Obama's Flint Water Lip Service
After years of the American people (and progressive cronies) drinking the Obama Kool-Aid, it seems only fitting that our modern-day Marie Antoinette president should have to drink from Flint’s formerly leaded water supply. Did the royal taster on Mr. Obama’s staff make sure it was filtered before it graced his majesty’s lips? Apparently so, because Mr. Obama gulped it down like the pricey Cristal I imagine is always on tap at the White House when his buddy Jay-Z visits with Beyonce (still undoubtedly wearing her Super Bowl 50 “Black Panther” outfit). In fact, since Mr. Obama seems to like Flint’s water so much perhaps he will authorize his own personal Keystone pipeline to the executive residence in case Jay-Z wants a mixer instead of his own brand, golden-bottled Armand de Brignac champagne.
This careless and coddled snake oil salesman — who habitually golfs, parties and vacations with millionaires and billionaires at taxpayer expense — is now pushing water, his 21 century version to impoverished blacks as their slave forebearers were once promised 40 acres and a mule: “I’ve got your back,” Obama laughably claimed. “I will not rest and I’m going to make sure that the leaders at every level of government don’t rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink and safe to cook with and safe to bathe in.” Seriously? When has Mr. Obama ever taken on fellow Democrats for anything? The answer is never.
His better than seven-year litany of hollow words are always designed to obscure the repeated fact of incompetence and scandal — of his party and/or his own administration. In this case, Democrats running virtually every level of the city and state of Michigan were responsible for this money-saving scheme. Likewise, the failed oversight by Mr. Obama’s EPA, the bureaucratic negligence related to its cover-up. Naturally, the MSM (and Flint residents) singled out the one Republican, Gov. Rick Snyder, for blame. Contrast that to Johnny-come-lately Obama’s rock star reception: his do-nothing face time was only met with universal, sycophantic praise. (Exactly when will America finally wake up to Mr. Obama’s skin-deep “down with the struggle” rhetoric and empty symbolism? My prediction is also never.)
In actuality, Mr. Obama does little more than loaf around. He, self-described in Politico with “Hawaii laziness,” is finally going to take charge after almost two full presidential terms? Seriously, what hubris to continue to believe that more of this metaphorical shoe shining will fool all of the people, all of the time. Let me be clear: Mr. Obama isn’t interested in the plight of fellow human beings (read: “No Trayvon outcry for Tayshawn”) or environmental safety.
Recall it’s election time for Democrats. After almost eight years that has specifically ruined the prospects of black folks (along with the country), this is Mr. Obama’s hat in hand effort to, once again, fleece votes. Indeed, Mr. Obama excels at the superficiality of political theater. He likes the pomp and circumstance of the presidency — the high on the hog living — the shallow surfaces of being an empty suit with a teleprompter. He’s just not interested in tough calls, real leadership (think Syrian red lines) or advocating for American interests. Yet, same as fundraising, trolling for votes with a winsome smile and a little water gurgling photo-op for cameras (read: appear to be “doing something”) is right in his wheelhouse. After all, a brief stopover in Flint is a tiny effort to shore up the black vote for November’s likely highly contested presidential election. That’s what this is really about: a legacy-preserving third term (read: “Obama’s ‘Hillary’ offensive”).
It is not hyperbole that JFK was America’s last true Democrat as president. Progressives of today have co-opted the “brand” and actually oppose what Mr. Kennedy stood for. Why draw the line specifically after him? His successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson, reportedly said: “I’ll have those n—ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” (Allegedly, this was confided to two like-minded governors on Air Force One regarding Mr. Johnson’s underlying intentions for his “Great Society” programs.) In this regard, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s War on Poverty in which 22 trillion has been spent without any appreciable improvement to the poverty rate: per the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, 14.5 percent of Americans are poor — the same as in 1967 — after Johnson pushed through his socialistic programs.
How was this achieved? All fascists use tragedy to compel change both desirous to them and for them. In LBJ’s case, he exploited the Kennedy assassination to ensure widespread government dependence (read: the “carrot”) and its inevitable political endgame: the future election of “Democrats.” Correspondingly, Mr. Obama’s “corrosive attitude that exists in our politics” is entirely a product of his and Mrs. Clinton’s Saul Alinsky style polarization and class warfare (read: the “stick”). Either method is designed to gin up minority votes for progressives — even though their policies are detrimental to their duped supporters! Therefore, make no mistake: that’s the only reason Flint “counts” to politicians of their ilk — as election day propaganda.
David L. Hunter is on Twitter and blogs at davidlhunter.blogspot.com. He is published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Patriot Post, FrontPage Mag, and extensively in Canada Free Press and American Thinker.