In every election cycle liberals pull out their ancient political playbook and bag of tricks, running the same old plays against conservatives. And every election cycle many of our citizens fall for it.
In 2008, Obama the candidate ran as a new contender for president, pledging to change the fractured and divided nation and to end the old politics, which was a great part of his appeal to so many voters.
In his inaugural address he pledged a new beginning: “On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”
He had built his career around that theme. Who can forget his 2004 DNC speech: “I say…tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America – there’s the United States of America.”
And during his Greek column-themed nomination acceptance speech in 2008: “Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
Yet Obama the president has not lived up to the hype. He has divided us, chosen fear over hope, and, with no record to run on, tried to paint Mitt Romney as someone to run from. He’s done the exact opposite of everything he ever said prior to the 2012 race. Continue reading