Obama’s War on Everybody, Including You

Monday, September 16, 2013
By Paul Martin

Elisabeth Meinecke
Sep 16, 2013

In 2004, Barack Obama, then aspiring Senate candidate from Illinois, sought to bring the country together in what became a heavily praised speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Now, nine years later, that speech feels like a lifetime ago.

Since being elected president of the United States in 2008, the 44th president has divided the nation, waging war on those he disagreed with and those who stood in the way of his political ambitions. From his criticism of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision at the 2010 State of the Union (as some of the justices watched) to his dismissal of the GOP House Budget while one of its main authors—Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin—sat a few feet away (he was invited by the White House), Obama has often attacked or disparaged his opponents while offering them few opportunities to respond (though he later admitted the Ryan incident was a mistake).

But his critiques aren’t simply aimed at public figures. His attacks have sought a variety of targets—including many working-class Americans simply trying to survive in a tough economy.

Attacking You

Want lower taxes and less bloated government? Then you fit the profile of one of many Americans the Obama administration has sought to disparage and attack.

The most obvious target of this administration has been the tea party— grassroots activists who have publicly fought for a more limited government. That conservative ideology often puts them in contention with the liberal president. In a 2010 Rolling Stone interview, the president said that the tea party was “a mixed bag of a lot of different strains in American politics.” He later added, “[T]here are probably some aspects of the Tea Party that are a little darker, that have to do with anti-immigrant sentiment or are troubled by what I represent as the president. So I think it’s hard to characterize the Tea Party as a whole, and I think it’s still defining itself.”

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