Tavis Smiley made a breathtaking admission about the regime of Barack Obama recently:
Answering the question whether or not African Americans are better off than they were five years ago, Smiley said:
Let me answer your question very forthrightly. No, they are not. The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category. On that regard, the president ought to be held responsible.
As you can see from the full context of this snip, Tavis Smiley is still very much “the President’s man,” even though he has been treated as if he didn’t exist by the White House (though Obama used him plenty to campaign for President). I am sure it is a complete coincidence (not!) that his awards from the NAACP ceased after 2008.
Smiley impresses me with his loyal opposition, though I think don’t think Obama deserves any loyalty. But his statement makes me wonder about African American voters in general. Is there anything that Obama could possibly do to African Americans that would get them to stop supporting him?
I came up with the crazy title of this post because thinking about Smiley’s comments reminded me of the TV show of a few years ago, Angel. In Season 4 a monster begins conquering the earth through mind control. Named “Jasmine” (played by Gina Torres), the demonic creature appears as a beautiful woman. She provides peace and security for her brainwashed followers. The only hitch is that she must devour a number of her worshipers every once in a while in order to maintain and expand her strength.
Delivering such humble lines as, “You don’t have to do anything but love each other—although a temple would be nice,” Jasmine argued that those fighting against her were fighting against the only hope of the human race. This produced the immortal comeback, “You eat people!” Jasmine didn’t think this mattered since more people would survive once she eliminated war and disease and crime. So what if she consumed s few of them?
Obama has done the opposite of eliminate war. Disease is no better. And his cronies have not shown themselves able to restrain crime. With Fast and Furious and other scandals a case can be made that they are increasing it.
So Obama’s got nothing to offer that he has done to make the lives of African Americans better. In fact, their lives are worse by all economic standards. Yet they side with him. So do the “liberal” whites who claim they care about African Americans.
Thus, my question: If it turned out that Obama was a Jasmine who had to eat a few of his followers every once in a while, would it make any difference to them?