Wendy Davis Was Right—Just Look At Obama’s Destruction Of Black America

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Democratic Texas State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was heavily criticized for a political ad she ran against her disabled Republican opponent, Greg Abbott. To clarify, she did not claim Abbott was an unfit candidate because he is disabled—that would be discriminatory.

She argued, and rightfully so, that Greg Abbott politicizes his disability; yet he actively ruled and legally fought against the blind, deaf, and those with amputees among others. Despite his successful lawsuit for the injury he incurred 30 years ago, Abbott has consistently blocked disabled Texans from suing the state for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Davis’s logic, however, reveals the same fallacies about herself. She claims as a woman to support policies that safeguard and empower women, yet has little to show for it. Consider the issue of birth control, for example. Davis, like the majority of female elected officials, claims women should have unfettered access to it. Yet, the birth control medications available and readily prescribed to healthy young women—Depo Provera, Ortho Evra, and the Nuvo Ring—are killing and/or destroying women’s health.

Davis is not “standing with” the women who cite numerous examples in class actions lawsuits of the life-long and life-threatening health conditions they suffer because of these drugs: blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, blood disorders, sterilization, and death. Young women are dropping dead, and Davis is silent.

But more importantly, the first black president of the United States has caused more harm to black Americans than most of his predecessors.

Barack Obama’s policies of “hope” and “change” have increased long-term unemployment by 14 percent since he took office, increased the national debt more than all of his predecessors combined, increased inflation 43 percent more than President Bush, and caused more Americans to lose their health insurance and access to medical care than ever before.

Under the first black president, black unemployment is higher; and black participation in the labor force (60.2 percent) is at its lowest since December 1977. Both unemployment and underemployment among blacks is more than double that of whites according to national labor statistics.

In Obama’s Illinois, it’s worse—less than 50 percent of blacks are employed. They face significant challenges in a state whose food-stamp enrollment outpaces job creation by nearly 2 to 1, and ranks last of all 50 states in job creation. In fact, Illinoisians are leaving the state at a rate of one person every ten minutes because of Obama’s disastrous economic policies.

Obama’s economic policies have fostered a cycle of abject poverty and erosion of societal cohesion distinguished by the largest increase in criminal activity in nearly two decades. Federal statistics reveal that violent crime since 2011 is at an all-time high, with a significant increase of racially motivated hate crimes and “violent victimizations” of whites by blacks.

Worse still, black on black violence is escalating. In 2010, for example, 55 percent of homicide victims who were shot were black. Statistics indicate that 90 percent of black murder victims are killed by blacks.

In Obama’s Chicago, a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, there are more murders committed than in New York City or Los Angeles. In 2012, for example, compared to Chicago’s 512 murders, there were 418 in New York City and 298 in Los Angeles. Yet, Chicago is one third smaller than New York City and has one million fewer people than Los Angeles.

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Ouch: Obama’s Home City Just Did Something That Might Make Him Not Want To Go Back

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When unveiling the project with great fanfare back in April, the president’s former Chief of Staff and current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, announced that a new Chicago high school would be named for Barack Obama.

A number of schools across the country have been named for Obama, but this was to be the first in his home state of Illinois. The operative word in the previous sentence — WAS.

The Chicago Tribune now reports that, without any fanfare whatsoever, Emanuel let it be known that Obama’s name will not adorn the new $60 million high school.

In announcing the decision, Mayor Emanuel indicated it was the result of community input…in other words, the people didn’t want Barack Obama’s name on their new school.

“Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school. We take that community input seriously, which is why – as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama – we will look for other possible names for this future school,” Emanuel said in a statement.

Given the coverage of this development in the New York Daily News, one must ask how long it might be before cries of racism fill the Chicago air.

Two sources confirmed to The Daily News that the Chicago Board of Education has quietly decided to not go ahead with plans for the name of a new so-called selective enrollment public high school on the city’s predominantly white North Side.

The board has a policy that does not allow schools to be named after those who are still living. It will cite that stricture as reason for the about-face.

It’s not as though President Obama has been overlooked when it comes to the naming of schools. As ABC News noted even back in 2010:

He has been in the White House 18 months, but President Obama already has seven U.S. schools named after him, far more than his predecessor George W. Bush and a designation that educators say bucks the trend.

Still, given the fact that this about-face has happened in the city where Barack Obama started his political career, one might suppose the sting of rejection for the president could be rather painful.

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Want To Really Stop The Violence In Chicago? Here’s How…

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Despite the media play Chicago gets, it isn’t the official “Murder Capital of the U.S.A.”

That unhappy distinction — based on the murder rate per 100,000 people, not on the number of actual dead people on the streets — belongs to poor, under-populated Flint, Mich.

Chicago gets the bad rap — and the attention of the anti-gun nuts — because it led the nation with 415 homicides last year. That’s more murders than any other city, but not even in the top 10 when you factor in population.

Thanks to its recent “Independence Day Massacre,” which left 18 dead and 82 wounded, Chicago’s murder toll has already hit 201 for this year.

Homicides have been trending down in Mayor Emanuel’s kind of town and other major cities for decades. Chicago had nearly 1,000 murders a year in the early 1990s.

But most of the city’s murder victims, and their murderers, continue to be young blacks and Latinos who either belonged to gangs or were the victims of their drive-by violence.

The slaughter in our inner cities, while not as bloody as it used to be, is our continuing national tragedy.

Chicago and statistically more dangerous cities like Detroit, New Orleans, and Washington are perpetual war zones where Americans kill each other year round.

The only solution liberals have for ending gun violence in the cities is to take away everybody’s guns.

But Chicago already has some of the country’s toughest gun laws. They obviously don’t bother the local drug lords.

No one ever wants to address the underlying cause of the violence in our inner cities.

It’s not the presence of guns. It’s the absence of fathers in the homes of the gang-bangers who are using guns to shoot each other.

The numbers are depressing and well known. Nearly 2 in 3 black children grow up in homes without a father present. One in three Latino kids do.

We can thank the liberals and their 1960s welfare programs for many of these broken families.

It was their “War on Poverty” that gave unmarried mothers financial independence, made fathers superfluous, and undermined the formation of two-parent families.

Fathers were let off the hook for their baby making and disappeared from family life. Mothers and grandmothers raised the children.

And when the fatherless boys grew up, they did what children born into broken families often do. They went out and found their own substitute families on the streets. We call them gangs.

And then as gang members, they use guns to defend their street families from those who try to do them harm the same way we’d defend our family members.

The murderous violence in our cities is never going to end until someone stands up and wakes up America with a “Put the father back in the family” speech.

Bill Cosby tried it — and caught hell. Others have caught hell for talking about the importance to children and society of intact families.

It’s time for someone politically and culturally important — like the president — to make a big, brave speech and remind everyone in the country that families need fathers, and vice versa.

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Watch: This Video Definitively Shows That Black People Are Turning On Obama

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Amidst the violence striking Chicago recently, black residents are voicing their opinions about Obama’s lack of compassion towards Chicago.

“Barack will go down as the worst president ever elected,” one man told Rebel Pundit. “Bill Clinton was the African-American President.”

Residents of Chicago’s Southside gathered at the Chicago Police Department to protest the insufferable violence shocking their community. President Obama has not only avoided the illegal immigration issue; residents of Chicago are calling him out on ignoring the present situation, where 120 people have been shot and at least 26 killed so far in July.

Another resident compared the current state of black American life to that during slavery, saying, “Today, if you look at the time that we were brought here as slaves 400 years ago, we got the same results today.”

Another said that “We look like we live in Beirut somewhere, ambulance, fire department, and police running up and down the street, all inside our community.”

All these residents are asking, where is the president? We’re sorry, Chicago; he must be getting in a quick 18 holes somewhere.

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“Big Data” Hits Chicago Streets

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In Chicago, the Big Data initiative is about to make a major leap this summer.

Urban planners are excited about the “Array of Things” project, which is installing “smart” lamp posts… pole-mounted sensors that gather data on everything from air quality to sound volume.

These smart lamps could make Chicago “a safer, more efficient and cleaner place to live,” according to Charlie Catlett, Director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data.

But they also present a new threat to personal privacy, as a bevy of advocates have noted.

You see, the sensors will also track foot traffic by locking on to cellphone signals. Researchers point out that the data will be collected anonymously; but as so many companies (for example, Netflix) have discovered, anonymity isn’t always foolproof.

Another One of Those Slippery Slopes

Frankly, it’s somewhat incredible that, in the wake of the NSA phone data scandal, other forms of phone data collection march on uninterrupted. Technology always advances faster than ethics, of course; but at this point, Big Data seems unstoppable.

And for many, Big Brother already feels like a foregone conclusion – if not our current reality. Think about it: The police are using facial recognition technology to capture criminals. Our license plates are being tracked by the Department of Homeland Security. Even Congress has been spied on by the CIA.

Those in charge of the “Array of Things” can claim that their sensors avoid recording the actual digital address of every cellphone they encounter…

But, as privacy expert Fred Cate wonders, what happens when “a company comes in and says we’ll pay you a million dollars to collect personally identifiable information?”

After all, it didn’t take Facebook (FB ), Apple (AAPL ), or Microsoft (MSFT ) long to hand over their massive data stores to the NSA’s PRISM initiative.

In fact, a similar “smart” street light system has the ability to analyze voices and track people , according to Intellistreets, the company that created the technology. Is there any reason to think that Chicago’s smart lamp posts won’t someday incorporate similar technology – especially if it’s put to use in other major cities?

In the end, money is power; and it’s hard to believe that any large-scale database is truly safe from abuse. More likely, it’s safe for the time being… and is merely waiting to be exploited. That feeling is bolstered by what the Chicago Tribune describes as the system’s “planned partnerships with industry.”

Additionally, what does this trend toward smart cities mean in the long term?

Researchers are clearly not concerned with Stephen Hawking’s warning about artificial intelligence (perhaps rightfully so).

Still, one of the world’s smartest individuals believes that AI is the greatest threat to humankind right now.

As he put it, artificial intelligence could “design improvements to itself and out-smart us all.” If the Robot Apocalypse ever did occur, I imagine humanity would regret the decision to install data-collecting lamp posts in major urban centers.

 

This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission. 

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