A few thoughts about Barack Obama’s recent divisive and frankly un-presidential remarks.
First, Obama’s reference to those who support the enforcement of current immigration laws as “enemies” of Latinos who deserve to be be “punished” should forever dispel the idea that Obama is some kind of mystical healer with a supernatural ability to bring disparate groups of people together in a spirit of unity and direct them toward achieving a common goal. The real Barack Obama is a bitter, arrogant, testy partisan who, truthfully, had no record of “reaching across the aisle” whatsoever during his tenure in the Illinois state legislature and the US Senate. Not that anyone who actually paid attention ever believed such nonsense anyway.
Second, Obama’s declaration that Republicans “can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back” illustrates, really beyond any reasonable doubt, the attitude of elitist ruling class liberals and progressives — we are the only ones fit to rule; we will only grudgingly tolerate others until were back in power.
In other words, the normal balance of power (according to liberals) should be control of all three branches of government by liberal Democrats, with only a handful Republicans around to serve primarily as whipping boys and scapegoats.
There are some old conservative jokes about “bipartisanship” among liberals and conservatives occurring only when conservatives are in 100% agreement with liberal policies. Alternately, when conservatives don’t agree with liberals it’s “gridlock,” but when liberals oppose conservative policies they are “saving America/the children/the Constitution, etc.”
Admittedly, most of the enthusiasm behind the Tea Party movement is tied to fiscal conservatism and limited government. But Tea Partiers are also generally opposed to the idea of a ruling class of over-educated and pedigreed elitists permanently lording over the great unwashed middle of the country, simply because they alone know what is best for us. In stark contrast, our nation was founded by visionaries who proposed a true republic governed by citizen-legislators who remained a part of the people they represented.
Thankfully, elections give us the opportunity to send big-government elitists and career politicians to the back of the bus. Lets make sure that we use that chance wisely next Tuesday.