In a recent radio interview with Univision’s Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, President Obama was quick to call out those “from the other side” for their “divisive and damaging” rhetoric.
The only problem? His own rhetoric was a prototype of division at its best, right down to the labeling and stereotyping he appears to love so much, despite decrying them in others.
Obama declared, “And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
Doesn’t his use of the word “enemies” fill you with a spirit of togetherness and cooperation? Not to mention the manner in which he conveniently groups all Latinos into a universal mindset, one that shares common “friends” and sees issues through the same ideological lens.
Now if that’s not a tribute to diversity, I don’t know what is.
Obama added, “And that’s why this election coming up is so important because we essentially have to say that those who are politicizing the issue, who are supportive of the Arizona law, who talk only about border security but aren’t willing to talk about the other aspects of this, who don’t support the Dream Act, who are out there engaging in rhetoric that is divisive and damaging that—those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”
One wonders which “core American values” our President is referring to. Things like personal responsibility and industriousness? Both of which his big-government, entitlement-happy agenda stands to stifle?
And is he suggesting that all Americans who support SB 1070—Latinos included—don’t reflect core American values? Hmmm. I guess supporting a state law that enforces federal law is un-American. You learn something new every day.
Obama also defined “a Republican Latino ad” in Nevada as “a cynical attempt to discourage Latinos from voting so that Harry Reid, who supports comprehensive immigration reform, would lose because the Latino vote doesn’t come out.” Is he actually presumptuous enough to imply that all potential Latino voters in Nevada are supporters of Harry Reid?
He most certainly is. It kind of reminds you of his buddy Reid’s declaration in August that, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
Latinos—much like every other cultural group—aren’t pre-packaged, Brave New World-style archetypes of uniformity. But to Obama, who harbors the collectivist chip, such generalizations seem to come naturally. Recall his April request that “the young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again.”
He loves such sweeping generalizations when they serve his agenda, no matter how transparent and unsavory they may be.
Most importantly, Obama’s rhetoric on Univision was a reflection of his sheer dishonesty. His claim that the Republican Party is “doing things that are damaging to the Latino community” masks the real story of what is causing the damage to Latinos: the same thing that’s damaging to Caucasians, African-Americans, Asians, and everyone else—namely the Obama agenda itself.
Americans aren’t stupid, Mr. President. It’s no secret that your policies—including your job-killing, deficit-ballooning, choice-obstructing health-care monstrosity—are bad for all Americans.
And if you’re so concerned about “core American values,” perhaps you should embrace an agenda that nurtures rather than desecrates them.
Perhaps you shouldn’t ignore our individuality by using demeaning collectivist labels.
And perhaps you should try speaking a little something Latinos call la verdad, a.k.a. the truth.