Remember back in 2007 and 2008 when Barack Obama was going around the country as the self-proclaimed post-partisan, post-racial candidate running for president? He rhapsodized about moving beyond red states and blue states towards one United States of America.
It’s too bad Obama as President is governing as perhaps the most divisive, partisan, race-baiting president in modern history.
Exhibit A is Obama’s interview on Univision Radio, aired earlier this week. Obama spoke with Mexican-born Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, a fixture on Univision Radio who himself had entered the U.S. illegally in 1988, gaining legal residence later.
Obama said that Senator John McCain and others who support Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law and who want secure borders first before considering ”the other aspects” of immigration reform (code words for amnesty)
aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values
Obama prefers ”the kinds of folks” who wink and nod while illegal immigrants continue to pour over our borders. Recall how he turned his back on his own fellow citizens’ concerns about illegal immigration, joining with the president of Mexico on the White House lawn to denounce the sovereign state of Arizona for simply trying to help the federal government enforce current immigration laws.
Obama also cajoled Latinos during his Univision Radio interview to vote in order to
punish our enemies
Silly me – here I thought that we were all part of one United States where it is OK to disagree amongst ourselves on issues without being branded an “enemy” if you happen to disagree with Barack Obama. And isn’t the term “enemy” something the President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States should reserve for al Qaeda, the Iranian regime and North Korea rather than use to describe his fellow citizens?
In the same Univision interview, Obama singled out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s opponent in the Nevada Senate race, Sharron Angle, as someone the Latinos need to defeat if they want comprehensive immigration reform.
Playing group idenity, race-based politics, Obama said that without the Latino vote:
The woman who’s running against him [Harry Reid], who opposes comprehensive immigration reform, would win and we would be in much worse shape.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with encouraging your base to show up and vote for the candidate who best serves their interests. That’s democracy in action, as long as the integrity of the voting process is not compromised.
However, what we are finding in Nevada are examples of apparent voter fraud.
Clark County is where three quarters of Nevada’s residents and live and where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s son Rory is a county commissioner and is also a Democratic candidate for governor.
It also turns out that the voting machine technicians in Clark County are members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – the same union that gave $500,000 to the Patriot Majority PAC, which has spent $1.3 million against Sharron Angle. SEIU just also happens to be the same union whose former president, Andrew Stern, has been the most frequent visitor to the Obama White House.
This could all be a coincidence, but I don’t think so. Obama and SEIU are joined at the hip.
Interestingly, Obama’s choice of words in his inteview with Univision Radio to explain why progress was so slow on immigration reform had an eerie ring of familiarity to it. Obama said:
I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself…again, I just wanna repeat, I’m president, I’m not king.
Where have we heard that “king” reference before? We heard it just a few months previously, after Obama gave a speech on immigration reform at American University. But this time it was uttered by SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina, who said right after Obama’s speech:
Those of us frustrated by perpetual inaction on immigration reform were reminded today that President Obama was elected President, not king. Despite his every effort to deliver a federal fix to our broken immigration system, the President cannot act alone.
Joseph A. Klein is the author of a new book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.