John Ransom

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act that granted blacks the same basic rights that whites had, equality of a sort has finally arrived.

Quinnipiac University released a recent survey today that names Barack Obama the worst president in history, without regard to race, creed or color.

Finally, some people are getting the content of character thing that Dr. Martin Luther King spoke so eloquently about, rather than just the color of the skin thing that the Democrats have relied so heavily on.

“President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today,” says the brief accompanying the poll.

He beats George W. Bush by 5 percentage points.

On the plus side only 8 percent of voters think Obama is the best president ever.

"Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll.

Obama reached the high water mark in his presidency in June of 2009 with a 59 percent approval rating that again, was largely a measure of how badly Americans wanted the first black president in the history of the country to succeed.

And that’s the historic sin for Obama.

Obama never understood that he had a responsibility to treat the presidency with the respect that could leave a legacy for other black politicians to follow.

Instead he allowed an entitlement mentality to cloud his thinking.

What happened to the Barack Obama who on the campaign trail in 2008 wasn’t afraid to speak against some of the cultural ills in the black community caused by 300 years of degrading treatment of blacks in America?

First it was slavery, then it was segregation, and now it’s dependency.

And Obama of all people should be aware that the president sets the tone.

So here’s the answer. And again, it’s a kind of progress because it has nothing to do with race.

It’s not because Obama’s black that he feels entitled. It’s because he’s Obama.

He’s enjoyed advantages in America that have been afforded few black people. He’s enjoyed advantages that he wishes to deny other blacks.

And like politicians of any color, deep down he’s mostly an opportunist.

So the Obama who lectured the black community is the same Obama who now panders to the understandable anger that simmers in the black community.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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