can look at any of the Hollywood elites’ videos, tweets, or media comments and not recognize their divisive nature.
But they’re the protected class of progressives. Progressives never do anything wrong. They’re always blameless. But the honest truth is they are not. Democrats Lady Gaga and Robert de Niro are as much to blame for America’s illness as anyone.
President Obama and Vice President Biden did their absolute best to create the “Us vs. Them” environment that is responsible for the divisiveness in America.
Was the match of anger struck when President Obama singled out Trump at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner? Or was it when citizen Trump criticized Barack Obama for not releasing his birth certificate or other documents from his time at Harvard?
It seems Obama taught Trump how to punch back. He hid it behind “humor”. Humor that not only embarrassed a citizen but degraded the Fox News Network and its followers as well.
And when it comes to dividing the country, how much blame lays on Hillary Clinton’s shoulders?
The president’s messages may be lacking in artfulness, but they don’t match the standard of non-stop hate coming out of our Democratic leadership.
From the day he announced his candidacy until now, Trump has been the most alone president since Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln, in declaring emancipation for the slaves, angered Democrats as Trump angers them now.
To look at it another way, if Donald Trump is president when the grand-daddy of all earthquakes hits California, we can all sit back and blame him, because it could not possibly be the “San Andreas Fault!”
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