Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Obama's "Iraqization" of America

When it comes to Iraq, Obama lectures the Sunnis and the Shiites on getting along and forming a government that won't exist for the sole benefit of a single group at the expense of the other.

But in America he runs exactly that sort of government.

Only 27% of whites see Obama as a "Uniter" compared to 78% of blacks. Those are Sunni-Shiite numbers. And numbers like that have consequences. 

Iraqis are not stupid. They look at the news and they see Ferguson and Al Sharpton screaming at
angry mobs and know that Obama is not practicing what he preaches to them. Obama may have forced out Maliki, but his own tribal politics are hard to distinguish from those of Maliki or ISIS.

Obama rules not by inspiring people, but, like Maliki and ISIS, he divides and conquers, setting people against each other. Obama's America is as spitefully tribal as Maliki's Iraq. Its bosses, like Eric Holder, hold a divisive worldview that excludes much of the country.

Al Sharpton, Obama's close political ally, and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, his mentor, are familiar types in Iraq. You can find a thousand Jeremiah Wrights on any given Friday screaming about killing the Shiites or the Sunnis. You can find a million Al Sharptons community organizing local hatreds until they explode. One of the most prominent Sharptons of Iraq is a Shiite named Muqtada al-Sadr.

The Sharptons and Wrights of Iraq have guns because the machinery of law and order there has collapsed even more comprehensively than it has in Detroit. In a country divided by ethnic and sectarian politics, a multicultural military and police are incapable of enforcing the law and uninterested in standing up to violence from their own people.

Those are the ugly tribal politics that Obama has brought to America. Instead of repairing the economy, he focused on wealth redistribution. Instead of bringing Americans together as one nation, he calculatedly tore them apart around manufactured crises of race, gender, class and religion. He pitted blacks against whites, liberal Protestants against Catholics, the poor against the middle class and the cities against the suburbs.

Not only did Obama pit his own voting bases against the country, but he even sought to make his own voters fight each other.

Instead of reaching out to white Americans after they thoroughly rejected him in the 2012 election, he instead decided that divisive and racist politics were the key to staying in power.

In 2012, Obama decisively lost white voters 59% to 39%. He lost white voters of every sex and age. He lost white voters in almost every state. In the three states where he won them, it was only by the narrowest of margins.

And he only tied Romney among white voters in New York with a 49% to 49% split.

Obama lost white men. He lost white women. He lost young white voters. He lost middle aged and old white voters. He lost white Protestants and he lost white Catholics.

That did not happen because the white voters of 2008 who came out for him in New York 52% to 46% or the young white voters who came out for him 54% to 44%  (only to turn him down 44% to 51% in 2012) developed a sudden belated case of racism.

It was Obama's governing style that developed a sudden belated case of racism.

Obama promised us a united America and gave us a divided America. He has shown that he is a slicker and more polished version of Al Sharpton.

After coming to prominence with a vision of "There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America" he shrugged off helping Americans as a whole and instead championed narrow tribal interests.

Maliki wasn't the Prime Minister of Iraq. He was the Prime Minister of a Shiite Iraq. Obama isn't the President of the United States. He's trying to be the President of Black America, Gay America, Latino America, Asian America, Transgender America and a thousand other micro Americas.

At no point in time has he been the President of the United States of America.

His antics in Ferguson, as in Florida, are yet another reminder that his governing style is tribal. It's Iraqi, not American. He doesn't bring people together, he tears them apart. He plays on racial crises to make minorities feel vulnerable and insecure while his emissaries denounce the majority.

To the left, this politics of acrimony is passed off as being more legitimate than the Sunni and Shiite tail-chewing in Iraq because one race is guiltier than the other. It's not. It's equally vile and equally cynical. And while there is no ISIS rampaging around America (though Muslim violence continues to flare up regularly with brutal killings) the miasma of hatred has consequences.

The victims of the Knockout games and the stores looted and burned in Ferguson are a consequence of Obama's tribal style of leadership. On the other side of the rusty coin are the people stocking up on weapons and preparing for a national collapse.

All that doesn't add up to Iraq, but it's not as far away from it as we would like to think.

America has been weakened by being divided. Divided nations are too busy fighting among themselves to put up a strong defense. The world is going to hell because everyone from Putin to ISIS is confident that Americans are too busy fighting over Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, over gay marriage and illegal alien amnesty, to pay much attention to them.

And they're right.

Obama's governing style isn't just inept, it makes America seem weak. Strong leaders don't need to divide and conquer their populations to keep them in line. Only weak leaders afraid that the people will wake up to their corruption and incompetence play those games.

America's strength was rooted in a republicanism that transcended tribal politics. Now America is sunk in a swamp of tribal politics. Its government is obsessed with negotiating every possible tribal demand on terms favorable to the tribes. There can be no better formula for tearing apart a nation.

Obama's America is as intimidating to ISIS as Maliki's Iraq was. A country at war with itself frightens no one. And Obama's America leaves the world with the impression that it's taking every possible effort by the authorities just to keep it from devolving into another Iraq.

There's nothing to spare for Putin or Al Qaeda except more token gestures. And we're almost out of those.

Democrats accused Bush of wrecking Iraq. Now they have turned America into another Iraq; a tribal society that is growing poorer every day while the tribes bicker over preferential treatment from the government. Americans are losing hope in the future as the left promises them that these conflicts will continue indefinitely because its social justice tribal grievances matter more than national unity.

Iraq fell before ISIS because despite its heavy armor, its air power and large military, it lacked national unity. As we move through a century of Islamic wars, we must take a lesson from the Iraqis.

If we live as a divided nation, we will forever be at the mercy of demagogues like Obama and tribal armies like ISIS. If we cannot unite as Americans, then we will find ourselves scattered as separate tribes, arguing to the last about precedence and privileges, like the Iraqi parliament, while the enemy destroys everything in its path.

Freedom was America's promise. Our equality was not based on tribal privileges, as the left insists it was and as it demands that it should be, but on the open equality of freedom.

Obama's tribal politics are dedicated to squelching the open equality of freedom and turning every aspect of life into a subsidized commodity to be dispensed by a central authority on a tribal basis.

That is not America. That is Egypt. That is Saudi Arabia. That is Iraq.

Iraq couldn't afford Saddam or Maliki. America can't afford Obama. A leader that divides a nation, bribing one half to support him and punishing the other half on account of their religion, their skin color or any other tribal variable is not out to make a nation strong or just.

He is out to weaken it by strengthening his own power over them.

The "Iraqization" of America, the "Sharptonization" of America, will mean the end of America. It will transform us from a country of hope and ambition into a warren of quarreling slums protected by rival gangs whose citizenry feel they have as little in common as the Sunnis and Shiites of Iraq.

That will strengthen Washington and destroy America.

While Obama lectures Iraq on unity and its politicians on working together, he is leading America down the same ugly path of tribe against tribe, religion against religion and citizen against citizen. It's too late for the Iraqis to change, but it's not too late for us to learn from their example.


Anonymous said...

"Colonisation and slavery have created a sentiment of culpability in the West that leads people to adulate foreign traditions. This is a lazy, even racist attitude." Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Personally, I think the most fundamental (and shocking) argument to raise with the Left is to say: 1) The United States ENDED slavery; and 2) capitalism is the only way to raise peoples standard of living. I have used both of those arguments against blustering ideologues and they literally stop dead in their tracks and don't know what to say.

King Western Man

mindRider said...

A frightening but vivid parallel you drew here. I doubt many before you would have seen this as such. In a manner of speech America is already in the ante of a cold civil war.

Maggie said...

Well written article, never understood so well before exactly what Obama is doing to us.

DaisyDew said...

Never before could exactly understand what Obama is doing to America until this article articulated it to well.

jeyi said...

This is the single most pessimistic, depressing, and full-on "red pill" posting ever by the Sultan. While, of course, it's totally spot-on, it's deeply unsettling that we've seen zero along these lines in the Soviet (i.e., MSM/legacy) Media. Also, all of one comment (besides this one) in the Knish blog. Why could that be?

SabaShimon said...

While he may have lost the White men and women, and the White Protestants and Catholics, embarrassingly he has yet to lose the White Jew.
Kind of mind boggling when one thinks about it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Daniel for taking what is on a lot of peoples mind and articulating it in a rational manner. Again, you were able to capture the essence of the subject and state it in a short but bittersweet manner.


Anonymous said...

While I agree with the thrust of the article I find it hard to believe that Obama lost every category of white America or split the white vote in NY evenly. Given the demorats use of cementary voters perhaps this accounts for Obama's win in 2012, but it seems that there are many guilt ridden white Americans who can't wait for tribal government.

Anonymous said...

Why do you peddle in this kind of malarkey. It weakens the credibility of your important message about Islam. I would humbly suggest that if you want to be serious about race peddling and racial politics you crack a history text that wasn't published by the heritage foundation and learn about how America governed its negro population since 1865. I would then take a hard look at the current GOP especially in Georgia and Mississippi and then look at how local governments treat their negro citizens. Wow wee. Ya learned something.
We will need every Christian - black , yellow, white, to defeat the coming Islamic army - burning racial bridges with misinformation is not a smart first step.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Obama won some narrow categories. He won white atheists. He may have won young unmarried white women. I'm not sure. I would have to look it up.

A lot of update NY is more conservative than you might think.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Saba, he lost Orthodox Jews, won secular Jews. The numbers will change as the demographics do.

If you want to see the future of the Jewish vote, take a look at this

Anonymous said...

The plan all along. The Democrats have been tirelessly working for decades to create divisions among us but Obama succeeded where they have failed. If one read any of Obama's writings before he was elected they could have seen his hatred for American ideals, principles and values and seen that he is clearly a racist and would do anything he could to support and enhance the ability of our enemies to crush us.


Anonymous said...

You can get Rules for Radicals for free. Obama is swimming in its words the way a parasite swims through the intestine.

Alinsky demands America apologize for past actions as a means of resetting global politics. We tried that. Worked as well as Alinsky must have privately thought it would.

Hope and Change as a message for the middle class and a way to alleviate middle class boredom. It was Obama's campaign bumper sticker.

More importantly the community organizer must be a shameless lightning rod for people on both sides of the divide. Angry rhetoric brings out the loyalists the organizer needs. He doesn't expect to govern. He expects to promote himself, his organization and get rich. Even Obama's public golfing has an underlying purpose. It takes a special kind of black man to applaud Obama even as he runs around in weird golf clothes on exclusive courses. They make for a loud base though and thats what he needs.

Problem is that on the GOP side we have our own Alinskyites. They push "moderation" at all costs, find micro populations to support themselves and cut the same deals as the community organizers.

Anonymous said...
Michelle Obama is no better, she is rarely photographed with white children.Recently she gave a speech in Atlanta re: higher education, implying the
'rich kids' knew better how to get ahead.. Substitute 'rich' with white..substitute 'not pregnant' with rich. Neither O will ever really talk about the elephant in the room..It boggles the mind to think that political leaders give tacit approval to single motherhood, drug use, and collecting welfare..
What her 'rich kids' may know, is work hard, obey the rules and show some respect..
What a nasty, trashy piece of work she is.
Her greatest regret seems to be that she was born too late to be Angela Davis.


Prairie Patriot said...

Great post. I just started reading your blog and agree with everything thus far. You have a great gift in your writing!

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