The Question Nobody Has Asked


Most people with the interest to find a blog like ours will have had that dinner with family. You know what I’m talking about. That one with the crazy liberal relative that won’t be quiet about their political views while you’re just trying to have a pleasant family dinner. You’re the well-informed voter who listens to good and reliable news stations, reads books, has evidence, or all of the above! You make your move… The moment you strike up a defense, you’re verbally paraded as a bigot. They’ll proceed to speak about their views and you’ll almost always hear something about banning guns or downgrading the permitted types. However, from this same person, you will once again most likely hear something about police brutality and how evil white police constantly shoot, injure, kill, or otherwise mistreat minorities and black people in particular. Let’s think about that for a second–assuming that their second point is true. If the police really are evil and wish harm upon minorities, especially blacks, why do liberals want them to be the only ones with guns? This is yet another example of incomplete and inconsistent logic from the left.

Remember how when Obama was running as the candidate that would end racism? I believe a quote from an article (written during the 2008 election) titled, “Racism is the Only Reason Obama Might Lose” sums that viewpoint up perfectly. “Many have discoursed on what an Obama victory could mean for America. We would finally be able to see our legacy of slavery, segregation, and racism in the rearview mirror. Our kids would grow up thinking of prejudice as a nonfactor in their lives. The rest of the world would embrace a less fearful and more open post-post-9/11 America. But does it not follow that an Obama defeat would signify the opposite?” (Racism is the Only Reason Obama Might Lose) Now, how did those points turn out after Obama was elected not once, but twice? They can easily be blown to pieces in a three paragraph setup so rapidly that it might be called an “assault article” and require legislation to ban it as a threat.

1.”Our legacy of slavery, segregation, and racism is in the rearview mirror”

While these are all bad things that have been dealt with in the Civil War and the years of the Civil Rights Movement that followed, some people like to keep bringing them up again, and that only hurts things. Seeing as the liberal author of this article thought that all of these things would be finally finished with the victory of Obama (and he did indeed win twice), what is the point of bringing it up? The simple answer is things have only escalated to the point where race and segregation are now huge public issues once more. Obama meeting with the leaders of Black Lives Matter and those like Rev. Al Sharpton have made it appear that he condones their messages. His constant appearance of support and consent for these people have allowed them to use his influence to spread theirs. As a result, we now have had riots in multiple cities and have ended up with eight murdered officers in a matter of days. It looks like instead of calming what was alleged to be a fire of racism, Obama has managed to douse it–in gasoline.

2. “Our kids would grow up thinking prejudice is a nonfactor in their lives”

Two words: Affirmative Action. If prejudice was supposed to be removed, why do minorities still need affirmative action? Isn’t the definition of prejudice in this sense giving an unfair advantage to someone due to race/ethnicity? Underscoring this is the Fisher v. University of Texas case at the Supreme Court that upholds affirmative action. If racism and prejudice are truly removed, why is affirmative action still in existence as policy? If racism and prejudice were truly removed by President Obama, would not the presence of affirmative action in itself be racism and prejudice due to discrimination against white people? Either way, Obama has not ended racism, prejudice, or segregation.

 3. “The rest of the world would embrace a less fearful and more open post-post-9/11 America.”
Were it that this was not a serious cause of death and harm to many innocent people, I might find it funny. Over the course of Obama’s presidency, the world has descended further into chaos as resulted both directly and indirectly from his action and inaction regarding foreign and military policy. I am ashamed to say that the United States is partially responsible for the creation of ISIS. President Obama along with Hillary Clinton created a huge power vacuum by pulling our forces out of the Middle East which allowed ISIS and other terror groups to once again take hold over lands that our brave men and women died to hold. I don’t know about you, my dear readers, but I do not find this place “less fearful and more open” in the slightest with some form of terrorism, riot, shooting, or other form of violence occurring, while in the background my rights being torn to shreds at the hands of the federal government’s bureaucracy. So, let me ask you the question to which the title refers … are you better off now than you were eight years ago?
Author: James Kurlich
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Works Cited:
“Black Lives Matter Activists Join Obama at Forum on Policing.” CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 17 July 2016.
“The Hilarious Racism of Al Sharpton – LewRockwell”LewRockwell. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2016.
“Black Lives Matter Protesters Chant: ‘Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon’ [VIDEO].” The Daily Caller. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 July 2016.
Weisberg, Jacob. “Racism Is the Only Reason Obama Might Lose.” Slate Magazine. N.p., 22 Aug. 2008. Web. 17 July 2016.
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