The phrase has been written before by many more talented than I, and it’s even been bandied about here on The Clampdown. But if you need a crystal clear example of how Barack Obama views politics, consider the words coming from his own mouth:
Latino voters, the president said, would have an opportunity to send a message to Republicans, who Obama accused of “politicizing” immigration reform and the border security debate. Obama said “pressure has to be put on the Republican Party” if immigration reform is to become a reality.
“And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder — and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2,” he said.
So the man who has claimed to be the President for all Americans, who sees no red states or blue states but only United States, now claims that peopleAmericans who are opposed to illegal immigration are enemies.
Consider this another lesson in Progressive politics. As a conservative I am deeply opposed to Barack Obama on a veritable ark of issues, but I have never once thought of him as an “enemy.” Anti-Christ, sure, but that’s a joke. But for the Progressive, the world is divided neatly into those who support their agenda and their enemies.
I’m absolutely opposed to illegal immigration and support Arizona in their quest to combat it. According to the President of the United States, I am an “enemy.” It shows the difference between a Progressive Republican like Richard Nixon who created the original Enemies List of media figures and politicians, and the dyed-in-the-wool, hardcore Progressivism of Barack Obama, whose Enemies List is much more generic and can be summed up as “anyone who disagrees with me.”
Well, count me in as a proud member of Barack Obama’s Enemies List.
UPDATE: Hot Air has more, including a quote I glossed over because it was seemed so typical: “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.” Said about war hero and Presidential nominee John McCain, no less.