SOUTH FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 6, 2012—Several days ago President Obama strayed away from his teleprompter, leading to a gaffe. As Dr. Charles Krauthammer reminds Americans from time to time, a gaffe is when a politician accidentally says what they really mean.
In 2008 candidate Obama told Joe the Plumber that he wanted to “spread the wealth around.” During the 2012 campaign President Obama took heat for telling small business owners “You didn’t build that.”
Both of those comments showed an insight into his deep belief in wealth redistribution and lack of understanding of the proper roles of government and the private sector in the modern economy.
Yet this most recent gaffe was more personal. It was less a reflection of Mr. Obama’s policy beliefs than a window into how he views those who disagree with him. Mr. Obama has a mean streak, and he tends to demonize those who disagree with him. He keeps it hidden much of the time by smiling and waving, but it is clearer when he goes off his message. He went off script after the crowd began booing when they heard Mitt Romney’s name. Mr. Obama told them not to boo, and instead to vote. Yet he ad-libbed one too many sentences when he said that voting was “the best revenge.”
Republicans immediately pounced. Governor Romney now mentions in his speeches that people should not vote for revenge. They should vote for “love of country.” The message is simple. Mr. Romney is speaking to our best angels, while Mr. Obama plays to our worst fears and resentments.
Liberals will claim this is much ado about nothing, and that Mr. Obama was “taken out of context.” That is a way of saying that he was understood perfectly in context.
Campaigns do twist words and lob excessive charges. Between Stephanie “Box” Cutter, David Axelrod, and Jim Messina, Governor Romney has been referred to as a liar, a vulture capitalist, a felon, a tax cheat, a murderer, and a man who has waged a war on women and wants to take blacks and “put y’all back in chains.” Liberals long ago let the hyperbole train careen off the tracks of sanity and decency.
Governor Romney has been attacked over comments about Big Bird and “binders full of women.” His real remarks in context actually contained valuable insights into positive policy and hiring proposals.
President Obama’s remarks mattered because they were truthful. He is a committed doctrinaire leftist, and his comment about revenge accurately reflects what the left is all about in the twenty-first century.
Conservatives are united by a governing philosophy. We sometimes disagree on social issues, but virtually all conservatives want lower taxes, limited government, reduced regulations, and more individual economic freedoms including the right to own guns. About 90% of conservatives want a muscular foreign policy with the use of hard power if necessary. One does not have to agree with this agenda to recognize that it actually is one.
Liberals are a disparate collection of groups that can barely contain their contempt for each other. From gays, Jews, blacks, environmentalists, animal rights advocates, AIDS activists, and many more, the electorate gets sliced and diced. The only thing that unites these fractious groups is the unifying hatred of conservatives and Republicans. This is why liberals cannot govern. Once they win the election, their coalition collapses because everybody wants their special favors. When that fails, the left gets angrier, and simply seeks vengeance on the one group of people who are still fair game for abuse—conservative Republicans.
Some on the left have been out for blood since 1998, with the entire liberal ideology becoming unhinged two years later. In 1998, the impeachment of Bill Clinton led to some liberals saying we should just “move on.” They formed an organization with that name, but ironically they never did. They wanted revenge. They wanted to impeach the next Republican president, not bothering to think that maybe Mr. Clinton deserved impeachment for lying under oath.
Election 2000 turned the left into crazed savages. They to this day believe that the election was stolen from them by a right-wing Supreme Court. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of Al Gore 4-3, yet that was never considered partisan. Yet the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of George W. Bush, and the left from that moment on wanted revenge.
This vengeance briefly subsided after the 9/11 attacks, but by 2004 hatred of George W. Bush replaced hatred of Osama bin Laden or Saddam Hussein. The left may have disliked those men, but not with the ferocity of what Dr. Krauthammer would coin (BDS) Bush Derangement Syndrome.
In 2008, Barack Obama was the embodiment of everything the left believed in. John McCain was not a threat, so he escaped the worst of the vitriol (although there were leftist attempts to call him a racist). Then came Sarah Palin, and Palin Derangement Syndrome was born. Destroying her would make up for the failure to take down President Bush. Revenge had a new target.
Keep in mind that the politics of personal destruction can be traced back to Ted Kennedy brutalizing Robert Bork in 1987 and Clarence Thomas back in 1991. Yet after Thomas was confirmed, the left “let it go.” They still mock him from time to time, but without passion. The hatred for George W. Bush and Sarah Palin will live on in leftist circles forever.
Liberals will point out that most conservatives hate President Obama. Wrong. We disagree with him. He is our opponent, not our enemy. He is not evil, just wrong. Liberals will insist that conservatives all think Mr. Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya. Wrong again. Most of us know he is a Christian from Hawaii, and that the birther movement remained on the fringes and was roundly rejected by most mainstream conservatives. Barack Obama was no different from Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, and John Kerry. He was (and is) liberal, boring, and wrong. This is completely based in policy disagreements.
This is why conservatives did not riot in the streets after Mr. Obama won in 2008. We accepted the decision. We love our country and respect its institutions. We know that tearing these institutions down destroys American society. Winning is important, but it should not be at any and all costs.
The left simply cannot and will not get to this point. They hate conservatives for existing and breathing air. They may love America, but they despise conservative Republicans more and see us as enemies of America. The idea that those opposing President Obama based on principles dating back to John Locke and Edmund Burke is lost on them.
The right differs with the left. The left despises the right. They truly are motivated by vengeance. My first book “Ideological Bigotry” is based on this blind hatred.
No matter who wins elections, their corrosive motivations make us all lose.
For a better chance at a decent society, Mr. Romney should defeat Mr. Obama. Love of country has a better chance of uniting Americans. Revenge is just trading an eye for an eye, which in the end makes us all blind.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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