New Hampshire Republican Party maverick and national
columnist Andy Martin says the Fiftieth
Anniversary of the original Selma Alabama
march was a typical Barack Obama clown show, and a lost opportunity for a day
of national reconciliation. Andy says Obama should have warmly welcomed the
presence of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, instead
of marginalizing them and effectively cropping them out of photos of the events
taking place on “Selma
Andy accuses the liberal national media of proffering false praise for Obama’s Selma
speechifying, and misleading readers and viewers as to the lost opportunity for
a day of national unity, healing and reconciliation. Andy says no civil rights
law will ever pass again, unless such legislation passes with Republican
support. Civil rights “leaders” will have to learn to work with Republicans or
their movement will soon be extinct.
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Martin says “Selma Saturday” confirmed his 2009
prediction that Barry Obama and his posse are the most ignorant and
self-absorbed people to ever control the White House
says the fiftieth anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama could
have been a historic moment for national reconciliation, but it wasn’t
says that today’s civil rights leaders lack the vision of the movement’s
founders such as Martin Luther King
says the “civil rights” movement is literally dying out because so-called
leaders refuse to lead and instead insist on petty posturing for their own
(March 10, 2015)
When President Barack Obama and his posse moved into the White House six years
ago I said they were the most ignorant and nouveau
bunch of people to even hold court in Washington
Last Saturday, at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Selma
march, Obama and his posse proved
me right once again.
The Fiftieth Anniversary of Selma was a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for a president to work towards national unity and reconciliation.
Many if not most African-Americans believe they are treated unfairly
by government. They believe their lives do not matter. Half a century after the
civil rights era it is a tragedy that so many Americans have unhappy feelings. Partially,
their concerns are correct, as the University
racist video appears to
confirm. But partially, perhaps substantially, African-Americans are wrong. Hundreds
of millions of Americans are people of good will who believe in national unity
and racial reconciliation. Americans are hungry for great leadership; today we
are controlled by the pygmies in Washington
So where did Obama go wrong on “Selma
President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush went to Selma
to join the commemoration. But you would never know that from either the news
coverage of the events that took place at the Selma
bridge or the photography which emerged. The liberal media were so busy
praising Obama’s empty words they literally erased Bush’s presence in Selma.
National news media “blacked out” Bush’s presence. All you
saw was Obama, all Obama, all-the-time.
Bush, Obama and I have something in common. I was the first
name on George W. Bush’s enemies list (his brother Jeb attacked me). And I was
the first name on Barack Obama’s enemies list (Obama stooge Robert Gibbs
attacked me) (and we now know Obama has such a list, as Senator Bob Menendez is
learning). So I am no fan of either Bush or Obama.
But I respect the institution of the presidency, and I
respect the humanity and traditions of our great nation. Saturday was a time
for greatness. Unfortunately, the day was devoted to Obama’s low class pettiness.
Obama and Bush should have marched together. Bush should
have been invited to speak. He is a man of few words; the speech would have
been short. Unfortunately, the Obama jamboree was all about Obama.
And Obama did not disappoint.
The speech Obama gave was vintage “Barry.” Flailing arms. Voice
shimmering up and down. Obama’s gyrations were a carbon copy of his 2004 speech
at the Democratic National Convention. But then all of Obama’s speeches are a carbon
copy of his 2004 shtick. The liberals loved Obama’s Selma
performance, but the reality was to the contrary: more empty words, more hollow
promises, more shallow exhortations.
Obama could not bear to share the stage with Bush. Obama can
barely share the stage with himself.
John Lewis gave some remarks but Lewis also fell short. Lewis
is a historic figure. He was there fifty years ago; he was beaten to within an
inch of his life by the mob of state troopers hat rioted at the Edmund
But Lewis also fell short.
The civil rights movement is literally dying out. Lewis is in
his seventies. Jesse Jackson is no spring chicken, and he was an afterthought,
not a center of attention, in Selma.
Al Sharpton is an old chicken. Can you name an articulate civil rights “leader”
in his 30’s? Probably not. There aren’t any.
Obama was babbling about voting rights in Selma.
But he was taking to himself. He said that the people who were present should
go back to Washington and press
for new civil rights laws. Huh?
No new laws are going to be passed. The civil rights
movement in America
is dead. Civil rights leaders killed it.
The civil rights advances of the 1950's and 1960’s could not
have been adopted without White support. Whites marched. Whites died. But
watching the Selma celebration
Saturday you would never know Whites had anything to do with passing civil
rights. You would never know Republicans were the key to the passage of civil
rights; most Democrats voted against the civil rights and voting rights laws.
There was no room for a White presence on Selma
Now, obviously, the parties have changed since the 1960’s. Republicans
no longer lead the way on civil rights, and Democrats no longer vote against civil
rights. Despite the fact that a Republican president sent federal troops into Little
Rock to integrate the high school there, during the
1960s the African-American vote completed the transition from being solidly
Republican to being solidly Democratic.
Politics is about bringing people together. Truthfully, of
course, Obama is not a politician. He has succeeded because he is an
Obamatician. Obama is focused solely on himself. He worships himself; Islam is
only a secondary religion in his life, Christianity a distant third. Obama is
fundamentally ignorant, small, petty. He is, in fact, everything he says to be
against (ignorance, smallness, pettiness).
Saturday was a time for Obama to rally the nation. He should
have welcomed Bush; the two presidents should have marched hand in hand.
Instead Obama just wanted to blather to his shrinking base. Yes, shrinking. The
civil rights community is dying out as African-Americans are left behind and
eclipsed by the explosive growth of the Latino community. Civil rights issues,
the civil rights agenda is in decline.
The grand Republican-Democratic civil rights coalition of
the 1960’s can probably never be reassembled. But there is still a lot of room
for a leader, be he or she Democrat or Republican, who extends a warm and
welcoming hand to the opposition, who acknowledges the reality that if any
civil rights legislation is ever again going to be passed, civil rights leaders
are going to have to learn to live with and work with Republicans, yes
Republicans. Leadership is about politics, and Obama hates politics.
African-Americans have created a cottage industry claiming Republicans
are against voting rights for Blacks. I have never heard a Republican say a
word against voting for anyone. I am sure there are a few racists in my own
party, just as you can find racists in the Democratic Party. Neither party has
a monopoly on ignorance and bigotry. But those who aspire to leadership have to
transcend the oddballs and outliers of their respective parties and work towards
We know, for example, that some people lack basic photo identification.
“Civil rights” leaders constantly remind us. Older people may have documentary
problems. Why not a bipartisan effort to ensure that photo ID’s are available
to every American? To be without an ID today is to be consigned to the fringes
of modern life, maybe beyond. I don't know what the mechanics would be but I am
absolutely sure of what our goal should be: full inclusion. But so-called civil
rights leaders would rather attack Republicans than sit down and work with
them. Obama would rather slight George W. Bush than honor and respect him.
Every American should have a photo ID. Every citizen should
be a full participant in our national life, which includes voting. But we
should also be fully committed to ballot integrity and avoiding voter fraud. Can’t
the two parties agree? Sadly, they won’t. If LBJ were alive, he would cut a
deal in a day. ID’s for ballot integrity. Done.
But today the office of president has no occupant. The office
is vacant. “Barry” Obama is not the big man he dreams of being, he is still a
little guy who was reared to hate Whites (thank Frank Marshall Davis for that
instruction), who schooled himself to think he was too cool for school. Obama
is now paying the price of his smallness and ignorance in his foundering presidency
and he will pay a horrible price in history. The Obama “legacy” will be bitter
And so, once again, Barack Obama, who never misses an opportunity
to miss an opportunity to unite this nation, and who glories in his own
divisiveness, missed an opportunity for a day of national reconciliation and
respect for civil rights on Selma
Saturday. He won’t have another chance for fifty years.
This nation needs a leader, needs a president, who will bring
us together. LBJ united the nation through sheer force of personal power. I
know, I was there in the 89th Congress (as a flunky). The Gipper united this
nation through sheer force of personality and wisdom.
cannot survive another failed presidency, which is why Hillary Clinton should
not be elected. America
needs a successful leader who will extend a hand to people who disagree with and
often dislike each other. That is the essence of leading. Taking people who do
not want to move outside their comfort zone and bringing them into your own
zone. Combining the talents of every citizen, and ensuring that every person’s
worth matters in creating and continuing our great national tapestry.
The sad spectacle on Selma
Saturday was a reminder we lack such a leader.
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