Recently, I was exploring the Whitehouse.gov site, looking for a transcript of our deal with Iran.  Before finding it, I was distracted by two Obama videos.  In the first, his weekly message to America on July 11th, he spoke about his new plan to make housing fairer. In the second, he spoke about criminal justice in America.   Next week I’ll talk about his criminal justice speech.  Today, a few words about the AFFH.  Here’s an excerpt:from his weekly video address.

“In some cities, kids living just blocks apart lead incredibly different lives.  They go to different schools, play in different parks, shop in different stores, and walk down different streets.  And often, the quality of those schools and the safety of those parks and streets are far from equal – which means those kids aren’t getting an equal shot in life.

“That runs against the values we hold dear as Americans.  In this country, of all countries, a person’s zip code shouldn’t decide their destiny.  We don’t guarantee equal outcomes, but we do strive to guarantee an equal shot at opportunity – in every neighborhood, for every American.

There is much to know about Obama’s newest program – the Affirmitively Furthering Fair Housing Regulation.  Author Stanley Kurtz, in an article for the National Review, gives the following example of one of its potential effects.

“…So if some Montgomery County’s suburbs are predominantly upper-middle-class, white, and zoned for single-family housing, while the Philadelphia region as a whole is dotted with concentrations of less-well-off African Americans, Hispanics, or Asians, those suburbs could be obligated to nullify their zoning ordinances and build high-density, low-income housing at their own expense. At that point, those suburbs would have to direct advertising to potential minority occupants in the Greater Philadelphia region. Essentially, this is what HUD has imposed on Westchester County, New York, the most famous dry-run for AFFH.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421389/attention-americas-suburbs-you-have-just-been-annexed-stanley-kurtz

What the president seems to be missing (where do we start?), is that a person’s zip code is not the “opportunity” he implies that he wants to provide.  A person’s zip code is in fact, the “Outcome” that those within it have created through hard work, perseverance and sacrifice.  A person’s zip code can also be the “Outcome” of a life spent spewing hate, perpetrating, or ignoring violence, shirking parental responsibilities; or preferring welfare over work.  No, that’s not a universal truth, but it is one of many truths that prove it is not the zip code that determines a person’s destiny.  It is the residents who determines the zip code’s quality. Obama knows this.

I invite everyone to read pages 156 and 157 of his first book; Dreams from my Father. Here’s a few short excerpts that will give you an idea of what he knows. It should leave you with a question about what he is now trying to do.  Remember – his words:

“…With the passage of fair housing laws, they began to buy homes, one at a time, in Roseland and other white neighborhoods.  Not because they were necessarily interested in mingling with whites, they insisted, but because the houses there were affordable, with small yards for their children; because the schools were better and the stores cheaper, and maybe just because they could.”

“..when the blacks who’d now lived in their homes for ten or fifteen years looked back on the way things had turned out, they did so with some measure of satisfaction.  On the strength of two incomes, they had paid off house notes and car notes, maybe college educations….the better these children did, the more likely they were to move away.

“In their place, younger, less stable families moved in, the second wave of migrants from poorer neighborhoods, newcomers who couldn’t always afford to keep up with their mortgage payments or invest in periodic maintenance.  Car thefts were up; the leafy parks were empty.  People began to spend more time inside.  They invested in elaborate wrought-iron doors; they wondered if they could afford to sell at a loss and retire to a warmer climate…. conversations were marked by another, more ominous strain.  The boarded-up homes, the decaying storefronts, the aging church rolls, kiids from unknown families who swaggered down the streets – loud congregations of teenage boys, teenage girls feeding potato chips to crying toddlers, the discarded wrappers tumbling down the block – all of it whispered painful truths, told them the progress they’d [the first group of buyers] found was ephemeral, rooted in thin soil; that it might not even last their lifetimes…”

Two things are clear.  The first is that the zip codes in Obama’s story were products of the people who inhabited them – not the other way around.  Good people with two incomes who could afford to purchase homes in the neighborhood did well, sent kids to college and contributed to the quality of the area.  The ones who came after – who had not earned their way into the area, destroyed it.  In the process, they destroyed the lives of hardworking people whose homes reflected a lifetime of work and savings.  The second truth is that Obama wrote these words and must therefore know exactly what he is doing, in suggesting the building of low income housing in affected suburbs. Is this the future he plans for those who have worked hard throughout their lives?  Is this the fundamental change he offered?  Is this his warped idea of fairness and equal opportunity?  Is this his perverted idea of helping the poor, or is it merely a way in which he can shortcut the tough process of creating jobs, giving people a hand up and unlocking the human potential of those currently in bad “zip codes?”

All people should be – and in fact are – able to buy any home in any neighborhood in America, so long as they can produce sufficient cash, or obtain necessary financing.  It follows that they will be able to maintain their homes and will be welcomed additions to the area.  The use of taxpayer dollars to promote low income housing in more expensive suburban areas is likely to increase crime while destroying both neighborhoods and lives.

However, when Obama speaks of kids not getting a fair shot, he is right.  It is absolutely true and it is heartbreaking.  But, as usual, his target identification is skewed.  These kids will not be saved by a new zip code.  The answer will not be found in cut and paste housing, or in the redistribution of wealth.  The answer lies in programs that provide incentives for leaving the welfare rolls; programs that create jobs and opportunities, reduce births out of wedlock, promote skill development and higher education.  The single greatest opportunity for these children lies in our ability to control crime and to influence politicians, parents, teachers, clergy and people in general, to stop teaching hopelessness and hate.

The greatest hate crime of them all is to have disempowered still another generation by fanning the flames of hate and perpetuating dependency and a bizarre pride of victimization.

Who could possibly do it better than Barack Obama?

Policing Obama’s America: Try it.

Throughout his presidency, Mr. Obama has made it clear that he considers police officers throughout the country to be motivated by prejudice.  He appointed as his first Attorney General, Eric Holder – a man quick to explain how he had been stopped and hassled by police based on his race.  He attempted to appoint as head of the Justice Department’s. Civil Rights Division,  an attorney who had filed an appeal on behalf of a convicted cop killer.  And most recently, the First Lady doubled down on the anti-police rhetoric during a commencement address at historically black Tuskegee University.

We – quite appropriately – hold police to a high standard.  Police officers are empowered and burdened with the responsibility of making life and death decisions.  They do so, many times, with only a split second in which to act.  The consequences of their split second decision – usually made under extreme duress – will determine the fate of an innocent, or guilty person and his or her family members.  For the involved police officers, it will spell out whether they live or die and if they live, how and under what circumstances they will spend the rest of their lives.

If they respond incorrectly, their own fate; the fate of their family and those who are also judged by their actions, hangs in the balance.  If their incorrect response is to err on the side of caution, a perpetrator may go free and kill or injure an innocent person.  The community, politicians and activists will blame them and, if possible, make them notorious.  If they err on the side of inappropriate action,  they and their fellow officers will be branded as racists, thugs and worse.  They will be publicly shamed – their years of service and dedication cast aside as if they had always approached the job with evil intent.

It is impossible – and you can verify this with your own experience in watching newscasts – no matter from which station – for a police officer to have made a human error while responding with the best intentions.  Imagine, if we assumed that all doctors who lose patients were reckless, uncaring – even racist?  How about airline pilots – if they survived a crash only to be labeled as murderers because passengers died?  Simply stated, there is no margin of error for police.  There is no law enforcement involved tragedy that results in a finding of “human error.”  The whole idea is so far fetched in our society that you probably laughed when you read it.

There are many – perhaps the majority of police officers, who  believe that working and increasing communications with residents – particularly, children  –  of low income areas is the key to developing increased opportunities for these children to achieve long-term success; to reducing poverty and violence and to ultimately eliminating inter-generational dependency on public assistance programs.  But, communication is a two-way street.  Children taught hate in their homes are very difficult to reach.  Adults who listen to the voices of hate – the voices who say “the pie has been cut and you missed your piece,” become part of the problem.  Politicians and so-called community leaders often preach hopelessness in the guise of kinship.  They serve only themselves and leave the poor to remain in poverty.  They portray police officers as villains and leave kids instead, to admire who?

Many  officers know first hand, the problems these kids face, because they once faced the same challenges themselves.  The overwhelming majority of police officers wear the uniform with great pride and with the hope of serving and protecting – but not that alone.  These officers want to help change lives and communities for the better. Many of these officers once wore different uniforms – those of our military – and were highly respected.  Going to work everyday with the same pride and dedication, they now wonder why their chosen profession is denigrated with impunity and why their service is suddenly and continuously suspect.

But, how can such dedication make a difference – how can we hope ever to make things better – when the President and First Lady of the United States, as well as lesser politicians,  continuously create negative straw-men and reach out to our communities and their youth in such a negative and hateful manner?

What is the “take away” for our youth when they read about Obama’s drug past, his arrogant attitude toward his professors, his comments about being followed by store security, his claim that people throw keys to him when he is waiting for his own car to be retrieved by a restaurant valet employee; his decision to trade terrorists for an alleged deserter, but his willingness to leave a U.S. Marine in a Mexican jail and innocent hostages in an Iranian jail; his allegations that police would harass a father taking his child for ice cream in Arizona; his statement that a police department acted stupidly, his health care  lies and on and on and on and on.

What do they think when he says if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon?  What do they think when he rushes to judgment as he did with the Cambridge and Ferguson Police Departments? What do they think when he commutes the sentences of “non-violent” felons and writes each of them a letter – but, says nothing to the family of a woman slain because of Sanctuary Cities and his Immigration policies?

Is it conceivable that either a white or black cop – working the inner city and charged with enforcement and regulatory duties can overcome the impact of even one negative speech from a black President or First Lady – let alone from a black President once considered the “…undisputed master of agitation….” ?

If this president had the opportunity and the ability to heal the nation – to bridge whatever racial divides exist – to create an environment where all Americans believe in their ability to achieve the American dream and where they all strive to better themselves, to take personal responsibility, to study, work hard and grow; and to use the fruits of their labor to make a better life for their families and those who come after them – if President Obama could do all of these things…would he?  Most of the cops I’ve known, would!!!

A House Divided – Part 3 of 3

Here’s some old news with continued relevance.  According to a March 25, 2007 Chicago Tribune Article: The not-so-simple story of Barack Obama’s youth, by Tribune Correspondents Kirstan Scharnberg and Kim Barker; and reporter Ray Gibson,

 “…one word Obama learned quickly in his new home [Indonesia] was curang, which means “cheater.”

“When kids teased him, Obama yelled back, ‘Curang, curang!’ When a friend gave him shrimp paste instead of chocolate, he yelled, ‘Curang, curang!’”

It appears that very little has changed since those days.   How many speeches have we heard in which Obama blames Republicans for failures in foreign and domestic policy, immigration, gun control, climate change and probably for dirty restrooms in the Capitol Building!  Remember his first year as President and the constant repetition of complaints regarding the mess “I inherited”  from George Bush?  Remember his reports on alleged U.S. abuses  to the United Nations  Human Rights Council?

Our memory doesn’t have to be that good, because he’s still doing it!  As reported by Joel B. Pollak of Breitbart, on May 11, 2015, the Obama Administration has once again reported so-called U.S. Human Rights violations to the United Nations including:

  • “Police brutality, including the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri
  • Discrimination against Muslims who want to build or expand mosques
  • Voter identification laws in Texas and elsewhere
  • Predatory lending in home mortgages
  • Suspension of black children in schools
  • Women earning ‘78 cents on the dollar’”

Was this his “Cheater” list for the year?  Close your eyes.  Can you just picture this guy running down the street, looking over his shoulder and shouting at Republicans: Curang, Curang?

Here’s some older ones.  In his book OBAMA:Promise of Power, David Mendell says

“…white people from the better neighborhoods nearby walk their dogs down our block to let the animals shit on our curbs.” 

Was that a simple observation, a misperception, bias?  What do you think?

Curang, Curang – those damn white people again!!!

In the same book, he also made these comments:

“…Security guards tailing me as I shop in Department stores…”

“…white couples who toss me their car keys as I stand outside a restaurant waiting for the valet…” 

See something familiar in Michelle’s Tuskegee speech?

In what alternate universe does Barack Obama present himself as a person who would either provoke security to follow him, or restaurant patrons to throw keys at him?

Curang, Curang, America!!!

How many times has Obama suggested that police are racists?   In bringing a negative spotlight on police and fostering racial tension between communities and the police who serve  them, Obama’s is once again worthy of the title “Agitator.”‘

I guess it’s a matter of Curang, curang police!!!

At an April, 2010, speech at the Ottumwa, Iowa Town Hall, Obama managed to incorporate  his view of police into the discussion of a proposed Arizona State Statute aimed at immigration enforcement.

“If you are a Hispanic American in Arizona – your great-grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state.  But now, suddenly, if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed.  That’s something that could potentially happen.”

Curang, Curang Arizona – Curang, Curang again Police!!!

And of the Republicans stressing the need for border security, President Obama declared:

“Those aren’t the kind of folks who represent our core American values.”

Curang, Curang Republicans!!!  Curang, Curang Senator McCain

Sadly, if we are indeed a “House Divided,” President and Mrs. Obama seem, to be without a strategy, or inclination to repair what they have so quickly and enthusiastically destroyed.

President Obama has had possibly,  the greatest opportunity of any Chief Executive who has ever occupied the White House to make a positive and profound difference in the black community and by extension, in America at large.

He could have worked to reduce black on black crime.  He could  have  championed  the right of black children to attend schools of their choice.   Instead, for those in Washington, DC at least, he killed their best shot: the voucher program.  He could have lobbied for programs to strengthen the traditional family unit.  He could have encouraged and supported initiatives to help people climb out of poverty and re-integrate with the larger community.  He could have increased job opportunities for African-Americans.  He could have lead the black community in turning the page from an inter-generational sense of victimization, to new levels of economic self sufficiency and achievement.

He could have done all of these things and divided nobody.  Instead, he did none of these things and divided everyone..

Perhaps it should really be:  Curang, Curang Mr. Obama – Curang, Curang.


Happy Birthday America!!!

Sorry folks.  If there is anyone out there visiting this humble blog on the day before Independence Day, please accept my sincere apologies.  I am a Vietnam veteran, a retired police officer and first, last and always, an American.

I had planned today, to publish part 3 of 3 of “A House Divided.”  As much as I tried, I could not bring myself to talk about Obama and his divisiveness today.

Members of my family have served in every war since the war of 1812 and yes – we actually had two commissioned officers in the Confederacy.  We probably had someone on the other side of the family in the Union.  I believe all served with honor.  And no, we are not racists.

My dad, a great patriot and a WWII veteran, died on July 4th, 1990.   He will be missed always, but the date was fitting.  God bless him, all the active duty members and veterans of the greatest military in the history of man and all those who serve their fellow Americans in any capacity.

Happy 4th!!!