“The world is not fair, and often fools, cowards, liars and the selfish hide in high places.” – Bryant H. McGill
That quote by McGill is one of the most simple, yet profound analyses of the political world I have ever read. That’s why I reference it so frequently. What one wants out of a president, or leader, is public service. By public service, I mean an attentiveness to the needs of his country, the needs of his people, the people by whom he was elected.
Over the years since Obama’s initial election in 2008, I have heard numerous people–friends, and family–tell me that Obama is honest, and transparent. I have heard people discuss Obama as if he is a man desperately driven to help Americans. His alleged humanitarianism is one of the aspects of his person that makes my liberal friends, and family adore him so. But it’s always been clear to me that Obama is an arrogant, selfish man, who is only in this to further himself, and the agenda of his Party.
I’m curious to know what my liberal friends are seeing that I am not. Rather, I’m curious to know what they’re not seeing. A simple example of Obama’s selfishness is the way in which he has handled the illegal immigration crisis. Sure, those who already adore Obama, his sycophants, will say that he is driven solely by a humanitarian need to help those who have risked everything to come to a country to make a better life for themselves. Other than the fact that amnesty would do severe damage to our economy, and create a permanent poor class, his intention seems to be to build a powerful new demographic of voters who will keep Democrats in power indefinitely once given the right to vote.
Setting all that aside, however, the way in which Obama has handled executive amnesty during the last several weeks seems to be quite dishonest. First, there was talk of immediate action, before summer was out. He was going to give amnesty to five million illegal immigrants by the end of summer. According to the LA Times, in an article written in late July:
“Obama said last month that because Congress had failed to act on comprehensive immigration reform, he would take executive action…That move will come by the end of the summer, White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Friday.“
According to Politico, back in June, Obama said that executive action was crucial for national security:
“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing…And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”
But then the polling came in. According to investors.com:
“According to the latest IBD/TIPP poll, 73% of the public say Obama should work with Congress on reforms. Just 22% say he should ‘sidestep Congress and act on his own using executive orders’ — something the president has repeatedly pledged to do…“
Obama has lost even youth support, with 80% of those 18-24 wanting him to work with congress rather than unilaterally acting on amnesty. So, the majority of the American people are not on Obama’s side. Despite this, one would think that because Obama is such a convicted man, he would ignore the polls, and enact amnesty by the end of summer, as was reportedly planned. If Obama truly believes that amnesty is the right thing to do, that it is the moral thing to do, that it is good for the American people, and–most of all–that it is urgently needed for security purposes, he would defy simple polling, and proceed undaunted, because the president leads, and protects. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to Fox:
“The Wall Street Journal reports that White House officials are now debating whether to put off some or all of Obama’s policy changes until after the November election, after several Democrats running in tight elections in conservative states have urged the president to do so, claiming that such a move would damage their election prospects.”
Other claims are flooding in that Obama is expected to delay any immigration changes until after the mid-term elections in November. So, to help his buddies win their elections, the president is delaying what he previously said was a security issue, and a “serious problem.” He is so defiant in his speeches that one would assume that he would be equally defiant in his actions. Hmm.
It’s an understandable move, politically, to do what he is doing, but it is inconsistent with his previous words, and behavior. Because I’m certain there will be those who say that every politician makes strategic moves like the one Obama is making, I needed to say that. It isn’t uncommon, certainly, but it stands in contradiction to his previous intentions. And when those intentions were allegedly urgent, and noble, one wonders why he would allow the elections of his colleagues to determine his moral code.
Obama is a politician first. Moreover, he is an opportunist. He is neither noble, nor honest, he is selfish. That’s not unlike many politicians, to be sure, but that’s exactly my point. Obama is not a savior, he isn’t some humanitarian Christ-like figure; he is a politician—and a selfish and deranged one at that.