Barack Obama’s Insurrection Evangelism

Former President Obama addressed the nation in a virtual town hall on Wednesday. It was classic stuff, best regarded as a sermon.

“In a lot of ways, what has happened over the last several weeks is that challenges and structural problems here in the United States have been thrown into high relief,” the former president said. “They are the outcomes not just of the immediate moments in time, but they are the result of a long history of slavery and Jim Crow and redlining and institutionalized racism that too often have been the plague, the original sin, of our society.”

The “original sin” is the racism now “institutionalized” in the United States, so by extension, the whole nation is guilty and irredeemably evil. Individuals of pale skin shade, whatever they have done or not done in their lives, are pronounced guilty of “white privilege.” As the former president said, the task is to make such sinners feel “uncomfortable.”

The currently raging “protesters” invite the sinners to kneel, confess their white privilege, and repent with an open apology. This self-humiliating ritual, however, does not absolve them of physical punishment, such as theft of their property, the burning of their business, or worse. To adopt Jonathan Edwards, these are sinners in the hands of an angry god, but with nobody to die for their sins.

The sinners have to pay and the inquisitors get full absolution. In his sermon, the former president failed to condemn arson, assault, theft, and crimes such as the murder of police officers. In the catechism of the insurrection, those acts help pay for the original sin of structural racism. But before they take a knee, sinners might recall a couple of things.

Slavery existed from time immemorial and was practiced in Africa centuries before any person of no color set foot there. The United States abolished slavery more than 150 years ago, and the ancestors of countless Americans arrived after the Civil War. The Civil Rights Act, affirmative action, and a two-term African American president might call into question the “institutionalized racism” charge. But, of course, racism and racists still exist.

The former president cavorted with the Nation of Islam, which holds that people such as Michelangelo, Louis Pasteur, and Marie Curie were created by mistake some 6,000 years ago by the mad scientist Yacub. The Cosmic Race, the central text of Chicano Studies, holds that whites, blacks and “mongols” (Asians) are inferior to the noble, superior Ibero-Indian race destined to displace the dull Yankee Anglos.

And now abide violence, racism, and hatred, but the greatest of these is hatred.

Human beings have no control over their skin shade, date of birth, and gender. Using immutable characteristics to consign human beings to inferior status is the essence of racism. Such racists now target “old white men” with complete impunity. As they ponder these issues, the sinful people of no color might get up to speed on the former president’s own self.

In his 2017, Rising Star: The Making of  Barack Obama, biographer David Garrow pronounced Dreams from My Father as fiction and the author as a “composite character.” If you want to look it up, it’s on page 538. The character’s chosen successor to carry on his complete transformation of America was former First Lady Hillary Clinton, but the white woman of privilege lost to Donald Trump. The “composite character” president deployed the upper reaches of the FBI and Justice Department to remove Trump from office, and details of the coup are becoming clearer by the day.

The Russia hoax, Ukraine hoax, and Pelosi impeachment bid all failed to take down Trump. A misguided response to the pandemic wrecked the economy and, in effect, interned the populace. This was followed by riots over the deadly actions of one police officer, universally condemned from the White House on down. When the composite character resided there, sinful people of no color might recall, he betrayed a rather curious attitude to deadly actions against Americans.

In 2009, his FBI knew that Major Nidal Hasan, a self-proclaimed “soldier of Allah” was communicating with terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about killing American soldiers. The president’s FBI looked the other way and Major Hasan killed 13 unarmed American soldiers, including Private Francheska Velez, who was pregnant, and wounded more than 40 others at Fort Hood, Texas. The president did not call it terrorism or even “gun violence.” It was deemed “workplace violence.” Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, an African American, took seven bullets from Hasan and survived. In 2014, Lunsford wrote to the president on behalf of the Fort Hood victims:

We believe that if the president could hear, first-hand, our plight and our mistreatment at the hands of his bureaucracy, that he would take the steps needed to set things right. Therefore, we ask for ten minutes of his time.

President Obama declined the request. This is the same man now claiming to be moved over the death of George Floyd. This is the same man now preaching to his eager troops in the field.

“Educate, activate, mobilize and act,” the former president said Wednesday. “And I hope we are able to seize this moment.” Arson, looting, and murder of police officers is on the rise and the righteous protesters are knocking at the White House door. Any sinner could be forgiven for thinking they are trying to seize a lot more than “the moment.”

And now abide violence, racism, and hatred, but the greatest of these is hatred.

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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