The White House announced today that President Obama and the First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela. That's as it should be. While the media's rush to canonize Mandela is a bit overwrought (his ultimate legacy was unquestionably positive, but that shouldn't be allowed to obscure his many faults, which are presented in an admirably balanced fashion in National Review's editorial on his life), his was still a deeply significant life, worthy of presidential recognition.
Given that sentiment, you may be wondering what the "classless act" I'm referring to in the title is. It's not paying homage to Mandela; it's the contrast with the events of eight months ago, when this happened:
With his namesake ObamaCare in catastrophic slow-motion disintegration and his public approval numbers plummeting below his supposedly incompetent predecessor, Barack Obama is increasingly desperate to change the subject.
Cue his reliable class warfare cowbell.
This week, Obama preposterously labeled income redistribution “the defining challenge of our time” in a transparent effort to rally his suddenly demoralized base. Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll directly refutes Obama’s assertion, with only 1% – an ironic number – listing income inequality as…
"Six months after the Internal Revenue Service's inspector general revealed that the tax-collection agency had been targeting conservative organizations for added scrutiny and delaying their applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS has proposed new rules for handling political activity by nonprofits. The proposed rules would plunge the agency deeper into political regulation. "The rules would…[more]
—Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Former Federal Election Commission Chairman
— Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Former Federal Election Commission Chairman