President Obama Monday dipped lower than usual in his attacks on the GOP, suggesting that today’s Republican Party is not patriotic.
Speaking at a Washington-area fundraiser for congressional Democrats, Obama said he wanted a “patriotic” Republican Party, as opposed to the one he’s stuck with today:
We’ve got one party in Congress right now that has been captured by ideologues whose core premise is “no” — who fundamentally believe that the problem is government; who don’t believe that we as a community, as a country have any serious role to play in giving people a hand up; whose budget reflects an interest in cutting back commitments to the most vulnerable and freeing the most powerful from any constraints; and whose principal focus at any given point in the day is trying to figure out how can they make people sufficiently cynical, sufficiently angry, sufficiently suspicious that they can win the next election.
I hate to be blunt about it, but that’s the play. And, by the way, when I say a party has been captured, it’s because I actually want an effective, serious, patriotic, capable, sober-minded Republican Party. And we’ve had that in the past.
The context of the statement makes the allegation even clearer. Obama believes Republicans are devoted to harming the poor while making voters “cynical” and “angry” so that they can win elections. So they are therefore, in his mind, acting against America.
What Republicans are actually doing is making a principled stand against the president. Opposition to Obama, it would seem, is unpatriotic.