By Tom Quiner
Barack Obama impressed me in a singular way. He redefined the notion of who is a bad guy.
Muslim terrorists weren’t bad guys, because he lectured us not to use the term.
With each new mass-murder, he intoned for Americans to be kind and not over-react to the latest round of carnage, out of concern for our Islamic brothers and sisters.
American-hating Ayatollah’s in Iran weren’t bad guys, because he bent over backwards to cut a sweet deal with them to build nuclear bombs in a decade.
Hezbollah drug traffickers and money launderers weren’t bad guys, if the liberal Politico’s reporting is accurate, because Mr. Obama declined to pursue law enforcement against them on U.S. soil out of fear of irritating Iranian Ayatollahs (see above).
And yet his IRS targeted conservative groups by denying them non-profit status in the run-up to the 2012 election. They (conservative groups, pro lifers, Christian conservatives) were bad guys.
And yet he put pro life groups and Christian groups on terrorist watch groups with Homeland Security.
And yet he sneered at regular folks for “clinging to their Bibles and their guns” as if sacred scripture and self-defense was a bad thing.
He sneered at the Little Sisters of the Poor who refused to violate their First Amendment rights by paying for contraception and human abortifacients for their employees.
I’m impressed with the way Barack Obama demonized people this country used to consider good guys and the way he defended people we used to consider bad guys. Hillary Clinton doubled-down on the Obama philosophy by characterizing the former good guys as ‘deplorable’ and ‘irredeemable.’
It is this flip-flop of American values which contributed to the presidency of Donald Trump. I never knew I was a bad guy until Barack Obama became president. It’s kind of comforting to know we have a president these days who doesn’t view people of my ilk as anti-American.