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MSNBC: Obama's Criticism of Police Is Nothing New for Him

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Posted on July 27 2009 8:15 am
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First, Barack Obama informed Americans that Cambridge police had “acted stupidly” in arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates a few days ago. Then he said the arrest reflected the “long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.” After having uttered those two baseless slanders, the President called on Americans to “try to focus on how we can generally improve relations between police officers and minority communities.” “Instead of flinging accusations,” he elaborated, “we can all be a little more reflective in terms of what we can do to contribute to more unity.”

But serving up a pack of falsehoods for public consumption does absolutely nothing to promote “unity.” It only promotes grievance mongering and resentment. Moreover, Obama’s lies about the justice system were far more than mere unfortunate failures to “calibrate”—as he puts it—his words with greater precision.

Rather, those lies were part of a longstanding Obama tradition of: (a) lamenting the alleged racial “disparities in criminal sentencing”; (b) asserting that blacks and whites “receive very different sentences … for the same crime”; and (c) complaining that “certain sentences … are based less on the kind of crime you commit than on what you look like and where you come from.” The empirical evidence against Obama’s claims is weighty indeed.

Obama’s political success on the national stage has been, in large measure, a result of the fact that his cadences are much softer and less openly confrontational than those of, say, the racial arsonist Al Sharpton, the America-hating preacher Jeremiah Wright, the anti-Semitic demagogue Louis Farrakhan, the race-obsessed Marxist professor Cornel West, and Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates—to each of whom Obama has had strong personal and/or ideological ties. But behind those cadences, Obama’s opinions regarding matters of race bear an unmistakable resemblance to those of the aforementioned luminaries.

The technique of adopting the tones and parlance that middle-class America will perceive as non-threatening is a tactic straight out of the playbook of Saul Alinsky, the late Chicago Marxist who laid out the blueprint for revolutionary societal upheaval, and who was the foremost political influence on Barack Obama’s political development. Alinsky stressed that revolutionaries, whom he euphemistically dubbed “organizers,” should take special care to avoid alienating the middle class with any type of crude language or menacing demeanor suggestive of a disrespect for middle-class mores. While his ultimate goal was nothing less than the “radicalization of the middle class,” he stressed the importance of “learning to talk the language of those with whom one is trying to converse,” so as not to “scare them off.”

Obama learned his lessons exceedingly well—so well, in fact, that he spent considerable time in the 1990s training ACORN radicals in the art of shaking down corporate America while metaphorically hoisting the proud banner of “social justice.”

Taken in by his well-polished con-man routine, Obama’s disciples in the leftwing media never question the purity of his motives. After Rush Limbaugh correctly observed that the President’s recent criticism of the Cambridge police and the U.S. justice system were manifestations of ethnic politics, MSNBC’s Richard Wolfe, guest-hosting Keith Olbermann’s Countdown program Friday, accused Limbaugh, and not Obama, of “trying to stoke racial fears and resentment.” In other words, he got the story exactly backwards.

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