Presidencies often have key defining moments – dramatic events or visuals that tell the tale far better than words can. These epochal events can be for good or bad, but one thing can be said for sure: They burn a searing image into voters’ minds and impressions.
Let's review such moments over the past 40 years... First, there was President Nixon’s gallant attempt to show enthusiasm and strength with a brisk wave to his supporters as he boarded the Marine One helicopter on the White House lawn after resigning in disgrace.
Five years later, President Jimmy Carter, whose economic policies led to rampant inflation, loan-shark interest rates and high unemployment, gave an awful speech in July 1979 ("Crisis of Confidence") about supposed malaise gripping America. Like Obama so often does, he attempted to point the finger at others for his own grossly misguided policies and the misery they wrought. The "malaise speech" pretty well branded Carter a failure.
With President Reagan, it might have been his 1983 "evil empire" speech in which he made it clear the United States was through taking the Soviet Union's shit. He called the U.S.S.R. "the focus of evil in the modern world." Or it just as well may well have been his plea to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” stated emphatically in a speech in West Berlin during the summer of 1987. Little did anyone dream that just a little over two years later, the hideous Berlin Wall would be torn down.
Fourteen years later, President George W. Bush inspired and buoyed the spirits of his fellow Americans with his "Bullhorn Address" given in the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11.
"I can hear you," Bush said. "The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!" (It might also be noted that in the minds of left wing fanatics whose anti-Iraq War crusade and utter hatred for Bush raged for years, W’s defining moment was when he gave a speech on an aircraft carrier with the “Mission Accomplished” banner hung above him.)
Well, Monday night, President Barack Obama unwittingly helped create his inglorious defining moment: As he gave a typically self-serving and disingenuous speech after the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury's decision was announced, a split screen juxtaposed the bloviator-in-chief with riots. Buildings were aflame; rioters hurled bottles and rocks at police; a sad, scary mayhem spilled out on a cold, dark November night.
Millions of Americans have known for years that Obama has been a divisive president and race relations have deteriorated under his leftist, militant administration. The split screen underscored that.
Figuratively speaking, life in the United States under this empty suit has been a split screen. On the one hand, spin, lies and cult-like propaganda from the elitists in charge who boast about a low unemployment rate (in reality, thanks to the lowest labor force participation rate in 35 years, plus many part-time and minimum wage jobs), and point to phantom healthcare savings resulting from the rube goldberg of Obamacare.
On the other hand, the real world shows few good jobs, low wages, underemployment, rising healthcare premiums, doctors throwing up their hands and walking away from medicine, a crumbling middle class and steadily rising food prices.
Millions of Americans have caught on, as evidenced by the election results a few weeks ago. Not only did the GOP take back the Senate and increase its House lead, GOP governors won in several deep blue states: Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts. And as I have stated in past posts, even well-known liberal politicians have had to resist the obscene greed and obstinance of public employee unions to prevent their budgets from exploding and taxpayers from revolting.
On another note, I would be remiss not to slap the media for its typical inept coverage. “If it bleeds, it leads,” as they say in the TV news business. Time and time again, reporters fail to ask intelligent, probing questions and miss the opportunity to report on crucial information.
For example, why was the announcement of the jury’s decision made at night, when troublemakers (many of whom were hopped up on alcohol and drugs) were primed to riot? Wouldn’t there have been a lot less trouble if the announcement had been made in the morning? Did Officer Wilson have a taser on his person? If he did, why didn’t he use it? If he didn’t, why not? Has anyone reported on whether metal detectors were used in demonstration areas? Were barriers put up around downtown Ferguson, and those entering frisked to check for weapons?
Reportedly there were plenty of gunshots heard during the rioting. Perhaps the media should educate the public about how dangerous it is to fire guns into the air. When a bullet finally stops rising and gravity causes it to reverse course, it can have as much speed when it hits the earth as it did when it left the gun barrel.
Indeed, an innocent woman attending a Fourth of July fireworks display in downtown Lansing, Mich., about 4 miles from my home, was killed in 2012 when a bullet falling from the sky hit her in the head. The person who shot that gun has yet to be found.
Frankly, there are too many crazies out there these days, including Islamofascist terrorists. What’s to stop someone who wants to kill and maim in the name of Allah from sneaking some pipe bombs into the protest area? (Hey, why not kill and maim some leftist infidels en route to my pleasurable encounter with 72 virgins?)
There are plenty of lessons to take from the shameful events in Ferguson. The most obvious is that confrontations between young black males and white police officers often are the result of absent fathers and a lack of discipline in the lives of young black men. If they didn’t have a father to set an example and teach respect for others, young black men are more likely to rob a convenience store, use illegal drugs and get in a confrontation with an officer.
About 93 percent of murdered black males were victims of black male perpetrators. But this inconvenient fact won’t stand in the way of brain-dead/brainwashed parrots mindlessly chanting the inane “HANDS UP/DON’T SHOOT” as they march through the streets. Ignorance and foolish pride lead to a lot of ruckus by militants and agitators – not to mention burned buildings and police cars.
It would be nice if our pathetic “journalists” had the intelligence and presence of mind to probe beneath the sensationalistic surface. But I guess that's too much like hard work and drudgery, and just not very exciting.