IRONY: Obama to U.N. ‘In America, There Is Too Much Money in Politics’
Fresh off twice describing Americans as “lazy” in a speech in Laos, today President Obama made his final appearance before the United Nations as president, laying out all the ways that America’s political system lets him down:
Yes, in America, there is too much money in politics; too much entrenched partisanship; too little participation by citizens, in part because of a patchwork of laws that makes it harder to vote. In Europe, a well-intentioned Brussels often became too isolated from the normal push and pull of national politics. Too often, in capitals, decision-makers have forgotten that democracy needs to be driven by civic engagement from the bottom up, not governance by experts from the top down. And so these are real problems, and as leaders of democratic governments make the case for democracy abroad, we better strive harder to set a better example at home.
Yes, we know, America is flawed. But could our own president go out and give a speech that didn’t discuss our national flaws for once? Is it too much to ask? – READ MORE