Swing and a Miss

Swing and a Miss

Corey WilsonWednesday,17 June 2015

Michael Goodwin wishes that there was more positive news to write about; a sentiment I echo. It’s just too bad that, as a columnist for the New York Post, he seems prone to creating drama—a penchant of the Post it seems.

His most recent article entitled “Obama, Cuomo, and de Blasio: The 3 stooges of the apocalypse,” is the kind of column that I scour the internet to read. It’s the type of closed-eyes, bat-swinging hatred for those on the other side of the fence that I’ve come to love-hate from folks like Bill O’Reilly. I barely even read the news for the news anymore. It’s just too disheartening—like Goodwin said. I show up for the laughs.

The unfortunate fact, however, is that—even though the Post isn’t considered credible anymore—people are going to read this shit. Sadly, they might even believe it.

His article starts off well with a, “Something, something new world order,” before easing into lambasting President Obama—where the good stuff begins.

Goodwin asserts that Obama will make history in two ways: as the first black president, and as the president who weakened America at home and abroad. Unfortunately, Goodwin, where I’m from 50% is still considered a failing grade in high school.

But the rest is fine; make your argument that America’s a weaker country because of Obama. I don’t agree with you, but I don’t want to argue about that. Why? Because I left off the last line of that quote—the part that took the cake for me. Here’s the whole quote:

“Barack Obama leads the pack, and he will make history in two ways: as the first black president, and as the president who weakened America at home and abroad. Even race relations are on fire.” [Italics added]

I’m not a smart man, Goodwin, but am I to infer from that last sentence that Obama is responsible for the friction between races in America? Because that’s what it looks like.

So let’s get something straight:

President Obama is not responsible for the friction between black men, and white cops—which is what I assume you’re referring to. I can’t even begin to imagine a link, and since you just chug right along without addressing that bomb of an assertion, I don’t think you even have one either.

The reason that this metaphorical fire blazes in the chasm separating these two supposed factions is the shootings of unarmed black males at the hands of white police officers. That’s why. Where Obama fits into this mix is beyond me.

I don’t know if you’re just an idiot, or an asshole, Goodwin; I skimmed a few of your other articles, and wish I would’ve found them sooner, but as it stands now I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe you just ran out of time, or maybe you just forgot you’d mentioned Obama’s role in racial tensions and never went back to it, but honestly, I’m skeptical.

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