President Barack Obama has taken to the campaign trail with gusto, doing everything he can to elect the woman he beat so handily in the 2008 presidential election. In a speech in Jacksonville (FL) on Thursday the president, who attended elite schools in his home state of Hawaii as a youth went on to top tier Northeastern colleges, assumed a thicker Southern accent as he rallied the base.
In North Carolina, Obama went one further. He opted to bring up the KKK as a fear tactic in smearing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Guardian and other media wrote about this; you can easily find an account by doing a search at engines like duckduckgo.com.
The hypocrisy here is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Why?
For starters, I grew up in the South, and there is absolutely no doubt the Klan was a response to the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. Republicans and blacks were the Klan’s target with prominent Democrats like the late US Senator Robert Byrd becoming Klan leaders. Byrd did renounce his membership, but that was after he utilized the group’s support politically. As the Libertarians at Reason noted, Byrd’s name remains on federal buildings and Democrats have done nothing to remove his name.
There’s an infamous photo of Mr. Byrd kissing Hillary Clinton. She has praised him. You can find the photo and quotes widely available on the Web.
The KKK is but a remnant of its former self, even by standards set by left of center organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC described it:
“Today, the Center estimates that there are between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members, split among dozens of different – and often warring – organizations that use the Klan name.”
What’s even more interesting about Obama’s hypocrisy is his blatant tolerance of outrageous prejudice, including a racist who worked at the Department of Homeland Security. It took the federal government more than a year to stop paying a man eager to incite a race war.
Ayo Kimathi’s website is still online, by the way, and you will rarely see such expressions of hatred towards not just people with white skin, but anyone who doesn’t fit his personal model for racial superiority. I first wrote about this man in 2013. Other media did too, but it never made the 24/7 cycle it would have had a Republican president been in office.
SPLC, in 2014, wrote about the fact the Obama administration finally let this federal employee go:
“At last, federal government paychecks have stopped going to Ayo Kimathi, the black, hate-spewing, gay-bashing, race war-predicting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee known as the Irritated Genie of Soufeese.”
Obama didn’t just tolerate the racist at DHS. One of his white advisers, as the government prepared to rain money on interest groups across the US shortly after the 2008 election, specifically pointed to “white male construction” workers as a negative when it came to handing out government subsidized jobs. Robert Reich’s “white male construction” slur should have been addressed aggressively, but Reich is a Clinton Democrat, so the incident once again was downplayed.
Before Obama was elected the first time, he had enthusiastic support from a racialist hate group, the New Black Panther Party (not to be confused with the original Black Panthers). Some of you may have seen the billy club-wielding men at a voting precinct in Philadelphia attempting to intimidate white voters. The men were very honest about their racialism, and some in left of center media attempted to downplay the outrageous incident.
The Obama administration let the NBPP agitator off the hook. NBPP is a group whose leader said publicly on the radio:
“I would love nothing more than to come home with a cracker’s head in my book bag.”
Once again, the left of center SPLC had to admit the group’s notoriety:
“The New Black Panther Party is a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers.”
Are all these groups legal? Yes, they are. The US First Amendment limits government powers over speech. That of course doesn’t mean the rest of us have to remain quiet when we see hateful statements. And ideally, just as most of us should, a president would condemn hate directed towards any group of Americans.
This president lives in a big glass house, but he has never been questioned by media about his silence on and his tolerance of hate groups, or for that matter, donors. Project Veritas published a video of a major Clinton donor assailing blacks who choose to be conservatives or Republicans. I have not heard our president or Mrs. Clinton disavow the remarks or pledge to return the donations. Many in legacy media have completely ignored this story.
This president continues to attempt to divide the nation based on complexion and ethnicity, and he does it to advance his party’s power. That is the trademark of today’s leftwing socialist movement. It is a tragedy that a man who might have done so much to advance unity in this country has stooped to this level. The ultimate irony, perhaps, is that President Obama had a black father and a white mother and he was raised by his white grandparents.
It is also a tragedy that Americans are not being told what Obama’s participation in Hillary Clinton’s campaign is costing the US taxpayer. This cycle marks the first in my lifetime that a president has spent so much of his time on the stump instead of the job we pay him to do. I tweeted Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to ask what Hillary Clinton’s campaign is costing those of us who pay income taxes. I’m not holding my breath for a response.
As I said earlier, I grew up in the South. Neither of my parents had a college education, but they taught us early on skin color had nothing to do with the value of a human being. Apparently they were smarter than many pandering politicos today.
Finally, let’s admit something about Trump. Despite his long history in the public eye, no one threw the race card at him until he opposed Hillary Clinton for president.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 4, 2016)
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