Obama’s Fundamental Condescension Toward Americans

When Jesse Jackson complained that Barack Obama talked down to black people, he was right on the money. But Obama’s condescension is of a different nature than Jackson realized. Obama is not showing disrespect for audiences when he tells them to take responsibility for their actions and plan for the future. Those moments represent the Democratic nominee’s, too-rare but commendable, efforts to hold adults accountable for their own lots. That’s respect. Obama’s condescension is on display every he time tells people he’ll protect them from their own carelessness or stupidity. Take this from Obama’s speech yesterday to the Urban League:

This election is about the couple I met in North Las Vegas who saved up for decades only to be tricked into buying a home they couldn’t afford.

Really? Is this election about protecting adults who don’t bother to read, or don’t understand, the fine print in their mortgage and purchasing contracts? And if you are not one of those adults, do you really want a presidential nominee addressing you as if you were?

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Obama’s Fundamental Condescension Toward Americans

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