Dear America,this morning little old g thing is disturbed by the general messaging going around...it's about the blur of worlds...of spin, of re-direction; it's about taking something untrue and watching it take on a life of it's own, taking something true and turning it into 'there's no there there' -- or taking something true and not saying anything at all, as in 'on the advice of council...'.
I marvel at the dynamic and cringe at the reality.
It's been days since the commencement -- but in the light of this new day, the lingering ire prompts a comment or two before it's full and obligatory release.
And just what, pray tell, has me all tied into knots? A moment when the president said this:
"...as an African American
you have to work twice as hard
as anyone else if you want to get by."
And basically moving on to make the point, a Morehouse graduate is no exception to the rule.
The thing is -- for this president to stoop to such a tired and worn belief system in front of the best of the best within the African-American community, it surely must be a crime against itself. While the Left loves to remind us -- whether it's involving political campaigns or purchasing groceries -- demographics across America have changed, watching a thirty second Pepsi commercial proves it so. So in this new day and age, Mr. President -- considering the office you keep and all -- I do believe times dictate an edit, like yesterday. But more than that -- wouldn't it be more true to say what is true for you, Morehouse, is true for all of us?
True story coming up, Mr. President: According to the annals of generations gone by, when my papa brought home an "A" his mama told him 'why isn't it an "A+" son'? We all heard it, all the time; needless to say, it became a family lesson, of sorts, and likewise became an teachable moment passed on to me, and so on and so on. Maybe. Seems over time and through the altering of norms and parenting practices, using a sliding scale with loving discretion becoming widely more acceptable -- keeping it to a case by case basis, that is -- a simple A became okay. [Translation: we softened up a wee bit and went the other way!]
And yet -- I can't help myself. I hear you say what you said to Morehouse and my head begins to spin, wondering, hmmmm, something's not quite right....
If what you say -- as an "African-America you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by" be true and a perfectly reasonable argument... I do believe the jury is still out. But hypothetically, let's run with it anyway. So how is it that YOU --
- are totally unaccounted for during the night of the Benghazi attacks? As you were sleeping, you, decidedly, are so absent from your duties, the administration was forced to mastermind a total lie to cover for you...developing a lie so big, you had to keep it up for weeks and nearly to this day... beginning with the botched, edited, talking points delivered by the US Ambassador Susan Rice and continuing with you before the General Assembly at the United Nations delivering a full blown scandal. Is this working twice as hard as anyone else? Letting our security slip over months leading up to the attack, commanding a 'stand down' before retiring for the night leading to an horrific outcome of 4 Americans dead, and disseminating a lie to cover up the truth?
Knowing me and watching you -- I would have worked twice as hard as you that night. I would have never gone to bed. I would have showed up somewhere all night long if that's what it took.
- are totally unaware of the IRS targeting of conservatives until it hit the news cycle? When, in fact, your people [administration] are all over this little tit for tat targeting of predominately 'white, middle aged, conservative, patriotic, tea party patriots.' [Actions being not only illegal, but clearly smacks of racism, too] From the top of the IRS on down, the message -- whether articulated aloud or not -- allowed for a sweeping rule of radicals run amuck to attack the opposition. [Just go back to read G all last week, it will be good 'n plenty for you...] Is this working twice as hard as anyone else to monitor such a thing?
And yet -- there is a there, there with a trail far and wide to follow -- see here, and here: "it really is inconceivable he wouldn't have known", and for an encore: "let's give her an upgrade and a pay raise here.
"Why was the culture such, under your watch, that an employee felt comfortable targeting conservative groups? Did you investigate that?"
Wish that question was directed to the president. It wasn't; it was Rep. Trey Gowdy speaking to Douglas Schulman, former chief of IRS, wondering why he didn't do anything to stop "the insidious practice" of targeting conservatives when he very well knew it was happening under his watch -- choosing to mislead Congress for a year and well after the election of 2012. For full grilling, go here.
The White House knew -- but you couldn't know, according to the people surrounding you and protecting you; oddly, protecting you by withholding information from you. See here.
While that Lois -- the one taking "the fifth" yesterday -- oh come to find out -- she has a history of targeting conservatives, mainly the Christian Coalition. And thank you, Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard! [And can someone, anyone, really take the fifth after that same someone, anyone, voluntarily rendering themselves available for cross-examination and further questioning by declaring innocence, having done nothing wrong?]BUT back to the guy who has to work twice as hard as anyone else -- not because of the content of his character but for the color of his skin, according to the guy, himself. How is it then that YOU --
- are totally unaware of your Department of Justice illegally spying upon the AP Service? Per your talking head, Jay Carney: "As I said yesterday, we have no knowledge other than press reports of any attempt by the Justice Department to seek phone numbers of the Associated Press." Is this working twice as hard as anyone else? Do you even know what goes on under your watch? What purpose are the presidential daily briefings for -- if not to make you totally aware of everything going on under your watch -- foreign and domestic?
But while we're at it -- your Attorney General, Eric Holder, who also happens to be an African-American -- said he didn't know either. [I only bring that up -- his color -- because YOU brought it up; clearly, you made the observation, YOU made it fair game for cross examination, if nothing else, no?] But how is it even possible -- leaving the signing off of a subpoena for phone records to a deputy, maybe, I really don't know? Is this working twice as hard as anyone else, too?Oh "Others may get distracted by chasing every fleeting issue that passes by" Obama has it all figured out, doesn't he? Aiming to take our attention away from the truth...
He has to work twice as hard as anyone else to cover for not working twice as hard in the first place.
The irony is rich, isn't it?
But under further scrutiny, doesn't all of this simply explain what President Obama really means by "we are five days away from fundamental transformation"? Everyone loves to call him a smart man, right? Wouldn't this mean he knows exactly what he is doing, and more like he is working twice as hard as anyone else being the community organizer with a legacy of Marxism in the family midst?
Alinsky Rule #13: "Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."
Alinsky Rule #5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon."
"Others may get distracted by chasing every fleeting issue that passes by. [Benghazi, IRS, AP, and FOX News ]...But the middle class will always be my number-one focus, period. Your jobs, your families, your communities -- that’s why I ran for President. That’s what drives me every day as I step into the Oval Office. That’s what I’m going to keep fighting for over the next four years." (May 17, 2013) [Thank you Real Clear Politics for backup.]
Oh yes, every fleeting issue -- the ludicrousness of it all, indeed.
This is what Obama -- courtesy of Saul Alinsky, his mentor -- really thinks about the Middle Class:
"The middle classes are numb, bewildered, scared into silence. They don't know what, if anything, they can do. This is the job for today's radical -- to fan the embers of hopelessness into a flame to fight...
So you return to the suburban scene of your middle class with its variety of organizations from PTAs to League of Women Voters, consumer groups, churches, and clubs. The job is to search out the leaders in these various activities, identify their major issues, finds areas of common agreement, and excite their imagination with tactics that can introduce drama and adventure into the tedium of middle-class life...
Start with them easy. Don't scare them off. The opposition's reactions will provide the "education" or radicalization of the middle class. It does every time." (from Rules For Radicals, 1971)
and so on and so on.
But what do we get from our president? I don't know; I didn't know until you all knew; that happened under Bush; talking points came from the Intelligence Community; I don't know; only stylistic changes were made, non-substantive; I don't know; I will not rest until justice is done; we will get to the bottom of this; if this is true; if this really occurred; justice will be served; I don't know; it wasn't me, it was my deputy; I don't know anything about it...Oh -- and you over there -- AP, IRS, CIA, State Department, Treasury Department, anyone, anyone -- trust your lips are sealed...wink wink.
And this, my friends, is what working twice as hard as anyone else looks like.
Oh lookie there, there, my times up; must head out to my other job (just aiming to work twice as hard as anyone else).
Make it a Good Day, G