I was watching television the other night, and someone was interviewing people on the street about the presidential election. More than one respondent stated that they would be supporting Obama because "he can bring us together." You have to hand it to Obama for being a grand master at pulling off this unity sophistry.
Indeed, Obama is so good at this scam that he has John McCain believing it -- or afraid to state otherwise for fear he'll alienate this presumed longing of the people for unity, harmony, bipartisanship, civility, hope and utopia itself.
So as a small public service, I figure I ought to do my part to debunk this myth, mostly pointing to Obama's own words and actions. Does he really pass his own test for ushering in an era of harmonious ecstasy?
While McCain is busy excoriating North Carolina Republicans for pointing to Obama's dubious relationships, Obama is wasting no time proving that he will reciprocate with no such courtesies.
Anytime someone criticizes Obama, he responds with outrage at the mere suggestion that he is subject to criticism. He has intimidated John McCain into bringing the proverbial knife to a gunfight, while he's arming himself with rhetorical grenades and rocket launchers. Obama, for example, has set up a Web site to refute alleged smears against him and calls some of the accusers "liars" -- not the kind of truculent and aggressive language one would expect from a man promising harmony.
In a recent speech, Obama delivered one pugnacious barb after another directed squarely at McCain. Let's review and examine a few of them:
"I honor the service of John McCain, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine."
Are these not gratuitously combative words? Does it promote harmony to accuse someone falsely of something he can't disprove? When has McCain denied Obama's accomplishments?
"While John McCain can legitimately tout moments of independence from his party in the past, such independence has not been the hallmark of his presidential campaign. It's not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush 95 percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year."
What's this? Is the great unifier demonizing President George W. Bush in the full-blown spirit of Bush Derangement syndrome? Moreover, if he's saying McCain stood with Bush 95 percent of the time, is it not fair to ask whether Obama stood with the divisive, pugilistic Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 95 percent of the time or more?