President Obama consistently confuses principled opposition to his policies with “politics as usual” and “the ways of Washington.” Sure, there’s politics in Washington. But Obama, uniquely even for a poltician, sees his opponents as having impure motives.
Here’s the latest whopper. If you opposed the bailout of the auto industry, then you are essentially un-American. That is, you “lack faith in the American people.”
Here’s what he said yesterday at the Ford auto plant in Detroit.
And to all those naysayers in Washington, what we call the “just say no” crowd — (laughter) — who said that investing in you would guarantee failure; who said we should just walk away from this industry; who said that standing by America’s automakers was “the worst investment you could make”; who tried to block us at every turn — I wish they were standing here today and saw what I see. (Applause.) I wish they could see the pride you take in building these great cars, American-made cars. (Applause.)
And my message to them is this: Don’t bet against the American worker. Don’t lose faith in the American people. Don’t lose faith in American industry. We are coming back.
No one who opposed the auto bailout did so because they lack faith in the American worker. ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. Unless Ahmadinejad happened to oppose it. There is not a shred of truth to what Obama is saying. Those who opposed it did so out of concern it would make matters in the country worse by letting large companies know that they could make bad decisions and have the government take care of it. And they did so out of concern about the deficit, which is not something Obama has bothered himself with so far.
And they did so even though they knew they would be attacked by others seeking to score political points and advance themselves.
Here’s the definition of Demagogue from the the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
1. a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
And what’s more, the companies would not have disappeared. They would have been forced to revamp. Jobs would have been lost, pay would have declined, the unions might have been screwed. But the argument was that the industry might have emerged stronger and in better long term shape to hire AMERICAN WORKERS.
Obama likes to talk about civil discourse. Suggesting the “just say no crowd” – that is, Republicans – are essentially un-American is as low and uncivil as it gets.