In this election, we cannot afford the same political games and tactics that are being used to pit us against one another, to make us afraid of one another.
The stakes are too high to divide us by class and region and background; by who we are or what we believe.
What's happened since then? Well, to paraphrase a bumper-sticker, s*** happened. S*** like failed "Stimulus" programs, HAMP, HARP, Cash-for-Clunkers, Obamacare, "Financial Reform", permanent 9% unemployment and 20% underemployment, the unlawful takeovers of GM and Chrysler, "Quantitative Easing", a couple of new wars, $5.2 trillion in new Obama debt and a Presidential approval rating of -12.
Perhaps that explains the bold new rhetoric of our beloved Organizer-in-Chief:
• October 25, 2010: "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...'"
• March 12, 2011: "In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. And I refuse to renew them again."
• April 13, 2011: "[The GOP] vision... says up to 50 million Americans have to lose their health insurance in order for us to reduce the deficit. Who are these 50 million Americans? Many are somebody’s grandparents — may be one of yours — who wouldn’t be able to afford nursing home care without Medicaid. Many are poor children. Some are middle-class families who have children with autism or Down’s syndrome. Some of these kids with disabilities are — the disabilities are so severe that they require 24-hour care. These are the Americans we’d be telling to fend for themselves."
• July 1, 2011: "You go talk to your constituents and ask them, ‘Are you willing to compromise your kids' safety so some corporate-jet owner can get a tax break?"
• September 19, 2011: "Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires. That’s pretty straightforward. It’s hard to argue against that."
• October 18, 2011: "I believe America should be... a place where every child, no matter what they look like, where they come from, should have a chance to succeed... none of this matters to Republicans..."
• July 14, 2012: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that!"
Pop quiz, worth a cool 50 points: who is the most divisive President in American history?
Hat tip: Mark Levin.