Faced with the failure of his presidency, Barack Obama has decided to try to win re-election by scapegoating Wall Street, the wealthy, and Republicans.
Almost every day, Obama takes a shot at one or more of his targets. The Washington Post has reported that Obama has decided to make anti-Wall Street rhetoric a central tenet of his campaign. Already, his campaign and the White House have sent out messages attacking Republicans for allegedly wanting to repeal Wall Street regulations pushed by Obama.
“They want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants,” Obama said in North Carolina this week.
Of course, Republicans want to cut back on regulations and not let Wall Street do whatever it wants. Obama’s campaign strategy ignores the fact that nearly three years after he took office, the reason for the country’s economic downturn is Obama himself.
Instead of encouraging business, he has demonized it. Instead of making it easier for companies to expand, he has made it more difficult by creating uncertainty about costs imposed by Obamacare, taxation, and regulations.
Instead of decreasing spending and the nation’s deficit, Obama has increased the national debt by $4.2 trillion. Since Obama’s stimulus was passed, 1.5 million jobs have been lost.
Obama’s strategy of finding scapegoats mirrors that of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., his minister and self-described mentor for 20 years. On the Sunday following 9/11, Wright characterized the terrorist attacks as a consequence of violent American policies. Four years later, Wright suggested that the attacks were retribution for America’s racism.
Wright said America created the AIDS virus to kill off blacks. He gave an award for lifetime achievement to Louis Farrakhan, who blames the nation’s ills on Jews. Wright equated Zionism with racism and compared Israel with South Africa under apartheid.
Wright’s Black Value System denounced “our racist competitive society” and included the disavowal of the pursuit of “middle-classness.” That was defined as a way American society seduced blacks into achieving economic success, thus snaring them rather than “killing them off directly” or “placing them in concentration camps.”
“We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty,” Wright has said. “God d— America!”
As a community organizer, Obama’s job was to further victimhood and self-pity.
“A community organizer organizes people who have had difficulty producing,” Alphonso Jackson, President Bush’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has told me. “When you are a community organizer, what you get most of the time is people telling you what their problems are and why they don’t succeed.”
In many cases, they are blacks who blame their lack of achievement on whites.
“When I was running public housing in Dallas, blacks would come in and tell me, ‘You know, we can’t do this because the white man keeps us from doing this,’ and I would always say, ‘Well I did, and I came up in a segregated environment,’” Jackson says. “I said, ‘You can do it, if you choose to do it.’”
There is nothing new about the use of scapegoats to galvanize support. Adolf Hitler did it, scapegoating Jews. Osama bin Laden did it, blaming western civilization.
Previously, Obama blamed President Bush for the country’s economic problems. Now, in an act of desperation, Obama has even embraced the anti-Wall Street protesters, who scream epithets about America and capitalism, promote envy, and take on the police.
There is a reason Obama spent 20 years listening to Wright and described him as his sounding board and mentor: Blaming others is an integral part of Obama’s character.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. He is a New York Times best-selling author of books on the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. His latest, "The Secrets of the FBI," has just been published. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via email. Go Here Now.
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