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Tags: Hope | Change | Martin Luther King | Jr. | Rush Limbaugh

Rush Was Right: So Much for 'Hope and Change'

Clarence V. McKee By Tuesday, 19 January 2016 04:24 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s been quite a week for Barack Obama. He gave his final State of the Union message and announced the implementation of the Iranian nuclear accord.

No doubt Obama wants the Iranian deal to be considered a key part of his legacy notwithstanding that many believe he and his negotiators were hoodwinked into a sell-out plan putting Iran on a clear path to nuclear weapons and bankrolling terrorist surrogates like Hezbollah and Hamas.

The Hail Mary agreement reeks of appeasement and comes as the Obama administration enters the last minutes of its “4th quarter” hoping to put points on Obama’s “legacy” scoreboard. The question is whether that score will be on the winning or losing side.

So how is the tally shaping up?

The mainstream media and Democrats went ballistic when radio show host Rush Limbaugh said in 2009 that he hoped Obama would fail.

Now that Obama’s presidency is almost over, when one puts his domestic record in the rear view mirror, Limbaugh was right to hope he would fail.

Limbaugh’s concern was Obama’s liberal agenda and that if he succeeded it would be bad for the country: “Liberalism is our problem . . . I know what his plans are, I don't want them to succeed . . . the absorption of as much of the private sector by the U.S. government as possible, from the banking business . . . to health care.”

He asked what was so strange about wanting Obama to fail if his mission was to restructure and reform the country so “that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation.”

Limbaugh’s fears have been realized.

Obama said that his goal was to “fundamentally change the United States of America.”

In many ways he and his fellow Democrats have succeeded, not failed, and the transformation is fully underway: the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); usurping the legislative function of Congress by executive order; unblemished support for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and pandering to abortionist and “green” lobbies; overseeing a growing entitlement nation; using the IRS to bully conservative political groups; seeking a “You didn't build that” redistribution of wealth society; and, instituting a “blame America first” foreign policy.

On the other hand, there are those who will argue that Obama has been a failure and harmed the nation not only because of the above policies, but also because of his lapses in leadership.

In foreign affairs, his “lead from behind” strategies have resulted in America having little if any credibility and respect around the world.

In the Mideast, particularly, former allies believe that the United States is no longer a reliable partner to be trusted especially after the one-sided Iran deal. He is considered a weakened president, limping his way toward the final whistle ending his eight year game trying to change the country and apologize to the world for what he considers the nation’s missteps of the past.

On terrorism, while he is silent on the slaughter of Christians, he refuses to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” as if he for some reason is afraid to offend Islamic terrorists who are unleashing death and misery all over the globe — including here at home.

Domestically, he is spending the nation into oblivion with a deficit of $18.9 trillion and rising in a seemingly limitless economic recession; picks and chooses which laws to ignore; appears to view immigration “reform” as a means to ultimately “transform” the complexion of the electorate; and, instead of improving race relations as was the nation’s hope, he has polarized them to firm up his black base as needed.

What is really sad is that the first black president’s greatest failure has been to black America.

As author and television host Tavis Smiley has said, “Black folk in the era of Obama have lost ground in every major economic category.”

Smiley accurately points out that blacks were “caught up in the symbolism” of the Obama presidency. Unfortunately, so were most of the pandering black political, academic, and civil rights leadership.

Although he managed tears referring to the death of black youth in Chicago at his gun control press conference, during his two terms he has not lifted one finger to take action against “war zone terrorism” of black on black violence, bloodshed, and urban blight and fear in Chicago and other major cities — most of them controlled by Democrats.

As Marian Wright Edelman, founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, recently said “there have been 16 times more boys lost to gun violence since 1968 than all of those who were ever lynched.”

Yet, the president has shown more empathy for and taken more action to assist the children of illegal immigrants than he has in addressing the murder and mayhem among his own people in his own country.

It is both ironic and sad that in this week of the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth, the score board on the legacy of the first black President of the United States appears to be one of failure to the world, country — and black America.

Many believe that he just might wind up being regarded as one of the worst presidents in modern times. So much for “hope and change.”

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.


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The score board on the legacy of the first black president of the U.S. appears to be one of failure to the world, country — and black America. Many believe he might wind up being regarded as one of the worst presidents in modern times. So much for hope and change.
Hope, Change, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rush Limbaugh
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 04:24 PM
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