Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Only days ago, the Whitehouse issued "talking points" instructing politicians how to characterize the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our country. According to that document, Americans are to be told that "we will also draw on the spirit of unity that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks."
And just how are Barack Obama and his fellow liberals demonstrating their commitment to this ideal? By savaging and maligning their political opponents in the most partisan attacks in political memory.
Within just the past few days, Democrat Maxine Waters has declared that the Tea Party can "go straight to Hell," and Democrat congressman Andre Carson shrieked that the fiscally conservative Tea Party wants black people "hanging from a tree."
Labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, sharing a stage with Barack Obama, declared war on the Tea party and said that the union members were Obama's army which will "take out the sons of bitches" opposing the president and "take" America and give it to whomever Mr. Hoffa sees fit. Apparently, part of Mr. Obama's upcoming jobs plan will involve the unionization of leg-breakers.
The president then jutted his chin and declared that his upcoming jobs speech is actually a test to see if there are any Republicans who are "straight shooters" ("And hey, I'd like to make a special shout out to Gabby Giffords!") who will "put country before party." On the same day, Joe Biden addressed the AFL-CIO and declared that body to be the only ones "keeping the barbarians from the gate."
And all of this falls hard on the heels of the multiple Democrats who labeled Republicans "terrorists" and "hostage takers" for asking for budget cuts before raising the Debt Ceiling.
So it's really no mystery what happened to that "spirit of unity" which once, very briefly, brought Americans together in the aftermath of a terrible tragedy.
It's been attacked savagely and repeatedly from the Left, has been engulfed in flames, and finally collapsed to the ground while the jubilant perpetrators in Washington dance and cheer.
This should not be the legacy of 9/11.
But it is the legacy that Barack Hussein Obama and his fellow travelers have chosen for all of us.