America Elected A Color Not A Leader
Obama fancies himself, amongst other things (none of which he is either), to be a hotshot basketball player. But true to his narcissistic, megalomanic personality he fails to realize that great athletes make their teammates better. I’m guessing even his wife could put on a pair of $600 sneakers that the taxpayers paid for and eventually make the equivalent of a jump shot. That doesn’t make her any more an athlete than his being able to dribble with one hand makes him a leader on the court.
Here’s my point. Phil Jackson is one of the greatest basketball coaches and team leaders in basketball history. When he took over as head coach of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls he didn’t change the team; he molded the team into a cohesive unit that was able to collectively use the skills of the individuals to their maximum efficiency to win six world championships. He did the same thing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Leaders understand their job is to lead, and to instill in their team, if you will, the desire to follow. Not by constraint or out of fear but out of a knowingness by the players that if they follow they will be better individually and they will be successful as a team.
Not only does Obama not lead but neither does he inspire people (especially young blacks) to be better. Under Obama people are not motivated to be better; they are motivated to follow the path of generational failure.
The myth that Obama inspires young blacks to be president is pure Pollyanna. If Obama inspired young blacks, it would be reflected in their test scores and by their social behavior. But instead we see increased illiteracy, increased unemployment, increased abortions, increased disregard for social propriety, increased gang violence, and increased flash mobs.
Something a successful leader understands very well is that division, especially racial discord, is the death knell to having a successful team. But Obama not only panders to racial discord, he also feeds on it.
Obama was elected the leader of the United States, but rather than lead he has fragmented; and he has fomented racial hostilities, racial partisanship, and racial demagoguery.
His minions have bludgeoned critics into silence with accusations of racism and bigotry directed at any and all who dare to disagree with his policies. Such racial demagoguery has served not only to blunt criticism by whites, but also it has encouraged a malevolent mindset amongst many blacks that says if Obama can disrespect whitey so can they. And thus we see the rise in flash mobs that specifically target white merchants and an increase in black belligerence directed at heretofore acceptable social norms.
Obama and his minions have preyed on the ignorance of those who foolishly applauded the election of a color juxtaposed to the election of a man capable of leading and uniting the country. And Obama has used that to silence critics and institute policies that no other man or woman could remotely hope to get away with.
Successful coaches, i.e., leaders, do not promote by color nor do they lead based on color. They unite, promote, and unify based on getting the best out of their team regardless of race and color. Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause didn’t add Dennis Rodman to the Chicago Bulls because he was black with tattoos — they added him because he brought a defensive dynamic to the team that made them even more formidable. And they set about making both him and the team know that his past with the Detroit Pistons was behind them. Their message was clear; for the Bulls to be successful in the present and in the future the entire franchise had to work together as one.
I submit that America’s mistake was electing a color in the guise of a would-be, hoped-for leader. Had America dismissed color and opted instead for a leader with proven ability to unite the people we would be better off today. But America elected a color who practices class warfare and the denunciation of those who are successful.
Imagine if Phil Jackson had publicly attacked Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for being the best and highest paid on the team. Suppose Jackson had allowed Kobe Bryant’s antagonism of Shaquille O’Neal to continue when he became head coach of the Lakers.
Phil Jackson taught the Bulls that every player brought value to the whole regardless of the greatness of Jordan and Pippen. In Los Angeles, he made Kobe Bryant to know that he could not hope to be successful by undermining the value of the great Shaquille O’Neal. That is what true leaders do.
Obama is like water in a hot frying pan of oil. A lot of pop and sizzle but no value. Even a child knows you cannot cook in such a pan.
I’m tired of having a color as president. I want a leader. And I’m determined to continue doing everything in my power to combat the race mongering, racial partisanship, and the racial politics of the color pretending to be leader of America.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here