I’ve become convince that Barack Obama lives in denial. He’s a terrorism denier. We’ve all seen that. But more broadly, he’s a violence denier.
While speaking at the White House Summit on Global Development on Thursday, Violence Denier Barry said this:
[I]f you had to choose a moment in history to be born, and you didn’t know ahead of time who you were going to be, you’d choose now. Because the world has never been less violent, healthier, better educated, more tolerant, with more opportunity for more people, and more connected than it is today.
Now, it isn’t the first time he’s taken off on that particular flight of fancy.
In April 2015 in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the Violence Denier said this:
I remind people that … uh … yu … you know … there … there actually is probably … uh … less war and less violence … uh … uh … around the world today … uh … than there might’a been thirty, forty years ago … uh … it doesn’t make it any less painful … uh … but … uh … but things can get better.
Yesterday, in a joint appearance with el Presidente Importar My People of Mexico, the Violence Denier was asked to comment on Donald Trump’s acceptance speech.
And the one thing that I think is important to recognize is this idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people.
The irony of that statement is just moments before, Barack scolded the reporter who asked the question for saying Trump’s speech appealed to working class Americans.
I noticed a little bit of editorializing there, Kevin, when you said how do I counter a message that was “clearly appealing to working-class Americans.” I don’t know if you’ve talked to all of them.
But Obama can tell us that what Trump said doesn’t jibe with the experience of most people? Did he talk to all of them?
Any old how.
I mean, I hope people, the next morning, walked outside and birds were chirping and the sun was out, and this afternoon people will be watching their kids play in sports teams and go to the swimming pool, and folks are going to work and getting ready for the weekend. And, in particular, I think it is important just to be absolutely clear here that some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts.
Because, you know. The world is safer and less violent.
Ironic, isn’t it? When downplaying violence benefits Barack, he downplays the violence.
But when fearmongering over the violence benefits him, he trips all over himself to use it for his purposes.
After the shooting of Alton Sterling and that other guy in Minnesota, Obama rambled on thus:
But what I can say is that all of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings, because these are not isolated incidents. [Emphasis Dianny’s]
Not isolated incidents? But, I thought the vision of violence and chaos everywhere didn’t jibe with the facts.
And when incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our fellow citizenry that feels as if because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same. And that hurts. And that should trouble all of us. This is not just a black issue. It’s not just a Hispanic issue. This is an American issue that we should all care about. All fair-minded people should be concerned.
“A big chunk of our fellow citizenry?” Did you talk to all of them?
Correct me if I’m wrong, Barack. But after those two police shootings, you were effectively saying that people of color aren’t walking out of their homes to find the sun shining and birds singing? Instead they’re walking out of their homes in terror of the police?
I’m sure Barack wakes up every day and the birds are singing and the sun is shining. I’m sure he’s able to get ready for the weekend playing golf. But Barack is also surrounded by a phalanx of armed security.
It is also a good bet Michelle Obama wakes up every day with chirping birds and a shining sun. Then again, since she wakes up every day in a house built by slaves, she may not enjoy it nearly as much as Barack.
It is amazing to me that Obama dismisses the violence “folks” live with daily — in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and even down the street from him in Washington DC. Just last night here in Syracuse, a man was shot and another stabbed. Gang violence is a cancer on those who live in cities.
Yet, Trump telling the truth about this “doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people?” Really?
Over twenty-two hundred people have been shot in the city of Chicago in 2016 thus far. Three hundred and thirty-eight have been killed by gunfire. I’m guessing for them, Trump’s words jibe with their experience.
Obama’s willful blindness is easy to explain.
The rise in terrorist attacks both here at home and abroad not only happened on his watch, but escalated due to his own reckless policies.
And while violent crime is at its lowest rate in over twenty years, the homicide rates in cities like Baltimore have increased. Why? Because of what Heather MacDonald calls “The Ferguson Effect.” Police are not proactively policing high crime neighborhoods anymore. The demagoguery encouraged from Obama himself has created an environment of fear among law enforcement. Fear of being the next YouTube target. Fear of being the next victim of an anti-police witchhunt.
From a May 24 column by Heather MacDonald in the NY Post:
A study published this year in the Journal of Criminal Justice found that homicides in the 12 months after the Michael Brown shooting rose significantly in cities with large black populations and already high rates of violence, which is precisely what the Ferguson effect would predict.
A study of gun violence in Baltimore by crime analyst Jeff Asher showed an inverse correlation with proactive drug arrests: When Baltimore cops virtually stopped making drug arrests last year after the rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, shootings soared. In Chicago, where pedestrian stops have fallen nearly 90 percent, homicides this year are up 60 percent compared with the same period last year.
Compared with the first four-and-a-half months of 2014, homicides in Chicago are up 95 percent, according to the police department. Even the liberal website Vox has grudgingly concluded that “the Ferguson effect theory is narrowly correct, at least in some cities.”
Accountability isn’t the problem; officers in most departments are accustomed to multiple layers of review and public oversight. The problem is the activist-stoked hostility toward the police on the streets and ungrounded criticism of law enforcement that has flowed from the Obama administration and has been amplified by the media.
Trump isn’t the one who is living in an alternate reality.
Barack Obama is. It is an alternate reality of his own making. And his alternate reality of terrorism denial and violence denial doesn’t jibe with the experience of most people.
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