Framing the Dialogue

We Are The Enemy????

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

Ulysses S. Grant

I now hesitate to refer to Obama as “our” president considering his remarks to a Hispanic group on Tuesday.  While urging hispanics to vote he actually came out and implored the audience to, “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”  I’m no fan of Obama’s policies, but I hadn’t considered him an “enemy” and am really shocked to hear him refer to his opponents as the enemy though I really shouldn’t be.  His administration has been posturing to attack the Tea Party movement, people who cling to their Bibles and guns, people who are against large, smothering governments, whites, rich, near-rich…basically the majority of Americans.

“A man who thinks he has a higher purpose can do terrible things, even to those he professes to love.”

Denise Mina

I can no longer try to pass off his arrogance, narcism, and hatred of the American way as simply a different perspective.  I no longer buy the media premise that this man is smart and a great communicator.  If he really believes what he told the Hispanic audience then he is stupid to reveal his true feelings.  How could any reasonable Hispanic in the audience not ask themselves what happens to them when they don’t do as he demands.  Do they then become the enemy?   Does his perceived higher purpose give him the authority to proceed “by any means necessary?”

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

John F. Kennedy

Reagan and Bush (43) were roundly criticized for pointing out the enemy.  Reagan had the Soviet Union and used America’s might and wealth to “tear down this wall.”  Bush identified the “Axis of Evil” and proceeded to act against them though with much less success.  Obama has a large portion of the American public as his enemy and seems to be acting on that.  What is his end game?  What can the “post-racial” president hope to gain by pitting ethnic, religious, and class groups against each other.  Perhaps he is interested in only power.

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.”

Eric Hoffer

Obama and his minions are obviously frightened by a resurgent, active electorate.  They are frightened that the tired ploys to pit Americans against each other no longer seem to be working.  Their playbook is tired, threadbare, and actually quite sad.  It will be interesting to read the studies that will be conducted during this election; to see who voted to support Obama and who left his back. 

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Sun Tzu

Obama perhaps should spend more time looking at his “friends” to find America’s enemies.  Perhaps he could speak as harshly about Iran’s Imanutjob [I refuse to look up the proper way to spell this evil man’s name] who considers the United States the “Great Satan” and vows to destroy us and is determined to develop a nuclear weapon.  Perhaps he could come down on North Korea as their leaders crush their citizens and also seek nuclear weapons.  Perhaps he could act against Hugo Chavex of Venezuela who recently moved to “nationalize” another American company’s holdings in his country…a clear aggressive act against our country.  Perhaps he could identify the Islamic Fundamentalists AND those who fund them as an enemy.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have Obama repeat his words to a group of moderate Muslims pointing to extremists of their religion as the enemy and call them to support us as friends to celebrate freedom. 

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Sir Winston Churchill

 I have been heartened by the seeming determination of the grassroots movements across the country.  They do not appear to be slowing down and perhaps may even be getting more determined.  I hope that, as predicted, by many conservative pundits that November 2 is not the end, but just the beginning; that the newly elected officials will reject Washington status quo and demand change.  Not Obama change, but a change by returning America to it’s roots…The Constitution.

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

William Blake

So far the acts of the Democrats since they took over Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2009 are unforgivable.  These people need to be tossed out of office and their activities need to be scrutinized to determine if their activities were all legal.  I don’t think it is enough to let them off hook only to secure lucrative jobs in the private sector and making millions of dollars. 

Spare the rod, spoil the politician.  Maybe that will make us their enemy.

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