Let’s Have a Moment of Candor

A US flagLike so many of you, I swore off Erick Erickson while he was at RedState. I don’t exactly what it was, but something just went sour. Since he started The Insurgent, he has improved, not completely, but he is again somebody I read (Thanks, Leslie!). In any case, he makes a whole lot of sense in this post, Like always, I could quibble with a few things, but in the main, he is correct. And that fills me with sadness and yes, more than a little foreboding.

Those of you on edge and hesitant to consider something because you think I’m making a grossly partisan point need to stick around past the next few paragraphs because I will keep nothing from you. But commit to moving beyond the next few paragraphs.

For the last eight years, whether you want to admit it or not, President Obama has succeeded not by uniting everyone, but by dividing everyone into groups and pitting them against each other. If you search this website or my writings anywhere, you will note that one conservative trope I try religiously to avoid is trotting out the name Alinsky. It is overdone and scratches a conservative itch to find the single silver bullet to explain and solve everything. But I do think a lot of leftwing tactics have been employed by the President including “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Alinsky advised to go after people, not institutions, and we see the President often going after groups. Republicans are the enemy, they’re hostage takers, he urged people to get in their neighbors’ faces, he encouraged people to take guns to knife fights.

Essentially, the President has spent eight years playing tribal politics, dividing the rich and poor, the races, the parties, the sexes, etc. and it has gotten to the point where even President Obama acknowledges he has contributed to the partisan rancor in the country. “It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency, that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better,” the President said during his last State of the Union.

Straight vs. gay, black vs. white vs. hispanic, rich vs. poor, male vs. female, college educated vs. non-college educated, etc. the country has descended to tribal politics and it has, in part, come about because of a society that, in progressivism, no longer embraces the idea of a melting pot, but has embraced a “salad bowl” approach to assimilation.

The founders believed horizontal and vertical federalism was the salve for this factionalism and regionalism. The federal government should have the limited powers necessary to unite the various factions for national ends, but otherwise should leave people alone. Those who wanted a liberal paradise should be able to live together and those who wanted a conservative stronghold should be able to have it. But now everyone is vying for a one size fits all homogenous tyranny where we are a truly diverse, heterogenous republic and all that does is drive up the stakes.

via Let’s Have a Moment of Candor | The Resurgent Do read the whole thing™.


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4 Responses to Let’s Have a Moment of Candor

  1. the unit says:

    There is one group where he may not be a divider, but one who unites. The uni-party Congress of the United States. Mess up or not, there could be enough votes to impeach, try, and convict. Any charge might do. Let a fly lite on his excrement and fly off to spread his germs (his way of doing administration). Try that with the first woman Democrat president.
    All must decide for themselves. Work and build a credible third party should we get the chance (in place of the extinct second party). Not this year though. I got to cast my vote for whatever chance against Hillary, however slim and distasteful.
    Well…, unless circumstances happen to change the situation. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Well said! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    I never listened to him on his radio show. Occasionally he was a guest host on one I did listen to. I may have misjudged him (“what it is”), just seemed too smart erickly to me at the time. 🙂


  3. “For the last eight years, whether you want to admit it or not, President Obama has succeeded not by uniting everyone, but by dividing everyone into groups and pitting them against each other.”

    Unfortunately this does not seem to be true. I read this when you posted it, and thought a lot about it over the past week or so, and did some looking, and for good or ill, the “Obama Coalition”, such as it is, is actually fairly diverse. If we look at the demographics, Obama’s election victory was composed of multiple minority groups, religious groups, educational groups, and socioeconomic groups. Mitt Romney carried older, white Protestants (and Mormons).


    If we fast forward 4 years, Trump is carrying an even smaller subset of the Romney demographic. His supporters are white, less educated, and lower socioeconomically.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/09/ 09/who_are_trumps_supporters.html

    Obama’s electoral victory was based on uniting a fairly wide demographic slice, and Romney’s failure was based on being unable to do the same. It is unclear what Trump will do, I did not ever suspect that he could gain the nomination, so I do not trust myself to say he cannot win the Presidency, but so far he has failed to unite the GOP, let alone the electorate.

    Even the Brexit vote in the UK was supported by the less educated, the older, and the less traveled and less tolerant of foreign-born individuals. Having spent more than a little time in the UK, the people I know who were younger, worked, vacationed, and interacted with the EU, voted to Remain, but their parents, less-educated, insular, and less inclined to dine at the Pakistani restaurant down the street, voted to Leave. And the demographics match this. It all seems to be a theme expressed in Robert Jones’ new book about the “end of ‘white Christian America'”, which does not seem to be limited to America. I just bought the book but have not finished reading it yet.

    Bringing this back to the main point, the only groups that seem to keep echoing the “Obama is a divider” theme are those who are themselves largely divided by ideology and perspective. Plenty of my Black, Asian, Gay, Hispanic, Female, Foreign, Younger, etc…. friends are unhappy for Obama for a variety of reasons, certainly not all the same, but none repeat this theme. It seems those who want to say that there are divisions are those who actively want divisions, so it seems an odd reason to attack Obama.

    In the end, however, Obama won two elections and has a positive approval rating because a very desperate group was united behind him.


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