President Obama hasn’t had much to say about the 2016 election, but he used his time in front of the United Nations last week to take some thinly-veiled shots at the Republicans. “We see greater polarization, more frequent gridlock; movements on the far right, and sometimes the left, that insist on stopping the trade that binds our fates to other nations, calling for the building of walls to keep out immigrants,” he said.
Sometimes the left? This is Obama’s weak attempt to make it sound like he’s not up there delivering a political stump speech, but you can’t find too many Democrats calling for a wall at the Mexican border. In fact, you could even make the case that Obama was taking a direct shot at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, the only candidate who has built his campaign around said wall.
Obama wasn’t finished, though. Apparently having already forgotten his admonition on polarization, he launched into a broad attack on conservatives. “Most ominously,” he said, “we see the fears of ordinary people being exploited through appeals to sectarianism, or tribalism, or racism, or anti-Semitism; appeals to a glorious past before the body politic was infected by those who look different, or worship God differently; a politics of us versus them.”
All right. Let’s think about this exploitation of fear. If you live in a community infested with grizzly bears, are you giving in to bearphobia if you build a fence around your property? If a country threatens to destroy you, are you xenophobic for taking economic and military precautions? If a religion is based on principles that are inherently violent, antisemitic, and backwards, are you a bad person for pointing this out?
This isn’t the first time Republicans have been accused of exploiting fear for votes, and it’s as hollow now as it ever has been. There are some fears worth having, and there are troubling issues facing the United States that need to be addressed. The liberal answer to all of this is to simply pretend that these issues don’t exist. To tell the world that a daily influx of illegal immigrants and Muslim refugees is a good thing for America. And that anyone who believes otherwise – regardless of the facts – is a racist.
This approach to politics would be bad enough on its own, but when the president then has the gall to lament the state of polarization in America…it’s just too much to take. What do you think is going to happen when you accuse half the population of holding backwards, racist views without any evidence to support your assertion? Of course it’s going to lead to polarization. If you’re so concerned about it, be the change you want to see, Mr. Obama. Address ideas you don’t agree with using substance and logic rather than emotion and name-calling.
But no, he doesn’t do that. Why? Because obviously – as disgusting as it is – this strategy works. And when you have 95% of the media parroting your liberal talking points, it’s a lot easier to convince voters that you’re right.
But things are changing. Americans are getting their news from a variety of sources, not all of which have been tainted with obvious liberal bias. We have the hard numbers that show us how much illegal immigration is costing the country. We see the violent stories the mainstream media chooses not to cover. We know the true history of Islam and how it teaches a philosophy utterly incompatible with American values.
Call us what you want, Mr. President. Our resolve comes from being right.