Americans were very divided in 2008 over which direction they wanted to see our country go. Then came along Barack Obama. Obama was billed as the post-racial, post-partisan and post-everything-else candidate. However, since coming into office, he has taken a very different path. Barack Obama took advantage of the American people offering to come into office as a “uniter,” but Americans are more divided than ever, and this President is one of the main causes.
President Obama’s campaign website provides a visual representation of his growing commitment to dividing Americans. The site has a special section called “groups.” Some of these groups include “African Americans,” “Latinos,” “Women” and “LGBT Americans.”
The suggestion here is that these various groups have different interests that must be represented separately. None of Obama’s Republican opponents have similar divisive characteristics on their sites, unless think separate pages for each state is ‘divisive.’
The Republican candidates understand that issues like gas prices, unemployment and national defense affect all Americans, regardless of their group affiliation. Obama’s emphasis on separate groups allows him to pander to those groups and paint his political opponents as being neglectful of them.
Almost every recent discussion and policy argument originating from the White House and Democratic operatives incorporates the idea of separating Americans into interest groups and taking advantage of those divisions. Obama surrogates have spent the last month falsely accusing Republicans of engaging in a “war on women,” because of an argument over religious liberty.
Before that, the Obama campaign dedicated most of its messaging attacking the rich for not paying their “fair share” of taxes, although Obama has yet to identify what that ‘share’ might be.
Those recent examples don’t even include the constant, false accusations that opposition to Obama is based on his race, or that Republicans have no solutions on how to create jobs (despite having passed 28 job bills stuck in Senate. Let’s not forget the Obama administration’s claims that Republican-supported laws requiring identification to vote are somehow anti-Hispanic.
The most interesting part of this continued strategy is that polls show it is not working. Americans are choosing to not be divided by empty rhetoric. The only unity Obama has been able to create is opposition to his policies.
Americans voted for Barack Obama believing they were getting a President who represents everyone. Instead they got a President who views the public as distinct voting blocs he can exploit for political gain. Some politically-motivated action is typical of Presidents, but the extent to which this President has tried to pit Americans against each other on the basis of class, race, sexual orientation and gender is unprecedented. These actions are clearly intended as a diversion from a horrific record filled with joblessness, empty solutions and failed promises. Americans should be united in believing that they deserve better from our President.