But two months later I realized that those four posts came up short. I needed another two posts to cover all of the bad memories and failings of what I consider the worst Presidency of my lifetime. The first of those two posts can be seen at:
But recent events lead me to do another post on this theme, the bad memories of a bad Presidency. Last week Donald Trump had to cancel a campaign rally in Chicago because people opposed to his Presidential run threatened violence and disturbances. Trump heeded the advice of law enforcement and cancelled the rally.
This led Obama to criticize Trump and his rhetoric and accuse Trump of causing the unrest, which of course is totally false. The unrest was caused by professional civil disturbers and unpatriotic Americans who wanted to disrupt and prevent the expression of First Amendment rights of people who had a different opinion than theirs.
But I found it so ironic and ignorant of this President accusing someone else of having hateful rhetoric. This President, numerous times, as you will see below, has been either a major instigator of violent rhetoric or stood by and gave his tacit and implicit approval of violent political rhetoric directed at ordinary Americans who had a difference of opinion relative to his policies. Him accusing Trump of violent rhetoric is so hypocritical as to be pathetic.
Yesterday, we did the first part of our review of how Obama rhetoric has made hate and violence more likely in this country. We reviewed how he called those that had a difference of opinion from his opinion “enemies that needed to be punished,” told his supporters to get in the face of his political enemies, to bring a gun to a brawl, to get out of the way, and remained silent when his supporters called female supporters of other politicians whores, bitches, c***s, etc.
So let’s see what this “non-violent” President has said or implicitly approved of in the past when it comes to violent oratory:
1) Our first example today involves Obama trying to talk tough but certainly not being Presidential or mature. Early in his Presidency, we suffered through almost ninety days of a Gulf oil spin out of a BP offshore oil drilling platform. Obama was accused of being too timid and uninvolved in leading the country and the Federal government to a solution to the oil spill. The reality that he took several vacations and made several cross country political fund raising trips probably had a lot to do with his bad image.
But then he struck out at those critics and his seemingly passivity: "I don't sit around talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."
Really, “whose ass to kick?” How un-Presidential is this type of rhetoric? While it was not directed against a political opponent, a President saying it is okay to kick someone’s ass cannot help but contribute to the overall level of hostility in this country if the leader is looking to kick someone’s ass. Oh, and by the way, I do not believe he actually did kick someone’s ass so not only did his position contribute to the overall level of hostility in the country but no one even felt his wrath and got fired or demoted for not doing their job.
2) Consider the following President Obama remark from the past: “After all, there were thousands of so-called campus radicals, most of them white and tenured and happily tolerant. No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names." Prove what side you are on, strike out, take names, all of which are code words for “it is us against them,” certainly a way to encourage violence and retaliation against those that disagree with us.
3) A quote from Obama’s first Presidential campaign: “And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." Interpretation: Americans who are not like us are pathetic, they are bitter little people who, unlike us, pitifully cling to their guns and religion, that is all they have to show for their lives.
4) “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Let’s belittle and demean Americans who have worked hard to be successful and contributing members of society, let’s cut them down to size by demeaning their efforts to be successful by trying to tell the world that only the government can claim success for anyone’s life accomplishments.
5) But this President was not always so explicit in his violent and divisive rhetoric. Sometimes he stood silently by as his political allies put forth the violent rhetoric that he now accuses Trump of using:
- When White House czar Van Jones called all Republicans a**h***s, Obama was silent.
- When Louis Farrakhan said in Miami last year that the time has come for 10,000 black volunteers to step forward to kill white Americans, Obama was silent.
- When Democrat Alan Grayson called all Republicans knuckle dragging Neanderthals, Obama was silent.
- When union boss and Democratic supporter Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. stated that his union was at war with the Republicans and Tea Party and that those people "need to be taken out," Obama was silent.
- When Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Walters said ordinary American citizens can go to hell simply for having a difference of opinion with her, Obama was silent.
- When liberal Elizabeth Ashack, an economist at the Department of Labor, said that all Christians are Nazis, Obama was silent.
- When HBO TV host Bill Maher, a major donor to Obama’s 2012 Presidential Super PAC, said on air that Republican Sarah Palin “would f*** Rick Perry if he was black,” Obama was silent.
- When Maher called Republican Sarah Palin disgusting and derogatory female anatomical names that I will not repeat here, Obama was silent.
When members of your political party, your financial backers, or Federal employees are calling for the death of political opponents, call them disgusting names, wish they would go to hell, etc., and as President of the United States, someone who is supposed to represent ALL Americans, remains silent, it is just as bad as if he himself had verbalized the same slurs and disgusting rhetoric.
So Mr. President, please do one of two things:
- If you think that Trump is promoting violence and divisiveness in this country, than please step up and be a leader for once and tell EVERYONE in the country to start discussing issues and drop the hateful rhetoric which is preventing the country from discussing solutions to those major issues. In other words, stop acting like a community organizer who only wants his side to win and finally start acting Presidential that represents every American and wants what is best for EVERY American.
- If you cannot act Presidential, than please just be quiet because the violence and angry rhetoric and bitterness in this country is an environment that you were a major contributor to with both your nasty comments and your silence in the presence of nasty comments on behalf of your political allies.
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