Previously on The Josh Givens Blog, I observed that President Obama is more content to spout divisive rhetoric than he is to solve problems. The president's rhetoric has been under fire lately. Shocking, I know. But more specifically, it's his use of rhetoric that has been stirring up controversy. It's what, in essence, makes him the kind of guy who can say things like, "Hey, you know that ObamaCare stuff? Yeah, I was just kidding." or "Benghazi? I can't even spell Benghazi," and get away with it.
On a recent episode of "The Kelly File" on FOX NEWS, author, columnist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer touched on this issue when he said, "President Obama has been a president of rhetoric. He's used rhetoric to build up a world around himself. But at some point, rhetoric always yields to reality. And in the end, reality will win."
I'd like to raise my glass of sweet tea in a toast to Charles (since I can't afford champagne) and say, "Here's hoping you're right."
But for now, our reality is one of political discord in Washington and a country more confused, bitter and divided than ever before. President Obama often uses rhetoric as a distraction mechanism. He's become quite adept at it and, sadly, it works in a nation where citizens are more concerned about surviving than fact-checking. I dare you to find five people on the street who know the real details behind Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious (no, not the movie) or even the botched ObamaCare rollout. And most of the people who say they've heard of these issues simply spew Obama's misleading talking points as if vomiting his very ideology onto the pavement.
This leads me to my point which, by now, I'm sure you've lost interest in. But I'm going to make it anyway because, honestly, I've got nothing better to do and I don't feel like getting up to put on pants.
Buried deep within the president's rhetoric toolbox is the race card. We all know it's there. We've seen it. We've heard it. We've watched as he and others on the left have dealt hand after hand. But this isn't Vegas and guys like Chris Matthews, Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton aren't paid casino card dealers. They're influential leaders (I use that term loosely) in their respective circles who have the power and platforms to effect positive change in a culture teetering on the verge of racial rhetoric warfare. The president doesn't even have to play the race card himself when he's got guys like this on his side. His racially divisive rhetoric has been enough to inspire those who love and support him to play the game for him.
Remember when Obama said this after the court ruled George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin?
"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago...Folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys...if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That includes me, before I was a senator...or getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off...or being followed as they were in a department store."
CNN, MSNBC and other liberal media outlets pounced on the Trayvon Martin case and spent over a year discussing the racial controversy. But Channon Christian and Christopher Newson, the young white couple mercilessly slaughtered in Knoxville, Tennessee by five black individuals in 2007, received virtually no national news coverage and their case has not been discussed or even used as a counterargument since. The details of their murder, what happened to them, are so horrific and gruesome that I will not discuss them here. I would encourage you to Google the case and read the details on Snopes.com, as this site debunks many of the questions surrounding the case and has verified that the murder, unfortunately, is not an urban legend. Do not read it before you go to bed, before or after you eat and I suggest that you have the alcohol of your choice on hand. It will leave a permanent mark in your mind and on your soul.
This is the kind of case, and one of many, that the left avoids because it doesn't fit their narrative of white on black crime. They've been too inspired by President Obama's racially divisive rhetoric and so enamored with his personality and ideology that now, notable people like Oprah Winfrey (who might be slightly insane) have decided that those who oppose Obama are disrespectful racists.
"There's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs," the Queen of Talk told the BBC recently, "And that occurs in some cases and perhaps even in many cases because he's African American."
As if she couldn't wait to put her other foot in her mouth, she added, "There are generations of older people who were born and bred and marinated...in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die."
Many people will say that it was the Trayvon Martin case that sparked a racial discussion across America that, previously, we were too afraid to have. I disagree. I believe it was the left wing media's opinionated coverage of the case combined with the president's continued divisive rhetoric that have ignited a firestorm of racial tension and arguments, rather than a rational discussion, throughout our nation.
It's this kind of crap and this kind of rhetoric that Obama and his supporters love to use because not only does it distract us from failures like ObamaCare and scandals like Benghazi, but it divides us along racial lines that are conducive to their political agendas. And whether you're aware of it or too ignorant to see it, that sucks for all Americans, no matter what color you are.