Lately, Barack Obama is full of it. Good advice, that is.
On Saturday, he proffered the suggestion that “we not let the actions of a few define all of us.” (For what it’s worth, he was referring to the black marksman who callously murdered five Dallas policemen on Thursday, not to the police themselves.)
Yesterday, he was at it again. From the Los Angeles Times:
President Obama on Sunday urged Americans on all sides of the Black Lives Matter debate to “listen to each other” and not undercut the cause of reform through violence or careless talk.
“Whenever those of us who are concerned about failures of the criminal justice system attack police, you are doing a disservice to the cause,” Obama said during a brief news conference after meeting with Spain’s prime minister….
At a time when tempers are hot, these are words to live by — literally.
The question is whether anyone will hear his sage counsel over the echoes of a boisterous troublemaker who previously advised Americans to “argue with [their] neighbors” and to “get in their face” as a means to accomplishing “needed change.”
Here, via Weasel Zippers, is a clip of that rabble-rouser, whose name you know all too well.
Nor was this a one-off message. After he went on to win the presidency, this “agent of change” went on routinely to ridicule the “other side” and to foment resentment among minorities. This resentment has boiled over into incidents like the killings of police last Thursday, making his calls for calm that much more hypocritical.