This new RNC video, via Jim Geraghty, is a reminder of what Obama was telling voters four years ago, juxtaposed with today’s reality:
Indeed, once upon a time, the “Obamessiah’s” soaring rhetoric inspired near-euphoria in liberals:
“Democrats, independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington, who know that we can disagree without being disagreeable, who understand that, if we mobilize our voices to challenge the money and influence that stood in our way and challenge ourselves to reach for something better, there is no problem we cannot solve, there is no destiny that we cannot fulfill.”
As Geraghty dryly notes, ‘three years later, he’s calling his opponents “hostage takers.”‘
But that barely scrapes the surface of how divisive this President has been. The “hope and change” candidate who was sold as having “a first class temperament”, has proven to be a petty, thin skinned, whiny, vindictive dictator.
He started off his Presidency by telling Republicans “not to do a lot of talking”, to “get out of the way”, or “grab a broom” and help him clean up the mess they made. He mocked opponents of Obamacare, during his victory lap after its passage. He told Republicans to “get in the back seat”, and accused them a sipping slurpies while he did the hard work of getting “the car out of the ditch” not once, but dozens of times.. As the car sunk further and further into the ditch, he continued to blame Bush, and the “do nothing congress” even though Democrats had total control for two full years and every damn thing they did made things worse.
For the first time in our nation’s history, we have a President who has denigrated protesters by calling them, “teabaggers”, and said that, instead of protesting his destructive policies, “they should be thanking me”. While stumping in 2010, he extorted a Hispanic audience to “punish their enemies” at the ballot box. His administration actually encourages citizens to inform on each other. He’s turned the DOJ into an arm of the radicalized left – a political weapon to use against his enemies, (which happens to include the rule of law), and is seemingly intent on helping Obama steal the election in November. I’ve lost count of the number of (Republican leaning) states they’ve sued over voter ID laws and immigration policy. Anyone keeping a running tab? Fast and Furious, (along with a number of other, smaller gunwalking programs) is the worst scandal in American history, not that anyone would know because the MSM refuses to push the story.
Obama flouts his disregard for the Constitution, after assuring people that however tempting, he would never do things on his own:
“Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works,”
As Geraghty rightly observed back in 2008 – all Obama statements come with an expiration date. ALL OF THEM.
Is any of this normal?
Monty Pererin says we’re Accelerating Toward Totalitarianism:
The seriousness of our decline in terms of honoring the Constitution and the Rule of Law cannot be overestimated. The US is slowly seeing its form of government disappear and the rate of deterioration is suddenly accelerating.
Massive change rarely comes all at once. It comes in small increments, almost unnoticed, until one day it is recognized but too late to reverse. That is exactly how the institutional metamorphosis from the most cultured nation in the world degenerated into Nazi Germany.
The acceleration of this decline under President Obama is frightening. From Doug Ross@Journalcomes this list of likely abuses of the Constitution and usurping of powers never intended.
If you’ve not yet seen Doug’s list, I urge you to hit the link.
It’s not just a few excitable right wing bloggers who are alarmed. No less than the highly esteemed, Charles Krauthammer, was moved to call Obama “more of a Hugo Chavez than a Teddy Roosevelt”, after his class warfare speech in December.
Why isn’t the RNC tapping into any of this? The unpresidential sneers, name-calling, race-baiting, class warfare rhetoric, and obnoxious victory laps? They need to find a way to expose the alarming totalitarian impulses of this administration in an ad designed to wake up a populous more interested in Snooky’s latest exploits, or this week’s American Idol winner — Not yet another “this is what he said then and this is what he says now” run of the mill, politics as usual kind of ad. Most voters understand that politicians lie and flip flop. Everybody knows the economy sucks.
It hasn’t been “politics as usual” under Obama. It has been a degree or two worse.
The ad gets a D+
I’d like to see an ad introducing voters to what an Obama second term would look like:
The Left’s growing support for a soft authoritarianism is reminiscent of the 1930s, when many on both right and left looked favorably at either Stalin’s Soviet experiment or its fascist and National Socialist rivals. Tom Friedman of the New York Times recently praised Chinese-style authoritarianism for advancing the green agenda. The “reasonably enlightened group” running China, he asserted, was superior to our messy democracy in such things as subsidizing green industry. Steven Rattner, the investment banker and former Obama car czar, dismisses the problems posed by China’s economic and environmental foibles and declares himself “staunchly optimistic” about the future of that country’s Communist Party dictatorship. And it’s not just the gentry liberals identifying China as their model: labor leader Andy Stern, formerly the president of the Service Employees International Union and a close ally of the White House, celebrates Chinese authoritarianism and says that our capitalistic pluralism is headed for “the trash heap of history.” The Chinese, Stern argues, get things done.
A victorious Obama administration could embrace a soft version of the Chinese model. The mechanisms of control already exist. The bureaucratic apparatus, the array of policy czars and regulatory enforcers commissioned by the executive branch, has grown dramatically under Obama. Their ability to control and prosecute people for violations relating to issues like labor and the environment—once largely the province of states and localities—can be further enhanced. In the post-election environment, the president, using agencies like the EPA, could successfully strangle whole industries—notably the burgeoning oil and natural gas sector—and drag whole regions into recession. The newly announced EPA rules on extremely small levels of mercury and other toxins, for example, will sharply raise electricity rates in much of the country, particularly in the industrial heartland; greenhouse-gas policy, including, perhaps, an administratively imposed “cap and trade,” would greatly impact entrepreneurs and new investors forced to purchase credits from existing polluters. On a host of social issues, the new progressive regime could employ the Justice Department to impose national rulings well out of sync with local sentiments. Expansions of affirmative action, gay rights, and abortion rights could become mandated from Washington even in areas, such as the South, where such views are anathema.
This future can already been seen in fiscally challenged California. The state should be leading a recovery, not lagging behind the rest of the country. But in a place where Obama-style progressives rule without effective opposition, the clerisy has already enacted a score of regulatory mandates that are chasing businesses, particularly in manufacturing, out of the state. It has also passed land-use policies designed to enforce density, in effect eliminating the dream of single-family homes for all but the very rich in much of the state.
A nightmare scenario would be a constitutional crisis pitting a relentless executive power against a disgruntled, alienated opposition lacking strong, intelligent leadership. Over time, the new authoritarians would elicit even more opposition from the “dodos” who make up the majority of Americans residing in the great landmass outside the coastal strips and Chicago. The legacy of the Obama years—once so breathlessly associated with hope and reconciliation—may instead be growing pessimism and polarization.
Americans need to be scared to the polls in November.
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