When English essayist, poet, and pamphleteer Samuel Johnson said that “patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel,” he was being ironic. The comment was meant as an indictment of false patriots.
Johnson delivered that zinger nearly 250 years ago, but one wonders if the good doctor—who after all was a pretty smart cookie—somehow anticipated the rise of Barack Obama.
On the same day that Obama’s job approval rating across several key polls hit an ominous new low of 42.9%, the president delivered a fiery sermon to his black base, commanding them to trade in their bedroom slippers for “marchin’ shoes” and join him in his crusade to—raise taxes on the wealthy?
Yep, that was crux of the inspirational message the message he delivered last night at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington.
What a waste! During the speech, Obama conjured up his best impression to date of Martin Luther King, importuning his audience in ever more fevered and frenzied tones to help him see his journey through to the end. Toward the close of the speech he told them, his voice fairly booming:
I’m gonna press on for equality, I’m gonna press on for the sake of our children, I’m gonna press on for the sake of all those families strugglin’ right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself, I don’t have time to complain. I’m gonna press on. I expect all of you to march with me.
Then he spoiled it all by saying something stupid like, “Pass this bill!” It was the oratorical equivalent of playing “Taps” on a kazoo.
The most disappointing part of the speech was his continued reliance on the pretext that raising taxes on American couples making $250,000 or more is somehow a panacea for job creation. Even if one overlooks Obama’s own statement in 2009 that “you don’t raise taxes in a recession,” how does he see his “jobs” act as prescription for reducing the 16.7% rate of unemployment among blacks, as he promised last night? If he were arguing that bleeding the wealthy would reduce the $14 trillion deficit, he would get no argument from me. But that is not what he is claiming.
One wonders whether his audience—all of whom after all are well-compensated as members of Congress—recognize deep down that what he is advocating in the name of “fairness” and “equality” is really punitive?
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- Black politicians’ anger at Tea Party should be redirected at Obama
- Congressional Black Caucus, other blacks losing “hope” in Obama
- Obama’s economic “fairness doctrine”
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