Would it be okay for your child’s teacher to call half the class “stupid” or “ignorant” or some other derogatory term? Would it be okay for any other person in authority, at any level, to actively stoke the fires of mistrust or to insult the people over whom they have authority? When did it become okay for the president of the United States of America, leader of the free world and Commander in Chief of the strongest military force on earth, to stir up racial tension with outright lies? Why is it okay for BO to call nearly half of this nation’s population by a foul label that denotes a perverted sexual practice?
BO has a habit of lying to the people, and I am not talking about “oh, that’s just the way politicians are” type of lies, those we’ve sadly come to expect and are thus shocked to our core when a politician comes along who is honest and does what he (or she) says he’s going to do (witness New Jersey’s Governor Christie doing exactly what he said he’d do and making tough choices). I’m talking about purposefully misrepresenting the facts about something with the sole purpose of fueling anger, fear, and even hatred. He did it during his SOTU address when he “called out” the Supreme Court and completely lied about what the ruling said and what it allowed. And he did it during his “ice cream” speech about the Arizona law. Unless you are holding up the ice cream stand, setting it on fire, physically assaulting customers, or in some other way violating the law, you cannot legally be “harassed.” We know this. BO knows this. But he out and out, in your face, you’re an idiot who’ll believe any damn thing at all lied. Knowingly. But to what end?
What possible reason, other than riling up people and playing on their fears, could he have for such a bald-faced lie? Seriously. What possible reason can he have? He certainly wasn’t mistaken. He certainly wasn’t ill-informed. He certainly wasn’t confused. So why did he make such a statement if not to strike fear in people’s hearts and to light the fuse of anger and hatred that stems from that fear?
And perhaps most importantly, what is his real goal in stirring up racial and social unrest? Surely it’s not just for votes as so many are arguing. That may play a part in it, but it can’t be the whole reason. What is he up to? Why does he want the people of the country he leads at each others’ throats, on the brink of violence? What does he stand to gain? These are the questions I keep turning over in my head, but I don’t have an answer yet.