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The Most Divisive Campaign in American History
Sultan Knish ^ | Saturday, August 11, 2012 Saturday, August 11, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 08/12/2012 4:26:22 AM PDT by expat1000

In 1980, when President Reagan asked Americans, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago", it was still possible to campaign on a theme as simple as the job performance of the other guy. But now, 32 years later, the campaign hinges on a much more fundamental split among the voting population.

Romney appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with the last four years. Obama appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with America.

This basic gap was obscured in the 2008 campaign by the window trappings of inspiration. Among all the plastic pillars and stolen quotes from poets who stole them from sermons, it was harder to see that the underlying theme of the campaign was dissatisfaction with America. But in 2012, Obama can no longer run as a reformer or an optimist.

The coalition that he committed to last year is a coalition of those who are unhappy with America, not in the last four years, but in the last two-hundred years. Its core is composed of groups that fear democracy and distrust the will of the people. There is no optimism here, but a deeply rooted pessimism about human nature and the country as a whole. It is the Democratic Party's coalition against democracy.

After 2010, the numbers were crunched, and it was clear that Obama and the Democrats could not win a mainstream campaign. Instead, they targeted narrow groups, stirred up conflicts over issues aimed at that group, whether it was union pensions, racism or birth control. There was no more pretense of a national election, only a frenzied rush to polarize as many groups as possible and join them together into an acrimonious coalition, not so much for anything, as against Republicans.

There isn't any inspiration here. Just paranoia over everything from gay marriage to abortion to racial profiling to illegal immigration. A dozen illegal benefits being handed out with the explicit threat that they will be lost if Romney wins. A dozen mini-civil wars being stirred up to divide Americans and set them at each other's throats for the benefit of the Obama campaign.

From Occupy Wall Street to Wisconsin, from Trayvon Martin to Chick-fil-A, the goal of these manufactured conflicts has been to divide and conquer the electorate by emphasizing group rights over individual economic welfare.

Obama can't win on the economy. He can't win on foreign policy. He can't win on any aspect of his administration. All he can do is stir up violence and then promise to heal the country in his second term while winking to all the representatives of the grievance groups. It's not a new game, but the Democratic Party has never played it quite this baldly in a national election. And if it succeeds, then national politics will have finally been reduced to the level of a Chicago election.

We were expected to believe that the typical Obama voter in 2008 was hoping for a better country, but in 2012 there is no more hope, only hate and fear. The typical Obama voter is not acting as an American, but as a representative of an entitled group looking to secure and expand those entitlements at the expense and the detriment of the country at large.

To vote for Obama after years of grotesque economic mismanagement that has no precedent in history, that exceeds the worst actions of Andrew Jackson or Ulysses S. Grant, is not the instinct of an American, but a selfish greedy looter scrambling to grab a few dinner rolls off the tray while the ship is going down. There is no policy justification for voting for a man with the worst economic and foreign policy record in the country's history. There is no American justification for voting for him. Only the UnAmerican motivation of carving up a dying country into group fiefdoms privileging identity politics over the common good.

This is an UnAmerican campaign. It is an Anti-American campaign. It is a campaign by those who hate and fear what America was and who resent having to care about anyone outside their own group. Its group jingoism, its dog whistles and special privileges are repulsive and cynical, treating the people of a great nation like a warren of rats eager to sell each other out for a prize from the Cracker Jack box of identity politics entitlements.

There is not a single Obama voter anywhere in the land who believes that another four years of him will make this country better. Not a single one from coast to coast. No, what they believe is that he will make the country a worse place for those people that they hate. That he will have four more years to sink their ideas deeper in the earth, regardless of how many families go hungry and how many fathers kill themselves because they can no longer take care of their families. What they believe is that Obama will grant their group more special privileges and the rest of the country can go to hell.

In his DNC keynote address in 2004, Obama said, "There is no Black America or White America or Latino America or Asian America, there is just the United States of America." And now he has completely disavowed it. He isn't campaigning to lead the United States of America, instead he is running for the presidency of a dozen little Americas, Trayvon Martin America, Abortion America, Illegal Alien America, Sharia America, Gay Marriage America, Starbucks America and any others you can think of. And if he can collect enough of these little Americas together, then he may get the privilege of running the United States of America into the ground for another four years.

Obama has never been the President of the United States of America. He has been the president of Washington D.C., of Wall Street and of Solyndra. He has been the President of Green America and of Chicago. He has been the President of Warren Buffett, George Soros, Bill Gates, Penny Pritzker and James Crown. He is the President of George Clooney, Harvey Weinstein and Anne Hathaway. And now, facing disaster, he still isn't running to be President of a country, but of a dozen little countries with money from freshly bailed out Green America and Wall Street, not to mention Hollywood.

The Obama campaign is not accidentally divisive. It did not stumble into divisiveness. It is not even divisive as a byproduct of its real aims. Divisiveness is its aim. Divisiveness is the only way that a divisive administration can hold on to power. The anger and the violence are not an accident, they are the whole point. Set one group against another, feed the hate, massage the grievances and very soon there is no longer a nation but a handful of quarreling groups being roped into a mutual alliance to reelect their lord protector whose appeal is that of the outsider becoming the insider.

Bain is a metaphor whose details don't truly matter. The target audience for that swill doesn't really care where Romney was when a steel plant was shut down. It doesn't care that like so many private equity bigwigs, the man who actually was in charge is one of Obama's bundlers. This isn't about truth, it's about menace. The Bain message is that Romney is a man who takes things away. That is the image that the UnAmerican alliance is meant to take away. The ominous sense that Obama's era of giving them things is about to come to a close and Romney's era of taking away things will begin.

It doesn't take much prompting for the UnAmericans to come to this conclusion. Thieves are always looking over their shoulders. They always expect to have their ill-gotten gains taken away from them. And that is Obama's true achievement. Like Tammany Hall, he has corrupted a massive section of the population and made it complicit in his criminality. What the old political machines did to cities or small groups of vested interests, the Zero has done to tens of millions, if not a hundred million people, who want him in power not because they think he's the best man for the job, but because he's their crook. The middle man for a crime ring that begins with him and ends with them.

The true insidious evil of the man is that he is the face of a machine of power and privilege that turns Americans into UnAmericans, that corrupts and degrades every ideal and principle, suborns every office and picks every pocket, while wrapping that thievery in the flag and every bit of history that it can filch. The Hussein Way is the clearest expression of the rot at the heart of the Democratic Party, the marriage of leftist agitation and powermongering with the old urban political machines for a level of abuse usually seen only in banana republics.

The abomination in Washington is a welfare-state technocracy that mixes crony capitalism with radical social policy. It steals from everyone and gives back to some. It plays the game of divide and conquer with the panache of marketing executives knowing that the worse the economy is, the more likely everyone is to look in everyone else's mouth. Its worst aspect is its insistence on cloaking its cynicism as righteousness, wrapping every ugly means in the glorious flag of the ends when the truth is that its means are its ends.

Divide and conquer isn't just a means to the greater end of giving Zero Hussein another four years. And perhaps another four years after that. It's also the end. Every tyrant from Joseph Stalin to Saddam Hussein knew that a divided people are easier to rule. The more you divide them, the less likely they are to give you any trouble when you're raiding their last pennies to pay for the latest Green gimmick that your billionaire backers have thrown up all over Wall Street.

Obama is the ultimate Post-American figure passing himself off as the embodiment of all that is truly American. But the UnAmericans got the real message in 2008 and in 2012 there is no other message. There is no more hope and faith, and the ones who have been waiting for are the UnAmericans who think that they are about to come into their own, when they are little more than pawns being used to rob and destroy a great nation.

This is the Post-American, Anti-American and UnAmerican campaign to divide up, carve up and toss aside the laws and traditions of the United States and replace them with the power of arrogance. It is the last stand of a beleaguered nation facing barbarians inside its gate. Every previous election was a contest between two American candidates who wanted to preside over the United States.

This is an election contest between the United States and an emerging Post-American order. That entity will be an American EU run by unelected bureaucrats, governed by politically correct technocrats and upheld by corrupt financial pirates disguising the collective bankruptcy with numbers games so elaborate that they make every billion-dollar con game and pyramid scheme that has come before seem as simple as child's play.

The entity is already here. Its czars are running things in D.C., and its judges are dismantling both constitutional government and democratic elections. It creates a crisis and then makes sure that it doesn't go to waste. It has excellent design skills and terrible planning skills. It has all the money in the world and none at all. It is the Post-American America, and 2012 is its big referendum. The one that will decide whether this Post-American America, this horrid graft of E.U. governance and Mussolini economics, Soviet propaganda and FDR volunteerism, Tammany populist criminality and U.N. foreign policy will be permitted to devour the United States of America.

Obama cannot win an American election. But he isn't running in an American election. He's running in a Post-American election.


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: chainocrats; division; excellent; fascism; greenfield; outstanding; sultanknish
After 2010, the numbers were crunched, and it was clear that Obama and the Democrats could not win a mainstream campaign. Instead, they targeted narrow groups, stirred up conflicts over issues aimed at that group, whether it was union pensions, racism or birth control. There was no more pretense of a national election, only a frenzied rush to polarize as many groups as possible and join them together into an acrimonious coalition, not so much for anything, as against Republicans.
1 posted on 08/12/2012 4:26:32 AM PDT by expat1000
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2 posted on 08/12/2012 4:27:50 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000

This excellent analysis must be passed along the internet from coast to coast. The Left is scared spitless that Americans might be catching on to Obama’s divide and conquer campaign.


3 posted on 08/12/2012 4:44:05 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: expat1000

BTTT


4 posted on 08/12/2012 5:04:45 AM PDT by varon
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To: expat1000
My fear of Romney is that is he pro-socialized medicine, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, pro-big government, and anti-second amendment.

Romney understands that much of his base shares these fears, and so he is running to the right on all of this issues. His rhetoric has improved, but one wonders if his core values have improved.

What would happen if Romney truly ran on his record? "Look at what I've done! I brought homosexual marriage to the first state in the union! I'm pro-abortion! I invented Government health Care! If you like Democrat principles, vote for me! If you wanted to vote for Anyone But Obama, vote for me! I'm not the scary, divisive, anti-American guy with the questionable background! Bring America together by throwing Obama out and bringing in some sound Democrat values!!"

Romney might win on a platform like that. He could run as an Al Gore/Mike Dukakis/Walter Mondale Democrat.
I'm not at all sure that Romney will win on the rhetoric he's using now.

5 posted on 08/12/2012 5:06:04 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: expat1000

Excellent article. This is a message that needs to sweep this nation. The only way I can think of now is for the Patriots, who still love this nation, to get articles like this out to the general public via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter..... or however we need to do it.

I’ve got to believe that there are more sensible people in America than there are Kool-Aid drinking libs. They’re just politically lazy and not up-to-speed on just how dangerous Barack Obama and the leftist are.


6 posted on 08/12/2012 5:16:46 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: expat1000
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What they believe is that Obama will grant their group more special privileges and the rest of the country can go to hell.

7 posted on 08/12/2012 5:50:57 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
My fear of Romney is that is he pro-socialized medicine, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage, pro-big government, and anti-second amendment.
After 2010, the numbers were crunched, and it was clear that Obama and the Democrats could not win a mainstream campaign. Instead, they targeted narrow groups, stirred up conflicts over issues aimed at that group, whether it was union pensions, racism or birth control. There was no more pretense of a national election, only a frenzied rush to polarize as many groups as possible and join them together into an acrimonious coalition, not so much for anything, as against Republicans.

There isn't any inspiration here. Just paranoia over everything from gay marriage to abortion to racial profiling to illegal immigration. A dozen illegal benefits being handed out with the explicit threat that they will be lost if Romney wins. A dozen mini-civil wars being stirred up to divide Americans and set them at each other's throats for the benefit of the Obama campaign.

Know thine enemy.

8 posted on 08/12/2012 6:02:38 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: expat1000
He has been the President of ... Bill Gates...

This is the part I don't get. Unlike those other guys, Gates built MS from the ground up by the sweat of his own brow and the work of his own hands making products that people bought with their own money in a free market transaction (ok back before they became an all controlling monopolistic evil empire). Maybe the problem is that to be a megabillionaire you have to be a statist.

Limousin liberalism must be a disease. The ink from all those federal reserve notes creates some sort of variant of mad cow disease.

9 posted on 08/12/2012 6:05:22 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: ClearCase_guy
My fear of Romney is that is he pro-socialized medicine

While I strongly believe in free market economics, the problem with Obama care is not that it is socialized medicine, but that it is crony-capitalist medicine. A lot of folks are getting paid off a lot of money to do not much in particular. Even genuine euro-socialism is better.

It is an important point in this article. While we scream about socialism, the American disease is crony capitalsim. It is killing us and conservatives have to stop giving a free pass to the latter because they are afraid of the former.

10 posted on 08/12/2012 6:23:20 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson
I agree with that. The thing that some people call "crony capitalism" is, I think, simply Fascism. I say America today is a fascist society (and I don't mean that the way Leftists mean it: "hateful and mean"). I think our economic system, and our social contract, is now based on the notion that if you help the politicians, the politicians will help you. And if you cause trouble, then all kinds of bad things can happen to you because we've got a zillion laws to bring down on top of your head.

Back in around 1911, Hillaire Belloc wrote "The Servile State" which basically says that socialism always leads to tyranny, and that capitalism always ends up allied with government, thus leads to a form of socialism and thus to tyranny, or "the servile state". Belloc would probably say that we are all serfs under a system of fascism that was born from what was designed as a free market economy but which got corrupted by politicians helping their friends.

I believe in the free market. I just don't think we've had a free market in this country for the past 100 years or so. We've just been sliding into tyranny.

11 posted on 08/12/2012 6:55:20 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

There seems to be a lack of reading comprehension skills on this board. You answer this article with a dig against Romney? Are you hoping that Obama saves you for last?


12 posted on 08/12/2012 6:56:40 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama, what's your plan man?)
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To: Mike Darancette

I’m not obligated to like Romney. Romney stands for everything I oppose. Obama also stands for everything I oppose. They are the same person — only Romney is prepared to move down the slope at a slower pace. You may look at Romney as “the good guy” but I cannot. I have principles.


13 posted on 08/12/2012 6:59:46 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: expat1000
A dozen mini-civil wars being stirred up to divide Americans and set them at each other's throats for the benefit of the Obama campaign.

Bingo!

14 posted on 08/12/2012 7:06:47 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("You're screwed, losers. Steyn 2012!")
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To: ClearCase_guy; Mike Darancette
MD: There seems to be a lack of reading comprehension skills on this board. You answer this article with a dig against Romney? Are you hoping that Obama saves you for last?

CCg: I’m not obligated to like Romney. Romney stands for everything I oppose. Obama also stands for everything I oppose. They are the same person — only Romney is prepared to move down the slope at a slower pace. You may look at Romney as “the good guy” but I cannot. I have principles.

Yes, Mike. ClearCase is feeding the alligator in the hopes it will eat him last. What he's not realizing is that he will have to watch his pals get eaten while he awaits his turn.

LOL at the comment "I have principles." I can almost see you flipping your skirt as you turn and say it.

15 posted on 08/12/2012 7:35:58 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: arasina
The country is in a mess because of people like you. People abandoned their principles because they thought they could get something by doing so. Why did you do that? Why did you sell this country down the river by supporting Liberalism? Dole, Bush, McCain, Romney -- you keep supporting compassionate conservatives who push our country further and further to the Left. Why do you do that?

I just wish you would stop ruining the nation that the Founders gave to us.

16 posted on 08/12/2012 7:43:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The country is in a mess because of people like you. People abandoned their principles because they thought they could get something by doing so. Why did you do that? Why did you sell this country down the river by supporting Liberalism? Dole, Bush, McCain, Romney -- you keep supporting compassionate conservatives who push our country further and further to the Left. Why do you do that?

And you didn't have anything to do with it, how exactly? I'll accept some blame for VOTING FOR ROSS PEROT back in 1992.

If the country is in such a mess because of people like me (hah!) then why haven't YOU PEOPLE done something about it? Why haven't you? Why do you keep failing at getting your pure conservatives elected? Huh?

17 posted on 08/12/2012 9:14:24 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You are not obligated to like Romney, if you are obligated to do anything it is to make a choice. If after reading that article you still choose to give even the smallest amount of help to Obama, then you weren’t paying attention.


18 posted on 08/12/2012 9:43:45 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama, what's your plan man?)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Yes, you are right. Obama is operating as a fascist dictator.

ObamaCare, the Stimulus, bailouts and the takeovers of GM, Chrysler, AIG, banks ... all these are evidence that America is now ruled by a fascist dictator. The regime bundles business, banking, manufacturing, labor, energy and other interests together into easily intimidated and controlled units all under the authority a tyrant. To me that is fascism.

We, as citizens, need to unite and bundle our energies and individual talents together in an all out effort to defeat the forces of fascism.

19 posted on 08/12/2012 9:59:46 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: expat1000
Everyone should read and share bump!
20 posted on 08/14/2012 9:53:09 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: expat1000; SunkenCiv
Just superb. Obama's stealthy takeover is dissected in this article piercing right through his phony, lofty pretenses, and laying bare his transformation-by-destruction hope and change pact with his chosen ones. You know, the usual suspects.

20 replies over five days? Embarrassing. And pretty much says it all.

21 posted on 08/15/2012 5:49:54 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Falts Profit. Reject That.)
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To: Dysart

This analysis by Greenfield was also posted by someone else in another thread, and this was a comment I wrote there about the lack of comments (I think there were only 9):

I was a bit surprised myself, but not overly, because like Weston says, there is really nothing else to be said.

I’ve been through this with other Sultan Knish articles where I and others would like to say something but after a while you just run out of superlatives. Some of these analyses - they are so good, so complete that there is no comment that adds anything to them. Then add to that there are so many of this caliber.. that is what puts Greenfield in a class by himself, IMO.


22 posted on 08/15/2012 6:10:29 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000

Very, very good summary.


23 posted on 08/15/2012 6:17:47 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: expat1000
I understand what you're saying about the lack of discussion. Though it'd be nice to know if it was being being read or ignored because of the length or just what...we used to have a view count feature here, but it vanished. Besides I can always think of something to offer up on a worthy item; even it's a witty retort as last resort. Unfortunately there's nothing funny about all this.

But Greenfield's a great writer/analyst judging by this sample. I bookmarked Sultan Knish..thanks for posting and the introduction.

24 posted on 08/15/2012 6:49:57 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Falts Profit. Reject That.)
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To: expat1000
This is an excellent article.

Beyond its value in coalescing my understanding of the issues and enlightening me with new perception, I wrestle with what value the article could have to the independent voter. I fear that they would dismiss it, since it is based upon many premises that only movement conservatives understand and accept. Taking Greenfield's piece as a starting point, our task is to address every misconception and assumption that is being used by the Democrats to mislead each interest group. For example, the need for competition to reduce health care costs. This piece helps solidify our philosophic understanding as we make the 'micro' arguments. By that I mean a high level view of what is going on, for which Greenfield is helpful.

25 posted on 08/15/2012 8:55:27 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: Dysart
I understand what you're saying about the lack of discussion. Though it'd be nice to know if it was being being read or ignored because of the length or just what...we used to have a view count feature here, but it vanished.

Hi Dysart,

One thing I can tell you is the ping list has 40+ members which to me sounds like a lot and I know a lot of FReepers don't like to be pinged but are regular readers, and others visit the Sultan Knish site regularly or on the mailing list there.

26 posted on 08/15/2012 9:21:46 PM PDT by expat1000
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Thanks Dysart.


27 posted on 08/16/2012 3:43:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Dysart

>>20 replies over five days?

Curiously, a repost of this article here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2918259/posts received twice that.


28 posted on 08/16/2012 9:25:46 PM PDT by expat1000
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