America has major problems.
Our economy has been stagnating for years on end, and the so-called recovery under way will have to continue at this pace for years simply to get us back to where we started. When it comes to the social ills plaguing America, the prospectus doesn't look any rosier: increased rates of unwed motherhood, continuation of vast killing of the unborn, and cycles of bad decision-making leading to generations of crushing poverty.
None of the solutions to these problems can be found in greater government action. Yet the left suggests that only greater government can fix the issues that trouble Americans.
That's because, according to the left, one grand, unifying problem underlies all the other problems: Americans are nasty.
Some Americans are poor because other Americans are greedy. Minorities are disproportionately poor because white Americans are racist. Women are trapped in socioeconomic oblivion because male Americans are sexist. America is not a melting pot. America is a hell pit designed to consume its non-white, male, Christian inhabitants.
How then can the patriarchal, xenophobic majority be defeated?
Only with a coalition of victims.
That is a coalition the left has been building for decades. Back in 1970, it was not unjustified to think of certain groups as victims of the majority. In 2013, however, it's downright poisonous.
That poison spews from the mouth of the president of the United States. Preaching to the graduating class at Morehouse College last Sunday, President Obama told the black students that they would "have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by." This, he said, made blacks in America very much like Hispanics, gays and women, all of whom are victims: "Many of you know what it's like to be an outsider; to be marginalized; to feel the sting of discrimination. That's an experience that so many other Americans share.
Hispanic Americans know that feeling when someone asks where they come from or tells them to go back. Gay and lesbian Americans feel it when a stranger passes judgment on their parenting skills or the love they share. Muslim Americans feel it when they're stared at with suspicion because of their faith. Any woman who knows the injustice of earning less pay for doing the same work -- she sure feels it."
The true American experience, according to Obama -- the shared experience that forges a unified view of our country -- is marginalization. And marginalization justifies massive government interventionism to foster e pluribus unum.