DNC video: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to”; Update: Not our video, says Obama campaign

posted at 7:30 pm on September 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Yes, rest assured, Romney and the GOP are already working on ads about this. It’s the GOP that cut the clip and circulated it, in fact. Mitt himself evidently can’t wait to get started:

People are going to follow Romney’s lead and seize on the word “belong” but that’s only half the problem. Even if Democrats had chosen a phrase that didn’t connote ownership, like “participate in” (Obama’s preferred turn of phrase when pushing this idea is “doing things together”), this is still a creepy, spurious justification for expanding government. As Yuval Levin recently explained in NRO:

The president simply equates doing things together with doing things through government. He sees the citizen and the state, and nothing in between — and thus sees every political question as a choice between radical individualism and a federal program.

But most of life is lived somewhere between those two extremes, and American life in particular has given rise to unprecedented human flourishing because we have allowed the institutions that occupy the middle ground — the family, civil society, and the private economy — to thrive in relative freedom. Obama’s remarks in Virginia shed a bright light on his attitude toward that middle ground, and in that light a great deal of what his administration has done in this three and a half years suddenly grows clearer and more coherent, and even more disconcerting.

Again and again, the administration has sought to hollow out the space between the individual and the state. Its approach to the private economy has involved pursuing consolidation in key industries — privileging a few major players that are to be treated essentially as public utilities, while locking out competition from smaller or newer firms. This both ensures the cooperation of the large players and makes the economy more manageable and orderly. And it leaves no one pursuing ends that are not the government’s ends. This has been the essence of the administration’s policies toward automakers, health insurers, banks, hospitals, and many others.

How psychologically impoverished must you be to find validation in “belonging” to a government? You’re forced to “join,” your “dues” are typically squandered on stupid, wasteful projects, half of the other members are perpetually at your throat, and the whole thing is shot through with corruption at every level. It’s essentially the world’s biggest and worst union (and worst in part because it’s biggest). In fact, didn’t we just spend an entire week listening to the left’s friends in the media tell us how racist Republicans are? Why would any liberal want to belong to a group with people like that in it? This rhetoric is pure communitarian garbage, designed to inculcate some perverse civic pride in the ideas that (a) government will continue to grow and usurp your choices and, more importantly, (b) you need to pay more “dues,” even though government’s already so big that realistically there’s no amount you could pay to make it sustainable. Loathsome.

Update: Someone’s nervous.

An Obama aide emails that the Charlotte host committee, not the Obama campaign, produced the video:

“The video in question was produced and paid for by the host committee of the city of Charlotte. It’s neither an OFA nor a DNC video, despite what the Romney campaign is claiming. It’s time for them to find a new target for their faux outrage.”

That’s super. Now how do they explain the “doing things together” rhetoric?


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So say those who bow down at the feet of BIG GOV. It’s true. There is no God but their God – One God – the State.

hawkeye54 on September 4, 2012 at 7:33 PM

What a lovely title it is.

Drained Brain on September 4, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I don’t.

And won’t.

davidk on September 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Well there it is folks.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I can’t wait to see how the Dems spin this away

tbrickert on September 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Donkey, donkey uber alles….

harlekwin15 on September 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Folks it really is gonna take a civil war to fix things.

bgibbs1000 on September 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I think we need uniforms!

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

This bunch just keeps writing Mitt’s ads for him.

Curmudgeon on September 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

“How psychologically impoverished must you be…”

A+++ would read again or recommend to a liberal friend for the purposes of annoying the karlmarx out of them…

Jeddite on September 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

This could be devastating to fence sitters.

Belong to the government. Back in chains. There seems to be a trend going on here.

tru2tx on September 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

if only there were a symbol to capture how we are all bound together with some lethal symbol to represent the might of the state….

an ax and rods maybe….with some nice shirts…?

harlekwin15 on September 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Seriously, what kind of loser would that steaming pile of horse#hit appeal to???

BigWyo on September 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The more I see of the DNC playbook, the more convinced I am that Romney could win in a landslide.

peski on September 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Who put this convention together and how long has he or she been a Republican operative? What’s really funny is Bill Clinton and his brand are being forced to embrace this sinking ship.

Punchenko on September 4, 2012 at 7:37 PM

we belong to government? yeah…go with that

der

DanMan on September 4, 2012 at 7:37 PM

OK, so they are admitting it…. we don’t ALL belong to the human race. Thus leaving open the hypothesis that at least one very well could be from the lizard people, as rumored, and that another could be from the planet Kashyyyk..

LegendHasIt on September 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Well I’ll tell ya if this means my new friends in government are going to be what I’ve experienced at city hall, at the police department, the dmv. and just about any government service you can take your club and your cute uniforms and shove them.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Santorum approves.

mythicknight on September 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Loathsome indeed. Arrgghh! Please tell me the sensible people outnumber the nincompoops, and will vote accordingly!

Minorcan Maven on September 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Some SuperPAC needs to get Clint Eastwood to do an ad where he says “We don’t belong to the government, it belongs to us. We own this country.”

The fact that this statement made it all the way from the script writing to final video without anybody realizing how bad it sounds shows you how ingrained into the brains of liberals this concept is. It’s second nature to them.

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I belong to my rapist?

I thought Akin was bad….

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Thank gawd they don’t all belong to HotAir.

Limerick on September 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Out of Context!
Out of Context!
Out of Context!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

WHAT? I definitively see a landslide. Liberal loons.

Redford on September 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Romney and the GOP are already working on ads about this.

You don’t need ads. Just play their ad. Except for the crazies, even democrats don’t think they belong to the government.

Alabama Infidel on September 4, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Obama Youth.

ConservativeLA on September 4, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I will never belong to our government. Every liberty loving American should look at today’s democrat party as the modern home of fascism. Own it, Obama.

Weight of Glory on September 4, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Sorry, I am not and have never been much of a joiner. I belong to no organizations.

Dandapani on September 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

They’ll scratch out God, sell out Jerusalem, and proclaim Government as the true union…

…in one day.

And then deny it.

That really is amazing.

budfox on September 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I am the Lord, thy Government. Thou shalt not have any false gods before me.

obladioblada on September 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

What’s really funny is Bill Clinton and his brand are being forced to embrace this sinking ship.

Punchenko on September 4, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Yeah, I look forward to Clinton’s speech. What are the odds he throws in some little tweak of Teh Won? Payback is a …

peski on September 4, 2012 at 7:42 PM

We did build that.
And YOU government folks are OUR employees.
All of you.

Ed Schultz just now said the DNC has a great opportunity to be business friendly this week. Because the government needs businesses so that it can SPEND THEIR MONEY and rely on the businesses to CREATE JOBS.

Get the hell up, America. There are genuine commies here and they will steal everything you have in the name of fairness.

CorporatePiggy on September 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

atlas shrugged coming to fruition

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM

tbrickert on September 4, 2012 at 7:34 PM

who is going to question them on this? seriously, the lsm won’t ask them about it that’s for sure…

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Santorum approves.

mythicknight on September 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Who?

Spliff Menendez on September 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I DO NOT belong to government…

I AM AN AMERICAN! The government is SUPPOSED TO BELONG TO ME!

wildcat72 on September 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

“We own this country” — Clint Eastwood.

Politicians work for us.

When they fail, boot them to Hades, for eternity.

Those who brung Obama, be damned, forever.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

“This seat is already taken”

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

When a soldier takes his oath, he swears to defend,at the price of his life, if need be, not the party, the President, the Congress, the government, or even the People. he pledges to defend the Constitution of the United States.That is our shared inheritance, that and the promises of the Declaration.

xkaydet65 on September 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

How psychologically impoverished must you be to find validation in “belonging” to a government?

This!!!

86 on September 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

DNC video: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to”

F L U K E…YOU…!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I DO NOT belong to government…

I AM AN AMERICAN! The government is SUPPOSED TO BELONG TO ME!

wildcat72 on September 4, 2012 at 7:44 PM

The Government is my servant. Those of you who still pay taxes sustain said government.

Make them work for you or starve them into oblivion.

These are charlatanic monsters of an extraordinary tyranny and Goebbels creatures.

He smiles his dead azz off, his aspirations/imaginations all having been surpassed.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

So can we all now get photo id cards for our club. They would work well at the polls.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Bite me barry…..I will not bow or belong……..

crosshugger on September 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

that sounded like carville

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

F L U K E…YOU…!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Perfect summation

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Brotherhood – Union, Islamic, Occupy, Organize …. I see a trend, here.

OldEnglish on September 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

So, what happens if you don’t want to ‘belong’?

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

The Government is my servant. Those of you who still pay taxes sustain said government.

Make them work for you or starve them into oblivion.

These are charlatanic monsters of an extraordinary tyranny and Goebbels creatures.

He smiles his dead azz off, his aspirations/imaginations all having been surpassed.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Exactly right. Government is supposed to be SUBSERVIENT. It’s not supposed to own us. We aren’t supposed to be afraid of it.

IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AFRAID OF US!!!

Time to put some fear back into the machine this November…

A good man fears God.

A good government fears the Citizen.

wildcat72 on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

The Left is tone deaf. They also love the sounds of their own voices.

mankai on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Actually it’s not we who belong to the government, just our incomes.

tbrickert on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

So can we all now get photo id cards for our club. They would work well at the polls.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Allah and his grocery sack veto this proposal.

Limerick on September 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Biteme’s…C H A I N S…!!!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

OT…a tribute to Teddy the murderer? With a blurb from the Billy the rapist as well. Good grief.

IrishEi on September 4, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Actually it’s not we who belong to the government, just our incomes.

tbrickert on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I’m barely hanging onto my job NOW despite being one of the best in my field (IT). 4 more years of Emperor Hussein and his Regime and I won’t have any income to belong to ANYONE.

wildcat72 on September 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

See what happens when they tell the truth about what they think? Honesty is the best policy in this case…for us.

txmomof6 on September 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

How psychologically impoverished must you be to find validation in “belonging” to a government?

Leftists are all about modern day plantations.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

“Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.” -George Washington

mankai on September 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

wildcat72 on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Yes and yes and that kind of talk should have people righteously angry.

You didn’t built that you bitter clingers and we all belong to the government.

Go hang, commies.

CorporatePiggy on September 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

So when do we get the shock collars?

tommer74 on September 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I think I’d rather live on a lost island than to live in Country whose Government claims ownership over its people.

The Liberal Democrats can have their filthy slimy piece of crap Tyrannical Government Society….I’ll have none of it.

Varchild on September 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I had a feeling the democrats would step in it during the convention. I thought it would be later on (like say Sandra Fluke).

Zaggs on September 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

So, what happens if you don’t want to ‘belong’?

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Don’t worry. They’ll find you a chain gang. You can belong to that.

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

marxism.

rbj on September 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I work in higher ed… in one or another this concept/wording will start to permeate the university. It will start to appear in mission statements and goals and speeches.

mankai on September 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Classic liberalism is dead.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Even if Democrats had chosen a phrase that didn’t connote ownership, like “participate in” (Obama’s preferred turn of phrase when pushing this idea is “doing things together”)

The founders viewed a federal government as a necessary evil limited to ,as they put it,provide for the common defense and regulate interstate commerce.
.
It was not something whose “participation in” was to be sought after and celebrated.
.
They reserved all of the governmental functions that genuinely impacted citizens lives to the state and local level.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

DNC video: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to”

Communist swine, with sincere apologies to the good clean pigs.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Maybe we need a mascot and some posters for our new team in addition to our uniform and club ID cards. This is getting more exciting the more I think about it. When’s the next meeting?

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Actually it’s not we who belong to the government, just our incomes.

tbrickert on September 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

That represents our time and income – can we say ‘slavery’?

Chip on September 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Today:
“We don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.” – Mitt Romney

Tomorrow:
“Mitt Romney is a Liar.” – Debbie Wasserman Schultz

BRunner on September 4, 2012 at 7:54 PM

OBAMA has proven Government is a tool that brings people together…no divisiveness here.
/

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM

This is base pandering. Nothing tells me more the deep shit that the DNC is in if it has to trot out slogans like Join the cool Government Club! and We Make This Possible.

They’re not even TRYING to capture the indie vote. They’re shoring up the sandcastle walls, as the base dissolves away. Forget the polls.

Combine that with the “media are bored with 2012″ and you get a true picture of where things are really at.

Ozwitch on September 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Don’t worry. They’ll find you a chain gang. You can belong to that.

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 7:51 PM

That’s hardly a job for a woman of my age.

If they don’t kill me first, I’ll probably be serving rice to the chain gang.

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 7:55 PM

MSM “fact checkers” will straighten this out: The carefully produced political film misspoke and was taken out of context by lying Republican liars. What the film meant to say was…

forest on September 4, 2012 at 7:56 PM

wildcat72 on September 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

This is the first time I have ever been truly scared of a possble election result.

tbrickert on September 4, 2012 at 7:56 PM

As the great Canadian Geddy Lee, sang:

My mind is not for rent/to any God or government.”

Dirt McGirt on September 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Reminiscent of Clint’s line @ the RNC that politicians work for us.

Great tweet Mitt.

Keep it up.

Win.

tacodawn on September 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Question Authority!!!!

I haven’t seen those stickers so much now that Obama is in office….
hmmmm.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Well, we are certainly going to have a clear choice. Do we belong to Government or does it belong to us?

magicbeans on September 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM

How ironic that the lefty boomer rebels who fought “the man” and the evil tyrannical establishment are now the architects and movers and shakers of Orwellian, Dem-left statism.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM

CHECK IT OUT. Drudgereport just linked to a Reuters Photograph of Harry Reid with Hell Fire above him, like he’s satan himself.

Varchild on September 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Is this “we all belong to government” statement from the DNC a trap?

I can’t believe they’d make it this easy: is this designed to lure the right in the some sort of Flukish ambush?

MidniteRambler on September 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM

This proves beyond doubt that the Ds are extraordinary plantation masters, looters of the first rate, exploiting the subjugated moochers just for votes.

Wake up you fools and pitchfork those who hold you hostage. Free yourselve, once and for all. Your constitution is still on your side, you idiots.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Let’s ask Senator Durbin…

d1carter on September 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Gee, there is a piece of paper that addresses this philosophy. It starts with the words We the People. Maybe if copies were printed and handed out to the DNC delegates or put in their seats they might get a clue. Naaah, never mind. They are hopeless.

txmomof6 on September 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Santorum approves.

mythicknight on September 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Wow…faced with one of the boldest mask-dropping moments of the modern Left, a phrase which should be used as a rope to hang every last collectivist thief who dares stick his or her hand in another’s pocket, and…you use it to attack one of our own.

Ride that hobby horse!

Dirt McGirt on September 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Well, we are certainly going to have a clear choice. Do we belong to Government or does it belong to us?

magicbeans on September 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM

It sure is clear. Many on the left want government to be their parents. They do see us as belonging to the government and the fruit of our labor belongs to said government.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Yep. And all the mindless morons applaud.

JellyToast on September 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I believe this is called “doubling down on stupid.”

Apparently, Obama believes now is the time to come out of his socialist closet.

I hope… that he occupies an empty chair in January 2013.

bobcalco on September 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

just cant say how worried i am about this countries direction. that Obama was elected at all is bad enough, that he might be reelected scares the hell out me.

trailortrash on September 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Democrats say……..All your taxes belong to us.

Gee..wonder why they’ve been whining about being called marxist and commies the past couple years.

HumpBot Salvation on September 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

It’s only a matter of time until these crypto-commies attempt to turn the delivery of internet service into a public utility, and then a “right”.

God help us if these pukes win in NOvember.

hillbillyjim on September 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Classic liberalism is dead.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Classic Liberalism IS Conservatism today.

The people who call themselves liberals are actual fascist authoritarian murderers.

wildcat72 on September 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Well…you don’t get a statement more akin to, and in keeping with, the communist ideology than that.

This is anathema to what this nation stands for and belies everything that we are as Americans.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

And they say Obama is not a socialist/communist. Spontaneously combust, you liars.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Classic liberalism is dead.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Great.

Call me when the current mob of unhinged, hand wringing 7th graders follow suit.

BigWyo on September 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

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