God bless Barack Obama.
Yeah, I said it. Just like I praised Kirsten Powers earlier this week for her public act of contrition concerning the Covington Catholic boys and her failings in her Christian witness in general.
News flash: Dispensing grace isn’t an option for us in such times. We are commanded to welcome home the prodigal son with much rejoicing by the Lord himself. And so I shall. I was once such as they, and I will be again. So will you.
Obama this week threw victimology and trans nonsense to the side for a while and talked with great clarity about how to be a real man. The occasion was the fifth anniversary and first national gathering of My Brother’s Keeper, which is part of the Obama Foundation and works to improve opportunities for minority boys.
Joined by Golden State Warriors basketball superstar Stephen Curry, Obama stressed that life as portrayed by rap or hip-hop videos is not a path toward respectability.
“We live in a culture where our worth is measured by how much money we have and how famous we are,” Obama said. “I will tell you, at the end of the day, the thing that will give you confidence is not that. I know a lot of rich people that are all messed up. If you are really confident about your financial situation, you’re probably not going to be wearing an 8-pound chain around your neck. If you’re very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking.”
That will preach. Obama said several things at this high-profile event that folks like me are called bigots for saying, and he presumably did it knowing that he would get publicity for it. Which means that propaganda and victimology be damned, he was determined to tell the truth this time.
Would he have had my back if I had said these things first and he was subsequently asked about them? I don’t know, and based on past history have my doubts. But the problem he is addressing is of such importance to the survival of our culture that none of us has time to quibble about that.
Obama said what needed to be said. And I thank him for that, especially when doing so caused him to effectively rebuke a substantial segment of his most vocal support.
And just to make sure the boys in front of him could identify with him as something other than the onetime president giving a speech he really didn’t believe, Obama exposed his own feet of clay in order to help the medicine go down.
Obama said he was “all kinds of screwed up” during his high school days, saying that was partly due to having met his father only once.
No ambiguity there. We need dads, and in order to be dads we need to be men first. Men who understand their responsibilities. Men who aren’t afraid of being called to duty. Men who aren’t junkies hooked on the lies of the age. Men who prioritize having children as the ultimate gift of life.
We are in dire straits in that regard. A recent Pew poll showed that lower-class Americans have deprioritized marriage and family at a level suitable for promoting population extinction, not survival.
Obama just pushed back on that with vigor, and we should all pray that he continues to do so, because if he did, whatever his motivations, it would serve every cause that seeks to preserve a culture worth conserving.
Strong families, whether white, black, or brown, are a win for everybody because they are a win for the determinant forces in our lives that have nothing to do with a Leviathan government. Of course, was Obama an ardent supporter of such Leviathan government as president? I don’t know; is the pope Catholic? Okay, I meant the popes prior to this current one, but you get my point.
So instead of dismissing Obama’s comments here because of his political views, we should reward and encourage those who speak truth to a culture that needs it — especially when it’s in spite of those political views. We are not the ones who need to wrestle with reconciling these comments with the immorality promoted by his pop culture supporters, not to mention several of his policies as president. Obama is.
Steve Deace is broadcast nationally every day on BlazeTV. He is the author of the book “Truth Bombs: Confronting the Lies Conservatives Believe (To Our Own Demise).”