While President Obama gave an ardent defense of his presidential tenure at the Democratic National Convention last night, angry Democratic protestors outside the DNC stormed the gates. Inside, the Bernie supporters seats were filled by other delegates or paid people so that the arena looked full for the camera. The Bernie people had left in disgust. Bernie Sanders left the Democratic Party. The national media was so smitten with Obama’s indulgent rhetoric that they failed to notice, or noticed, and refused to report the actual happenings.
There was the speech itself. In contrast to Donald Trump’s drab portrayal of the state of affairs, Barack Obama’s speech painted a sunny picture. Kind of like this:
Did this representation resonate with the American people, though? No question, the true believers at the DNC felt enraptured at the bonhomie. Half the Democrats, though, are so angry and frustrated that the “unfair! unequal! redistribute!” natterings of an aging socialist sounded like salvation. How do the politically inattentive feel?
Barack Obama extolled the virtues of the “right of health care” and lauded his signature achievement of Obamacare. The crowd cheered, but Americans don’t like it.
Barack Obama painted a rosy economic picture. Yet millions are not participating in the labor force. 46.5 million Americans are on food stamps right now. That is almost incomprehensible. And then there is the debt.
Barack Obama talked about racial healing and said that the best is yet ahead. Meanwhile, he provoked divisions and fomented discontent during his tenure. Americans believe that racial relations are worse after Obama, not better. The President called out police officers for racism at the funeral of the police officers.
Barack Obama didn’t talk about war and terrorism. That seems like an important oversight.
He gushed about freedom for gay people to get married. He kvetched about global warming and saving the world for the future. These latter concerns seem silly in the face of an immediate existential threat. No one cares about global warming or climate change or whatever new word the left makes up to describe a manufactured worry.
Americans believe the country is going to pot — torn by racial strife, economic anxiety, terrorism on our shores, waves of undocumented workers and refugees from the Middle East who have no intention of assimilating into American culture. There is a national dread of the unknown. The world is shifting. A weak America has created chaos.
Donald Trump spoke to those concerns. Barack Obama can’t, of course, it would undermine his carefully constructed narcissistic view. So, he said sweet things that went down like honey, but one wonders how it felt in Americans’ stomachs later.
The media not calling Obama on this dishonesty makes citizens angrier. They feel that the media is out of touch and with the DNC Wikileaks, wholly bought and sold by the Democrats. Well, certain Democrats. A conservative journalist in the media center at the DNC reported that journalists were clapping and as excited as ever at Barack Obama’s soaring oratory. Their sycophancy blinds them to the real concerns of voters. Worse, the contempt alienates voters so much that they’ll ignore real concerns about the Republican candidate out of spite.
There is a disconnect.
It’s frustrating to see the willful denial by journalists and even some on the right. Unwilling to listen to the legitimate concerns, voters have had it with the inauthenticity. The American president must at least take on the angry tone of “telling it like it is.” President Obama didn’t do that. Will Hillary? How can she without indicting herself?
People on the right wonder how Donald Trump became a phenomenon. Well, this is how.
People on the left wonder why the Bernie Sanders people won’t get on board with a lifelong progressive like Hillary Clinton. The lies and deception and corruption are why. The media collusion is why.
Are Bernie or Donald virtuous tools of retribution against an utterly corrupt political-media system? No. America may be about to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. But damn if they don’t deserve to be enraged at the system that spawns a sweet mouthed Obama while the world burns.
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