I'd like to elaborate a bit more on President Obama's NAACP speech and the thoughts I expressed pursuant to same on Bill O'Reilly's "The Factor" July 17.
The setting was New York – birthplace of the NAACP. The occasion was the celebration of the NAACP's centennial anniversary. And Obama, complete with his best Southern black preacher voice, addressed an organization that has failed to evolve in meeting the real challenges of today – but has instead transmogrified into the very thing it was created to combat.
Today, thanks in no small part to its chairman, Julian Bond, the NAACP promotes inequality and foments prejudice among citizens of the U.S., in part by insisting upon race-based solutions for every ill, real or imagined, the anecdotal notwithstanding.
Contrary to the view of Obama and the NAACP, I submit that America has long been in a post racialist period, and it didn't take a Kenyan-American being elected president – who belongs to the very party that was created and founded to support and promote slavery, the party of Nathan Bedford Forest (first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan) and Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., the party that for 80 years prevented and contested every civil rights initiative up to and including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including having a black minister offer opening Congressional prayers – to prove it.
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While Obama was forced to admit that all Americans are being affected by today's economic climate, he was even quicker to say it affected blacks more. But one of the most disingenuous moments of the speech was his calling attention to HIV/AIDS as the major killer of blacks in America, when in fact abortion is the No. 1 killer of blacks in America today. It is abortion that hurts the minds and bodies of black women much more than the supposed actions of the mythic down-low black man.
But, as the person recognized as being more pro-abortion under any circumstances than even the abortion industry itself, one is not surprised that he wouldn't view his abortion policies as harmful to black women specifically, and all women in general.
He lauded his intention to turn industry green – an effort he continues to fraudulently trumpet as an effort that will result in millions of jobs. He and his office conveniently omitted the findings of a major poll conducted by Project 21's parent think tank, the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), and Wilson Strategies.
The poll surveyed 800 blacks, 80 percent of which were self-identified Democrats and 4 percent self-identified as Republicans, with 67 percent self-identifying as "strong Democrats." It found that 56 percent of blacks nationally believe Washington policy-makers have failed to adequately consider economic and quality of life concerns of the black community when addressing climate issues. It found that 76 percent of blacks nationally want Congress/president to make economic recovery, not green jobs and environment, their top priority. It also found that 52 percent of blacks nationwide oppose paying more for gas and electricity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Yet, there stood Obama in black voice, pandering to an organization that, as the president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Harry Alford, told Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was a "god-awful" road to go down.
But buried just beneath the surface was the message I find most troubling. It was, in effect, akin to biblical Suzerainty-Treaties with the emphasis on blessings and cursings. Blessings, if families do the will of lord Obama, and cursings if they do not.
He didn't come right out and say it, but for those versed in political speak and studied in his agenda (reference his "youth service corps"), we understood clearly what was being said. In fact, it's the one point he and Hillary Clinton agree on – that being the government is better able to educate your children than you are.
Ergo, I submit that when Obama pontificated about families doing a better job of raising their children and having them excel in school, the real message was, "If you don't – we, i.e., the government, will."
Face it, there isn't a liberal worth his salt who doesn't believe government is better equipped to educate and direct the path of our children. Why else does the massive push continue to eliminate successful homeschooling programs? Why else is the Department of Education so vehemently opposed to successful school-voucher programs? Why are private Christian schools under attack?
Obama has been angling for a way to expand government's influence over children since taking office. I believe his message to the NAACP was intended to tell his followers that he has found a way. As I have repeatedly said, Hitler knew, Stalin/Lenin knew, and Mao darn sure knew, that the first step in successfully taking over a country is to take over the education (read indoctrination) of your children.