I don't like writing about things a few days after most people do, and I particularly don't usually write about something after hearing it spoken about on television.
But I'm going to make an exception today after being reminded by a discussion I heard on TV last night about Barack Obama's recent appearance on a Univision (Hispanic network) radio show, the transcript of which can be found HERE.
While apparently trying to rally Hispanic voters to repeat their substantial 2008 support for Democrats (an unlikely occurrence, based on a recent poll of Hispanic voters), Obama lapsed into the exact sort of Marxist, Alinskyite divide-and-conquer rhetoric which is, sadly for our nation, par for the course for this president whose background, as Shelby Steele so perfectly described in yesterday's WSJ, is one that causes him to build his case for leadership on "bad faith in America":
"Hope and Change" positioned Mr. Obama as a conduit between an old America worn down by its evil inclinations and a new America redeemed of those inclinations. There was no vision of the future in "Hope and Change." It is an expression of bad faith in America, but its great ingenuity was to turn that bad faith into political motivation, into votes.
But there is a limit to bad faith as power, and Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party may have now reached that limit. The great weakness of bad faith is that it disallows American exceptionalism as a rationale for power. It puts Mr. Obama and the Democrats in the position of forever redeeming a fallen nation, rather than leading a great nation. They bet on America's characterological evil and not on her sense of fairness, generosity or ingenuity.
In particular, Obama was asked by the Univision radio host when Obama would get "comprehensive immigration reform" passed.
Obama's response, after saying that a lot depends on the outcome of next week's election, was shocking: "And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's gonna be harder and that's why I think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2."
Remember, Hispanic voters are by definition American citizens (at least the ones who vote legally, which I assume is the vast majority of them). Obama is calling on one group of Americans to consider as "enemies" another group of Americans who don't share their sense of urgency or policy priorities on a particular issue.
When I think of "president" and "enemies", I of course think of Richard Nixon's famous "Enemies List" and, to a lesser degree, FDR's call for citizens to "judge me by the enemies that I have made." Perhaps it's not surprising that the two presidents who were afraid of "enemies" were perhaps, with the possible addition of Jimmy Carter, this nation's two most economically illiterate and damaging presidents...until our current enemy-focused man-child. But I digress...
Politics is not, or should not be, about "punishment" and "reward". Obama's answer betrays everything that's wrong with the man, politically speaking. He does not understand America. He does not understand the proper role of government as it is intended in America. (Perhaps in the Indonesia of his youth, punishment and reward was the normal primary function of government?) In fact, as counter-intuitive as it is to say of someone who has won an election to become President of the United States, Barack Obama does not understand American politics.
With every passing day, especially during his ineffective and mostly unwanted-even-by-Democrats jaunts around the country during the end of this campaign season, it becomes clearer that Barack Obama in an accidental president.
He's accidental because he only one due to a combination of circumstances that happens, at most, once in a lifetime in America:
Let's get real here: If the GOP hadn't self-destructed, Obama wouldn't have won. He wouldn't have been able to get over the consistent pattern of evidence that he is a man who hates his own country. Furthermore, if Obama were a white junior senator from Illinois with no achievements to speak of and few talents beyond reading from a teleprompter and shooting a basketball, he would have been laughed out of the presidential primary race. In case I'm not saying it clearly enough: Obama is president primarily because he is black.
But at some point, even young muddle-headed voters who supported Obama because he was "cool" and McCain most certainly wasn't have to realize that dividing up the nation into various camps of "enemies" and "friends" is unAmerican, unpresidential, ineffective, and fundamentally reprehensible.
It won't win elections. It won't win Hispanic voters, or anybody other than the radical left who already think that way and are already going to vote a straight Democrat (socialist-lite) ticket. It won't win anybody or anything except perhaps the continuing admiration of the Bill Ayers/Jeremiah Wright fringe of American society. But that's exactly where Obama comes from and where he feels most comfortable. So he's not going to stop because these are not just talking points written for him; they're how he really thinks. And they're really not how the vast majority of Americans think.
As Christopher Sanders said to me recently, "Obama can soon write his next book: 'How to energize the base -- their's not ours.'"
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