Divisive politics? Like O.J. looking for the “real killer,” if B.Hussein Obama wants to find the culprit who has “broken” American politics, he should look in the mirror.
Back in 2004, an unknown, and very unaccomplished, state senator made a speech at the Democrat convention. This performance has since attained nearly mythic proportions. “The Speech” electrified the crowd, and many parts of the country with its “soaring rhetoric” and declaration that “there is no red America. There is no blue America. There is the United States of America.” At least one grown man, an allegedly serious person (NOT REALLY!), was so moved that he announced that, upon hearing it (and other speeches by the One), he had a thrill going up his leg. In short, this thing was perfectly designed to appeal to the low-information, emotionally-driven dolts who would later flock to the polls to vote for this clown in 2008. Some of us, though, who had been on to this phony Marxist for sometime, knew it was complete BS. It was like Colonel Sanders making an impassioned plea for vegetarianism. It was Kim Kardashian complaining about publicity. It was Bill Clinton preaching about the bliss to be found in monogamy.
Obama’s complaint about the divisiveness in politics today during last night’s insufferably boring State of the Union speech was more of the same. He said
It will only happen if we fix our politics.
A better politics doesn’t mean we have to agree on everything. This is a big country, with different regions and attitudes and interests. That’s one of our strengths, too. Our Founders distributed power between states and branches of government, and expected us to argue, just as they did, over the size and shape of government, over commerce and foreign relations, over the meaning of liberty and the imperatives of security.
But democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. It doesn’t work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic. Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.(emphasis mine)
Too many Americans feel that way right now. It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency – that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. There’s no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide, and I guarantee I’ll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office.
MMM… Those who disagree motivated by malice? Unwillingness to compromise? Listening to only those who agree with us? Aren’t all these the very definition of Barack Obama and the way he has conducted himself throughout his entire time in public life? Of course they are!
- Obama, shilling for health care, says that greedy doctors who take out tonsils when kids have allergies, just so that they can make more money
- Obama uses the vulgar, derogatory term “teabaggers” to refer to his political opposition. (Jake Tapper writes: . “Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations,” he reports.)
- Obama says “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
- Obama tells Hispanics to “punish our enemies.”
- Obama says GOP is willing to tank the whole economy to deny people health insurance
- Obama berates the Supreme Court at the 2010 State of the Union. (Classy!)
- Obama says GOP wants to plunge the economy into recession
- Obama calls opponents of Iran Deal are “crazies.”
- See also this Politico piece about the 2012 campaign: “Verdict: Obama levels more attacks,” describing the Obama campaign’s vicious personal attacks on Mitt Romney.
As I say incessantly, NO ONE should be the least surprised at these incidents, which are inevitable when a “community oganizer” is in charge. It’s right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. “One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.” Obama has never believed anything else.
Like O.J. looking for the “real killer,” if B.Hussein Obama wants to find the culprit who has “broken” American politics, he should look in the mirror.