In an interview with a Spanish language network several days ago, President Obama made some statements to the Hispanic community about voting in the upcoming election. The President stated “But they (Republicans) are going to be paying attention to this election and if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying “We're going to punish our enemies and we're going to 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, then I think it's going to be harder and that's I didn't think it's so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd.” (He stumbled a bit as he often does when not using his teleprompter.)
So apparently President Obama thinks people who disagree with him are enemies. I’m 53 years old and I don’t remember once in my lifetime, no matter how strong the opposition was, a President calling those who opposed him “the enemy.” He’s talking about Americans, citizens, and calling them, us, the enemy, and inferring we’re also the enemy of Hispanics. Who is he talking about, you might ask? Why, Republicans and conservatives and independents, and libertarians, and anyone else who disagrees with his goals and agenda. So instead of having a difference of political opinion, which has always been one of the greatest things about America, we who oppose him are now enemies of the Obama administration and of Hispanic voters. (By the way, in my 53 years I’ve also never seen a U.S. President sue one of his own states, for anything.)
Al Franken, wonderful, upstanding man that he is, apparently made reference to Republicans “running the car into the ditch” and said it’s up to the Democrats to pull it out and get it back on the road. President Obama referred to Franken’s analogy and took it just a little further. Obama said “We got this car up on level ground and, yes, it's a little beat up. It needs to go to the body shop. It's got some dents. It needs a tune up, but it's pointing in the right direction. And now we've got the Republicans tapping us on the shoulder saying, we want the keys back. You can't have the keys back. You don't know how to drive. You can ride with us if you want but you've got to sit in the back seat.”
One has to be curious whether Mr. Obama was insinuating that like black people were in the 50s, Republicans must be treated like second class citizens and sit in the back of the bus because they’re not good enough to sit up front with the “worthy” people. If so, I wonder what Rosa Parks, and even Martin Luther King, would think about that analogy? And who would be the Rosa Parks of the Republican Party today, refusing to ride in the back? I’m guessing maybe Olympia Snow…
Mr. President, your reference to those of us dissenters as the enemy has angered many people. One of the reasons you are currently President of the United States is because of political disagreement. If not for that disagreement, the government would be run by people who were like our founders. And you, Mr. President, wouldn’t stand a chance of being President in that case. Not because they were racist but because the founders stood for everything you oppose; freedom, fiscal responsibility, small, non-intrusive government, and integrity, which you do not have.
Step down, Mr. Obama, and let someone lead this country who still believes in its founding principles. You obviously don’t believe in them yourself.