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Obama promoting divisive agenda

May 5, 2012

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— “The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states ... “

     — Barack Obama, rising star, Democratic convention, 2004

Poor Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Once again he’s been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case. First shredded for his “train wreck” defense of Obamacare’s individual mandate, he is now blamed for the defenestration in oral argument of Obama’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law.

The law allows police to check the immigration status of someone stopped for other reasons. Verrilli claimed that constitutes an intrusion on the federal monopoly on immigration enforcement. He was pummeled. Why shouldn’t a state help the federal government enforce the law? “You can see it’s not selling very well,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

But Verrilli never had a chance. This was never a serious legal challenge in the first place. It was confected (and timed) purely for political effect, to highlight immigration as a campaign issue with which to portray Republicans as anti-Hispanic.

Hispanics are just the beginning, however. The entire Obama campaign is a slice and dice operation, pandering to one group after another, particularly those that elected Obama in 2008 — blacks, Hispanics, women, young people — and for whom the thrill is now gone.

What to do? Try fear. Create division, stir resentment, by whatever means necessary — bogus court challenges, dead-end Senate bills and a forest of straw men.

Why else would the Justice Department challenge the photo ID law in Texas? To charge Republicans with seeking to disenfranchise Hispanics and blacks, of course. But in 2008 the Supreme Court upheld a similar law from Indiana. And it wasn’t close: 6-3, the majority including that venerated liberal, John Paul Stevens. Moreover, photo IDs were recommended by the 2005 Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by Jimmy Carter. And you surely can’t get into the attorney general’s building without one. Are Stevens, Carter and Eric Holder anti-Hispanic and anti-black?

The ethnic bases covered, we proceed to the “war on women.” It sprang to public notice when a 30-year-old student at an elite law school (starting private-sector salary upon graduation: $160,000) was denied the inalienable right to have the rest of the citizenry (as co-insured and/or taxpayers — median household income: $52,000) pay for her contraception.

Despite a temporary setback — Hilary Rosen’s hastily surrendered war on moms — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will resume the battle with a Paycheck Fairness Act that practically encourages frivolous lawsuits and has zero chance of passage.

No matter. Its sole purpose is to keep the war-on-women theme going, while the equally just-for-show Buffett Rule, nicely pitting the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, is a clever bit of class warfare designed to let Democrats play tribune of the middle class.

Ethnicity, race, gender, class. One more box to check: the young. Just four years ago, they swooned in the aisles for Obama. No longer. Not when 54 percent of college graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed.

How to shake them from their lethargy? Fear again. Tell them, as Obama repeatedly does, that Paul Ryan’s budget would cut Pell Grants by $1,000 each, if his domestic cuts were evenly distributed. (They are not evenly distributed, making the charge a fabrication. But a great applause line.)

Then warn that Republicans would double the interest rate on student loans. Well, first, Mitt Romney has said he would keep them right where they are. Second, as The Washington Post points out, this is nothing but a recycled campaign gimmick from 2006 when Democrats advocated (and later passed) a 50 percent rate cut that gratuitously squanders student aid by subsidizing the wealthy as well as the needy.

For Obama, what’s not to like? More beneficiaries, more votes.

What else to run on with 1.7 percent GDP growth (2011), record long-term joblessness and record 8 percent-plus unemployment (38 consecutive months, as of this writing). Slice and dice, group against group.  

There is a problem, however. It makes a mockery of Obama’s pose as the great transcender, uniter, healer of divisions. This is the man who sprang from nowhere with that thrilling 2004 convention speech declaring that there is “not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

That was then. Today, we are just sects with quarrels — to be exploited for political advantage. And Obama is just the man to fulfill Al Gore’s famous mistranslation of our national motto: Out of one, many.

— Charles Krauthammer is a columnist for Washington Post Writers Group.

Comments

its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

The Anointed One can not make it through one speech, no matter how short, without pointing the finger at someone else for all of his incompetence.Very presidential. GWB never did that. And his veep pick? What a complete buffoon. Helping the middle-class huh, Joe? Seems not.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

Is The Flexible "composite girl lovin'" Obama trying "divisive agenda" with Pitt's "stereotypes" again?

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Uh-oh. Observant just stepped into a big pile.......

"Next care to provide proof of your claim Pelosi praised them (them being OWS'rs)." -observant

Here ya' go......

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ThePilgrim 1 year, 11 months ago

Corporations buy our elections, and then after elections, buy our elected officials. In 2008, Obama raised more money than anyone in history. And most of that was not mom and pop donations. And you can't "throw the bums out" because they are all on the dole (except maybe Ron Paul, but he could not win).

And their "think tanks" have policy ready to go when their candidates get elected. Patriot Act was fully written, waiting for an appropriate crisis. Obamacare, etc. There are coming from ideology factories. Not our elected officials crafting legislation and debating the legislation. "we have to pass this so that we can read it".

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

"Only" had two comments dumped this thread. Dumped all because I "used" the new "hated" Liberal word "closet"

Amazing

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

And tomorrow in the White House, Great Danish for breakfast!

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Check out these Obama "Uniters". lol!

http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/03/catch-me-if-yes-we-can-obama-supporters-mugshots-slideshow/

Let's hear a Hrumph! for The Anointed One's core base.

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weiser 1 year, 11 months ago

My next-door neighbor still thinks she is going to get her house paid off by him...No joke! She just keeps waiting for the check, as if it was Publisher's Clearing House coming.

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Ray Parker 1 year, 11 months ago

Surely, American voters were not so naive to think, after electing the most radical leftist, the most extreme baby-hating pro-sodomy Marxist president in America's history, that the population of the USofA would not be divided and antagonized by such an obscene departure from American traditions and prinicples in the upper levels of federal government. Consequences, folks, consequences for what you do.

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observant 1 year, 11 months ago

So, I can assume Charlie is ranting about divisive agenda because Obama isn't following right wing agenda.

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JayhawksandHerd 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually, snap and Armstrong, I will provide one source. From Dr. Lawrence Britt's Fourteen Points of Fascism:

http://www.rense.com/general37/char.htm

Now, the Democrats - Obama included - should be called out for their complicity (extending the Patriot Act, continuing to muck around in Afghanistan, etc.). However, I'll leave it up to you to determine which party's platform more closely aligns with this list.

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tange 1 year, 11 months ago

People like Charlie, the brine cabbage pounder, always want to make it about someONE, because, in the acidic little pools in which they swim, it's all about THEM.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

"...set women's rights back 100 years..." Citation, please? Or is that just your talking point for the day?

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JayhawksandHerd 1 year, 11 months ago

"Its sole purpose is to keep the war-on-women theme going, while the equally just-for-show Buffett Rule, nicely pitting the 99 percent versus the 1 percent, is a clever bit of class warfare..."

Ummm, I'm not Obama's biggest fan, but the Republicans have been more than transparent in demonstrating their willingness to subsidize the wealthy at the expense of the poor and set women's rights back 100 years. No help from the Democrats is necessary.

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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

I have a little game of guess who the author is from the title of the article. I'm hitting almost 100% with Krauthammer.

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Alyosha 1 year, 11 months ago

This comment thread is a great example of what's wrong with American politics. Citizens confuse belief with knowledge, blathering with dialogue.

And for some unknown reason the web site keeps publishing inane baseless partisan commentary like the above essay, which serves no rational purpose but to inflame and divide the populace.

What a shame!

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Meanwhile WRECKANOMICS is still the leading RINO Economic Policy...

In the end big debt and super duper bailouts were the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion:

  • ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

  • ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

• ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

  1. ENTITLEMENT - Starting in 2003, George W. Bush destroyed the world economy by encouraging U.S. banks to make loans to those who could not afford them, through schemes such as the "American Dream Downpayment Initiative".

Also through the destruction of oversight, such as lawsuits to prevent state securities laws from being enforced on Bush's watch.

Once Bush's policies led to their inevitable result of economic collapse, the United States found itself in a situation where it had to take on debt in order to restore the economy.

http://www.reaganbushdebt.org/CalculationDetails.aspx

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Repub medical insurance reform = return to the former status quo = charging way more but getting way less in services = bigger bucks and bigger golden parachutes and mammoth increase in profits!

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

And the republican agenda is still the same with extra added attraction of ALEC:

The RINO party has a long history of economic destruction and crime to include Iran-Contra and Watergate. Like or not a consistent and disturbing pattern has developed by their choosing.

STOP electing RINO’s ! My My father in law left the RINO party because he is a fiscal conservative republican with at least 50 years under his belt. Evermore stunning he is working with the democrat party in Pennsylvania.

After spending so so many decades in Washington D.C on tax dollar payrolls RINO’s are sure they learned all they needed to know about taking YOUR money and establishing reckless economies by way of Facism.

Introducing the Republican Job Killing Plaftorm Written In Stone:

  1. ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist and Koch Bros sells out state governments, public schools,SRS services etc etc to private industry = Grab Your Wallets! http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

  2. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  3. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

4.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  1. Tax cuts = the ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy which do nothing to make an economy strong or produce jobs. Tax cuts are a tax increase to others in order to make up the loss in revenue = duped again.

Still A Bad ENTITLEMENT Idea – Bush Tax Cuts aka The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class = duped one more time. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

At least you're not denying The Anointed One is promoting a divisive agenda, tuschie.

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Mike Ford 1 year, 11 months ago

waaaagh.....now let the trolls turn reality on it's head.....

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

The Consumer of Canines in Chief is going for pandering to his base. That and outright lying. http://wizbangblog.com/2012/05/04/obama-lies-about-ohio-bridge-repairs-for-a-second-time/

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein: Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/thomas-mann-and-norman-ornstein-let-s-just-say-it/article_cee2fc32-9547-11e1-a966-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1tzxCaGAe

"Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack of condemnation from Republican congressional leaders or other major party figures, including the remaining presidential candidates.

It’s not that the GOP leadership agrees with West; it is that such extreme remarks and views are now taken for granted."

"Democrats are hardly blameless, and they have their own extreme wing and their own predilection for hardball politics. But these tendencies do not routinely veer outside the normal bounds of robust politics. If anything, under the presidencies of Clinton and Obama, the Democrats have become more of a status-quo party. They are centrist protectors of government, reluctantly willing to revamp programs and trim retirement and health benefits to maintain its central commitments in the face of fiscal pressures.

No doubt, Democrats were not exactly warm and fuzzy toward George W. Bush during his presidency. But recall that they worked hand in glove with the Republican president on the No Child Left Behind Act, provided crucial votes in the Senate for his tax cuts, joined with Republicans for all the steps taken after the Sept. 11 attacks and supplied the key votes for the Bush administration’s financial bailout at the height of the economic crisis in 2008. The difference is striking."

Read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/thomas-mann-and-norman-ornstein-let-s-just-say-it/article_cee2fc32-9547-11e1-a966-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1tzyIvIan

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

The Republicans have just been working so hard to reach across the aisle the last 15 years. Give me a break, Charles.

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 11 months ago

It looks like "Hope and Change" has evolved into "Dvide and Conquer".

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

"What to do? Try fear. Create division, stir resentment, by whatever means necessary"

Yes, it is strange that he's acting so much like a Republican.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

This is the best "New America" can do. This token of a "real" man.

Flexible Obama.

Fast and furious. Arm Bandits.

Prostitutes and Secret Service.

Most Food Stamps.

New Black Panthers voting improprieties.

Bounties on "White" Hispanic Zimmerman, Holder "allows" bounties

SEIU Andy Stern Communist manifest destiny with 53 trips to White House.

Sues Arizona for stopping "Trespassers"

Yes indeed. Flexible Obama is as good as they get for the Liberal's "New America"

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cato_the_elder 1 year, 11 months ago

Excellent column. Obama is by far the most hypocritical president in modern American history, and much of the media simply turns a blind eye to his hypocrisy.

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bozo_the_clown 1 year, 11 months ago

I at one time believed in Obama, I thought he could seriously do more in the four years he has had. But looking back, he's done more to divide our country than unite us. On the serious challenges our governments faces, healthcare, the debt problems, energy, and taxes, he's done nothing but divide us and promote political polarization, all in his interests of getting re-elected for a second term. Instead of promoting a bipartisan fix to the above problems, he's done nothing but promote a one sided argument and play petty politics that a supposed non-washington insider isn't supposed to.

Supposed change has turned out to be politics as usual. A challenger to the status quo turns out to be someone that reenforces it. And the sad thing is that the republicans have nothing better to offer. Mitt Romney will pull the same political BS but in the opposite direction of the political spectrum. Once again when it comes to voting for our president, its come down to picking the best of two evils, a giant douche or a turd sandwich.

Obama would deserve a second term if he had done something worthwhile during his first. On the national debt issue, he's done nothing but put off the problem till after the election. His healthcare ordeal rendered nothing but a watered down law that is currently being challenged on the supreme court. Losing on so many issues that he promised to bring change on during his campaign, he has resolved to petty political fights that in many cases are not based on fact, but have the sole objective of dividing the American people rather than uniting them to face the many challenges before us.

What a leader he has turned out to be.

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