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Class and No Class

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Speaking during the memorial service for the five Dallas Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty one week ago, in just a few words former President George W. Bush conveyed a message of healing and of hope. The former president reminded us all that as had happened in Dallas and in other cities across America on a regular basis, police officers always run towards the sound of gunfire to protect perfect strangers.

Seeing the image of President Bush and the former first lady Laura Bush sitting there at the memorial service I was also reminded of what it was like to have someone in the White House who genuinely loved the United States of America. The anguish seen on the faces of both President Bush and his wife Laura was evident and sincere.

For some reason it just doesn’t seem genuine with the Obamas. Perhaps it’s because both don’t appear to be able to put aside their apparent deep-seated feelings of anger towards all things American. They simply can’t separate race from anything, even a memorial service for white police officers.

Barack Obama felt compelled once again to bring up what has become his favorite subjects, ‘black victimhood’ and gun control, and doing so while eulogizing the white officers who were killed protecting a great many black protesters from what turned out to be a virulently racist black man. The only question is whether Obama ran his comments past the Black Lives Matter movement for approval ahead of time.

Obama’s race obsession has been an overriding theme of his presidency, all the way back to “the Cambridge Police acting stupidly”, and right up to the stage at the memorial for the slain Police Officers in Dallas. Regardless of the event or the venue, when Obama gives a speech he injects race somewhere into the body of his comments. In the old days before it wasn’t politically correct to use anymore, one would say that Obama seems to have one huge chip on his shoulder.

His continual harping on race has done more than anything in recent memory to detour the progress that has been made over the last 40 years. Contrary to what Obama and the other race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and pandering politicians like Hillary Clinton continually try to tell us, systemic racism in America for the most part has long been a thing of the past.

Are there some individual racists still around? Sure there are, and likely always will be. Racism isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon, nor is it restricted to white people only. Individual racists can be found in every nation, all walks of life and every racial demographic.

But most Americans have long gotten over judging someone by the color of their skin, and are far more likely to base their opinion of someone based on who they are. On the character they display at the job and in everyday life. Skin color as a measure of them as a person has long ago been tossed onto the trash pile of America’s racial past.

But to hear Barack Obama as he preaches to us using one of his favorite phrases, “it’s not who we are,” one might think he has some frame of reference to draw from. Perhaps had he spent his formative years growing up in America and learned the real history of our struggles as a nation, he’d have a better understanding that America has indeed cast aside the racism of our past. For heaven’s sake, nearly three quarter of a million Americans died during the Civil War ending slavery. That was a pretty good start.

And while the struggle to end segregation and racism continued for many years afterwards, and will go on as long as one individual bigot still wields the power or influence to impact others, the America of the past is unrecognizable to the America of today. So much progress had been made towards a true color blind America, only to be squandered by Barack Obama during his nearly eight years in office.

During the Dallas memorial service President Bush’s stirring comments came from the same podium later used by Barack Obama to politicize a solemn event, and continue pursuing his false agenda. An agenda that includes racial division. And this day was not the first time Barack Obama was overshadowed by someone else on the stage with him. And it will continue to happen over and over as long as he remains obsessed about racial victimhood.

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