Updated 9:40 am ET
First Lady Michelle ObamaTuesday suggested President Obama has ambitious goals for his second term, asserting that the result of the contest for the presidency will have far-reaching effects on the country.
The Obama campaign has not offered a detailed look at the Obama’s plans for the nation should he be reelected. But Mrs. Obama’s remarks indicate that the president will try to anchor into place an enduring liberal template that will set the country on a permanent path to the left.
At a Pittsburgh fundraiser, the first lady was unequivocal that the campaign was a battle for the nation’s soul, asking repeatedly, “Who are we?”
We’re here because we all know that next November we’re going to make a choice that will impact our lives for decades to come. We know this. You’re here because you know that choice will not just affect all of us in this room, but it’s going to affect our children, it’s going to affect our grandchildren, and it’s going to impact the world we leave for them long after we’re gone
And trust me, that is why I’m here today as well, and that’s why I am going to be campaigning like nobody’s business all over this country for the next six and a half months . . . . . . the choice we make will determine nothing less than who we are as a country.
But in her remarks, Mrs. Obama made clear the philosophy undergirding Obama’s second term would feature a kind of collectivist vision that seeks to ensure success for all – as opposed to ensuring opportunity for all – while leveling off the earnings of the most successful.
Will we be the country where opportunity is limited to the few at the top? Is that who we are? Or will we be a place where if you work hard, you can get ahead, no matter who you are or where you come from? Who are we? That’s fundamentally what we have to ask ourselves as we work toward this goal. Will we tell folks who have done everything right — our neighbors, our family members — but they’re falling on hard times, are we going to looking them in the face and tell them, “tough luck, you’re on your own”? I mean, who are we?
Or will we honor that fundamental belief that we’re all better off when we work together. This country is strongest when we’re all better off.
Mrs. Obama continued her annoying habit of suggesting those who disagree with her and her husband are bad people. Here she discussed Obamacare, imperiled – apparently – by the potential election of Mitt Romney.
Since that law was passed, millions of our senior citizens have saved an average of more than $600 a year on their prescription drugs. So we have to ask ourselves, are we going to take that savings away? Is that who we are? Are we going to allow insurance companies to refuse coverage for our children?
Is that who we are? A bunch of jerks?