We have all heard the stories of President Obama and the $40,000 per person fundraiser held by Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce. A fundraiser, I might add, that was held immediately following a terrorist attack on our country and the deaths of four people in that attack.
I have said The President is in a tough spot in some respects, it is election season, money has to be raised and the base has to be rallied. I get it. But it doesn't change the optics of the whole thing. They aren't good. President Obama has this knack of not understanding that.
Jay-Z, not only a supporter of Obama, he is a supporter of The Occupy Movement as well. That makes these statements to MTV all the more interesting:
"I don't even like the word politics. It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government,"It sounds like Jay-Z is really a libertarian. His views on social issues seem to be more to the left of mine, but he seems to understand the need for limited government and fiscal responsibility of that government. So why would he support Obama? He admits it himself, it is skin color.
"I support Barack because I gotta respect that sort of vision. I gotta respect a man who is the first black President ever," he said. "To have that sort of vision and dream, I have to support that."
He understands the need for economic freedom and the entrepreneurial spirit, that is exactly how he lifted himself out poverty. He fully understands that the government did not do that for him. He worked for it. While I have little use of his music. I think it glorifies a culture that is unhealthy, but I do respect what he has accomplished in his life. I also admire that he and his wife do give back to the community. I may not agree with all the different charities that he supports, but I respect that he understands that individuals have a role to play to help the less fortunate in the world.
What I don't respect is that not only does he not vote his own values, he does so based on skin color. I am not oblivious to the fact that the first black president is a big deal. I get that. But it needs to be based on character, accomplishment, and ability or doesn't really mean anything.
People in this country need to open their eyes and accept the fact that many people voted for President Obama solely based on the color of his skin, and have closed their eyes to the fact that he isn't qualified for the job. Voting on skin color is just plain wrong. I say that about the people who voted against him as well as the people who voted for him. We are not electing Prom King, we are electing the leader of the free world. The office has been diminished by people like Jay-Z. It is a shame he doesn't see that.