Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C.
— As President Obama turns to campaigning instead of governing, he reveals more of his real thinking.
“America’s not just looking out for yourself, it’s not just about greed, it’s not just about trying to climb to the very top and keep everybody else down,” Obama said at the United Auto Workers’ annual National Community Action Program Legislative Conference in Washington.
|Obama speaks to UAW workers.
In other words, with certain exceptions, America is about keeping others down. Yet the fact is no one who has climbed to the top wants to keep anybody down. Not Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, George Soros, Michael Moore, Warren Buffett, or Obama himself. Not Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, or Michael Dell.
Having created an imaginary bogey-man, Obama sends a message to the least fortunate in our society that the deck is stacked against them, so why try?
I recently saw the brilliant documentary film “Waiting for Superman” produced by Walden Media. It was heartbreaking to see poor, mainly black children shed tears because they did not win a lottery to attend a charter school. Because they can fire incompetent teachers, charter schools send up to 90 percent of their graduates to college.
Obama’s message to those kids is that, because rich people do not want them to succeed, they are victims with no chance of making it. That is the same message my friend Juan Williams decried in his book “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-end Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America — and What We Can Do About It.”
Williams cites a long tradition of black self-reliance going back to Booker T. Washington.
But in recent decades, “That tradition has been abandoned by people who say, ‘What if we portray people as victims? If we have a larger pool of poor people, then we are eligible for a bigger government grant,’” Williams told me in a Newsmax interview about his book.
“Black leaders maintain their positions of power by mismanaging people,” Williams says. “They say that the way we get power is by pretending to be so weak and impotent that we have to say, ‘It’s the result of what the government is doing, and we have to wait for the government to help us.’ I just think it’s criminal to tell people that kind of sad message.”
Clearly, Obama does not agree. Rather, his message mirrors that of Obama’s former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., the man Obama called his mentor and sounding board.
Wright espoused what he called the Black Value System, which asserts that America structures “an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons” and takes other steps to “snare” blacks rather than “killing them off directly” or “placing them in concentration camps.”
In a striking parallel to what Obama told the UAW, Wright said, “We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.” He memorably suggested that the song “God Bless America” should be substituted with “God d*** America!”
My most liberal friends and family members say they would have walked out on hearing such sentiments. But Obama listened for 20 years. As noted in my story Media Blackout on Rev. Wright Started in 2007
, instead of exposing Obama’s association with Wright, the media covered up for the future president. For three months during the primary campaign, news outlets refused to pick up Newsmax stories quoting Wright’s sermons. By then, Obama was ahead of Hillary Clinton in the voting.
Now Wright’s message has a voice in the White House, and the politics of victimhood and class warfare are shaping our economic policies. The biggest losers have been black youth, whose unemployment rate reached 46.5 percent in August.
“Waiting for Superman” shows what that means in wrenching human terms. Watching the film only underscores how important it is to elect a president who believes in America and the values that have made this country great.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. Read more reports from Ronald Kessler — Click Here Now.
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