Will four words — or two — derail Obama’s re-election?

posted at 2:41 pm on July 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: Barack Obama is the most gifted orator in American politics since … well, FDR, Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, take your pick.  New hotness: The President can’t express himself clearly without his apologists at the ready to explain his “context.”  For the third time in two months, Obama’s musings on the economy have put him in hot water and given Mitt Romney huge openings to exploit.  Kim Strassel believes that four words in particular have Team Obama in a panic:

What’s the difference between a calm and cool Barack Obama, and a rattled and worried Barack Obama? Four words, it turns out.

“You didn’t build that” is swelling to such heights that it has the president somewhere unprecedented: on defense. Mr. Obama has felt compelled—for the first time in this campaign—to cut an ad in which he directly responds to the criticisms of his now-infamous speech, complaining his opponents took his words “out of context.” …

Ms. Warren’s argument—that government is the real source of all business success—went viral and made a profound impression among the liberal elite, who have been pushing for its wider adoption. Mr. Obama chose to road-test it on the national stage, presumably thinking it would underline his argument for why the wealthy should pay more. It was a big political misstep, and now has the Obama team seriously worried.

And no wonder. The immediate effect was to suck away the president’s momentum. Mr. Obama has little positive to brag about, and his campaign hinges on keeping negative attention on his opponent. For months, the president’s team hammered on Mr. Romney’s time at Bain, his Massachusetts tenure, his tax returns. “You didn’t build that” shifted the focus to the president, and his decision to respond to the criticisms has only legitimized them and guaranteed they continue.

The Obama campaign’s bigger problem, both sides are now realizing, is that his words go beyond politics and are more devastating than the Romney complaints that Mr. Obama is too big-government oriented or has mishandled the economy. They raise the far more potent issue of national identity and feed the suspicion that Mr. Obama is actively hostile to American ideals and aspirations. Republicans are doing their own voter surveys, and they note that Mr. Obama’s problem is that his words cause an emotional response, and that they disturb voters in nearly every demographic.

The problem for Obama didn’t start with those four words, however.  They started in June, after a poor jobs report and the affirmation that the first quarter showed significant decline in the US economy and the second quarter was headed in the same direction, which was confirmed today.  Obama insisted that “the private sector is doing fine” and pushed for more government jobs.  Both of those assertions caused widespread scorn and created the appearance that Obama was oddly disconnected from economic reality.  That played directly into Obama’s Warren declaration earlier this month, amplifying and corroborating that sense of disconnect.

It doesn’t stop there, either.  Last week, Obama spoke two words to an Oakland, California audience that may arguably haunt him even more — “it worked”:

I’m running because I believe you can’t reduce the deficit  — which is a serious problem, we’ve got to deal with it — but we can’t reduce it without asking folks like me who have been incredibly blessed to give up the tax cuts that we’ve been getting for a decade.  (Applause.)  I’ll cut out government spending that’s not working, that we can’t afford, but I’m also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton, back when our economy created 23 million new jobs — (applause) — the biggest budget surplus in history and everybody did well.

Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked.  That’s the difference.  (Applause.)  That’s the choice in this election.  That’s why I’m running for a second term.

Obama apologists are screeching once again that his critics are taking him out of context.  Obama was referring to the Clinton tax-hike plan, they insist, which worked.  There are a number of problems with this, not the least of which is that the Clinton tax hikes took place in 1993, well after the recovery from the 1990-1 recession began, and the real boom took place after 1997, when tax cuts got put in place.  But there is a more fundamental problem with this argument: Obama put into place his own plan, not Clinton’s, in 2009 — a massive stimulus bill that cost $838 billion and flopped at its expressed goals, keeping unemployment below 8% and stimulating better-than-usual recovery growth.  During Obama’s first two years in office, he had plenty of time to push Clinton’s policies through a Congress with large majorities in both chambers had he wanted to do so.  Finally, Obama wasn’t even in politics in 1993 when Clinton passed his tax hikes, so he can hardly call it “our plan.”

If one accepts the “context” of Obama’s apologists on this point, then one would have to conclude that Obama himself considers his own plan a failure, and that we need to revert back to the 1993 plan in which Obama had no part at all.  That’s not the case, as Obama has talked about another round of stimulus spending, making it clear that it is his own plan to which he referred in Oakland, as he needs a second term to pursue it. And it’s equally clear from the results that Obama’s plan hasn’t worked at all.

Investors Business Daily’s double Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez has a sharp riposte to those who insist that quoting Obama accurately is somehow unfair:

Indeed. I believe, as does Guy Benson, that it’s these two words that will be the most damaging for Obama in this election … at least so far.

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

And a heads-up — Ramirez will have a new book out soon.  We’ll have more on that later this summer.


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Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

That we don’t deserve to keep the fruit of our labors.

pedestrian on July 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

One word – “bye”

VietVet_Dave on July 27, 2012 at 3:37 PM

“Fired” — Tennman

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Even in times like these, I’m amazed that the Republican candidate for President of the United States seems fully prepared to base his entire campaign on a blatant, obvious lie.

What a sick show the GOP campaign has devolved into. Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech. Everyone knows that the Romney campaign and its apologists, including Hot Air, is purposefully misrepresenting him. But the main discussion now seems to be centered on now about how effective the lie will or won’t be, not the immorality of the lie itself.

Good lord, if this is the way he runs his campaign, can you imagine the deceptive nature of an actual Romney adminstration?

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. Oh my, that was a really good parody of the left. Misrepresented the man’s own direct quote by repeating it. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Well played.

Wait… what? That wasn’t a parody of the left? You meant it?

BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA *coff* *coff* he meant it HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE SNORK!

kim roy on July 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

No, the reason he will not be reelected is the fact that he is now known as a Marxist Progressive. He has let the mask slip too many times to deny it now.

d1carter on July 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM

+ 100..Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Looks like Team Obie better get that teleprompter out again!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Six words – “The private sector is doing fine”

Four words – “You didn’t build that”

Two words – “It worked”

myiq2xu on July 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

One number – “0″

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Even in times like these, I’m amazed that the Republican candidate for President of the United States seems fully prepared to base his entire campaign on a blatant, obvious lie.

What a sick show the GOP campaign has devolved into. Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech. Everyone knows that the Romney campaign and its apologists, including Hot Air, is purposefully misrepresenting him. But the main discussion now seems to be centered on now about how effective the lie will or won’t be, not the immorality of the lie itself.

Good lord, if this is the way he runs his campaign, can you imagine the deceptive nature of an actual Romney adminstration?

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Who cares about Obamas words? Everyone knows it’s Romeny’s “tax returns” that REALLY matter…
LOL

Strike Hornet on July 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Happy TGIF to you and yours!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Dude, it’s over, 0 is done! Just accept it.

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

It was elected by purposely detaching Itself (and relying on the media and the democrats to obscure and blur or outright lie about his past, his political leanings, his schooling, where he was even really born) from any personally, politically relative context.

now barry and his swooning groupies want him to be squarely framed within a context?

sadly a segment of the population is as delusional as barry is. he lies with impunity as if by right. some are quite content to twist his drivel every which way rather than state the obvious: he’s a failure(except at being a marxist hell bent on destroying the economy and the constitution) and a liar. and that about sums up barry.

Criminal or Impeached or Ineligible to be POTUS should have derailed any thought of him getting a second term.

mittens on July 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Happy TGIF to you and yours!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Is it Friday already? Happy TGIF to you and yours also Dire. ; )

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

I wonder, just for consideration…Will the MSM and other Democrats be willing to throw Obama under the bus?

We’re all shocked when an MSM type reports the news as it is. But, maybe…the Left knows Obama is the wrong guy to further their agenda.

If it is clear that Obama is going to lose, the State Media will pull back on attacking Romney and start promoting him.

Romney, being an incremental liberal technocrat, as opposed to Obama who is a leftwing extremist, is a better tool to advance leftist goals anyway.

Some liberals are already starting to acknowledge this…but as long as their is a good chance Obama will hold to to power they can’t discuss it as he will go after them if he wins.

18-1 on July 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

kim roy on July 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Dontcha know?

Obama learned how to construct grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs at Columbia and Harvard Law school. So obviously “that” refers to those “roads and bridges” he mentioned two or three clauses before, and not that “business” he mentioned in the precious clause.

LOL.

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Where did you run off to last night on QOTD??..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I would like to extend an invitation to you to come and join us on election night. It should be fun!

a capella on July 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

precious previous

Typo

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

ROFL..Yes you are right..Everyone does know what Obie meant!!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Thanks for joining the dark side :)

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I think it was a total miscalculation among the Left (like that’s anything new) that America is ‘ripe’ for a tyranny of the self-styled altruistic class. Obama was only a vehicle, and he failed them.

I believe that, had Hillary been president, Mitt likely wouldn’t stand a chance.

Obama failed his own left/liberal movement, his own ego making them a laughingstock because he is a rank amateur. The Left did what all liberals do: have a jerk of the knee and run from there. And the consequences be hanged!

At this point, I think the Left is starting to distance itself from its precious half-white Obama. They can’t just bail, for that will indicate they were wrong from the start. So they’ll do it it subtle and ‘objective’ way: By pointing out his little mistakes here and there.

Really–I think the Dems and MSM are going to throw him under the bus without making it appear so.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

It’s the economy, stupid!

Pythagoras on July 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The media won’t turn until the government places “political officers” in all of the pressrooms to censor articles. By then it will be too late. Right now it is a game. Play along to get along for your own job security and promotion. When the first amendment is flushed with the second, and the rest of the Constitution, the press will finally attempt to stand up, only to find they have been tied down.

tdarrington on July 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I think you’re probably right in your analysis. The only markers we’ll see to show they have turned will be:

1) a minor acknowledgement of a theme they have refused to cover

2) a reference to their previous low key acknowledgement of the issue they have to cover to remain relevent to national conversations

See ACORN. Upcoming F&F, Audit of Fed, impacts of EPA over reach

DanMan on July 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

At some point the media will have to turn. That will be something to behold.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

It may be starting. I was shocked (really) that Conan O’Brian last night SLAMMED Obummer and Biteme with a series of clips of some of the stupid things they’ve been saying – after Conan’s intro that they are looking for a new catch phrase for the campaign.

dentarthurdent on July 27, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Yep, I’ve seen subtle turns on both Conan and Lenno. Way too late and still too little, but still notable.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Nice post!!..Good points..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

DanMan on July 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Obama, the figurehead, didn’t work out as planned or hoped.

He has ego, not charisma.

He is passionate, but he doesn’t persuade the masses who might have voted against him.

When he got into office, he didn’t do a thing to bring political opponents into his fold. Instead, he rejected them.

And he still does all those things to this day.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Damn right!

Chuck Schick on July 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Chuck Schick on July 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Bingo!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Good lord, if this is the way he runs his campaign, can you imagine the deceptive nature of an actual Romney adminstration?

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

2.5 words for you, sport:

Fast. & Furious.

Chuck Schick on July 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

When he got into office, he didn’t do a thing to bring political opponents into his fold. Instead, he rejected them.

And he still does all those things to this day.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

He has done a pretty good job rejecting (alienating) some political allies as well.

Obama’s Chicago Gang is twisting a lot of arms and likely engaging in some politician blackmail — the Chicago Way — to keep people in his own party in line. And it still isn’t working an many cases.

Just one example, Krauthammer called Feinstein’s walk-back statement a “hostage tape”. And then there’s Cory Booker. These are examples we know about. For every one we know about there are probably many we do not know about.

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Excellent points Liam.

I think the final point to make is that every so often the Left feels America has fully invested themselves in their agenda. As such, they can think it’s “safe” for them to show their entire face.

Then things like this happen to Obama and they scurry back, trying to repackage the message into something that isn’t so embarrassing.

Thank you Obama. This time, America really does owe you a debt. You’ve let America peak behind the curtain, and we’ve seen Karl Marx.

itsspideyman on July 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Where did you run off to last night on QOTD??..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I hung around, mostly just lurking while I read. ; )

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Even in times like these, I’m amazed that the Republican candidate for President of the United States seems fully prepared to base his entire campaign on a blatant, obvious lie.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Everybody heard what President Downgrade said. He turned to his inner-teleprompter and couldn’t help reciting Marx.

mudskipper on July 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

The best way for Obama to derail his presidency would be to say the three little words that almost everyone wants to hear.

“I resign immediately.”

The Rogue Tomato on July 27, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech. Everyone knows that the Romney campaign and its apologists, including Hot Air, is purposefully misrepresenting him.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Good luck with that. When that doesn’t work, just call us racists.

John the Libertarian on July 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

What liberals forget about the Chicago Way is that, among their own kind, there is such a thing as revenge.

Obama let them down. They won’t see their own failure in making a person like him their ‘head’. You know–I bet he bamboozled them, too. And they fell for it.

They’ll be mad at him, not at themselves. And that’s okay with me.

They went too far with the wrong guy leading the way. I truly believe that, in the smoky back rooms of their enclaves, they want to get rid of Obama. Their real question is how to do it without harming their cause.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech.

Drew Lowell

Yes, they do. That’s why loser libs like you are running around in a panic desperately trying to convince people he meant something else, lol.

xblade on July 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Dire, You still here?

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

they’ll do it it subtle and ‘objective’ way

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Or the Carter way, by claiming he’s just too intelligent and gifted to be President.

John the Libertarian on July 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

No matter what happens, Barack Hussein Obama has no intention of leaving the White House. He didn’t move to Chicago because he likes the weather!

Gordy on July 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Obama’s plans are working exactly the way he and Soros want them to –
not the way any of us want.

esblowfeld on July 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Or the Carter way, by claiming he’s just too intelligent and gifted to be President.

John the Libertarian on July 27, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Or the converse/actual truth: Obama was the wrong person at the right time for the Left.

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Dire?

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Work is after all not of Obama’s life experiences.

Herb on July 27, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Vice President Hillary R. Clinton will be his last desperate act.

meci on July 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Another problem with Obama’s claim: he isn’t even offering Clinton’s plan. Clinton’s plan called for everyone to pay more in taxes.

Heywood U. Reedmore on July 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

You sound worried, a little shrill. We all saw the full speech, we know what he said. The fact that he tries to hide what he really intends because he would never, never be elected if he told the truth is the issue. He needs to talk about all this some more, some people might not have been paying attention.

Night Owl on July 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Re-election ready was not as re-election ready as we expected!
DOH!

Marcola on July 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Well, I hope that Americans do not find out that Pres. Obama is buddies with the nut job William Ayers, that he was a full time dope smoker in high school, has no real record of grades in his college days, hung on every word of Rev. Wright for 20 years, and just loves him some Chairman Mao Christmas Tree decorations for the White House Christmas Tree, if the Americans find that out,,,, wow!

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Obama: its hard to swim with that “YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT” millstone around your neck…

Khun Joe on July 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Obama would have been half right if he had said,

“You did not build that”, “the Democrat party allowed illegals did that for you.”

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Yep; if he was white he would be a car salesman.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 3:13 PM

A really, REALLY hungry car salesman.

Solaratov on July 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

You take a lot of drugs, don’t you?

Solaratov on July 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Sorry I’m back!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Sorry Dire, you remember how to get to my blog? I want to leave you a message, but I want to delete it after you read it. Let me know if you remember how to get there and I will post it.

Bmore on July 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Oh please. Listen to the whole context . He was snide, sarcastic, and showed derision towards those that dare start companies.

CW on July 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Vice President Hillary R. Clinton will be his last desperate act.

meci on July 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I think Hillary! has done everything she could to take herself out of consideration for that. I do not think she wants to be on a losing ticket or Obama’s VP for four years. I think she would rather see Obama lose than be his VP for four years.

I suspect the Clintons have concluded Obama is a loser. They might even covertly help that process along if they think it is needed. Other Dems might do the same. I think Hillary! hates Obama.

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Remember, it was Friday the 13th when he said it. Friday the 13th.

Wagthatdog on July 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

“It worked”.

Far from being the offhand remark of an economic illiterate, probably from Obama’s perspective his supposed gaffe is a true statement, which in itself is ironic, given Obama’s propensity for prevarication.

If the plan was to loot the Treasury, stall the economy and diminish the power and prestige of the United States in the eyes of the world, then the plan worked beautifully.

Remember who is speaking.

As he declared in Columbia Missouri on Oct. 30, 2008:

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cqN4NIEtOY

ariel on July 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Agreed, there is no way Bill lets Hillary go down with that ship.

Student loan bailout and pot legalization are the last desperate acts.

Wagthatdog on July 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Even in times like these, I’m amazed that the Republican candidate for President of the United States seems fully prepared to base his entire campaign on a blatant, obvious lie.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

You stink of fear, Drew. Is that pee or flop-sweat you’re standing in?

SKYFOX on July 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Schad, here ya go:

Dowderisation & Desperation (Over “You Didn’t Build That!)

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/dowderisation-desperation-over-you.html

M2RB: Steppenwolf

Resist We Much on July 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Vice President Hillary R. Clinton will be his last desperate act.

meci on July 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Not a chance, the Clintons know a sinking ship when they see it.

One of the best parts of The Amateur is the argument in the Clinton family about whether Hil should challenge little Bammie in 2012 or not.

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Taking anticipated November 7 talking points for a test drive?

farsighted on July 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

q. How do you starve an Obama supporter?
a. You hide their food stamp card in their work shoe.

paulsur on July 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Six words: “The private sector is doing just fine.”
Four words: “You didn’t build that!”
Two words: “It worked.”

How is he going to keep this streak going?
A zero-word Anthony Weiner moment is pretty unlikely I think we’d all agree.

John_W on July 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

If he’s going back in time anyway, saying “Their plan = Bush = bad. Our plan = Clinton = worked.”, without bringing his plan onto the table at any point, can’t we just go back further and reply, “Your plan = Carter = bad. Our plan = Reagan = worked.”?

Tresjin on July 27, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Everyone knows the point the President was making in that speech.

Drew Lowell on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Five years ago, only some of us knew the point Obama was making. Now almost everyone knows.

June 23, 2007:

But my journey is part of a larger journey- one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

The Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) said about the American Revolution:

there was not the most distant thought of subverting the government or of hurting the interest of the people of Great Britain

Our Founders were NOT trying to bring the British Empire to its knees!

Barack Obama is completely off-base to think or suggest that our Founders were motivated by a desire to “bring an Empire to its knees”.

As David Barton notes:

King George III dispatched 25,000 British troops to invade his own Colonies, enter the homes of his own citizens to take their private possessions and goods, and imprison them without trials – all in violation of his own British Common Law, English Bill of Rights, and Magna Carta (centuries old documents that formed the basis of the covenant between British rulers and citizens). Only when those governmental covenants had been broken by their rulers and America had been directly attacked did the Americans respond in self-defense.

But you know who IS all about bringing an Empire, specifically the American Empire, to its knees?

Our country’s founding Revolution exalted the ideals of equality, justice, and democracy, of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Marxists have long hailed its progressive significance

Founded in Chicago in 1919, the Communist Party of the United States has an outstanding history in the struggles for peace, democratic rights, racial and gender equality, economic justice, union organization, and international solidarity. Our Party is organized on the principle of democratic centralism, combining maximum democratic discussion and decision-making with maximum unity of will and action, ensuring our ability to play a strong organizing role in the class struggle. We focus our efforts on increasing our ability to organize millions into struggle, fighting anti-communism as a divisive weapon of the capitalist class. With Marxism-Leninism guiding our actions, the Communist Party strives to build the broadest unity against global capitalist imperialism now headed by U.S. imperialism, for immediate gains and reforms that benefit working people, and for a progressive democratization of the government, the economy, and society of our country on the road to and after winning socialism.

- CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ITguy on July 27, 2012 at 7:45 PM

A comment to Obama about his potential second term: you didn’t built that.

profitsbeard on July 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Context. You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

BDavis on July 27, 2012 at 11:46 PM

If obama’s plan was to destroy America, then yeah, “it worked.” Guess it all depends on what his REAL plan was, and is.

Mean Granny on July 28, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Please respect this beleaguered President! His statement was taken out of context. What he actually said was: “It worked …. er….just not that … uh…well.”

And Clinton smiled for it was nuanced.

Sherman1864 on July 28, 2012 at 7:44 AM

q. How do you starve an Obama supporter?
a. You hide their food stamp card in their work shoe.
paulsur on July 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Can I borrow?

Sherman1864 on July 28, 2012 at 7:47 AM

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