Obama’s Farewell

So I think  right before Inauguration Day is a good time to get this website rolling.  We had a few delays with some technical issues, but we’re ready to rock!

Let’s jump into it.

Obama’s 8 years have been a miserable failure.  I think most people interested in actual facts will most likely agree. Did you listen to the farewell speech?  Did you feel that Obama magic? Nah didn’t think so.  Let’s look at the last few years so we can put the next 4 (or 8) in perspective.

Obama thinks he’s created a thriving economy.  Well — we have lowest home ownership rates in decades, declining family median income, absolutely skyrocketing national debt, rising federal debt, still crippling unemployment and low labor participation, absolutely out of control health insurance rates, and massive amounts of student loans that young people struggle to pay back. So no … we don’t have a thriving economy.

Obama thinks he’s disarmed Iran.  Well Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism, just got a shipment of tons of Uranium a few days ago …   Do you think Iran is more or less equipped to enact its policies on the world?

Here’s the one that’s really going to get some of you …. Obama thinks race relations have improved in the last 8 years.  Literally every poll I’ve seen says otherwise.  On top of that we have “protestors” trying to burn down cities over false claims of police brutality and hate crimes regularly committed … all because our leaders and our president will not wholeheartedly condemn violence and rioting.  Now what’s happening?  Police are stopping proactive policing and crimes are back on the rise — the divider in chief strikes again.

Obama thinks we are safer today than we were 8 years ago.  We’ve had multiple terror attacks on American soil in the last 8 years … and truly ask yourself – do you think the country is safer today than we were 8 years ago?

Obama thinks that America is more respected on the international stage now than we were 8 years ago.  Do we have to go through the laundry list of states that disrespect us and why?  Russia is more aggressive now than they have ever been since the end of the Cold War.  Their allies (Iran and Syria among them) are also emboldened by this lack of respect for America — remember the red line in the sand??  We have yet to stand up for human rights in any tangible way.  We have contributed to major destabilization in the Middle East through both inaction and lack of followthrough on stated policies.

Lastly, Obama says “yes we can” and “yes we did”. I am very happy to see these slogans finally put to rest. I knew 8 years ago that electing Obama was a mistake. Why?  Simply put – he views America as inherently flawed and advocates for rights of groups at the expense of individual rights.  Classic identity politics.  That stands in complete opposition to American founding principles.

The reason this kind of analysis is important is to remind everyone to look at the actual data of any issue.  The media has done a major disservice to truth by creating many polarizing feelings about issues instead of focusing on the actual causes of these issues.  How you feel about an issue is no substitute for what the evidence and reality is telling you is happening.  This is Obama’s major problem …. The truth does not support his narrative.

Obama will leave office with his legacy crumbling underneath him, the world on the brink of a serious international conflict, and our future generations of Americans saddled with more debt per capita than ever before in the history of our nation.  If you ask me – I’d say that’s not a very good legacy to have. Let’s hope we get something better moving forward.

And for those of you thinking I’m a full throated Trump supporter … I promise you that I will hold his feet to the same fire I have held Obama’s.  I think we need more people who are attached to principle instead of just a person. I’m happy to provide detailed explanations of my principles and why I believe those things.  It’s the reason I created the site and I sincerely hope that we can move closer to a more informed electorate.  Thank you for visiting and keep on coming back!

11 Comments on “Obama’s Farewell

  1. I will always love Obama, but with President Trump now being a reality, all we can do is hope that positive change comes sooner rather than later.

  2. The facts speak for themselves. I think that we the people need to once again start thinking for ourselves instead of allowing the media to sway our opinions. The proof is in the pudding, and Obama’s pudding..???lol I’m just saying, not that he is not a nice or lovable person- where is the “eye roll” emoji?

  3. Would you be able to expand on your thoughts regarding “false claims of police brutality”?

    • Sure – specifically the cases of Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, Eric Gardener etc. Also, I must qualify this blog — this was before I decided to make this blog a bit more serious and well sourced. All of the numbers and references in the blog are verifiable, but I didn’t provide the information like I did in subsequent blogs. Thanks

      • Right. I was more curious on your views regarding appropriate force and how you justify calling acts of brutality “false claims”. Of the three cases that you listed, one of the men had a weapon but was shot while restrained. At no point was lethal force necessary. One was a minor who, may or may not (we will never know), have charged a police office. And one was a man guilty of committing a minor, non-violent offense and resisted what I would consider an unlawful arrest. Darren Rainey was burned to death with 180 degree water by prison guards. Philando Castille was shot and killed for grabbing his license and registration after being asked to do so. This was ruled a homicide. Freddie Gray’s death was ruled a homicide. Terrance Sterling’s death was ruled a homicide. NYPD even provided self-report data showing that they stop and frisk people of color at a disproportionate rate. You can find similar cases involving white suspects as well. Michael Davidson, a white veteran, was stopped following an accident when he put his hands in the air. Police mistook his wallet for a weapon and shot him. Regardless of race, police brutality and use of lethal force IS an issue in our society. But it’s clear that it happens to PoC at a disproportionate rate. Black individuals account for approximately 1/3 of the population but almost 1/2 of police killings. Black individuals also account for the majority (58%) of police killings in which the individual was unarmed. I was more asking why you considered these murders “false” when the court system ruled the homicide.

        • I can already see that we won’t get anywhere here – the fact that you say “may or may not have charged a police officer” and “at no point was lethal force necessary” tells me that you willfully ignore evidence presented by the DOJ and you have absolutely no idea what it is like to be a police officer in a heated situation.

          You also state Freddie Grey’s death was “ruled a homicide” – this isn’t true. It was investigated, the officers stood trial (in some cases twice), and the Jury found 3 officers not guilty, mistried the 4th, and all subsequent charges of police officers were dropped.

          You also cite statistics out of context – specifically you ignore the circumstances surrounding a shooting that lead to those stats you mentioned. I’ll end with this — in no way did I suggest that unlawful deaths are acceptable (they aren’t) — you also assume I don’t think police should be held accountable (I do and have publicly stated this multiple times). What I do think is that the current climate of racial tensions in our society has exaggerated and/or falsified many claims of police brutality — and leaders in the BLM movement, the Democrat party, and President Obama have only exacerbated this either directly or indirectly.

          Sincerely – thank you for the comments

          • I don’t think that our disagreement is necessarily the ends of a conversation. I think the current racial climate demands these sorts of conversations for better understanding of why we get so heated and why we can’t accept other positions. I, of course, like the majority of people, have no idea what it’s like to be a police officer and I can’t imagine that sort of pressure (ergo, I am scientist, not cop). But bias training for officers could, and did in LV, help protect both citizens as well as officers.
            I think we are on opposing sides regarding the Michael Brown case (and for that, I will not try to convince you) but considering the facts and not relying on hot cognition, while the evidence from the DoJ exonerated the officer, the report noted systemic racism in the department that needed to be addressed (these were not the statistics I was referring to in my post, but I think they are crucial to the case and support the other loads of data collected across the country). Clarifying our disagreement regarding Freddie Gray- even though no officers were convicted, the cause of death as listed on the autopsy is homicide. It remains an unsolved murder that occurred while in police custody.
            The NYPD data I was referring too was a longitudinal study over years, not prompted by the Brown shooting. I have yet to see any data showing that the current narrative of racial tension has been falsified by any conspirator- individual or group. What I know is that when black men and women share the stories of discrimination with me, and white men and women tell me racism doesn’t exist, I’m forced to believe the experiences of the oppressed and not the opinions of the oppressor.

            • I won’t accept the descriptions of white people as “oppressors” — and I will also note you see the world differently than I do. I have never said racism doesn’t exist and the tone of these conversations is always difficult for me to understand because it seems that many people (yourself included) look for explanations of people’s views in the wrong places. While I am not “heated” in any way I can see why one might get that way — You insist on attributing thoughts and emotions to me (and others) that I simply do not have. You place people in boxes of “oppressed” and “oppressor” instead of evaluating people on an individual basis.

              I also feel as though you think saying a lot about a topic means you’re winning a debate — the facts reside squarely with my view on all the subjects (and cases) you listed here. I am the first person to acknowledge something when it is wrong as intellectual honesty is something I pride myself on. Hopefully I can more clearly articulate why I see the world as individuals with common interests rather than a few groups with conflicting ones.

              • I agree, the use of oppressor came off as a generalization there. I’m referring to specific individuals (or small groups of individuals, not the entire race) I encounter who typically speak from one side of their mouth saying that racism doesn’t exist and the other side to use racial slurs. Sidenote: thank you for acknowledging that racism is a thing. I too am white and don’t intend to generalize an entire population. When |groups of| white people tell me that racism isn’t real, that black people |as a whole| are currently treated as equals, and haven’t seen or ignore the data regarding transgenerational effects of societal deprivation, these are the people that I refer to as oppressive and I think their kind of mindset can limit upward mobility for PoC in America.
                As for the facts residing on your side, we’ll have to agree to disagree. I don’t think any of your attempts to negate the facts I provided stuck (and I’m open to reading any data you provide, feel free to send any articles through Facebook, you’ll find me on Charlie’s). But I acknowledge that you feel differently. And I appreciate your high regard for intellectual honesty (and citations in other blogs) as that is what I practice on a daily basis for a living- analyzing data and writing manuscripts even when the data doesn’t tell the story I expected. I also apologize if you felt I was targeting you with the word “heated”, I see how it can read that way but I truly meant a more general “we”, addressing the general tension that comes with racial conversations. I don’t presume that I get to decide how you feel. What it comes down to is individuals in society will, and do, disagree on interpreting current events, participate in group think, and limit conversations like this one. Kudos to you for establishing a blog to initiate them.

              • I would really rather continue this discussion in person. Yet again, you are putting words in my mouth. I do concede that racism exists, but I do not concede it exists to the extent you purport. It’s appropriate (as I’m sure you know) to occupy a yes/no, grey, or long/short position on many issues and especially this one. I have a very simple standard – show me a concrete situation, person, or institution that is engaged in obvious racism and I will be there right next to you condemning it. What I will NOT do is rely on racism as the answer when there is insufficient evidence to draw that conclusion. The moral signaling surrounding this issue is incredible and most people don’t dig past the surface.

                We can discuss many things in person — Slave trade, civil war, jim crow laws, court decisions, voter laws, war on poverty, sex education, voting rights act, civil rights act, statutory protections, and cultural aspects of racism. Many things to think about past the label of “people of color.”

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