If you want to know how seriously important your vote is this fall, listen to Barack Obama. When he delivered his pep talk last Friday, his goal was to energize his base. But because he is Barack Obama, one of the most myopic and delusional men ever to preside over the nation, he did an even more effective job of energizing the other party’s base.
The only thing sadder than a former president trashing millions of Americans as paranoid, divisive, and resentful is a former president doing this and having no awareness he’s doing it. Yet that’s what Obama accomplished when he declared that “over the past few decades, the politics of division, of resentment and paranoia has unfortunately found a home in the Republican Party.”
Sadder still is his belief that he is above such base behavior. He spent the entire eight years of his presidency sowing division and resentment, beginning with the selection of a black attorney general who justified his decision not to pursue indictments against members of the New Black Panthers who had been charged with voter intimidation on the grounds that it demeans “my people.”
Obama spoke on Friday of the danger of “appealing to tribe, appealing to fear, pitting one group against another, telling people that order and security will be restored if it weren’t for those who don’t look like us or don’t sound like us.” Yet he spent his presidency telling blacks that they were justified in fearing the police, instructing his second attorney general to conduct witch hunts of big-city police departments in the hopes of exposing “systematic racism.”
He once rallied a group of voters by encouraging them to “punish the enemy” and ridiculed Republicans when they were the minority party in Congress by telling them that they would need to “ride in the back” during his presidency.
He accused his successor on Friday of “systematically attacking voting rights to make it harder for young people and minorities and the poor to vote,” without offering a shred of evidence.
But if you’re looking for concrete proof of how divisive Obama was as a leader, consider a Gallup poll conducted during the fourth year of his presidency that found him tied for most polarizing president in history.