Obama, Philadelphia, and a New Ideological Racism

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by Gary Spina (Copyrighted)

In future years, historians will chronicle the Obama administration and the ushering in of a new ideological racism in America. They will write how Obama’s domestic and economic game-plan was grounded in a deep-seated anti-Americanism – in class warfare, deception, demagoguery, unabashed political retribution, and a tyrannical abuse of power. They will document how America’s first black president eschewed brotherhood and social harmony and proved himself to be a man of platitudes and empty promises.

But for now, we can credit Obama with keeping at least one promise. On the eve of his first election victory in 2008, he told a cheering crowd, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America!” And we can credit him with keeping his promise of “revenge” against his enemies, fanning the embers of hatred, famously stoking another crowd on the eve of his 2012 presidential election victory. “Voting is the best revenge,” he urged his supporters.

With those promises in mind, let us consider some strange happenings in historic Philadelphia – the “City of Brotherly Love” – a city under Democrat stewardship since 1952 – a city where Obama’s “Chicago Way” has been rearing its evil countenance.

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Independence Hall, Philadelphia

In 2013, Pennsylvania’s newly elected Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, a Democrat, shut down an ongoing sting operation. It was a political investigation begun in 2010 by prosecutor Frank G. Fina and then Attorney General Tom Corbett who is now Pennsylvania’s Republican governor. With Kane now at the helm, the sting was discontinued, and no one was charged with a crime even though the investigation had succeeded in getting audio and videotape evidence against a Philadelphia judge and four members of the city’s State House Delegation, all Democrats, all black, all accepting money from a lobbyist named Tyron B. Ali.

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Kathleen G. Kane

The sting investigation had been led by Fina who had had a string of successful prosecutions, including the child sexual abuse case against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. But after Kathleen Kane assumed the Attorney General’s post and the sting operation was closed down, Fina and others on his team were not asked to stay on. In fact, a week before Kane left office, and within hours of Kane’s inaugural swearing-in, Fina’s hard-drive was removed from his computer and seized.

Sources with knowledge of Fina’s investigation told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Tyron B. Ali gave $2,000 to one lawmaker, pressing her to vote against a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls. When the bill came up for a vote, she and every other Democrat in the State House voted against it.

On March 14, 2014, in an attempt to justify dropping the investigation, Kathleen Kane gave a statement to the Inquirer claiming the investigation was poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism in that it had targeted African-Americans.

But Inquirer sources seemed to indicate that entrapment was not an issue, saying Ali did not have to ferret out the corrupt politicians – they approached him. Kane offers no substantiated proof of prosecutorial racism beyond her verbal accusation that prosecutors in the case had ordered investigators to target “only members of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus” and to ignore “potentially illegal acts by white members of the General Assembly.”

Specifically, the case centered around a voter-identification bill that had come before the Pennsylvania State House – all harkening back to Obama’s 2008 presidential election victory and the voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers of Philadelphia. There, too, in that 2008 case, criminal prosecution was dropped — by Attorney General Eric Holder — even though the accused admitted the crime and had pleaded guilty.

Black Panthers

Hans A. von Spakovsky in a 2010 National Review Online article cites a privilege log (Freedom of Information request) released by Judicial Watch which strongly suggests that political appointees were intimately involved in the decision to drop the case against the Black Panthers.

When Holder dismissed the case, J. Christian Adams, a voting rights attorney at the Justice Department, resigned in protest. In June of 2010, in a Washington Times op-ed, Adams wrote that, “the dismissal raises serious questions about the (Justice) Department’s enforcement neutrality (in upcoming elections).” He further charged that he was ordered not to comply with a federal Civil Rights Commission subpoena to investigate Holder’s decision.

Adams wrote: Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it “payback time.” Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.

Five years into his presidency, Obama continues to talk a lot about fairness in America, but his words ring hollow. There are other examples – many and too many — of Obama’s politicizing of America’s social, economic, and justice systems. There are many and too many laws and policies which the Obama administration chooses to enforce or not enforce on the basis of an uncompromising personal ideology of revenge.

Our political leaders, both Democrat and Republican, need to understand that when a man feeds on his own heart, when he sows the seeds of anger and vengeance, he will reap anger and vengeance – and his sun will set in cold, bitter darkness.

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