Apparently, President Obama believes that he and the Democrat Party are entitled to the votes of African-Americans.
During what was likely his last speech as President to the Congressional Black Caucus, President Obama reminded everyone gathered about slavery (pre-1865, 150 years ago) and the Jim Crow era (which Democrats presided over) as he attempted to fear monger and terrify them into supporting Hillary Clinton. He even chose to demagogue the Republican Party in ways that only the fiercest race warriors dare – by arguing that some Republicans actually want to keep black Americans from voting!
Who says the politics of fear don’t work? Better yet, who says that it’s the Republican Party who uses fear to get out the vote?
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Fear is a Democrat’s favorite tool, and fear mongering is a strategy that the modern left has become adept at using in an effort to ensure minority voters turn out for them. Don’t believe me? Think I’m being too simplistic? Listen to what President Obama told these highly respected leaders in the black community:
My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now…
There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down it’s guard and fails to activate itself in this election.
Progress? What progress? In almost every measurable way, Black America is worse off today than they were before the Obama era began. (By the way, President Obama cites some numbers in his speech that are completely erroneous, but no one listening seemed to care.)
The Poverty Rate among black Americans is up.
The Unemployment Rate among black Americans is up.
The Median Family Income among black Americans is down.
The Wealth Gap between black and white families is more pronounced.
Black families have less access to school choice today than they did during the Bush administration.
The truth of the matter is that President Obama has been a disaster for America’s black community, and the only way he can cover for his failed leadership is by terrifying the people his policies have hurt most. All President Obama has is fear. He has no substance, no success, no legacy to build upon… no legacy but failure, that is.
Expect him to keep using the scare tactics in an effort to get Hillary Clinton elected, because without fear, he’d have nothing more to say.
Here’s the full speech (fast forward to about 13:30 to get to the pertinent part):
Our work’s not done. But if we are going to advance the cause of justice, and equality, and prosperity, and freedom, then we also have to acknowledge that even if we eliminated every restriction on voters, we would still have one of the lowest voting rates among free peoples. That’s not good, that is on us.
And I am reminded of all those folks who had to count bubbles in a bar of soap, beaten trying to register voters in Mississippi. Risked everything so that they could pull that lever. So, if I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn’t matter who we elect, read up on your history. It matters. We’ve got to get people to vote.
In fact, if you want to give Michelle and me a good sendoff, and that was a beautiful video, but don’t just watch us walk off into the sunset now, get people registered to vote. If you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake, on the progress we have made is at stake in this election.
My name may not be on the ballot, but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now.
And there is one candidate who will advance those things. And there is another candidate who’s defining principal, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we have done.
There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters. And after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down it’s guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send off? Go vote! And I’m going to be working as hard as I can these next seven weeks to make sure folks do.
Hope is on the ballot. And fear is on the ballot too. Hope is on the ballot and fear is on the ballot too.