President Obama, like the progressives who came before him, is invested in dividing the electorate when it comes to race, gender and social status. His goal is to make a majority of Americans so dependent on government that they’ll be afraid to vote against him in the next election. While his tactics aren’t entirely new or unprecedented, he does seem to be taking things up a notch. But I guess that’s all he’s got. So his campaign will be all about grievance, and nothing else.
In 2008, a mostly unknown Barack Obama ran for president on an inclusive agenda of “hope and change.” That upbeat message was supposed to translate into millions of green jobs, fiscal sobriety, universal health care, a resetting of Bush foreign policy, and racial unity.
Four years later, none of those promises will be themes of his 2012 reelection campaign. Gas has more than doubled in price. Billions of dollars have been wasted in insider and subsidized wind and solar projects that have produced little green energy.
Unemployment rates above 8 percent appear the new norm, when 5 percent in the past was dubbed a “jobless recovery.”
From the Middle East to the Korean peninsula, the world seems on the brink. Modern racial relations are at a new low.
If borrowing $4 trillion in eight years was “unpatriotic,” as Obama once labeled George W. Bush, no one quite knows how to term the addition of $5 trillion in new debt in less than four years. Obamacare is unpopular with the public. Its constitutionality now rests with the Supreme Court.
After four years, the claims of “Bush did it” and “it might have been worse” grow stale. So reelection will rest not on a new agenda, or an explanation of what happened, but on a divide-and-conquer strategy. Translated, that means Obama will find fissures in the voting public over fairness, expand them, and then cobble together various angry partisans in hopes of achieving a bare majority. Such an us/them strategy is not new in American history.
Read the whole sad thing. How sad that it’s come to this. So much for unity.