WSJ: The 2008 campaign phrase “hope and change” will haunt future histories of the Obama presidency.
Many Americans voted Barack Obama into the White House for that reason alone. That reason is gone. The notion that this president would unify the nation by allowing people to summon their better spirits, as he promised, faded fast.
Hence the “Vote for Me, the Other Guy’s a Rich Asshole” strategy in 2012. That and the speedy lies and burial of Benghazi.
Even Mr. Obama’s supporters see now that his operating method wasn’t unification, but political and social division. Support for the president among the independents who gave him 52% of their vote in 2008 has fallen into the 30s.
But it is perfectly within the Alinsky Model.
Dividing the nation in his first term so that some Americans would vote in anger against his opposition was clearly the game plan from the start. He repeatedly scapegoated “the wealthiest” and the “1 percent.” In 2012 when House Republicans published their deficit-reduction proposals, Mr. Obama dismissed the document as “laughable,” “social Darwinism” and “antithetical to our entire history.”
After four years of the politics of divide-and-conquer, Mr. Obama had stirred sufficient resentment in his political base to win a second term. What he has produced entering the sixth year of his presidency is a nation in a state of disunion.
All according to plan. Cannot destroy a nati0on and rebuild it in your superior image without it.
The pollsters at Gallup wrote last week that Mr. “Obama is on course to have the most politically polarized approval ratings of any president.” Segments of the U.S. population see themselves not just in disagreement with the Obama administration, but as the target of its policies.
This includes not only the famous 1%, but also the upper-middle class, Southern states, charter schools, politically active conservatives, private businesses, the Catholic church, electric utilities, doctors driven out of ObamaCare’s health networks and those famous partisans, the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Anyone not of “The Body”. 🙂
All have been vilified, investigated, audited or sued by the president himself, Eric Holder’s Justice Department, the National Labor Relations Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and, not least, the Internal Revenue Service. Last year’s most remarkable polling number from Gallup said in December that 72% of Americans regard big government as the greatest threat to the U.S. They got the message.
But they still voted for him and the Democrats want you to vote for Hillary next.
Even ObamaCare has contributed. The law’s rules pit the healthy against the unhealthy by forcing them to pay higher premiums to subsidize the unhealthy. Catholics, some of whom might have supported ObamaCare, see their hospitals as singled out for retribution by their government.
The administration’s supporters dismiss complaints about the in-your-face tenor of the Obama presidency as conservative sour grapes. “We won,” they say, “get over it.” OK, you won, but what have you done with it? Where’s the upside?
They won. They get to destroy you and enshrine themselves, Homo Superior Liberlis as The Lords and Masters of this vast Kingdom in perpetuity (especially with 20 million new legal Democrats from the ranks of the illegal).
What else is there. 🙂
The slow fade of hope is revealed in last week’s Fox News poll, with 74% saying the country feels as if it’s still in a recession, no matter that the real one ended in early 2009. It’s hard to pretend hope is coming when, five years after the 2008 election,December’s
monthly jobs report said 347,000 Americans have given up looking for work. That’s your real income inequality—the legions of chronically unemployed Americans who now have no earned income whatsoever.
If you throw a frog in hot water he jumps out immediately. Put in cold or tepid water and then slow boil him, he will die. You’re a Frog…
In his speech, Mr. Obama pitched the causes of weak employment back “more than three decades.” This 30-year-old problem has three major policy solutions available to him in 2014: tax reform, pending free-trade legislation and immigration reform. All require doing business with the other party in Congress. He can’t, and by personal disposition doesn’t want to. The speech made that clear.
It sure isn’t his fault!! He’s the gallant knight on the Black Horse (white would be racist) riding in to save you all from yourselves!
Instead, Mr. Obama said his overdue promise of change is going to roll in on a cascade of unilateral executive orders and directives from his regulatory bureaucracies. (This includes sentencing Joe Biden to reforming all the federal job-training programs, another 30-year failure.)
It’s good to be the King!
Progressives justify coerced public policy with their belief that what they are doing is good. Setting aside several hundred years of unhappy world history with this notion, a glitch always occurs in the U.S.: Because the Founding Fathers designed an arduous system for producing progress, the far left has never been able to put its most purebred ideas consistently across the legislative goal line. Too many citizens resist. One might say the same of the far right, but they’re not running anything just now. In frustration—and Mr. Obama is nothing if not frustrated—the White House is defaulting, as the left does everywhere, to direct executive action. We are at the dawn of the Unilateral Presidency.
We Know better, so we are going to do what we want, because we want, when we want because we are just better than you and you cavemen will just have to bow down to our superiority.
And since we have nothing but “good” intentions we can’t be wrong now can we. 🙂
How can this be good, if the price is more national disunion than we have now? Disunion is a dangerous political virus that sends a nation as complex as the U.S. toward a state of permanent, embittered opposition, which can be difficult for mere politicians to set right. We’re about there.
I would say the Democrats are already there and have been there for at least 10 years, they just want everyone else in the acid pool.
Barack Obama could have allowed some accommodation to decompress the discord and political tension. For example, he could have lifted the economy with a bipartisan cut in the corporate tax rate in his first term. Instead, he raised taxes on “the wealthiest,” and defined them as people with before-tax incomes above $200,000. Instead, the IRS audited his opponents. Get over it? Not anytime soon.
You’re not supposed to get over it. You’re just supposed to do what they want, when they want, and because they want, without questions or hesitations of any kind.
And love them for it.
Simple really, and that’s what they like so you better like it too, OR ELSE!