|During his campaign, presidential candidate Barack Obama cast President Bush as having done everything wrong. So, what will the now President Obama do right? If his first week is any indication of what is to come – not much. Being president isn’t an experiment where one takes classroom theory on failed political systems of the past and says, “I can make it work.”
On only his second day in office, Obama called for Israel to open its borders with Gaza. Obama plans to seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. A noble idea even if it is Pollyanna. He believes his administration will be able to convince Hamas to end rocket fire into Israel by having Israel withdraw its forces from Gaza.
His naiveté may warm the hearts of liberal classroom theorists who,like Obama, want to believe that everyone can get along if they talk and make nice-nice. But Israel knows better. Israel has experienced the treachery and deceit of Hamas. The Gaza Strip is vital to Israel’s security concerns – and she knows with empirical factuality that no amount of talk, negotiation, promised ceasefire, and/or outside monitoring will stop Hamas and anti-Israel insurgents from using the Strip to threaten the security of her people.
I don’t condemn him for wanting to end said conflict, but to attempt same by legitimizing Hamas and undermining Israel’s security is not the formula for success.
Pollyanna: A person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything; a novel of the same name by American fiction writer Eleanor Porter.
Interestingly, while Obama expresses deep concern for Israeli and Palestinian loss of life, he expresses no such concern when it comes to the murder of unborn children, both here and abroad.
From 1882 to 1968 there were 3,446 blacks lynched in the US. Today, that number is surpassed approximately every 32 hours. Obama says he does not believe in abortion, but believes in a woman’s right to choose – at the same time he speaks of personal responsibility. I say, it is irrefutably irresponsible for him to advocate laws and sign executive orders removing reasonable restraints on abortion and allowing for the free flow of American tax dollars to support entities in foreign countries for the express purpose of murdering the unborn. It is inconsistent to support the lives of committed terrorists and codify the genocide of unborn American children, and black unborn children specifically.
Pursuant to that point, in signing executive orders for the closure of Guantanamo Bay, he shows more compassion for terrorists than he does for unborn children.
During his presidential campaign, Obama attacked members of the Bush administration, and President Bush for appointing them. Yet, after prescribing his highly touted strict ethics code as part of the vetting process for his appointees, he selected as Secretary of Treasury a presumed financial wunderkind who forgot to pay his taxes.
He is hiring known lobbyists even though he swore such would not happen in his administration. He has appointed William Lynn for Deputy Defense Secretary, even though Lynn is a former lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon. He has appointed William V. Corr, the executive director of the special interest anti-cigarette group “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. His choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services is former Senator, Tom Daschle – who, while not a registered lobbyist, has worked since losing his Senate seat in 2006 for one of DC’s major lobbying firms. And his wife, Linda Daschle, is a celebrated lobbyist.
But armed with raw criticism of President Bush for his handling of all policies and with his mantra of change – Obama has already made exceptions to his own hailed ethics policy, presumes to accomplish that which has never worked in the history of Israel and the Palestinians, shows complete disregard for the families of those lost on 9/11 – and tangentially for American security – and values the quality of life for those who purpose to destroy us more than he does the unborn future of America.
Commentary by Mychal Massie, Zion Hill, PA
Massie is chairman of Project 21-The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives – a conservative black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He is a nationally recognized political activist, pundit, columnist and the former host of radio talk show "Straight Talk with Mychal Massie." He has appeared on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, Comcast Cable and talk radio programming nationwide. He is an outspoken authority on the subjects of race and social issues,education, and a leading voice against abortion. A former self-employed business owner of more than 30 years, he is also a member of the conservative public policy institute National Center for Public Policy Research. He was recognized by the Conservative Party (Suffolk County) New York as the "Conservative Man of the Year" in 2008.