NOTE: This story is pretty old, but it should be noted that Randy got his reaction to me right away. — Jeff
In a radio interview that aired on Univison on Monday, Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, despite fierce Republican opposition.
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, I think that it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think that it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who are stressing border security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration measure, Mr. Obama said “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”
Can a president of the United States go any lower than referring to the majority of the population as “enemies” in order to curry votes with an ethnic minority? How can we survive as a nation of mixed peoples when our president uses such vulgar tactics in an election campaign? Does he not know that he is inflaming racial animosity for his own self interest and at the expense of any hope of bringing a divided nation together for the common good? What happened to his post-racial presidency?
Of course he knows, but that is of no interest to him. He has other plans for our nation which fall under the category of “fundamental transformation” and he makes no secret of the fact that he is willing to destroy all that was for the sake of achieving that goal. If we are to survive, we must bring an end to this reign of divisiveness before it is too late. Mr. Obama is loathe to use the term “enemies,” even in regard to radical Islamists, but yet he’s willing to label us who disagree with the course that he is taking us on as “enemies.” And is it such a large leap from “our enemies” in matters of policy to “enemies of the State” in matters of national security?
At the moment, with the midterm election right around the corner, it looks probable that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be dethroned and replaced by Congressman John Boehner, but that will only intensify the battle leading up to the presidential election in 2012. A change in House leadership may keep us from going over the cliff before that election, but it will accomplish little else. Nothing less than a complete change in national leadership, brought about by an awakened citizenry at the polls in 2012, will provide a narrow window of opportunity to begin to reverse the course that the Obama administration has put us on. If we miss that opportunity, I fear that the force of the prevailing demographics will be our downfall as a nation. With a recent Rasmussen poll showing that 65 percent of the population would love to scrap the entire Congress and start over, such a possibility isn’t so outlandish as some might think.
Regardless, this business of referring to United States citizens of any stripe as “enemies” by the president is quite serious and cannot be allowed to go unchallenged. It smacks of the mindset of tyrants and dictators and should motivate all citizens, regardless of political leaning, to reject such an un-American perspective. Let your voice be heard tomorrow.