By Joe Ragonese
Every ex-President has a legacy, whether it is a good one or not depends on what that man did while in office. President George Washington will forever be known as the father of our country, while Bill Clinton will forever be known for his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. Monica is Bill’s legacy.
Ronald Reagan will be seen as a man who stabilized our country under trying times, and George Bush 41 as a man who almost won a good war, but didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to complete the job. Social Security is FDR’s legacy and being the first to drop the atomic bomb is Truman’s.
Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and freeing the slaves, and U.S. Grant for his support of freed slaves, as well as native Americans, in spite of his overlooking the corruption during his two terms in office. Andrew Jackson will always be known for his support of slavery, and the White House parties he threw for his supporters while President. Dwight Eisenhower will be known for developing the first national roadway system and as a man able to maintain peace with a very aggressive Soviet Union trying to expand worldwide.
Legacies, every ex-President has one, no matter if it is memorable or something deplorable. Ex-President Barack Obama has one, but it is still developing. As we learn more about his eight years in office we are learning some very disturbing things; like his providing access to billions of dollars to our sworn enemy, Iran, lying to congress about it, that on top of delivering half a billon to them in cash in exchange for three prisoners held by them.
His spying on political rivals, like President Trump, Mitt Romney, and even Sean Hannity, as well as the use of every executive agency to stop and punish his opposition, might lead to him being the first ex-President to be tried, and possibly imprisoned for his illegal actions. (It will probably never lead to imprisonment, but a trial is very likely, all depending on the outcome of the mid-term elections.)
Yet, Obama already has a legacy, one that will not fade away, no matter what other nefarious behavior is learned about him down the line. He will always be known for his enfranchisement of tribalism among Americans, and the disastrous effects it has had on this nation.
Obama’s tribes consisted of progressives, Blacks, females, homosexuals, trans-genders, and Muslims. Each group had one thing in common in Obama’s worldview, and that is that they have all been victims of America, oppressed by Whites, males, and blue collar working class Americans. White females could be part of the oppressed, or those oppressing; depending on their political beliefs.
It is this tribalism that drove, and continues to drive Obama, as he surreptitiously works through his front groups to undermine this nation even today. The question asked by most during his Presidency was why he behaved in the manner that he did. It puzzled so many, including this writer, for a long time. Calling him a communist, though true, did not explain many of his actions. Things like attacking white men, even those who supported him, puzzled many observers.
It seemed that he was biting the hand that fed him; yet those holding out that hand willingly accepted his abuse. He was only able to get away with that behavior because a false narrative was developed early in his Presidency that any attack on him was racism. Out of that narrative grew his first tribe, black privilege.
The black tribe by itself could not sustain Obama, because, like all groups of Americans, they do not think and act as one; rather as individuals, with individual needs and expectations. Where those followers of Al Sharpton may have gone along with everything Obama wanted, those who follow Walter Willams did not. So, a single group isn’t sufficient to support a man hell bent on transforming America.
His base tribe is progressives. They were his driving force, which successfully got him into office, every office from State of Illinois Representative, to U.S. Senator, to President, without anyone once challenging his qualifications or reasons for filling those positions. That lack of intellectual curiosity on the part of the press was twofold, one because he was one of them, a Democrat who opposed any Republican, and out of fear of being called a racist. Racism was his number one weapon to the Presidency, and afterward doing what he wanted without challenge. Even Bill Clinton admitted that; even though there is nothing about Clinton worthy of repeating.
Progressives are what the Democratic Party has become, and progressive is a euphemism for communist; but they don’t want anyone who is not one of them to know that, so they hide who they are in the misnomer of progressive. Thankfully, less than 20% of Americans are progressives, and even though many more identify themselves as Democrat, they are not fully communist.
This part is a bit confusing, the Democratic Party is presently led by old time liberals, who may or not be communists, but the driving force of the Democrat Party is communist; calling themselves progressives. So, old time liberals, like Diane Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, keep going to the left to garner support from progressives.
Look at California, Massachusetts, New York and Illinois, the big Democratic states, as they keep going farther and farther to the left to vilify their progressive base, who will not be satisfied until they turn America communist. All four are facing bankruptcy trying to grow their governments large enough to satisfy progressives, and losing income earners in that attempt. As they spend more, their income is lost to states whose ideals match our founding father’s view, where the income earners migrate to. Yet they continue down the path of self-destruction simply trying to placate the progressives’ zeal.
That progressive tribe kept Obama in power long enough for him to wreak havoc on once strong American institutions, like the military, DOJ, FBI, NSA, CIA and every other executive branch agency that reported to him. Due to the submissive press coverage of this President, no one thought that standing up to his anti-American demands was a good career path. So, all succumbed to his tyranny.
The long term results of those agencies failing to protect America is still unfolding, but the outcome seems bleak at best. This, too, is a part of the Obama legacy. The progressive tribe is presently throwing a tantrum that Hillary lost. For over a year they have spurred an iniquitous investigation against President Trump asserting that he was in collusion with Russia to steal the election.
They also birthed the Antifa movement, and empowered the American Communist Party to come out of hiding and into the open. These are the people slandering America’s history one statue at a time. It is also the reason that socialism is no longer viewed by many to be a bad governing format for America; even though it is the antithesis of our Constitution.
The homosexual tribes, whether they are gay, queer, lesbian, transsexual, or any other letter in that vast acronym that covers all of them, is another sprocket in the larger gear that propels O’s legacy. Like blacks, not all homosexuals are anti-American, but enough are that it creates an illusion that they are.
Feminists are another of O’s tribes, mixing with progressives and homosexuals, and most remarkably, Muslims, another of O’s tribes, are staunchly anti-feminist and anti-homosexual. Where sharia law is the rule, women must, by law, submit to men, and homosexuals are killed simply for being homosexual. This is a strange mixture, but the old Arab adage, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ is what drives this combination.
These tribes are a combination made in hell, and won’t last long; yet its mixture is having an effect on our present day politics. And therein lies the Obama tribal legacy. It will forever be remembered in history as his most lasting legacy, because of the problems it is causing, and will continue to cause for years to come. It is the transition that he told reporters he intended in the first place; that no one asked what he meant.
When all is said and done, maybe 50 years from now, the only thing that will be said positively about Obama is that he was the first black President; and that will be his legacy. Even in our distant future, no one wants to be called a racist, so a negative legacy will be ignored in favor of him being remembered as the first black President.