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Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Most Divisive Campaign in American History

In 1980, when President Reagan asked Americans, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago", it was still possible to campaign on a theme as simple as the job performance of the other guy. But now, 32 years later, the campaign hinges on a much more fundamental split among the voting population.

Romney appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with the last four years. Obama appeals to voters who are dissatisfied with America.

This basic gap was obscured in the 2008 campaign by the window trappings of inspiration. Among all the plastic pillars and stolen quotes from poets who stole them from sermons, it was harder to see that the underlying theme of the campaign was dissatisfaction with America. But in 2012, Obama can no longer run as a reformer or an optimist.

The coalition that he committed to last year is a coalition of those who are unhappy with America, not in the last four years, but in the last two-hundred years. Its core is composed of groups that fear democracy and distrust the will of the people. There is no optimism here, but a deeply rooted pessimism about human nature and the country as a whole. It is the Democratic Party's coalition against democracy.

After 2010, the numbers were crunched, and it was clear that Obama and the Democrats could not win a mainstream campaign. Instead, they targeted narrow groups, stirred up conflicts over issues aimed at that group, whether it was union pensions, racism or birth control. There was no more pretense of a national election, only a frenzied rush to polarize as many groups as possible and join them together into an acrimonious coalition, not so much for anything, as against Republicans.

There isn't any inspiration here. Just paranoia over everything from gay marriage to abortion to racial profiling to illegal immigration. A dozen illegal benefits being handed out with the explicit threat that they will be lost if Romney wins. A dozen mini-civil wars being stirred up to divide Americans and set them at each other's throats for the benefit of the Obama campaign.

From Occupy Wall Street to Wisconsin, from Trayvon Martin to Chick-fil-A, the goal of these manufactured conflicts has been to divide and conquer the electorate by emphasizing group rights over individual economic welfare.

Obama can't win on the economy. He can't win on foreign policy. He can't win on any aspect of his administration. All he can do is stir up violence and then promise to heal the country in his second term while winking to all the representatives of the grievance groups. It's not a new game, but the Democratic Party has never played it quite this baldly in a national election. And if it succeeds, then national politics will have finally been reduced to the level of a Chicago election.

We were expected to believe that the typical Obama voter in 2008 was hoping for a better country, but in 2012 there is no more hope, only hate and fear. The typical Obama voter is not acting as an American, but as a representative of an entitled group looking to secure and expand those entitlements at the expense and the detriment of the country at large.

To vote for Obama after years of grotesque economic mismanagement that has no precedent in history, that exceeds the worst actions of Andrew Jackson or Ulysses S. Grant, is not the instinct of an American, but a selfish greedy looter scrambling to grab a few dinner rolls off the tray while the ship is going down. There is no policy justification for voting for a man with the worst economic and foreign policy record in the country's history. There is no American justification for voting for him. Only the UnAmerican motivation of carving up a dying country into group fiefdoms privileging identity politics over the common good.

This is an UnAmerican campaign. It is an Anti-American campaign. It is a campaign by those who hate and fear what America was and who resent having to care about anyone outside their own group. Its group jingoism, its dog whistles and special privileges are repulsive and cynical, treating the people of a great nation like a warren of rats eager to sell each other out for a prize from the Cracker Jack box of identity politics entitlements.

There is not a single Obama voter anywhere in the land who believes that another four years of him will make this country better. Not a single one from coast to coast. No, what they believe is that he will make the country a worse place for those people that they hate. That he will have four more years to sink their ideas deeper in the earth, regardless of how many families go hungry and how many fathers kill themselves because they can no longer take care of their families. What they believe is that Obama will grant their group more special privileges and the rest of the country can go to hell.

In his DNC keynote address in 2004, Obama said, "There is no Black America or White America or Latino America or Asian America, there is just the United States of America." And now he has completely disavowed it. He isn't campaigning to lead the United States of America, instead he is running for the presidency of a dozen little Americas, Trayvon Martin America, Abortion America, Illegal Alien America, Sharia America, Gay Marriage America, Starbucks America and any others you can think of. And if he can collect enough of these little Americas together, then he may get the privilege of running the United States of America into the ground for another four years.

Obama has never been the President of the United States of America. He has been the president of Washington D.C., of Wall Street and of Solyndra. He has been the President of Green America and of Chicago. He has been the President of Warren Buffett, George Soros, Bill Gates, Penny Pritzker and James Crown. He is the President of George Clooney, Harvey Weinstein and Anne Hathaway. And now, facing disaster, he still isn't running to be President of a country, but of a dozen little countries with money from freshly bailed out Green America and Wall Street, not to mention Hollywood.

The Obama campaign is not accidentally divisive. It did not stumble into divisiveness. It is not even divisive as a byproduct of its real aims. Divisiveness is its aim. Divisiveness is the only way that a divisive administration can hold on to power. The anger and the violence are not an accident, they are the whole point. Set one group against another, feed the hate, massage the grievances and very soon there is no longer a nation but a handful of quarreling groups being roped into a mutual alliance to reelect their lord protector whose appeal is that of the outsider becoming the insider.

Bain is a metaphor whose details don't truly matter. The target audience for that swill doesn't really care where Romney was when a steel plant was shut down. It doesn't care that like so many private equity bigwigs, the man who actually was in charge is one of Obama's bundlers. This isn't about truth, it's about menace. The Bain message is that Romney is a man who takes things away. That is the  image that the UnAmerican alliance is meant to take away. The ominous sense that Obama's era of giving them things is about to come to a close and Romney's era of taking away things will begin.

It doesn't take much prompting for the UnAmericans to come to this conclusion. Thieves are always looking over their shoulders. They always expect to have their ill-gotten gains taken away from them. And that is Obama's true achievement. Like Tammany Hall, he has corrupted a massive section of the population and made it complicit in his criminality. What the old political machines did to cities or small groups of vested interests, the Zero has done to tens of millions, if not a hundred million people, who want him in power not because they think he's the best man for the job, but because he's their crook. The middle man for a crime ring that begins with him and ends with them.

The true insidious evil of the man is that he is the face of a machine of power and privilege that turns Americans into UnAmericans, that corrupts and degrades every ideal and principle, suborns every office and picks every pocket, while wrapping that thievery in the flag and every bit of history that it can filch. The Hussein Way is the clearest expression of the rot at the heart of the Democratic Party, the marriage of leftist agitation and powermongering with the old urban political machines for a level of abuse usually seen only in banana republics.

The abomination in Washington is a welfare-state technocracy that mixes crony capitalism with radical social policy. It steals from everyone and gives back to some. It plays the game of divide and conquer with the panache of marketing executives knowing that the worse the economy is, the more likely everyone is to look in everyone else's mouth. Its worst aspect is its insistence on cloaking its cynicism as righteousness, wrapping every ugly means in the glorious flag of the ends when the truth is that its means are its ends.

Divide and conquer isn't just a means to the greater end of giving Zero Hussein another four years. And perhaps another four years after that. It's also the end. Every tyrant from Joseph Stalin to Saddam Hussein knew that a divided people are easier to rule. The more you divide them, the less likely they are to give you any trouble when you're raiding their last pennies to pay for the latest Green gimmick that your billionaire backers have thrown up all over Wall Street.

Obama is the ultimate Post-American figure passing himself off as the embodiment of all that is truly American. But the UnAmericans got the real message in 2008 and in 2012 there is no other message. There is no more hope and faith, and the ones who have been waiting for are the UnAmericans who think that they are about to come into their own, when they are little more than pawns being used to rob and destroy a great nation.

This is the Post-American, Anti-American and UnAmerican campaign to divide up, carve up and toss aside the laws and traditions of the United States and replace them with the power of arrogance. It is the last stand of a beleaguered nation facing barbarians inside its gate. Every previous election was a contest between two American candidates who wanted to preside over the United States.

This is an election contest between the United States and an emerging Post-American order. That entity will be an American EU run by unelected bureaucrats, governed by politically correct technocrats and upheld by corrupt financial pirates disguising the collective bankruptcy with numbers games so elaborate that they make every billion-dollar con game and pyramid scheme that has come before seem as simple as child's play.

The entity is already here. Its czars are running things in D.C., and its judges are dismantling both constitutional government and democratic elections. It creates a crisis and then makes sure that it doesn't go to waste. It has excellent design skills and terrible planning skills. It has all the money in the world and none at all. It is the Post-American America, and 2012 is its big referendum. The one that will decide whether this Post-American America, this horrid graft of E.U. governance and Mussolini economics, Soviet propaganda and FDR volunteerism, Tammany populist criminality and U.N. foreign policy will be permitted to devour the United States of America.

Obama cannot win an American election. But he isn't running in an American election. He's running in a Post-American election.





59 comments:

Curmudgeon said...

I admire your honesty. Your words break my heart only because you have clearly described the menace of this regime.

Prayers are called for to turn our great nation around.

Thank you for this cathartic blog post.

Doris Wise Montrose said...

I have not read anything that comes close to nailing the meaning of this election and the reality of Obama as does this article, Daniel. This election is about the future of the America we know. Although the announcement of Ryan as Romney's running mate has elevated optimism, there is nothing I will put past the Obama people to ensure his being re-elected.

mindRider said...

Would Romney/Ryan have let the banks and GM go bust or would they also have bailed them out for the good of the country? The divisiveness can be attributed to OBH but the financial mess only partially, yet that is what RR runs on not one America!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to believe what Daniel wrote, but i'm doubtful that the problem is just a coalition of disaffected people voting for Obama.

I think there has been a genuine shift in opinion, proof of that is that the young generation, I mean those whose parents were die hard conservatives, and radically left.

If you note, you will see it's mainly older people who now vote for conservatism. I also think Romney and his running mate will further polarise and actually help Obama be elected.

Spending cuts are needed, but it should be remembered that the biggest spend is on the military. Lost wars, and weapons sales have bankrupted America.

What we need is a cut back on military spending, otherwise the US will go the same way the British and Russians did. Failed wars and dreams of empire don't mix. Britain lost it's empire, Russia did, and now it's the US.

Will any bright spark realise before it's too late? I'm pessimistic.

Why didn't Allen West run instead of Romney?

Anonymous said...

Daniel, you painted the only true picture currently available to those who still care.Thank you!

Obama and, his crime syndicate have overreached; a majority of american patriots have heard the shot and, are fully awake. Number wise - obama is outnumbered.
Ryan's pick as VP will bring the truth directly to the people.
Obama is sweating tonite; knowing that Ryan will eat his lunch.

The only question remains is that of election fraud. Will we be able to stop it by having a landslide election, or will he once again win by fraud?

I'd wager on the landslide!

MLR said...

"emphasizing group rights over individual economic welfare." Once again Sultan, you have nailed it!

Anonymous #1 what we need is a strong economy to support a strong military. The military didn't bankrupt this country, politicians did.

Steve said...

MLR

A strong military means we are addicted to OPEC oil, and the OPEC dictates where and how we fight.

This has been our downfall. We cannot sustain a trillion dollar military, even without wars, leave alone with wars.

If there is no war, then we are at the mercy of OPEC and if there is war we are bankrupt.

That is the elephant in the house that Republicans won't tackle. Including Romney.

Susanna said...

Daniel, you Always- Always hit the nail on head.
You are able to not only see clearly what others
only may feel but do not have the ability to articulate. What a gift. Thank you.

fsy said...


There is not a single Obama voter anywhere in the land who believes that another four years of him will make this country better.


Wow!

How about a piece on the "coincidental" timing of the Mars landing before the Democratic convention?

fsy said...


Every previous election was a contest between two American candidates who wanted to preside over the United States.


Are you really sure? Bill Clinton? Al Gore?

careyrowland said...

Much of what you say is true. But of course, you, O sultan, are not in any way contributing to the divisiveness that tears us apart.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, let's vote for Romney/Ryan and we'll see if that makes any difference.

MLR said...

Steve
Military spending as a %GDP in the USA is about 5%. Spending on healthcare is about 18%, are we addicted to health?

We are addicted to OPEC oil because of stupid so called green energy policies implemented by our president who tilts at windmills. Without our military OPEC would have a much greater control over world oil prices than it has already.

It is our military that keeps global commerce going. A weak America means an unstable world. A strong military can only be sustained by a strong economy.

Romney/Ryan are prepared unlike our current president to tackle that elephant. The elephant is not OPEC it's our national debt and unsustainable entitlements.

You ought to read the Sultan more carefully and take what he says to heart. You sound like you are a member of one of those "emphasizing group rights over individual economic welfare."

Anonymous said...

Thank You Daniel........very nice article.

Mr ED said...

Once again the best commentary on the web gets even better. Deconstructing the Left only seems difficult at times because they try so mightily to control the public debate by flooding the media they control with false arguments and outright lies.


Of course, the unspoken common thread here that permits any of these tactics to succeed in the willing complicity of the Leftist MSM and Leftist infotainment industry, who provide cover for their Liberal Apotheosis by any means necessary. None of the deceptions and lies of the Leftists politicians could succeed without the professionally packaged lies, half-truths and manicured "news" from the cabal of Leftscum who control the media of all types. The Leftist DemocRAT party has devolved into a simple-minded party of simple-minded ideas, all plastered over with a thin veneer of pathetic "approved victims" used to guilt trip the non-victim citizenery into being guilty serfs, ready to sacrifice anything and everything just to make the endless accusations from the new nobility - the Libfilth MSM and Libfilth infotainment - just go away.

A simple rule of thumb - If politicians and media scum behave as your enemy, regard and threat them as your enemy. Leftists are not corageous people of good faith working for a better world as they attempt to portray themselves. Leftists are criminals engaged in a criminal enterprise and nothing they do should be regarded at face value.

Edward Cline said...

Daniel: You really know how to capture and encapsulate the character of the Obama campaign, which is utterly malevolent and calculated to "divide and conquer." If I were Romney's campaign strategist, I'd seek you out for the best way to address Americans on why they shouldn't vote for Obama. You could advise the strategist to pick any sentence from this article and work it into one of Romney's speeches or debates. We'd hear howls of pain and calls of "unfair" from the UnAmerica crowd and the Democrats. We'd hear charges of "character assassination" from the whole mob. But it's Obama and his team of Marxists who have done most of that assassinating.

Unfortunately, Romney has to tackle the question of how he can reconcile his opposition to Obamacare with his Massachusetts Romneycare, which acted as a template or model for the former. I don’t think he or his strategists are up to that task. And I don’t think the Dems are going to let him forget it, not unless they're dumber than I've imagined.

Yael said...

One of your absolute best works! Kol hakavod.

Irwin Ruff said...

Ah, yes. I always think of one of o's most memorable quotes: "Think not of what your country can do for you. Think, rather, of what your country can do for ME."

I couldn't stand him in 2008, and I certainly can't stand him now. Can't we placate the Indonesian gods, and throw hussain into an active Indonesian volcano?

Anonymous said...

Why cannot we all just argue? Deadknee King

Richard said...

This is another carefully crafted piece of propaganda from the right. It makes opinions and dresses them as fact. Public spending increased because the cost of the war was not included. Obamacare seen as a socialist plot makes sense. People should be forced to buy healthcare, so the law of large numbers applies. Why do the top 2% need more tax cuts? They are NOT going to create jobs just gamble it away.

Steve said...

MLR

Even before the Green lobby was active, the US was reliant on world oil. You're not understanding independence.

To be independent, the US has to do away with the need for oil. That is impossible. Shale takes more to extract than what it's worth. Anything said otherwise is just propaganda, I know what I say here.

The US needs to drastically cut military spending, not just to reduce the debt but to end it's reliance on foreign oil.

There is no other way, and pretending that there is another way, is exactly what led to the downfall of the British empire. It wasn't too bad for Russia, it had it's oil to fall back on, and has a growing econonmy. The opposite is the case for the US. It is past it's prime, and the only way to get back on track is to cut military spending.

Maybe, healthcare too, but that is not a waste as much as military spending, and bases around the world are.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, your article is incorrect. My dad still believes that another 4 years of Obama will be good for the country. I don't understand it at all. Also, my dad is a white, middle-class, former U.S. Marine.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Cutting the military doesn't solve anything. And the O Admin is cutting the military. So is the UK. All that does is free up more spending money for the bureaucratic state.

Energy Independence is possible but not easy. And until we have it our entire economy is going to be wrapped around OPEC's finger. Which means we'll be involved in wars whether we want to or not.

Linda Rivera said...

An excellent analysis, Daniel!

The tragedy is that our rulers HATE our great nation of America, and HATE Americans.

And are also striving, along with other European and British leaders to transform our free countries into the totalitarian, political system of Islam.

Anonymous said...

To my greatest sorrow, even though I'm not American, he is still going to win. Due to the level of culture in America I think 80% have no idea what their country stands for, who the elected of the congress, Senat are, what they stand for, pure unadulterated primitiveness is engulfing America. He looks good--yes, he will be voted.

EbonyRaptor said...

There are some typical leftist commenters here making their expected comments which avoid the substance of the Daniel's post.

There is no getting through to the left who live in their relative reality. The question is whether there are more of them awake on Nov 6th than there are of us.

jeyi said...

Why be so restrained, Mr, Greenfield? C'mon, let it all hang out. Tell us what you really think! Not that I necessarily disagree with any of your analyses so far, as understated as these might be.

David Barry O'Connor said...

Dan, you're so right about how he governs - and perceives himself; President of Washington or Solyndra.
But, let's go beyond the adolescent and petulant foibles.
I have two parallel issues with him (apart from his personality, which I find alienating in and of itself).
If elected, he will will - as he has shown already - use "Executive Orders" as "Ukases".
And worse, or one step further, he will have the powers to nominate to the Supreme Court and Federal jurisdictions, justices who will affirm his authority.

Daryl Davis said...

Beautiful essay. But you elevate Obama to a stature well above the timid opportunist that he is. Point your finger also at the people--and at human nature itself.

But the underlying question is: How does one alter this?

I suggest that America MUST be divided now--into a system in which these factious political interests no longer look to Congress for largesse. Instead they, and all Americans, must be limited to influence locally-diverse political
spheres--until they learn better:

http://whatdirectdemocracymightbe.wordpress.com/

Ron Kapeller said...

Article of the year. Thank you!

suzanneu said...

I actually know people who will vote FOR Obama because they believe that 4 more years of his administration will make this country better. What kool aid they have been drinking, I don't know---maybe "tutti fruiti."

Anonymous said...

Obama is running around proclaiming that his "plan" "worked" and Romney wants to go back to the "failed policies" of George Bush. That's interesting since for most of George Bush's presidency GDP growth was strong and unemployment was low. His pitch doesn't make sense if you think about it for more than a few seconds and yet it appears to be reasonating with some people. Even a liberal has to concede that "the plan" did not "work". By any measure available.

Story said...

This is an extremely powerful article. It seems Obama has taken Lincoln's "A house divided" speech to heart and done everything in his power to divide this nation... knowing it will not stand.

Sad Man said...

Excellent analysis as to why the BHO campaign had to modify their 2012 plan after they were drubbed in the 2010 mid terms. I see no evidence that the tide has changed since 2010 and expect that this election will go 60% against the democrats. I just hope the Repubs are not as bad as they were 2001-2006.

Anonymous said...

Don't talk so loose, 2001 - 2006 were golden compared to the last 4 years.

MrG's said...

Excellent story, I shamelessly cut and pasted this and posted this to my blog. www.mydailykona.blogspot.com and passed on the props to you.

Respectfully

"MrG"

Frank Thomasino said...

"Golden"? What? Do you live in a cave?

Anonymous said...

So well written and so true. This deserves to be spread around. I will do my part.

Mister Christopher said...

I don't know you who are, Sultan Knish, but this essay is remarkably trenchant. I plan on sharing it. Nice work.

Anonymous said...

Daniel,

First time visitor. You are absolutely right about the intent of Obama's minions. I couldn't agree more with you.

I'll visit again.

Anonymous said...

This article is so poignant I am reduced to tears. But, we must have hope! I have to believe that the right will win out! I pray this article will make a difference Daniel. Thank you.

Always On Watch said...

Daniel,
You have outdone yourself with this essay!

I'll be linking to it next week.

TBS said...

Curmudgeon said...

"ACTION BY CITIZENS is called for to turn our great nation around."

Fixed it for you.

texangirl62 said...

Guardians of the gates, remain alert. There id a storm coming.

texangirl62 said...

Guardians of the gates remain at attention, there is a storm coming. I guarantee the tadk at hand will not be easy

Anonymous said...

"nothing I will put past..." Yes indeed. When O realizes that Romney could possibly win this election, He will declare Martial Law, over some contrived occurance, and Suspend the election...

Anonymous said...

i wish i could tie people down, tape their mouths shut and read this to them - over and over and over again.

in fact i think i might print this exceptional article and keep a copy in my wallet.

thank you.

ANO said...

Except that Romney can't possibly win this election.

donnascuderi77 said...

While I step back from generalizations of unAmerican-ness among "all" Obama supporters, your mapping of the Obama Mission Underbelly is as perfect an assessment as I have seen since his rise.

Anonymous said...

This article is an exercise in lunacy. As an Obama-supporter I am not supporting more privileges for my exclusive group (upper middle-class White americans??). It is weird to say that fathers will no longer be able to support their families under Obama, when his Republican counterparts would do their utmost to increase the vast gap between the wealthy and everyone else.

It's scary to me that so many people eat this article right up and think of it as some sort of genius. It just seems like right-wing, fear-mongering, paranoid delusions.

Anonymous said...

I have read and re-read this entry in your blog. It was received only yesterday, but it's message is timely. To further illustrate the message, I must tell another timely story. In the early 1860's, France invaded Mexico. The President of Mexico, Benito Juarez, went into hiding in the countryside. During a conversation with one of his Lieutenants, Porfirio Diaz, about the politics of Mexico, he stated,"..if a man attempts to change a nation to his way thinking,..he becomes a Dictator. If he allows the country to change him,..he becomes a President." I'm all for change. Let's change things in November.

Anonymous said...

Daniel, rarely have I read anything as hard-hitting, yet so painfully true and eloquent as your article. It is truly a warning call to our generation, and should this society collapse as I fear it might, millenia from now your article will be quoted as a spotlight of clarity amidst the fog and confusion and darkness of the collapse of a great society.

Anonymous said...

You notice that it's usually older people that are conservatives. Ever wonder why? Could they possibly have learned a thing or two from their life experiences. You want the military cut? Defense is job one of our government, sonny!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this essay. If only we could find a way for every one to understand.

Jim said...

The military is Job One. Without a strong military you will have NOTHING!

Buckaroo Banzai said...

"To vote for Obama after years of grotesque economic mismanagement that has no precedent in history, that exceeds the worst actions of Andrew Jackson..."

Andrew Jackson??!? Where did that come from? If you are referring to the economic dislocations that occurred after he dismantled the Second Bank of the United States, then you are placing the blame in exactly the wrong place. In the man's own words:

"Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!"

rich said...

I was linked to this article from another blog. I must compliment you on one of the best articles I have ever read about the Obama campaign. I will read you blog and articles going forward. You are an exceptional authot. Thak you/

Anonymous said...

What a one sided and unbalanced pile of bull dung Daniel.

As long as you are writing a treatise on the divisiveness of the US, why not make it balanced and reference the view of hacks like Mitch McConnell who publically stated that the number one objective over everything else was to ensure that Obama was a one term president.

He is putting his partisan views far above what is best for the country. Instead of focusing in on banking reform in the aftermath of vast corruption on Wall Street, Mitch made it clear that defeating Obama should be the number one objective. If this isn't obstructionist then what is?

Anonymous said...

this took my breath....I sent it to everyone in my list .... left and right ... I also saw the movie 2016 and this excellent work you have given us adds tremendous insight into BHO and all the garbage. Thank you very much and God Bless you and all those you love.

Anonymous said...

I came upon your post as a link from one of the commenters at Hot Air. Brilliant and spot on. Dispiriting, though. I fear for what will happen these next four years.

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