It wasn’t all that long ago that former President Barack Obama was on the top of the world. Not only did he have the title of America’s leader and commander in chief, but he was seen by many in the nation as a near god for getting to that position as a black man. His race, as well as his constant steering towards the political left, seemed to inspire the Democratic Party, if not wholly push them to be more progressive.
But it seems whatever pedestal Obama was held up on has been kicked out from under him, as some of what could be labeled as his biggest fans are now turning against him.
Not one, or even two, but all four members of the House of Representative’s “Squad” made sure to attack the former president this week after he made comments that drew into question their beloved “defund the police” movement.
On Tuesday, Obama interviewed with the Snapchat documentary series “Good Luck America,” in which the 2020 election and its results were naturally discussed.
As you well know, the Democratic Party, aside from the assumed presidential win, didn’t fare too well this year. In the House, they were barely able to keep their majority, losing a total of ten seats. And in the Senate, their hopes of regaining the majority were quickly washed down the drain.
Barack suggested that much of these losses in Congress were likely due to the Democrats’ or at least the more progressive portion of the party’s insistence that police all over the US be defunded. According to him, the thought of defunding or doing away with our only form of law enforcement likely pushed people from the party.
He said, “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased, and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘Defund the Police,’ but you know you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say it. Which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”
And, as we all know, he’s absolutely right. We can’t simply do away with the only form of law and order in the land because some bad apples were included. As Obama says, instead, we should be looking to make changes or reform to better the system.
However, none of this pleased the Squad all that much because nearly as soon as the interview was made public on Tuesday, the group was right there to let their very differing opinion be known.
Minnesota Representative and all-around American hating Ilhan Omar began the attacks.
She tweeted, “We lose people in the hands of the police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety.”
Now, she tries oh so very hard to pass this off as a statistical fact. But the truth of the matter is, this her opinion, and in all truthfulness an utterly false one.
As Heather Mac Donald wrote in June, “A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.”
This line could also be used to combat Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s attack on Obama, as well – although I am not exactly trying to defend the man.
In her rant on the subject, she noted the late and great Rosa Parks, saying, ‘It’s hard to see the same people who uplift her courage, attack the movement for Black lives that want us to prioritize health, funding of schools & ending poverty, rather than racist police systems.”
Once again, we have a leftist politician who seems to assume that all police are racist and that the whole system is rigged against Blacks.
Ayanna Pressley even took her post so far as to assume that truth, like beauty, is a matter of opinion.
And, of course, you can’t have a good rant without including the infamous AOC.
When she finally got on the bandwagon, she argued that the “snappy slogan,” no matter how uncomfortable it may be, does, in fact, work to get things done. Of course, she can’t seem to note any significant differences it has made, besides the fact that loud people are screaming about it.
But as Obama hinted, Americans didn’t put those loud liberals in office. In fact, it’s not even certain that they put Joe Biden in office yet.