Barack Obama has shown us that "Hate Works".
Last night in Tucson, Barck Obama gave a speech hearkening back to the tenor of his 2008 campaign. Just like that campaign, he spoke of lofty ideals that he has no intention of pursuing.
In his 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack talked about being a 'post-partisan' president and about reaching across the isle. Despite all the evidence given by his voting record, this was received as a truth that would gladly change Washington. The reality was that the country was victimized by a Health Care bill that was rammed through congress despite bipartisan opposition, and that the country did not want, and rejected in the 2010 mid-term elections.
I have said on these pages before that Barack Obama was not elected because of any particular vision he espoused. He was elected because for no other reason than 8 years of 'hate Bush' rhetoric paid off.
The presidents words last night were nothing more than another insult to one's intellect by trying to position himself as someone we know he is not.
But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do - it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.Just like his claims for bipartisan relations with Congress, which amounted to 'sit down, shut up, and vote like I tell you; or you are an obstructionist!", this veiled platitude means nothing more than 'talking with each other in a way that heals means sit down, shut up, and vote the way I tell you to or you are speaking in a way that wounds"
The left's move to lay the blame for the tragedy that was brought by an individual divorced of reality and living on his own planet, was nothing more than an attempt to deny the people who oppose them the very weapon that has served them so well.
In the world of politics, there is no high ground to take. It's trench warfare. It always has been, and it will always be.