Supposedly Mitt Romney???s ???47 percent??? remarks, made four months ago at a fundraiser in Florida in response to a direct question about political strategy, were an unbearable insult to nearly half of the electorate. The 47 percent number was Romney???s estimate of Barack Obama???s reliable constituency, ???who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That???s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.???
Barack Obama, easily the most divisive president in recent history, went on Letterman to explain that he???s all about inclusion and respect for differences of opinion??? except, as the video below demonstrates, he has personally described those who disagree with him as ???unpatriotic.??? For added fun, he was talking about deficit spending, an area where he went on to become the undisputed eternal grand champion.
This isn???t an isolated ???gotcha??? moment. Obama farms a lot of the really dirty work out to his subordinates, who have a history of saying very unpleasant things about not just Obama???s political opponents, but voters who don???t support him. No less than Vice President Joe Biden once described Tea Party Republicans as ???terrorists.???
And to cite a more recent example of Biden flying off the rails, his infamous ???gonna put y???all back in chains??? remark before a Virginia audience imputed the most vicious racist motives to Republicans. While Obama was turning in his ridiculous ???Great Uniter??? performance on Letterman, did he honestly forget how frequently he and his surrogates accuse everyone who opposes him of being racists?
Obama personally does this, quite frequently. His notorious ???bitter clingers??? remarks from 2008 were his explanation for why rural voters seemed reluctant to vote for him: ???It???s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren???t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.???
And he???s constantly pushing the line that racist Americans are reluctant to vote for someone named ???Obama.??? He???s been doing it since his first presidential campaign, and he did it as recently as a May 2012 appearance on The View, explaining his weak poll numbers by saying, ???With a name like Barack Obama, it???s always tight.???
Or how about Obama???s explanation for the Democrats??? landslide losses in the 2012 midterm elections? He reportedly told a group of labor leaders (oooh! A ???secret meeting??? with supporters, just like that Romney fundraiser!) that he lost white male voters because ???fed by Fox News, they hear ???Obama is a Muslim??? 24/7, and it begins to seep in??? the Republicans have been at this for forty years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old.???
Who brought us this report of Obama???s vicious insult to half of the American electorate? Why, it was none other than David Corn of Mother Jones magazine ??? the same guy pushing the Romney ???47 percent??? video today.
Obama is also big on insulting voters who don???t support him as idiots. He recently patronized the electorate by saying that the only big mistake of his first term was ???thinking that his job was just about getting the policy right,??? but he should have invested more effort in telling ???a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.???
When the magnitude of the Democrats??? losses in the upcoming 2010 midterm elections became clear, Obama said it was because voters were too frightened and stupid to appreciate his marvelous leadership. ???People out there are still hurting very badly, and they are still scared. And so part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now, and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time, is because we’re hard-wired not to always think clearly when we’re scared,??? he explained.
And he???s perpetually shrugging off the deep unpopularity of ObamaCare by saying his benighted subjects don???t understand it well enough. Everyone who resists his demands for higher taxes is greedy. Everyone who opposes his spending programs is callous. Everyone who opposes his ???green energy??? boondoggles is a planet-raping tool of sinister Big Oil interests.
Remember when Obama tried to blame his rising gas prices on evil ???oil speculators,??? leaving even the members of his own Administration to scratch their heads and wonder what the hell he was talking about? Remember when rising unemployment was the fault of corporate jet or ATM manufacturers? Remember when he warned us of sinister doctors who perform unnecessary tonsillectomies to put more cash in their bulging wallets?
And remember the sneering contempt Obama showed for people who think they built their own businesses, during his infamous appearance in Roanoke, Virginia? The entire point of that passage of his speech was to dismiss the ???smart people??? who think they???re successful because they ???worked harder than everybody else,??? when in truth they owe much of their success to the use of public resources, and therefore have no moral right to resist the confiscation of their income. No allowance is made for ???context??? in Mitt Romney???s discussion of political strategy, but we???re supposed to need hundreds of pages of context to understand that the World???s Greatest Orator was merely talking about the importance of building roads. In truth, his Roanoke speech was explicitly and aggressively meant as an insult, to the sizable chunk of the American population that disagrees with him about the obligation of some Obama-designated subset of taxpayers to fork over more tax money.
And when Obama???s campaign operatives and supporters were ripping into dissenting Americans in the most vile terms ??? blaming the conservative movement at large for the Tucson murders, claiming the Tea Party is a pack of racists ??? Barack Obama stood utterly silent. His commitment to ???unity??? consists of showing up after days of vile behavior from his supporters and making general observations that everyone should be more tolerant. He???s never there when it counts.
Instead, he spends a good deal of time telling his supporters to ???argue with neighbors, get in their face??? or ???punish??? their ???enemies??? at the voting booth. Last Christmas, he sent out a fundraising letter offering to email taunts to Republican acquaintances of his die-hard supporters, in exchange for a $3 donation. This was described as ???a chance to have a little fun at their expense.???
So please, spare me this nonsense about Obama being some sort of great uniting figure, while Romney hates half of America. Obama???s love of ???redistribution??? absolutely requires divisive politics ??? it???s the only way to make the takers feel good about what they???re doing to the makers. His central economic planning absolutely requires ???heroes??? and ???villains??? in the marketplace, designated by his hand. There is nothing ???unifying??? about what he???s already done, much less what he plans to do if he gets another term. Obama???s world of government control and dependency banishes voluntary cooperation and competition, replacing them with opposition. The people who won???t give you what the government says they owe you are your enemies. The only thing our media and political elite is really discussing at the moment is which groups of Americans can be insulted with impunity. Obama and the Democrats will resume explaining all this to you, once the election is safely behind him.