As a New Yorker who did not vote for or support President Bush, I was somewhat pleasantly surprised by his speech to Congress on September 20, 2001 after the attacks of September 11th. For example, I was happy to hear him say that Muslims were not our enemies. Foolishly, I believed this meant that there would not be an ignorant hate campaign waged against all practitioners of Islam just because .0000001% of one billion were members of a terrorist group called Al Qaeda.
Of course, he didn’t mean much of it, as we have all found out to our sorrow. Clearly, Bush felt that 9/11 gave him license to wage an endless war on “terror.” But this wasn’t going to be a regular war. He knew Americans weren’t up for that. Thus, there would be no draft and very little shared sacrifice. Hey, go shopping! That’ll stop those darned terrists!
Americans are asking: What is expected of us? I ask you to live your lives, and hug your children. I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat.
I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith. (Applause.)
I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of information, libertyunites.org, to find the names of groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it.
I ask for your patience, with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security; and for your patience in what will be a long struggle.
I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity. They did not touch its source. America is successful because of the hard work, and creativity, and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11th, and they are our strengths today. (Applause.) [emphasis added]
See? If you “participate in our economy,” i.e., go shopping, then Al Qaeda will be defeated. Whip out those credit cards, America! It’s your patriotic duty!
In his continuing attempt to become more Bush-like than Bush himself, Oba-Moi has come up with this, one more in a series of stinkers:
Let’s see what this symbol is telling us, and check the Bush factor on each message:
“Buying American” is patriotic.
Bush Factor = 8 out of 10. Let’s face it, Bush wants us to go shopping, but not necessarily to buy American. Buying American is a good idea per se, if you can afford it – which of course, most upper-class Obama supporters can.
If you vote for Obama, you are buying an American.
Bush Factor = 12 out of 10. Bush was a fraudulent product of a careful marketing campaign by KKKarl Rove; a “compassionate conservative” who, as Governor of Texas, mocked death-row petitioners for clemency and was responsible for more executions than any other Governor in history. Obama is even more of a product than Bush – a “post-partisan, post-racial” candidate who has cracked his own party wide open with accusations of racism against Hillary, Bill and their supporters. What’s amazing is that he is so open about it. But then, his supporters don’t seem to mind.
Real Americans vote for Obama.
Bush factor: 10 out of 10. You’re either with us, or against us.
I would say that this symbol is aimed at one audience: ObamaNation. I cannot imagine it swaying anyone who is not already convinced to vote for the Senator from Illinois. You would think that at some point (like, say, when he was defeated by an average of 40 points in Kentucky and West Virginia after Clinton had been declared electorally dead for four months), Obama would have realized that he faces a strong, determined opposition within his own party, and would have tried to win those folks over. But he never has, and never will. He had to be forced into granting Clinton what every other strong Democratic primary candidate has had in the past 100 years of Democratic Conventions: a floor vote and a prime speaking spot. Even Mike Huckabee, with less than 300 delegates, is saying he deserves a main role at the Republican Convention.
I have never seen a political candidate so determined to divide the nation and dismiss and insult anyone who doesn’t fall under his spell.
Oh wait – yes, I have. He also claimed to be a uniter, not a divider.
How’d that work out for us?