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President Barack Obama Has Earned 'Great Divider'
The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 2-10-13 | The Daily Oklahoman

Posted on 02/10/2013 7:30:47 PM PST by Osage Orange

President Barack Obama Has Earned 'Great Divider' Label

The Oklahoman Editorial

| Published: February 10, 2013

WHEN the annals of presidential nicknames are updated a few years hence, it will be obvious that Barack Obama began earning a certain designation virtually from the day he took office in 2009.

The Great Divider.

This will be an appendix to a list that includes The Great Emancipator (Lincoln), The American Cincinnatus (Washington), The Apostle of Democracy (Jefferson) and The Great Communicator (Reagan). These are flattering descriptions. They are also earned descriptions — unlike irreverent and partisan monikers such as Martin Van Ruin (Van Buren) and The Human Iceberg (Benjamin Harrison).

The Great Divider is an apt choice for Obama. He has earned it. The sobriquet isn't overtly partisan: Much of the man's political success owes to his penchant for dividing people into camps and appealing to one group by diminishing the other. This has been good for his career. But it has not been good for the United States of America.

In 2008, the president sold himself as a uniter. Voters weary of 16 straight years of divisiveness surrounding the White House rallied around this unity flagpole. Obama has failed to salute his own unity flag, however. He hasn't even flown it.

Obama solicited ideas from diverse coalitions — on health care, deficit reduction, business growth — but refused to listen. He pushed through a health care package with zero Republican support. He ignored his own deficit commission. He formed and then ignored and then disbanded a council of advisers drawn from the business sector.

The essential thing we've learned about Barack Obama is his belief that his way is the only way, dividing the populace into the Enlightened Ones who agree with him and the Less-Than-Worthy who don't. Syndicated columnist Michael Gerson calls this “the invincible assumption of his own rightness.”

This is not how it's supposed to work in a democratic republic. Obama's frequent riffs that he won the election and is therefore entitled to prevail in policy debates ignore two key facts: The Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives and 48.98 percent of voters last year did not support this president. Do their views count for nothing?

The Great Divider has displayed the arrogance of an FDR packing the Supreme Court because of their pesky insistence on keeping to the Constitution, yet Roosevelt brought Americans together in tough times. In his second inaugural address, Obama divided the country into those who care (he and his ardent supporters) and those who don't (Republicans, unhappy taxpayers).

Columnist Paul Greenberg said it was the kind of speech that divides, not unites: “Its principal connection to the American past seemed to be one of hurt, not pride.” Instead of rising to the level of a Reagan, Greenberg wrote, Obama lowered himself to the level of a Rev. Jeremiah Wright. He divided Americans into the “shrinking few” who prosper and the “growing many” who barely make it.

The Great Communicator, by contrast, promoted prosperity for all Americans rather than a transfer of wealth from the few to the many. Reagan championed merit and individual effort rather than perpetually pitting the greedy against the needy.

A unity president would embrace sensible entitlement reform. He would use his pulpit to convince Americans that hard choices must be made to protect future generations — especially the needy — from crushing debt. A unity president would not rail against a mythical “war on women” or the unproven assumption that recent fires, droughts and powerful storms are due to human-induced global warming.

The Great Divider sorts people into those who can't seem to survive without another government program and those who want to safeguard their assets against another unsustainable tax grab. He divides energy into the good green stuff he champions and the bad black stuff that powers the presidential jet between endless campaign appearances. The latter brings in billions of dollars in taxes; the former requires taxpayer subsidies.

America cannot, he said, “treat name-calling as reasoned debate.” This came in a speech with thinly veiled name-calling throughout, a theme we expect him to repeat during Tuesday's State of the Union address. To paraphrase Reagan, is this country more divided than it was four years ago? Of course it is. And Obama is a prime reason.

We need reasoned debate. We need a reasonable president. We need a uniter.

What we have instead is unearned, unwarranted, unrelenting scorn from The Great Divider.

TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: alinsky; divide; marxism

1 posted on 02/10/2013 7:31:01 PM PST by Osage Orange
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To: Osage Orange

Liberals, the cause of this country’s problems, have nothing I care to unite with.

We do not need unity. We need two countries.

2 posted on 02/10/2013 7:43:00 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Osage Orange

Pretty much nails Obanana

3 posted on 02/10/2013 7:43:08 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: Osage Orange

4 posted on 02/10/2013 7:46:44 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: freedumb2003

If only he were just a crybaby. He’s a cunning, manipulator. A soul-less anti American POS.

But he is skilled at working a stupid populace. Liberals have presented him with a populace that is so stupid, sometimes I’m surprised they remember to breathe. But that is exactly what Obama needs to prosper.

He is prospering, at America’s expense. All is going to plan.

Just remember, Romney would have done the same thing. /< extreme scarcasm>

5 posted on 02/10/2013 8:08:54 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Osage Orange

I’d rather just call him Comrade..

6 posted on 02/10/2013 8:11:44 PM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: Osage Orange
7 posted on 02/10/2013 8:16:11 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: brownsfan

Well, we can at least be thankful that the GOP, went hard core conservative after all the support for their severely conservative frontman.

Why, they are now taking hard right stances on gay marriage, immigration and gun control.

Thank GOD that Romney showed them the way and saved us from weak kneed Republicans. He may have lost, but his policies and positions live on.

8 posted on 02/10/2013 8:16:33 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Osage Orange

“the invincible assumption of his own rightness..”

describes who besides the Messiah?

Mao Tse Tung
Fidel Castro
Francisco Franco
Kim Jong Il
Ayatollah Khameini
Karl Marx
and so on...

9 posted on 02/10/2013 8:27:50 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Rembrandt
Are you taking a vote?
I say he's most like: Mussolini
10 posted on 02/10/2013 9:08:06 PM PST by LZ_Bayonet ( I AM THE TEA PARTY LEADER !)
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To: Osage Orange
So true.

"Judge me by the people who surround me." - Obama 2008

Shock Photos: Candidate Obama Appeared And Marched With New Black Panther Party in 2007: (Credit to ETL for pics and link)


0bama the Uniter!

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Obama, during his private pep talk to Democrats, ... asked, “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit” Democratic voters “and it will encourage the extremists.” - Nov. 7, 2009

Obama Attacks Americans – Says Those Who Support AZ Law Are “Anti-Immigrant” (video)

Obama uses knife/gun fight quote to fight the GOP - "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun, because from what I understand, folks in Philly like a good brawl." (video)

Obama Tells GOP "Get In Back" (video)


A President who uses his bully pulpit to mock and taunt Americans, who incites his followers to be confrontational, creates an atmosphere of incivility and violence.

11 posted on 02/10/2013 9:21:30 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Osage Orange

12 posted on 02/10/2013 10:38:03 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Slyfox


13 posted on 02/10/2013 10:47:15 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: Norm Lenhart


14 posted on 02/11/2013 7:56:21 AM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: Osage Orange

Well, for some reason that defies logic, some people on FR and in the public at large are convinced that supporting Republicans moving ever leftward is in fact the way to return to conservatism.

Doesn’t matter how many times the GOP runs a Romney, how ofter a Cantor, McCain or Rubio stand up and proclaim the goodness of amnesty. There are people here who are proud to stand foursquare behind and loudly support liberalism.

It’s easier than admitting they acted like DU rejects and that their conservatism is, shall we say, ‘situational’. And they refuse to make any moral/philosophical decision that may take a cent out of their wallet.

But, like Mitt, they too are severe conservatives.

15 posted on 02/11/2013 6:09:49 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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