Obama’s Anti-Cop Rhetoric And The Violence That Followed Will Haunt His Presidential Legacy
No matter how much Democrats protest and try to downplay recent events of violence against police, these incidents will forever haunt Obama’s legacy as president.
A recent op-ed at City Journal makes the case well:
The Anti-Cop President
Any hopes that the nation’s first black president could uplift the nation’s black underclass went up in smoke Sunday when Barack Obama doubled down on his blaming of America’s police for the recent cop massacres that amount, as Heather Mac Donald rightly says, to a war on cops.
I argued two decades ago in The Dream and the Nightmare that changes in elite culture during the 1960s had a catastrophic effect on the most disadvantaged Americans in ghetto neighborhoods. That decade’s sexual revolution removed the stigma from out-of-wedlock pregnancy. An explosion of inner-city illegitimacy ensued, with between 70 and 90 percent of black children born to single mothers, depending on the city. The elite’s youthful interest in drug taking petered out, but in the ghetto, tolerance of drug taking resulted in a deadly crack cocaine epidemic. Elite culture’s wholly praiseworthy political push for black civil rights ended in a destructive turn, with intellectuals arguing that punishing black crime, as one bestseller’s title had it, was “blaming the victim.”…
It seemed to me that Obama had a unique opportunity to speak about values and virtues to this minority of African Americans—to tell them that his own life exemplified how in twenty-first century America you could get an education, work hard, get married, be an attentive husband and father, and maybe even become president of the United States. How disappointing that he chose the other tack, stoking grievance and resentment over supposed victimization by all authority, whether from teachers, cops, or potential employers. He and his attorneys general went sniffing out evidences of racism everywhere, and demonizing the police. Even after five officers were assassinated by an enraged black murderer in Dallas, he said, inaccurately, falsely, and callously: “There are legitimate issues that have been raised, and there’s data and evidence to back up the concerns that are being expressed by these [Black Lives Matter] protesters.
Ace of Spades reminds us that words mattered to Obama and Democrats when they insisted conservatives were creating a climate of hate. When Obama does it? Not so much:
The syllogism the left deploys runs like this:
The rightwing deploys excessively emotional anti-government rhetoric. This heated rhetoric creates a “climate of hate” which inspires some members of the public to commit violent actions.
Thus, Sarah Palin’s standard, vanilla use of a target symbol to indicate races she was targeting caused, somehow, Jared Loughner to shoot Gabby Giffords, even though Loughner barely knew who Palin was and certainly wasn’t interested in winning Giffords’ House seat for the GOP. (In fact, he was a lunatic upset that she would not take seriously his belief that human thought was being controlled by the imposition of an alien form of grammar.)
Now, since then, Obama, Holder, and #BlackLivesMatter have fulminated violently against one sector of the government — the police. You know, the Government’s Enforcers.
And lo and behold, some members of the public have heard in this heated rhetoric a call to violence. And then they’ve acted according to that call to violence, murdering at least ten cops over the past year.
Why isn’t Obama responsible for this bloodshed, just as he claimed that Republican racial symbology like the Confederate Battle Flag was responsible for Dylan Roof’s murders?
When George W. Bush was president, liberals held him accountable for everything that happened on his watch, even hurricanes. Under Obama, they have nothing but excuses for the president.
Average Americans are smarter than Democrats give think.
The murder of innocent police on Obama’s watch will follow his legacy forever.
It’s a stain that can’t be removed.