For nearly ten years. knowledgeable observers of Barack Obama have been astounded at his ability to deceive well-intentioned, low-information voters about who and what he really is; that is, a combination of two of the most malignant forces in American politics, 1960’s radicalism and Chicago Machine politics. Instead, he conceals that real identity behind a mask of centrist pragmatism. An essential aspect of pulling off the con is to always be careful to position himself as being, if not equally critical, at least objective, about his perceived political allies, so that he can be the reasonable, non-partisan wise man in the middle. If he has to rewrite history, so be it. Despite all the talk from amnesty supporters, all of his supporters aren’t exactly valedictorians.
Yesterday’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was no exception. He said:
And then, if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that during the course of 50 years, there were times when some of us claiming to push for change lost our way. The anguish of assassinations set off self-defeating riots.(emphasis mine) Legitimate grievances against police brutality tipped into excuse-making for criminal behavior. Racial politics could cut both ways, as the transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination. And what had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support — as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child, and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.
That sounds so reasonable, doesn’t it? If you overlook the fact that he supports policies that demonstrate that he’s simply paying lip service to personal responsibility, except he does. I haven’t seen him reject affirmative action. Nor have I heard him denounce the racist policies of his Department of (In)Justice. Here’s the “get me rewrite” on the history of the 1960’s: the riots of the 1960’s were not set off by assassinations. Yes, there were riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in April 1968, but as noted here at Power Line:
The infamous rioting in the Watts section of Los Angeles occurred in August 1965. It produced 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage. The 12th Street riot in Detroit occurred in July 1967. The toll was 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed. Rioting that same month in Newark left 26 dead and hundreds injured.
I guess we should be grateful he didn’t try to tell us again that his parents hooked up a Selma.
The Left has no use for the truth, as we know. It’s not a coincidence that one of the most accomplished liars in the history of American politics is also the first genuine radical leftist to occupy the White House.