Obama Vs. The StatesPosted in Politics on May 30th, 2014
Obama, the boy who would be king, has always had a problem with authority that doesn’t stem from himself, his handlers and overseers, or his direct underlings in the Executive.
Nowhere is this more obvious than when he’s dealing with the several States and the governments demanding that he, to at least some extent, abide by the 10th Amendment.
Louisiana’s Governor, Bobby Jindal ran into this attitude recently.
“When we met with him as governors, I asked him, why donâ€™t you give the states more influence on accrediting higher education, to bring more competition in the marketplace?” Jindal said.
“Hereâ€™s the insulting thing: In a room full of Democratic and Republican governors, basically, in so many words he said, ‘We canâ€™t trust states. We canâ€™t trust governors to protect their own people.'”
Of course, to be fair, this goes a bit beyond and outside of Obama’s authoritarian streak. It’s also a cultural disconnect. The question of giving the states more influence on accrediting higher education smacks of States’ Rights; Obama is – by his choice – a Black; and Blacks have been inculcated to believe that States’ Rights is just a code phrase for racism.
Really! Expecting Obama to behave differently or better would be culturally insensitive and would be ignoring the weight of over 150 years of Blacks being taught to be against the several states having any level of authority or autonomy. 😉