Obama – Uniter or Divider?

In last night’s speech about the use of biological weapons in Syria, the President revealed his skewed view of who the American people are. While he was presenting his case for postponing a military strike in Syria, he didn’t miss the opportunity to use stereotypes to denigrate the right and elevate the left.

“…to my friends on the right,” he said, ” I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just.” Of course, in his mind, the right is made up of a bunch of narrow-minded militarists who, under ordinary circumstances, would like nothing more than to bomb Syria.

He went on to say, “To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain…” Here, of course, he drew a disingenuous contrast with the right who in his skewed view aren’t known for their “belief in freedom and dignity for all people” as those on the left are.

This part of the speech blithely overlooked the fact that on the right there is considerable resistance to any military action against Syria and notable support for it among those on the left (who will back up the President no matter the risk of “policy whiplash”). Furthermore, it clearly overlooked the fact that the right supports the military precisely so that the USA can be strong enough to protect freedom and dignity.

If Mr. Obama was trying to bring us together as a people, he should have omitted that spurious comparison. If you find his “policies” incoherent, remember united, we stand; thoroughly confused, we fall.

Dwight Boud

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