President Obama has made quite the rhetorical metamorphosis.
He made his national debut during the 2004 Democrat National Convention, where he gave a well-received speech in which he insisted on an America without racial, ethnic, ideological, or class boundaries, where "there is no red America or blue America, only a United States of America."
And yet, Obama has never legislated or governed as the kind of unifying, "one America" guy he pretended to be that day. In fact, he has always been a divider, a pol who gained more by leveraging those divisions than by trying to close them. He has always been a master of crass political cynicism.
In the words of his former pastor and spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeremiah Wright: "He ain't no Messiah. He's just another politician."
The soaring "one America" claptrap we got seven years ago has evaporated, replaced by what Obama truly believes, which is that the so-called "rich" in America must be ostracized for being evil capitalists who hoard money, and they must be punished for their success by having the government confiscate that money and redistribute to those the government thinks are more worthy of it.
Obama played a good game of BS in the last election. No one knew who he was (we still don't) and he had no real record of anything to run on, so all voters could do was listen to his glistening speeches and take him at his word that he'd be "Transcendent Guy" who would bring us all together. Enough people bought that snake oil, and here we are.
He knows that he's got no chance to be re-elected without getting hip-deep in class warfare. That's why he keeps pounding the "rich" and demanding that they pay ever-more taxes. He doesn't care that if he taxes the "rich"---also known as the job creators---there will be fewer jobs created and unemployment will stay high and economic growth and increased tax revenue will be non-existent. No one ever got a job from a poor man. But that's his point: he WANTS high unemployment because it drives bigger government and the ever-expanding welfare state.
This week, he said something stunning in its audacity, even for him.
"We can't just tell the wealthiest among us, 'You don't have to do a thing. You just sit there and relax, and everybody else, we're gonna solve this problem,' " Obama told a crowd of mostly students at a town-hall-style event in suburban Virginia.
Note a few things: 1. His smears of the "rich" are getting uglier. 2. He has now added insult to class warfare injury. 3. If the "wealthy" "just sat there and relaxed," they would not have become wealthy in the first place. 4. The top 5% of earners pay 60% of all federal income taxes. 5. The crowd was made up of his most important base: the kids. College students who, for the most part, have never paid a dime of taxes in their lives. But they're a guaranteed cheer-machine (maybe because they've never paid a dime of taxes!).
He also said this: "If we're asking community colleges to sacrifice, fewer services in their 'hoods, then we can ask millionaires and billionaires to make a little sacrifice," he said.
Did the President of the United States just refer to "the hood?" We're being led by Suge Knight.
This president is a shameless punk. His class warfare is disgustingly anti-American. And then he wonders why people question his origins. His policies and rhetoric look like they came out of the Soviet Union, circa 1953.
I'm sure that the so-called "rich" in this country---mostly the small business owners and others who bust their tails 24/7 to keep their businesses running---are delighted to know that their president thinks they're "not doing a thing." That they're "just sitting there, relaxing."
Now they know that Obama thinks they're evil AND lazy!
No wonder he keeps arranging speeches in front of the non-taxpaying kids. Everyone else thinks that HE'S "not doing a thing"---except ruining the nation.