Remember this speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention? My how times have changed. Obama has evolved on whether or not there’s a united America, I suppose. Now we live in no less than five or six different Americas going by Team Obama’s divisive campaign strategies this year. But that’s not what he promoted when he was introduced to the country eight years ago. He’s what he said then:
It is that fundamental belief — it is that fundamental belief — I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sisters’ keeper — that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family: “E pluribus unum,” out of many, one.
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.
There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.
The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.
We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.
We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America. In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?
And here we are this year, when he and his campaign are doing just what he said “the spin masters, and negative ad peddlers…and the pundits” shouldn’t do: slicing and dicing us into blue teams and red teams, using poll-tested strategies to keep us confined to our identifying groups. Now his campaign plays by the “politics of anything goes.” Team Obama plays the most intolerant game in recent memory.
President Obama peddles bigotry, plain and simple. If you don’t like his work or his vision, you’re a racist. Likewise if you want free and fair elections where every vote counts. If you’re a conservative, you hate women. If you like a certain brand of fried chicken, you hate gays. If you want secure borders, you’re a xenophobe. If you care about the economy and want a change, you’re low-information and vote against your own interests. If you worry about the defense of our nation against the backdrop of spiking violence the world over, you’re a terrible person and bigoted towards Muslims. If you support Israel, you’re anti-peace. Warmonger.
If you want to be a Democrat, above all, you must subscribe wholly and loyally to every bit of the bigoted rhetoric coming out of his mouth, the mouths of his campaign staff, and from the fingertips of his progressive followers in every corner of the internet. And you better start promoting it yourself.
This is the real Obama. (more…)