Well, the day has arrived. President Obama gave his farewell address to a rabid crowd in his hometown of Chicago.
I wonder how many people g0ot killed by guns in Gun Control Central that night?
We’re all going to miss him. He’s such an ideological hardliner that you either love him or hate him. 🙂
He discussed how the economy has improved, how he promised President-elect Trump a smooth transition, how jobs have been created (though not felt by most Americans), and how we need to be, for lack of a better word, nicer to one another.
Everything he DIDN’T do as President. Quite the opposite in fact. But his Ego is to big to admit it.
The president spoke about having a basic sense of solidarity with one another.
Which is why he nurtured and fostered, and helped create “identity politics” that divides us among just about every thing in life except Star Wars Vs. Star Trek.
We’re all in this together mentality; we rise or fall as one.
And we are supposed to be ruled over with an iron fist by one who has the vision that everything is about your superior hard line ideology.
He then spoke about the three threats (or challenges) facing the country.
Besides his ilk and the Progressive Democrats? 🙂
Oh, and there were hallmark passages exhibiting the awesomeness that is Barack Obama and the Democratic Party that has been devastated under his presidency.
The first threat is economic inequality:
Our democracy won’t work without a sense that everyone has economic opportunity. Today, the economy is growing again; wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are rising again; poverty is falling again.
He’s still living in his fairie-tale Ego-induced land of ideological fiction. Millions more are out of work, chronic unemployment, hours slashed for many because of ObamaCare and rising Minimum Wage Laws. The lowest Labor Participation rate since President Nixon.
The wealthy are paying a fairer share of taxes even as the stock market shatters records.
Those Records are because Hillary and your crowd LOST!
The unemployment rate is near a ten-year low.
And anyone with a little knowledge knows that the Unemployment Rate only measures those actively looking for work. The tens of millions you drove out of the labor market aren’t counted. It’s a false reading.
The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower.
And the Premiums Higher!
Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in fifty years.
I love when the Democrats celebrate that cost are rising slower than they used to. Likie that’s a good thing? The average person is either paying Thousands in “penalties” because they can’t afford their insurance to begin with or have had it raised thousands of dollars a year.
But if Barack and his “affordable” Health Care where I can keep my plan and my Doctor hadn’t step in it would have been so much worse! Thanks, for nothing Barack.
And if anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system – that covers as many people at less cost – I will publicly support it.
LIAR! LIAR! ObamaCare Hell on Fire!
That, after all, is why we serve – to make people’s lives better, not worse.
Well, you a piss poor job then. E- for for you.
But for all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough.
Yeah, the socialist destruction of the country was incomplete.
Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class.
So you tried to destroy the middle class all together and destroy wealth to boot. Thus everyone would be equally poor. 🙂
But stark inequality is also corrosive to our democratic principles.
But not as much as “social justice”.
While the top one percent has amassed a bigger share of wealth and income, too many families, in inner cities and rural counties, have been left behind – the laid-off factory worker; the waitress and health care worker who struggle to pay the bills – convinced that the game is fixed against them, that their government only serves the interests of the powerful – a recipe for more cynicism and polarization in our politics.
YOU DID BUILD THAT Barack! 🙂
And so we must forge a new social compact – to guarantee all our kids the education they need; to give workers the power to unionize for better wages; to update the social safety net to reflect the way we live now and make more reforms to the tax code so corporations and individuals who reap the most from the new economy don’t avoid their obligations to the country that’s made their success possible. We can argue about how to best achieve these goals. But we can’t be complacent about the goals themselves.
In other words, anything other than my Agenda is substandard, but your agenda nearly destroyed us. Thanks, Barack…
For if we don’t create opportunity for all people, the disaffection and division that has stalled our progress will only sharpen in years to come.
The Social Justice Warriors, BLM, etc will surely make it a happy place. Speaking of which…
The second is race relations:
After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America.
It last maybe 3 seconds at best. Then the race-baiting and fear-mongering on a scale of 1-10 was turned up to 25!
Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic.
Especially when you elect race-baiting Liberals. My “White Privilege” Thanks you.
For race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society.
And they exploited it like no one has in 50+ years.
I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago – you can see it not just in statistics, but in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum.
Those would be the BLMers who were rioting, looting and killing more people than ever? Or just the Social Justice Warriors destroying lives and businesses for their own egotistical need to control everyone? Or the Professors who teach these young people, you know the one who had to have Post-Trump Stress Disorder counseling when the entitled little brats didn’t get what they wanted? Or the ones who says that anyone who isn’t an SJW (or follows the commands and orders of one) is a racist, homophobic, transphobic,islamophbic, sexist, bigot?
I need a therapy dog after 8 years of your love.
But we’re not where we need to be.
Yeah, the socialist revolution was incomplete. Viva La Revolucion! 🙂
All of us have more work to do. After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves.
YOU BUILD THAT, Barack!
If we decline to invest in the children of immigrants (ILLEGAL ALIENS!), just because they don’t look like us, we diminish the prospects of our own children – because those brown kids will represent a larger share of America’s workforce.
So that’s why “white people” are evil and should just shut and be ruled by us. No racism there… 🙂
And our economy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. Last year, incomes rose for all races, all age groups, for men and for women.
And the costs?
Going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination – in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system.
But if you’re White, f*ck you, you over-privileged racist bigot!
That’s what our Constitution and highest ideals require. But laws alone won’t be enough.
Which is why I was Executive Order crazy!
Hearts must change. If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
Unless you’re white, Christian or male, then you’re the root of all evil and the only solution for you is slavery.
For blacks and other minorities, it means tying our own struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face – the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender American, and also the middle-aged white man who from the outside may seem like he’s got all the advantages, but who’s seen his world upended by economic, cultural, and technological change.
And racial and social “identity” politics. You did build that.
For white Americans, it means acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn’t suddenly vanish in the ’60s;
And we reopened all those wounds and poured napalm on them!
that when minority groups voice discontent, they’re not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness;
So when that black guy breaks into your house, he “entitled”. If they riot because SJWs have got them enraged, let them burn it all down. Its all good. 🙂
You’re white, you’re evil. Just accept it.
that when they wage peaceful protest, they’re not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our Founders promised.
For native-born Americans, it means reminding ourselves that the stereotypes about immigrants today were said, almost word for word, about the Irish, Italians, and Poles. America wasn’t weakened by the presence of these newcomers; they embraced this nation’s creed, and it was strengthened.
Who came here Legally, I might add.
The third was the breakdown in political discourse—and the need to step out of our own sociopolitical bubbles.
Says the guy who has nothing but Bubbles! Who created the political discourse.
None of this is easy. For too many of us, it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions.(assumptions like all white people are racists?) 🙂
Says the Pot calling the Kettle racist, sexist, homophobic,islamophobic,xenophobic, and a bigot…
The rise of naked partisanship (YOU BUILT THAT), increasing economic and regional stratification, (YOU BUILT THAT) the splintering of our media into a channel for every taste (YOU BUILT THAT) – all this makes this great sorting seem natural, even inevitable (YOU BUILT THAT). And increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we accept only information, whether true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that’s out there.
YOU BUILT THAT.
This trend represents a third threat to our democracy. Politics is a battle of ideas (not if you’re a devout Liberal it’s just a battle for control. If someone has a different idea than you then you must destroy it and them utterly!); in the course of a healthy debate, we’ll prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them.
But since ours is superior we’ll only do it OUR WAY.
But without some common baseline of facts (since when do Liberals care about facts?! Hands up don’t shoot!) ; without a willingness to admit new information (not allowed-off narrative), and concede that your opponent is making a fair point (yeah like when you railroaded ObamaCare), and that science and reason matter (Global Warning! yeah right…), we’ll keep talking past each other, making common ground and compromise impossible.
For you are Homo Superior Liberalis and your so vastly superior in everything that compromising with us grubby, ignorant racist, bigoted Neanderthals would be sullying your grand vision and purpose so f*uck off and lets us rule you for your own good in peace.
Now that’s compromise. You do as we tell you and that’s it.
Isn’t that part of what makes politics so dispiriting?
Yes, and you are the Sith Lord of Dispiriting.
How can elected officials rage about deficits when we propose to spend money on preschool for kids, but not when we’re cutting taxes for corporations? How do we excuse ethical lapses in our own party, but pounce when the other party does the same thing?
Benghazi anyone? anyone? E-Mail servers? Rigged Primary? Anyone?
It’s not just dishonest, this selective sorting of the facts; it’s self-defeating. Because as my mother used to tell me, reality has a way of catching up with you.
November 8, 2016! 🙂
Take the challenge of climate change.
You take it. It’s bogus to begin with and just another Liberal scheme to control people.
In just eight years, we’ve halved our dependence on foreign oil (yeah, that’s why we have so much more production! Not!), doubled our renewable energy (by Force and costly regulations!), and led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet.
That is useless and didn’t involve the world’s biggest polluter. But at least it made you fell good. You did something. Now you’re happy. Good for you. Thanks, Barack.
But without bolder action, our children won’t have time to debate the existence of climate change; they’ll be busy dealing with its effects: environmental disasters, economic disruptions, and waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary.
Fear mongering at it’s finest. Oh, and that thing about facts and science that you ignored…
Obama, The Enlightened God has spoken. All should bow down in his Magnificent Presence.
I’ll leave you to debate these passages. It’s a lecture. The final lecture from Professor Obama on how his principles, and that of the Democratic Party are the true beliefs, therefore, those who are part of the Left are the real Americans. Contrary to what Obama has said, race relations are worse, unemployment is down, but million have left the workforce, and yes, your side does adhere to and facilitate an authoritarian ethos of political correctness. Yes, he may have struck some similar tones Trump did regarding the out of work factory worker; the man can deliver a great speech. And this is one of the reasons why he was able to prevent a Romney landslide in these Rust Belt areas in 2012. In all, Obama’s speech was longer than Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43 combined,
Well, so is his Ego.
which was used to tell us what a great job he did, how we should not retreat into bubbles, which the Left has already done post-Trump’s win, and how we shouldn’t be so vicious to one another. (Matt Vespa)
Where is my therapy counselor I’m feeling like I’m having a bubble moment… 🙂
Thanks, Barack. Don’t let the door hit you in the Ideological ass on the way out…