Peter Wehner, writing in Commentary, wonders too:
Obama the DividerOver the last two centuries, a president, when he referred to "they," he was referencing our then-enemies - the British, the Indians, the Japanese, for a time southerners, Nazis, the commies - but today, when Obama attacks "they," he's lobbing hand grenades at me. And a majority of other Americans. On a daily basis.
A Washington Post story from earlier this week reports, “There is a noticeably more aggressive, confrontational President Obama roaming the country these days, selling his jobs plan and attacking Republicans for standing in the way of progress by standing up only for the rich.” That report, if anything, understates things a bit. Obama has essentially given up on his governing responsibilities (at which he has shown himself to be terribly inept) in lieu of a fierce and near constant attack on his political opponents. I have my doubts as to whether that strategy will work. But the point I want to make is a different one, which is that Obama has become the most intentionally divisive president we’ve seen in quite some time.
Each day, it seems, he and/or his supporters are seeking to divide us. The rhetoric employed by the president and his allies is meant to fan the flames of resentment, to turn Americans against one another, and to stoke up feelings of envy, grievances, and rage.
This is not healthy for our country or good for our political culture. And while we all contribute to what constitutes public discourse, there is one officeholder, the president, who bears the greatest responsibility for creating a sense of common purpose and for reminding us that we are, in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Yet the president is trying, with almost every speech, to pry us apart. It’s a strategy he clearly believes is necessary for him to win re-election. But that doesn’t make what he’s doing any less shameful or any less hypocritical. [link]
Can he think of me as being not one of US? Apparently.
Well, it won't be for the better, but two - or two million - or 200 million - can play that game.
America will be ripped apart because of it, but it's the game this guy wants to play.
A challenge we're prepared to engage.
Sad. But it's the reality of the day.