Like many political Americans, right or left or center, I’m still grappling with what President Obama did this week. I’m trying to get a handle on what it means not so much for the country and the economy, but rather for Barack Obama.
On Monday evening came the remarkable announcement by Obama that he had compromised with Republicans on a “framework” to extend the Bush tax cuts. My take on that action was that Obama was motivated entirely by politics and not at all by ideology.
That take was quickly reinforced on Tuesday, when Obama, almost chastising his angry left-wing base for not understanding political realities, analogized Republicans to “hostage-takers,” holding Obama and America and its poor and proletariat ransom to tax cuts for the bloody rich. The president bemoaned his moral dilemma, forced as he was to “negotiate” with Republicans, who kneel before what Obama described as “their Holy Grail”: “tax cuts for the wealthy.” It was a stunning metaphor, and rather offensive: That cup overfloweth, apparently, with the real presence of the blood of the workers, which Republicans and their loyal factory bosses and greedy landlords slurp up from the fruits of the assembly line.
“These tax cuts for the wealthy — ” said a visibly bitter Obama ” — this is, seems to be, their central economic doctrine.”
Of course, it is not the Republicans’ “central economic doctrine.” One of the worst mistakes you can make in politics or in life or in war is to misdiagnose your adversary by allowing emotion to supersede logic.
But here’s the crucial point on Obama’s assessment: it was clear that this wasn’t the standard class-warfare claptrap we typically get from Democrats. This wasn’t mere political rhetoric to toss to the unions to make them happy at the expense of those with more money. No, Barack Obama uttered these words with such conviction and such contempt that you could tell it was from the heart. It came off not as Democrat demagoguery, but as reflective of the class-based worldview that I suspect is the core Barack Obama.
It made me think of Frank Marshall Davis and other Marxists in Obama’s past — and of a man named Dr. John Drew.
Read More: By Paul Kengor, American Thinker
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