If anyone wondered what Barack Obama would be doing once he left the White House, today was the big reveal. Having had time to relax, play some golf, meet with friends, and lick his wounds, Obama expressed today his approval of the raucous demonstrations and rallies that took place at a number of airports in the country that repudiated President Donald Trump's executive order that temporarily suspended immigrations from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 

The former president’s office issued a statement in which he wrote:
 
"President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. In his final official speech as President, he spoke about the important role of citizen and how all Americans have a responsibility to be the guardians of our democracy---not just during an election but every day. Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake. With regards to comparisons to President Obama's foreign policy decisions, as we've heard before, the President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion."
 
The Trump administration has cited the Obama administration as having been the first to specify the seven countries in question in Trump's executive order -- Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Libya -- because of their ties to Muslim terrorism. No other Muslim countries were specified in Trump's executive order, nor were their citizens hampered in entering the country. Indonesia -- the most populous Muslim country in the world -- was not mentioned, nor were Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Thus Obama's claim that immigrants were being halted solely because of their religion falls on its face. Christians from the targetted countries, as well as all refugees from anywhere else, are also being denied admission for at least the next 90 days until the federal government can adequately implement appropriate vetting processes. 
 
Obama is using his rhetorical skills  to obfuscate real issues at hand to advance a political agenda that goes beyond his administration. Not content with being the leader of the greatest country in the free world, Obama is making himself the leader of a movement of resistance to the legitimate president of the United States. Obama's statement gives evidence of his arrogance and lack of self-reflection wherein he is referred to as "President."
 
So long as the Constitutional process is in order, there is but one president at a time in the United States. Did Obama not get the message? Or does he have something else in mind?
 
With much of the media, Hollywood, academia, nonprofits with deep pockets, and divisions within his own party, President Trump will soon have a titanic struggle on his hands. Americans were bamboozled by Obama for eight years. The divisions were exacerbated by Obama's focus on racial distinctions and his inability to spark the economy or stem the advance of Islamic terror or the adventurism of China and Russia. His chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, would have offered only more of the same.
 
Moreover, Obama reveals cynicism in his insistence that he opposes discrimination on the basis of religion. It was Obama that managed to redefine the hallowed freedom of expressing religion to mean that it is limited to within the walls of churches and temples and not allowed to be carried out in the public square. Obamacare sought to require that religious institutions who show real charity to the impoverished, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, be compelled to pay for abortions and artificial contraception for their employees against their religious teachings. Thus, they could not expect their freedom of conscience to be respected by the government. It was an issue that went all the way to the Supreme Court, which decided against the Obama administration and much to its embarrassment.
 
The movement he leads has at its core the insistence that abortion not only be allowed at any time during pregnancy but that it should also be hallowed by the public and paid for out of the public purse. This much was evident at the so-called Women's March on Washington. While the March billed itself as joining together all women, it excluded women and others who oppose abortion. Just as underwriting Planned Parenthood was one of the first acts of his presidency, is the premier cause within all the ancillary political causes such as Islamism, environmentalism, homosexualism, transgenderism, and feminism. With his decades-long devotion to abortion and his Planned Parenthood allies, Obama has put himself in the lead of what is shaping up to be an enduring movement of "Resistance," or in other words, a shadow government.


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author only, not of Spero News.

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