Last June, I blogged about issues that could create a wedge between President Barack Obama and millions of African-Americans while also offering a golden opportunity to the Republican Party. Specifically, school choice, abortion and gay marriage.
Democrats' opposition to school choice, including vouchers and charter schools, demonstrates they value teachers' union campaign dollars much more than the futures of black children trapped in horrid inner city schools. (Remember the obscene statement by the late Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers: "When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children.")
On another front, the scourge of abortion has been downright genocidal in African-American communities (just as Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger desired). Millions of blacks are people of strong faith who regularly pray and attend church services. They don't like abortion, but apparently are willing to overlook Democrats' staunch support of abortion rights in order to garner perceived benefits such as affirmative action and the party's support for public sector unions. But abortion is still a serious evil that may sway these voters if the right messengers are engaged in the conversation.
But gay marriage is an entirely different animal. It was clear as a bell how adamantly opposed blacks are to this abomination when 70 percent of African-American voters supported Proposition 8 in California, a 2008 ballot initiative to ban gay marriage. It's no secret that African-Americans are highly traditional regarding marriage, hewing to the adage, "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."
So, after hack Attorney General Eric Holder told state attorneys general they no longer need to enforce laws banning gay marriage, a group of black pastors took umbrage. They demonstrate an intense opposition to a black AG who is attempting to shove down their throats a policy they firmly believe to be immoral.
This won't be the only unrest the O-man will experience from the African-American community. Parents of schoolchildren who desperately want their youngsters to be offered the opportunity to get an education in a safe, quality environment will continue to agitate about the administration's obstinate love affair with teachers' unions and churlish opposition to real educational reform.
There is bound to be anger from young blacks who are suffering through a 50 percent unemployment rate in this wretched economy. And it is quite possible that many blacks of all ages, while not concerned so much about abortion or school choice, will grow tired of the shallowness and empty promises of this "all style, no substance" administration.
I believe we have reached the point where Barack Obama is playing the role of the "Great and Powerful Oz," formerly a formidable force, but now just a humiliated, disgraced and insecure man exposed when someone pulled the curtain back.