Back in the 1990s, as I was nearing retirement from DEA, we had an administrator (head of the agency or director) named Tom Constantine. He was appointed administrator out of the New York State Police. When he left the State Police, they reportedly held a retirement party for him, a party to which he was not invited. As administrator of DEA, Constantine presided over an agency with poor morale. The reason for the poor morale? Constantine. It seems that Constantine brought with him an unfavorable attitude about federal law enforcement agents. Reports said that he often told his underlings at DEA Hqs, "You feds......." (fill in the blank.)
Shortly before I retired, I was having a few drinks with a DEA colleague who had attended a meeting between Constantine and a few ordinary agents who were on TDY in HQs. I asked him what his impression of Constantine was. His answer?
"He doesn't like us."
I think the same can be said at this point about President Obama. He doesn't like us. Not all of us, of course, but a significant part of the population of this country. In truth, we should have figured this out a long time ago.
Was it when we first heard about Reverend Jeremiah Wright, he of "God damn America fame"? Obama spent 20 years sitting in Wright's church, yet claimed never to have heard him condemn this country.
Was it when we learned of his association with William Ayres and Bernadine Dohrn?
Was it when we learned of the influence on Obama of Frank Marshall Davis and Saul Alinsky?
Was it when we read his two autobiographies, written before he even became famous? Should we have seen a red flag when he wrote of identifying more with the black father who abandoned him than the white mother and grandparents who raised him?
Was it when Michelle Obama told a campaign audience that America in the 21st century was a really mean country or when she said that she was proud of her country for the first time in her life-because her husband was running for president?
Was it when we came to know Joe the Plumber, when Obama told him that he wanted to "spread the wealth around"?
Was it when we realized that he had no idea of how to hold his hand over his heart when reciting the Pledge of Alliance or the National Anthem was playing?
Was it when he started apologizing for America during his overseas trips?
Was it when he showed utter contempt for Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu during a White House visit?
Was it when, after becoming President, he accused the Cambridge, Massachusetts police of acting stupidly when they arrested Henry Louis Gates?
Was it when he started appointing radicals like Van Jones to positions in his government?
Was it when he made Eric Holder attorney general or in any of the instances in the succeeding 3 years that Holder made it plain that he was running a race-based, radical Justice Department?
Was it during the last 9-11 ceremony in New York when he and Michelle appeared to be treating the flag-folding ceremony with contempt?
This is man who we had hoped would bring us together-even if we had voted against him. In contrast, he has driven us further apart. He has widened the divide between whites and blacks, conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats. He blames our problems on anyone he can other than himself. He does not understand what drives Americans to love their country and to respect our traditions. He has no great appreciation for the capitalist system, free enterprise, and the inalienable right for people to keep what they earn. That is because he is a socialist-if not an out and out Marxist.
How ironic that in less than one generation after the collapse of the Soviet Union and their satellites in Eastern Europe, we have a president that has more in common with that failed ideology than he does with the system that made America the winner of the Cold War.
President Obama doesn't like us.