Here at America’s Right, it’s the balancing act that it hardest for me. It’s hard to be a part-time blogger while being a full-time lawyer and full-time father. I find it difficult to wear so many hats — my head is only so large, and I can’t seem to master wearing all at once.
Now, however, I need to wear both the “blogger” hat and the “lawyer” hat.
As a family law attorney, my strength is spin. I can spin anything; no circumstance is completely insurmountable, and if there is a certain way to argue something or say something in order to achieve a client’s goals, I’ll find it. Now, as I see certain segments of the Resurgent Right veering off in a direction that I believe will make our job more difficult in November, that “lawyer” hat is going to come in handy.
What direction is that, Jeff? Glad you asked.
Yep, that’s the most recent video of Barack Obama during his college years, the one released by Buzzfeed.com and the Breitbart websites in the days following the New Media legend’s death. As you know by now, the man being introduced and subsequently embraced by Barack Obama back in 1991 is Derrick Bell, a rabidly racist, anti-American, anti-Semitic former–now dead–professor.
The video stands out as yet another example of Barack Obama embracing a radical, quite literally in fact, just as he had done with Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the inimitable Rev. Jeremiah Wright, former PLO spokesmouth Rashid Khalidi, the endlessly creepy Fr. Michael Pfleger, and more. The video also stands out because it was intentionally suppressed, with the suppressors protected by a sycophantic mainstream media, during the 2008 presidential election.
What I see, however, when I look at the new Breitbart video and especially at the reaction to it by many on the Right, is four more years of Barack Hussein Obama.
In short, if we make the 2012 presidential election more about who Barack Obama was than about who Barack Obama is, we’re going to lose. Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy that the video is out, and I firmly believe that we should vet the president where the mainstream press has not, but if you want convincing evidence that the American people simply DO NOT CARE, all you need to do is look at who is currently inhabiting the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
If THIS was not enough…
And if THIS was not enough…
… why in the world would we believe that one more video, or five more videos, or ten more videos, will suddenly wake up everyone who did not awaken to Barack Obama’s associations in the charged-up election year of 2008?
Barack Obama would not be where he is and who he is if he had not spent the greater part of his formative years and initial part of his political career rubbing elbows, associating and commiserating with radicals, with people that hate America, with people that hate white people, with people who have made their lives and careers and name from fomenting racial and religious discord.
Barack Obama is a radical among radicals. He breaks bread and shares worldviews with people that would offend the typical red-blooded American. We know this. We know this. We know this. Barack’s friends aren’t the ones waving the flags and talking about the greatness of America. Barack’s friends are the ones who feed off of hate for what America is. Barack Obama’s radicalism, and especially his penchant for associating with those who wear their radical views on their sleeves, is a known.
Also a known quantity is the bias seen every day in mainstream print and television media. While mainstream media bias is a little more nuanced and still a mystery to many Americans, those who do not already understand media bias are unlikely to ever understand or care enough about it. The media’s protection of Obama, both in 2008 and in the years since, is also a known.
Heck, just off the top of my head, I recall writing about media bias and Obama’s radical associations here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Like Newt Gingrich’s personal problems are built into his poll numbers, I believe that Obama’s radical past is included in his numbers as well.
If we try to beat Barack Obama by looking to anything that happened prior to January 20, 2009–other than, of course, to see how his various campaign promises went unfulfilled–and make this general election about once again trying to prove what has already been proven beyond all reasonable doubt and, honestly, proven by a preponderance of the evidence, we will lose. All day long.
The blogger in me understands why the video like the first one above made the splash that it did. As small as America’s Right has become, at one point I was able to spend the time necessary to do interviews and break news. It’s fun. And, take it from someone who knows — there is nothing more electrifying than breaking a national story. The blogger in me understands the draw of the video, and it’s easy to get sucked in.
The lawyer in me, however, understands that we need to get substantive. Unless someone has videotape of the president saying the same things that Rev. Wright said, the key to beating Barack Obama in the fall is not about beating a dead horse and making more known the already known problems with radical associations — the key to beating Barack Obama in the fall is about pointing out how Barack Obama’s radical past has manifested itself since January 20, 2009, and in turn pointing out how those manifestations affect the daily lives of the people who will be pressing the buttons and pulling the levers in November.
Barack Obama’s past is very much real, but the average American doesn’t feel an eloquent, charming and funny introduction of a radical law professor at an event celebrating racial diversity attended by a diverse, appreciative crowd. What the average American feels is the drain on their wallet at the gas pump, the pang of dread accompanying a hospital visit knowing that the bills will soon follow, and the fear of an attack on the United States of America by a nation or group emboldened by our reticence.
We will only beat Barack Obama by finding substance. And not the kind of substance found during Bill Clinton’s second term. While the tape released by the Breitbart folks last week was certainly not much ado about nothing, we need more than that. We need to guide the average American voter down an informational and educational path in which every argument is related back to their struggles, to their daily lives. We need substance, and we need it now.
The average American citizen is not affected, on a day-to-day basis, by the price of contraceptives. The average American citizen is not affected, on a day-to-day basis, by the president’s golf game. The average American citizen is not affected, on a day-to-day basis, by a long-dead professor who was embraced by Barack Obama and the rest of Harvard Law.
The average American citizen wants to know why Americans are getting killed by Mexican drug dealers wielding guns provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The average American citizen wants to know why gas costs so damn much, and why the price of a gallon of milk and a pack of underpants are rising accordingly. The average American citizen wants to know when his or her home value is going to rise again. The average American citizen wants to know why we can be in so much debt, and yet still find room to send billions to green companies destined to fail.
While vetting the president of the United States is important, insofar as Barack Obama is already president of the United States, explaining and arguing the substance of his record, in light of his radical past, is crucial. That’s why, over the next couple of months, here at America’s Right I’m not going to talk so much about vetting the president of the United States as I am about beating the president of the United States. I’m going to talk to everyday Americans–black Americans, white Americans, conservative Americans, liberal Americans–and I’m going to find out exactly what we need to do to beat this president. Barack Obama IS beatable, folks, but not if we willfully traipse down the same rabbit hole that put him in the White House in the first place.
My job as a full-time lawyer is to look at a case as a whole, both my side of the case as well as the other side of the case, and figure out what works best for me, and what works best for the other guy. Then, my job is to ascertain what the judge wants to hear about, how best to get that judge to see the best in my client and the worst in the other, and how best to nullify that same effort being undertaken by the attorney on the other side. Over the next few months, I plan to parley my job as a full-time lawyer into my job as a part-time blogger. The pieces you’ll see on “Beating Barack Obama” will focus on substantive ways in which we can show, succinctly, completely and convincingly, exactly how the past associations of Barack Obama’s that were taught and exposed so well in 2008 have led to his failures since then.
Economy. Jobs. Energy. National security. These are issues that everyday Americans care about, and are issues in which Obama’s radical past has manifested in decisions made in the present. This is what we need to talk about. I don’t care who Barack Obama hugs. I just want to send him home in January.