For President Obama, it’s all about his agenda, which comes first, not the country. And so he feels free to practice politics, and condemn the policies of his potential successor, in a forum where he is representing the United States before the world.
“Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself,” Obama said Tuesday during his remarks at the UN General Assembly.
Obama referenced Donald Trump’s wall after offering up his own simplistic thinking about us poor, dumb Americans, suggesting the views of Trump and his supporters are animated by racism – what he calls “the politics of ethnicity or tribe or sect.”
As these real problems have been neglected, alternative visions of the world have pressed forward, both in the wealthiest countries and in the poorest. Religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity or tribe or sect, aggressive nationalism, a crude populism, sometimes from the far left but more often from the far right, which seeks to restore what they believe was a better, simpler age free of outside contamination. We cannot dismiss these visions. They are powerful. They reflect dissatisfaction among too many of our citizens . . . Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself. So the answer cannot be a simple rejection of global integration. Instead, we must work together to make sure the benefits of such integration are broadly shared.
Americans are not, as the president puts it, looking for “a better, simpler age free of outside contamination.” They are looking for reasonable limits on immigration and an end to illegal entry, so that our culture is preserved and not changed too rapidly.
America has always had immigration, but has also always acted to limit it. Obama asserts that the immigration we have today, reaching unprecedented levels and continuing without the prospect of a time out, are “what makes us Americans.” No, it’s not.
To say something like this is to be accused by Obama of racism. And that is why Trump, who is not afraid of such attacks, is so close to the White House.