Ferguson, ISIS And The United Nations

This won’t be a long post, because I don’t have an answer to the question I’m going to ask in it. Namely, why would Barack Obama talk about Ferguson in a UN speech about ISIS?

In case you missed it, he did. Here’s what he said…

I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within its own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri — where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So, yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.

Russia moves on Ukraine, Hamas shoots thousands of rockets at Israel from Gaza, ISIS beheads, crucifies and enslaves Christians and Yazidis and other Muslims they don’t like…and Obama brings up Ferguson.

How to explain why an American president would make such an inappropriate, pointless reference? Bret Baier’s all-stars noticed it, but couldn’t pin it down…

Krauthammer’s diagnosis is correct, that this is the Apology Tour Redux. But what he doesn’t explain, and I’m not sure there is an explanation that makes sense, is how it serves Obama’s purpose to do the Apology Tour Redux in his sixth year as president.

He’s been in the White House since January of 2009. He can’t blame America’s ills on the white guys who preceded him anymore. He and his people know that. When he brings up a Ferguson, even in an effort to be humble as an American, it diminishes his own moral standing to condemn ISIS. And it serves as an admission he can’t even successfully govern his own country, much less show up on the world stage purporting to lead a broad coalition.

Yes, yes. Mentioning Ferguson, where they’re still rioting, is an attempt to stoke up the racial tensions in advance of November’s elections. But the members of the Democrat constituency groups Obama hopes to energize by talking about Ferguson are not going to be watching him speak to the UN. He loses more than he gains with that remark.

Obama is a dogmatic leftist ideologue. A cultural Marxist of the Gramsci/Marcuse stripe. He’s an Alinskyite who knows little else. And that would explain why he and his speechwriters would insist on a Ferguson reference – except that Obama is also a cynic and a narcissist who will only do and say such things that contribute to his personal aggrandizement. Trashing the America he governs on the basis of its racial strife he was elected to put an end to is more an admission of his own failure than it is an indictment of American culture or politics.

This made no sense. It was stupid and pointless, and grossly inappropriate. And he ought to be called out for it.



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