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Enemies of the People
Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Victor Davis Hansen

Posted on 04/12/2012 4:21:38 AM PDT by Kaslin

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 re-election 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 re-election 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.

There are suddenly new enemies called the "one percent" -- those who make more than $200,000 per year and who "do not pay their fair share." Apparently in a zero-sum economy, this tiny minority has taken too much from the majority and thereby caused the four-year lethargy that followed the 2008 meltdown. Andrew Jackson, William Jennings Bryan and Franklin D. Roosevelt all ran, with varying success, against the selfish "rich."

Congress is also now a convenient enemy of the people. Although it was Democratically controlled in Obama's first two years, and the Senate remains so, the new theme insists that a Republican House stops the Democrats from finishing all the good things they started. When support for 16 years of the New Deal had evaporated by 1948, Harry Truman ran successfully against a "do-nothing" Republican Congress that had blocked his own big-government "Fair Deal" follow-up and thus supposedly stalled the economy.

In 2009, Obama pushed through his health care plan by a narrow partisan margin in the House, despite constitutional questions about the individual mandate. Now, as the Supreme Court seems skeptical of the legality of ObamaCare, the president seems to be running against "unelected" justices. That could work too. In 1968, Richard Nixon squeaked by Hubert Humphrey in a divisive campaign, in part by lambasting the activist Warren Court that had done everything from outlawing school prayer to supporting school busing.

Team Obama has seized on the Democrats' allegations of a "war on women," waged by both Republican and Catholic grandees against federal subsidies of birth control. For the first time since the campaign of John F. Kennedy a half-century ago, the role of the Catholic Church in politics is suddenly a landmark issue.

The president faults "Big Oil" and tension in the Middle East -- not his own failure to develop vast new gas and oil reserves on public lands -- for high gas prices. Jimmy Carter likewise blamed greedy oil companies and the Middle East in 1980, after gasoline prices spiked and lines formed at filling stations.

Suddenly, after the Trayvon Martin tragedy and what may prove to be murderous white vigilantism in Oklahoma, race again looms large. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have weighed in often on that issue. The former castigated police for acting "stupidly" in one incident, and more recently reminded the nation of the racial affinities between himself and Trayvon Martin. The latter blasted the nation's reluctance to discuss race as cowardly, and alleged racial bias among his own congressional overseers. Race is always an explosive wedge issue. In 1964, Lyndon Johnson ran successfully in part on the need to expand civil rights, while in 1968 Richard Nixon found traction in the backlash against racial violence.

If Obama can cobble together disaffected young people, greens, women, minorities and the poor -- who all believe a nefarious "they" have crushed their dreams -- then massive debt and deficits, high unemployment, sluggish growth and spiraling gas prices won't decide the election.

Lots of presidential candidates have run by identifying such enemies of the people, rather than debating the general state of the nation -- sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

But the problem with an us/them strategy is not just winning an election, but trying to put back together what was torn asunder.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 04/12/2012 4:21:42 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“But the problem with an us/them strategy is not just winning an election, but trying to put back together what was torn asunder.”

Tearing the USA asunder is the communist traitor mole’s objective. “The worse, the better,” according to V.I. Lenin, that is, better for creating the optimal revolutionary conditions leading to communism. Also according to Obama’s mentor and ghost writer, communist terrorist Bill Ayers, who believed it would be necessary to murder 25 bitter clingers on the path to utopia.


2 posted on 04/12/2012 4:27:09 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Whoops, make that murder 25 MILLION bitter clingers.


3 posted on 04/12/2012 4:28:54 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin

” But the problem with an us/them strategy is not just winning an election, but trying to put back together what was torn asunder. “

‘All the King’s horses, and all the King’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again..’

If we haven’t already, we are rapidly approaching the point where *peaceful* resolution of this Nation’s overwhelming problems will no longer be possible — all in the name of ‘Political Expediency’....


4 posted on 04/12/2012 4:31:47 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Kaslin

Great article by VDH


5 posted on 04/12/2012 4:40:25 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: Uncle Ike

It will be the task of the superpacs to thwart the gathering of several minor points into a successful Obama scapegoat strategy.

By totally trashing the worst president in the history of the Republic with endless TV spots with an endless stream of debilitating truth Obama will be destroyed.

Black America will be so distraught with that onslaught of truth that it will burn the cities


6 posted on 04/12/2012 4:42:06 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: bert
onslaught of truth

Hmmm...I'm finding a glitch in your prognostication.

The Republican superpacs are run by Romney Republicans, who are as unfamiliar with truth as Obama Democrats.

Sounds like a titantic clash of lying propagandists on the Eastern Front to me.

7 posted on 04/12/2012 4:49:11 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: EternalVigilance

The question is do the Romney people control the pacs or do the pacs control Romney?

It is likely some of both but the outcome will be trash Obama


8 posted on 04/12/2012 4:53:49 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Kaslin

VDH sums it up nicely. The best thing that could ever happen to President Obama this year? Mitt Romney. The best thing that could happen to Mitt Romney this year? Barack Obama. Both of them are terrible candidates, and the election will literally be about who stinks less. It’s clear Obama is doing everything he can to cobble together the core Democrat constituencies. I don’t think they are all that enthusiastic about Barack this time. However, he might have an easier time rallying the left than Romney will have the right. We despise Romney.

This country seems headed for one of the most divisive elections in my lifetime. Frankly, I don’t have anything in common with today’s Democrats. They want to enslave me. I want to be free. How can one compromise on that?

Heaven help us!


9 posted on 04/12/2012 5:04:23 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Kaslin

“...in 2008 Barack Obama ran on an inclusive agenda of hope and change...”

Just like Mr. Castro in 1959.


10 posted on 04/12/2012 5:16:17 AM PDT by ripley
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To: CitizenUSA

Talking about degrees of enslavement is like being a little bit pregnant!
Obama is a demagogue. H. L. Mencken, defined a demagogue as “one who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.”


11 posted on 04/12/2012 5:49:21 AM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Travis McGee

25 to 35 million bitter clingers


12 posted on 04/12/2012 6:22:17 AM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: EternalVigilance
Sounds like a titanic clash of lying propagandists on the Eastern Front to me.

Brilliant historical metaphor! Wonder who else will see it?

13 posted on 04/12/2012 6:32:40 AM PDT by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: Kaslin; Jim Robinson; LucyT; butterdezillion; bitt; Nachum; INVAR; drbuzzard; Art in Idaho; ...

Thanks for this thread, as it points out a very common and glaring incorrect assumption found in this quote from Mr. Hansen:

” - - - But the problem with an us/them strategy is not just winning an election, but trying to put back together what was torn asunder.”

That incorrect assumption is that Obama has any intention, or will try “to put back together what was torn asunder.”

The former Community Organizer, Obama, has spent his entire career preparing to Organize America into Commune Amerika.

All of Obama’s accomplishments have been at the expense of Individual Liberty, and Federal financial strength.

Each bill that Obama signs into iron-clad Federal Law has an ADDITIONAL amendment to increase Obama’s control over individual Liberty and Federal finances.

The prime example is the rarely talked about amendment to Obama”care” that transfers the entire Student Loan Debt and all future loans to Federal control. This Student Loan Debt is larger than ALL of the US Credit Card Debt.

Obama is a dictator, and everything he does is consistent with increasing his power while decreasing our individual Liberty and ability to achieve individual financial independence.

In summary, Obama has done everything in his power to destroy THE AMERICAN DREAM.

The Democrats will never see that fact.

The RINOs deny that fact, and have in lock-step endorsed “smiley-face” Romney to gleefully Cave-In to the Democrats, in the highly unlikely chance that Romney becomes POTUS.

The Liberal Agenda Media are overjoyed that FINALLY America will be destroyed so that it can be re-built according to what their Law and Journalism Professors taught them back in their active Student Loan Days.

As conditions in America continue to deteriorate, America voters will become more fearful, and thus less willing to “change horses” in the middle of a crisis, even though the crisis was created by Obama.

It has been said, by those who study these matters, that only 20 % of a population will accept any given idea. Since about half of the US population bothers to vote, that 20 % becomes 40 %, the same % as the baselevel of voter poll support for Obama.

BTW, is there a counterbalancing voter support 40 % in America that accepts the idea that Obama is “tearing asunder” The United States of America and has NO intention “to put together what was torn asunder?”

Meanwhile the drumbeat of Dictator Obama grows louder:

regulate -— control -— destroy -— Regulate -— control -— destroy -— REgulate -— control -— destroy -— REGulate -— control -— destroy -— REGU


14 posted on 04/12/2012 8:17:53 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Kaslin

Ummm ... I don’t think those 25 million bitter clingers will go quietly.

In fact, I’m betting my life that they won’t.


15 posted on 04/12/2012 8:58:19 AM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: CitizenUSA
...the election will literally be about who stinks less.

There's much truth in that sentiment.

The only difference I've seen so far is that only one has promised to throw open the castle gates to the encircling barbarian hordes outside.

16 posted on 04/12/2012 12:09:35 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Graewoulf
In summary, Obama has done everything in his power to destroy THE AMERICAN DREAM. ... The Democrats will never see that fact.

Some will.

But most of those who see it heartily approve.

17 posted on 04/12/2012 12:14:12 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Kaslin

“Suddenly, after the Trayvon Martin tragedy and what may prove to be murderous white vigilantism in Oklahoma, race again looms large.”

Correct me if I’m wrong but I could have sworn I read that the guys in Oklahoma were Native American, not White.

Not that the facts really matter much anymore.

Pray for America.


18 posted on 04/13/2012 5:59:17 AM PDT by LastDayz (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: LastDayz

One of them was I believe, not both.


19 posted on 04/13/2012 6:13:40 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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