My Only Disappointment in the President

The headline is perhaps misleading in that it may suggest satisfaction with all but one of President Obama’s endeavors.  This is not the case with me, as I was among those who, during the previous presidential campaign, found themselves immune to Mr. Obama’s charms.  To be disappointed is to have expected other results, and indeed nothing that has transpired since his inauguration, from a lagging economy to an imploding health care system to a foreign policy in collapse, comes as a surprise to anyone who judged then-Senator Obama by his record rather than his rhetoric. 

But there is one crisis – and it is a genuine crisis – that Mr. Obama was uniquely situated to address yet has failed to do so.  I refer to the horrific level of inner-city crime in America, the root cause of which is the appalling number of children whose fathers are little more than sperm donors.  It is considered crass to discuss such things but facts are facts, and the fact is that no ethnic group in America has a higher rate of illegitimate births than do blacks, at 72.5 percent.  And nowhere is the link between fatherless children and crime more vividly illustrated than in Mr. Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago, where more than 400 people have been murdered thus far in 2012.

Mr. Obama, by all accounts a devoted husband and father, had the opportunity to use the prestige of his office to lower the illegitimacy rate among Americans in general and blacks in particular, not through the sort of government intervention of which he is so fond, but rather through the example he sets in his own family.  How many speeches on Obamacare did we endure, how many appearances on The View did he make, how often were we expected to marvel at his acumen in selecting his brackets in the NCAA basketball tournament?  He was an unavoidable figure on television, from C-SPAN to the news channels and even to ESPN, all to promote himself and his agenda of an intrusive federal government burrowing ever more deeply into every aspect of American life. 

But on this, on the single biggest problem facing black America, he has remained silent, and therein lies my disappointment.  I have been a police officer for more than 30 years, the bulk of that time spent in neighborhoods in Los Angeles where, like parts of Chicago, violence is so common as to be banal.  I have seen the aftermath of hundreds upon hundreds of shootings, the great majority of them involving a young black male gunning down another young black male who, in most measurable respects, was exactly like the one who shot him.

In my naiveté, I once thought President Obama might at some point have devoted a few words from his countless speeches to condemn this behavior and the diseased culture that engenders it.  Instead, through his associations with the likes of Jay-Z and the “Pimp with the Limp,” he has endorsed that very culture.  And in Chicago and elsewhere the carnage continues.

When President Obama resumes his life in Chicago – and I pray that day is near – he will return to his home in Hyde Park, where under the protection of the Secret Service he will nightly hear the not-too-distant wail of sirens as police officers, paramedics, and firefighters race to the scene of another Southside shooting, there to find the latest victim of this relentless slaughter, about which he has for too long held his tongue.

What a disappointment.  What a disgrace.  What an awful, awful shame.

  1. Lavaux

    What could Obama do about inner-city crime that doesn’t involve spending money we don’t have, violating our constitutional system of federalism, or sticking his nose into places it’s not wanted? Very little, I suspect. Oh sure, he could try to do like Bill Cosby and encourage inner-city blacks to embrace traditional bourgeois/protestant values such as marriage, hard work, thrift, charity etc., but of course Obama doesn’t believe the aforementioned values are the answer to the problem.

    Instead, Obama’s message to inner-city blacks is Rev. Wright’s message, namely, that they are victims of the racist, greedy white majority, and that their problems can only be remedied by imposing Fabian socialism on America. Not surprisingly, this is exactly what Obama has attempted to do.

  2. DocJay

    What a travesty indeed.  I too have seen enough inner city despair and know well the hopeless and entitled life that black males are born in to.  The culture is abhorrent in the cities outside of homes where religion is at the forefront.  

    You have one thing wrong though, Obama is going to abandon Chicago and retire in Hawaii right down the beach from where I am until tomorrow.  Ironically I haven’t seen a single yard sign endorsing him.    

  3. Give Me Liberty

    You are absolutely right! I am a high school teacher and our local system has an alert for students who may have issues at home and one of the most common is the “student lives with mother only.”  Too often, and as Ann Coulter mentions in her book Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, students who most often have “behavior problems” are the sons of single mothers.  I meet with these mothers and they are usually hard working, sweet people, but their sons have no respect for them or anyone else.

    By the way, you don’t really think Obama will return to Chicago do you?  Has he got any political career left?  He will be living on the beach in Hawai’i somewhere.

  4. reidspoorhouse

    I was expecting more from this President, but should have known better! He is a liberal after all, and the cure for everything is throwing money at it, and if that doesn’t work, throw even more money at it. If you want proof of that look at Head Start, what a smashing success that has been!Our President is such a genius, and so brave too, first likely he doesn’t believe what Bill Cosby said, and secondly, he wouldn’t have the guts to say it if he did! He believes that equality means everyone dropping down, instead of changing the culture of dependency, and irresponsibility in the inner city so that African-American youth can enjoy success, and a longer life span than the average incarcerated black man.

  5. The Mugwump

    In times past the condition was known as bastardy.  The word carried a social stigma because people knew it was a bad thing.  Then the liberals in all their misplaced compassion began to soften the lexicon.  They coined the term “single motherhood” and celebrated it as something noble and heroic.  In truth, it was a direct assault on our national family life.  But that’s what collectivists do.  They have to dynamite the pillars of civilization before they can achieve power.

    Is the word bastardy more cruel than the condition of bastardy?  Is the word worse than seeing a young man grow up fatherless?  He joins a gang at 16, goes to jail at 18, and is found dead on the street at age 21 with a bullet in his head after a drug deal gone bad.  Which is worse?  It’s time for plain speech.  We cannot afford to hide behind euphemisms.  I think Mr. Romney understands the problem.  I pray he makes it a national priority.  Not with government programs, mind you, but with the power of the bully pulpit.  As goes the family, so goes the nation.

  6. Frightened American

    I am a true cynic who thinks that Obama wants to destroy America.  He wants the violence of Chicago in every community in the USA.  What better way to do it than with an army of very, very angry inner city youths.  These youths will be his brown shirts, a ‘civilian national security force’ to terrorize us if he gets a second term.  Why did DHS purchase 1.4 billion rounds of ammo?  What better way to take away our freedom than to make us afraid to leave our homes?  

  7. Eleanor

    I am in your camp.

    I never fell for the Obama fainting fanatics club. I might have been immune for many reasons to his rhetoric but for one, other than using a cause to get to his ends, I never saw him as having any concern for the black community because I never saw him as having any real love for or commitment to or knowledge of being black and American. This is not a ‘birther’ issue. It is a he-did-not-seem-to-have-grown-up-in-America issue. 

    I can also agree with masscon that I read O as wanting to destroy America as he enjoyed all it had to offer. And in those aims he is doing very well. And the brown shirts comment as well.

    Just think of how a soft tyranny will be ramped up with so much inner city disaffection that awfully hurts the inner cities and spills out to the larger metropolitan areas. 

  8. Redneck Desi

    A simple question that America needs to answer is how did black illegitamacy skyrocket from the Jim Crow era to today? Black marriages in 1960 had significantly more financial and social burdens but the illegitimacy rate was 20% or so, compared with 70% today. Social tolerance of bad behavior clearly has decimated the black family with limited pushback from society. The two greatest threats to our children are debt and the “its all good” culture. It makes me sad just to write this.

  9. david foster

    Since Obama was considered “cool,” he probably could have had an influence on what behavior was considered cool. He *has* made a few comments on the importance of good families, but hasn’t really pushed it in the way he’s pushed other things.

    Such a campaign might have had a meaningful impact. And it certainly would not have cost him any material political support among black people—but it probably *would* have cost him political support among white women of the extreme feminist persuasion.

  10. Valiuth

    You don’t really hear any distant sirens from where Obama lives. I only live a block away from his Hyde Park home, so I know. Hyde Park is supper isolated from the rest of the south side. It is mini island of wealth and safty.

  11. Indaba

    Being a role model to young black males to get married, having children and being a loving father, sticking to that responsibility while working hard – these were the visual cues I thought Obama would bring to black Americans.  

    It is Marx who wanted angry workers thinking about their factory owner, the Capitalist, at home on Sunday, warm and with his family. Obama did not have a Dad and his grandfather brought him up on Marxism. He does not see the need for a father perhaps as his family was a communal arrangement, not two parents.

    As you say, Obama talks about how the State can be involved in lives, but never mentions family. When I heard Mitt link education to family, I thought how true, but the value of an intact family is now one of the “unsayables.” Family describes all arrangements now.

    Women need the men to embrace and want family. Why would a middle aged man like Obama go on Pimp with a Limp? What do black women think about what is being role modelled?  Where is the media on this human interest story? Why does The View not discuss the impact on women and the next generation?

  12. Keith Preston
    DocJay: You have one thing wrong though, Obama is going to abandon Chicago and retire in Hawaii right down the beach from where I am until tomorrow.  Ironically I haven’t seen a single yard sign endorsing him.     · 6 hours ago

    exactly.  Wanna see where he will probably end up?  Here.  My wife, a former Hawaii real estate agent, knows it well.  Penny Pritzker and others will help fund his “retirement.”  Chicago was as much “home” to him as Arkansas was to Bill and Hillary.

  13. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    On Obama’s future, I am of another view. If he loses — and, as you know, I think that he will lose and lose big — he will start his next Presidential campaign. He may not understand how to be a Senator or President, but he knows how to campaign, and he knows very little else. He has said that this will be his last campaign. If he wins, perhaps it will. If not, he will be a thorn in our side for a very long time.

  14. Devereaux
    Indaba:

    As you say, Obama talks about how the State can be involved in lives, but never mentions family. When I heard Mitt link education to family, I thought how true, but the value of an intact family is now one of the “unsayables.” Family describes all arrangements now.

    Women need the men to embrace and want family. Why would a middle aged man like Obama go on Pimp with a Limp? What do black women think about what is being role modelled?  Where is the media on this human interest story? Why does The View not discuss the impact on women and the next generation? · 1 hour ago

    What you question is the essence of liberalism – the destruction of social structure and the imposition of the government as its replacement.

    ?Ever wonder why Michelle hasn’t spoken out about the creation of a feral male in the black community by illegitimacy, but instead has waged a war on “calories”.

  15. flownover

    The matriarchal society that once exhibited a small degree of control was supplanted by one of governmental benefits that was pure subsidy .  The quid pro quo was a vote and slavish ( oops) adherence to code of victimhood. James QWilson and Moynihan identified the problems yers ago , but the politicians abused that research to (1) grab money and (2) create permanent voting blocs. 

    The individuals never mattered and the kleptocracy grew. Cheap cultural iconography replaced learning , criminal behavior was glorified and traditional roles fell away. Whites recoiled , walling off whole neighborhoods with freeways , gerrymandering the new ghettoization. Real segregation continued under different rules. Education failed as the goal morphed from intelligence transfer to wealth accumulation for the administrators.

    The only cure I can imagine is a complete reversal to local control, with the churches in control . No other organization needs families as their building blocks and in return provides rules for living and  loving their fellow man. A ground level organic effort might succeed where welfare from 30,000 ft has failed.

  16. Neolibertarian

    Mr. Dunphy, you’ve hit upon a fundamental tragic truth which will haunt us long after the other disasters of the Obama administration are forgotten. I feel so strongly about this issue, I’d even posted on the subject myself some time ago.

    Obama, himself, spoke about this “moral example” aspect of his presidency in 2008:

    Now, I know some say I’ve been too tough on folks about this responsibility stuff. But I’m not going to stop talking about it. Because I believe that in the end, it doesn’t matter how much money we invest in our communities, or how many 10-point plans we propose, or how many government programs we launch – none of it will make any difference if we don’t seize more responsibility in our own lives.

    That’s how we’ll truly honor those who came before us.

    He recognized the opportunity; he recognized the possibilities of someone like him standing at the Bully Pulpit.

    But he’s not a leader, is he? He’s passed on every opportunity to lead that’s ever been presented to him–and these are legion at this point.

    More’s the pity.

  17. KC Mulville

    I agree that the violence is explained, to a great extent, by a lack of fatherhood and family life. I attribute that, in turn, to two trends that accelerate one another: the sexual revolution and the welfare state. And in turn, while those trends aren’t racial by definition, they became acute in inner cities.

    A final turn: once that pathology developed, it generated a culture where sex is casual and relationship has little to do with it.

    The feminist lobby portrays marriage as a distraction at best, where family is something you do after you do what you want. Obama is an unabashed feminist.

    You have Roe v. Wade that tells the biological father that he has no say in the decision to start a family, even if he wanted to say no. He doesn’t even have a say. He’s irrelevant. Obama is an unabashed supporter of abortion.

    Obama may have a fine family himself. He didn’t grow up in the inner city. But he supports policies that undermine the foundations of family. His personal life is at odds with his policies. His policies pull the rug out from under him.

  18. Dave Roy
    Neolibertarian: 

    But he’s not a leader, is he? He’s passed on every opportunity to lead that’s ever been presented to him–and these are legion at this point.

    More’s the pity. · 1 minute ago

    I agree with the rest of what you said too, but this hits it on the head. He’s not a leader. Even when it’s his own agenda, he lets other do the work. Obamacare and the Stimulus were largely created by Reid & Pelosi.

    If you can’t even lead on something that you supposedly feel that passionate about, how are you going to lead and entire ethnic group into bettering the fabric of their society?

  19. Eeyore

    Obama’s core hasn’t changed for his entire career. 

    While he was a State Senator, a bill came up making the discharge of a gun within 1000 feet of a school a crime and an “aggravating” factor to any other crime. Obama couldn’t vote against an “anti-violence” bill, obviously. But he couldn’t vote for it either, as almost every instance of its enforcement would certainly involve a minority. So, as he most often, did, he voted “present.”

    It is outside his political ability to condemn any aspect of any minority culture which which can’t be directly blamed on the racist “dominant” culture.

  20. Nick Stuart
    When President Obama resumes his life in Chicago

    Virtually not the remotest chance that PBO will return to Chicago. He got everything out of Illinois politics he wanted. He’ll retire to an estate in Hawaii or somewhere from whence he will come to deliver hopium and changium at $500,000 per speech.