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Obama Demagogues Immigration

By Ben Shapiro · Jan. 30, 2013

President Obama is a uniquely gifted demagogue. An orator of unparalleled skill supported by a gushing media, Obama has yet to present a major policy proposal geared toward solving specific problems. But he has won elections. And he has done so by implying – over and over and over again – that his opponents are morally deficient.

It is truly astonishing just how thin President Barack Obama's playbook is. Since his re-election, Obama has boiled down that playbook to one play, which he runs with the regularity of a team quarterbacked by Mark Sanchez. It usually involves children. It always involves moral indignation. It invariably involves urgency calls for action. Action now. Action yesterday. Action overdue.

The content of the action doesn't matter. All that matters it that those who oppose action are the bad guys.

We saw Obama use precisely this rollout strategy with regard to gun control. He utilized the Sandy Hook massacre as a peg on which to hang his anti-Second Amendment agenda; he masked that agenda originally by creating a do-nothing commission dedicated to “listening.” He then flanked himself with 7-year-old children, stating that their passion for gun control was the impetus for his drive to seize firearms. The implication: if you don't agree with Obama, you don't care about the safety of children.

We used to laugh such politicians out of office. When Jimmy Carter cited his 13-year-old daughter, Amy, as impetus for his passion on nuclear disarmament, Americans tossed him unceremoniously from the White House. When President Obama does the same, we fete him as a great leader.

And so Obama continues to use the tactic. In pushing his illegal immigration agenda – an agenda that suggests virtually no significant border control and sponsorship of a second wave of immigrants gaining citizenship via family associations – Obama flew out to the failing Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nev., to use the school's majority Hispanic population as a backdrop. He didn't care enough about the kids to offer them better educational opportunities. But he then proceeded to explain that those who oppose his agenda are actually closet racists: “I promise you this: The closer we get, the more emotional this debate is going to become. … When we talk about (the issue) in the abstract, it's easy sometimes for the discussion to take on a feeling of 'us' versus 'them.'”

In other words, oppose Obama, you hate brown people.

That's the whole point of these exercises. Obama knows full well that he will not be able to pass either a vast gun control scheme or an immigration program that lacks significant border enforcement. He has no intention of passing such legislation. He merely wants to propose such legislation to demonize his opposition as evil – racist, uncaring about children and the like.

That's despicable. But for President Obama, such tactics are necessary in pursuit of his grand remaking of the American vision. The Constitutional vision believes in checks and balances; it assumes that men are neither angels nor devils but self-interested parties. But such a vision leads to gridlock, as the Founders well knew. Obama wants action. He is a man of action. And so his vision of man is different. There are good people – people who agree with him – and there are bad people. With that moral dichotomy in place, the Constitutional system becomes obsolete and America awaits transformation.

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7 Comments

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Why does no one label these people for what they are, illegal aliens. They are not immigrants in any sense of the word. They are criminals who broke the laws of this country when they crossed the border illegally. Now we are going to reward lawbreaksrs with a path to citizenship. However, this crap about them paying back taxes and going to the end of the line is just that, a bunch of crap. Odumbo will find a way to speed up the process so they will be able to vote come the next election. This is a slap in the face to our ancestors and to those others who come here legally, assimilate, and become citizens the legal way.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

And the Republican response to Obama's demagoguery? Bonehead and McConnell whining. Wow, I'm impressed.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Travis in Texas said:

Obama's "transformation" is a path leading to the abyss of big government, and the power it can exert over its stifled citizens.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM

HP in KAlispell, MT said:

Imagine a country where you find an intruder has broken into your house, you call the police to have him removed. Instead of arresting the intruder, you are told you must adopt him. You have to provide him a room, food, clothing, spending money, education, medical care, a job, and the right to vote. Well you're living in that country!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Patchy in NC said:

We can condemn his obvious, repetitive and appalling tactics but what many often overlook or forget is that Obama actually thinks this is the sum total of what an office holder is supposed to do.

An extraterrestrial whose first and only visit to earth was to a football game might conclude that human civilization involved a gladitorial sporting contest with thousands of spectators consuming various foods and beverages.

Like the gridiron ET, Obama's entire political existence has been in the Chicago and/or Democratic machine and so petty sniping, meaningless and unworkable legislation and vacuum of accountability or results are the stuff of everyday existence. Unions provide the, ahem, financing and suppress any dissent, votes are rigged where necessary, the race card is kept at the ready and a lefty press tells us how wonderful he and his boilerplate speeches are. The idea that one or two terms in the highest office in the land should be used to achieve any tangible result, no matter how radical, never occurs to him. In his mind 'victory' consists of a fleeting juvenile rush of adrenaline resulting from an insolent remark to a leader of a co-equal branch of government (Congress), an accusation of malfeasance directed at another co-equal branch (Supreme Court) while he is an invited guest of the other co-equal branch, an infatuated giggle from a load of yentas on TV, or a minor uptick in his polls.

He is Eddie Haskell. He is an overgrown student council president debating trifles, taking home meaningless Citizen Of The Month plaques, earning pats on the head from his principal for his obsequiousness but the scorn of his classmates for same. He is the punk kid standing on his front porch mouthing off to any who pass by only to run inside when the possibility of retribution arises.

His ideas are dangerous, his half-hearted swipes at implementation worse, but most concerning is his constant need for adulation which manifests itself in his ritual demolition of straw men. Like a doped, bloated Elvis Presley being handed a black belt he didn't earn and 'defeating' opponents who either let him win or never chose a fight to begin with, the delusion has reached mass proportions.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Bubba in USA replied:

Some good thinking and writing there. Couldn't have said is better, and I have tried!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

O'Zilla-Arouses emotions, passions, and predjudices, yes, but has no solutions, or even sane principles to hang your hat on.I'm praying that God will bring down these pagan reprobates, soon!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM