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Senator Obama: Playing on Our Ignorance

Posted by Adam Graham on February 10, 2007

When reading this sentence from the story on Senator Obama’s announcement I nearly fell out of my chair. (Or if I were Bubblehead, I’d have ruined my keyboard):

Democrat Barack Obama declared himself a candidate Saturday for the White House in 2008, evoking Abraham Lincoln’s ability to unite a nation and promising to lead a new generation as the country’s first black president…

“We can build a more hopeful America,” Obama said in remarks prepared for delivery. “And that is why, in the shadow of the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln once called on a divided house to stand together, where common hopes and common dreams still live, I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”

Wow, so within weeks of Obama winning the White House, we’ll see several states secede from the Union? Lincoln did many things, uniting the country wasn’t one of them. In fact, throughout his tenure in office, Lincoln was a polarizing and divisive figure.

And as for Lincoln’s speech, Senator Obama is referring to the House Divided speech, the major points of which are an attack on Drug Doughlas and the Democratic Court are below:

Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention.

Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented.

In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.

I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

It will become all one thing or all the other.

Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.

Lincoln is not here calling for America to “come together.” He’s stating to anti-Slavery party that America will become entirely pro-slavery or entirely anti-slavery and he clearly favors the anti-slavery side winning the day.

Lincoln’s speech would be akin to a speech by Alan Keyes calling for America’s policy to become entirely pro-life or Kate Michelman calling for it to be entirely pro-abortion (no abortion restrictions anywhere for any reason.)

Of course, I doubt Senator Obama is ignorant of facts, but he’s counting on you and I being ignorant. Most people have an idea that Lincoln was a great President, but they don’t actually know all the particulars of his policies, of the Civil War, etc.

I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a short story where a liberal gets the wish that we had a President like Lincoln rather than “BushCo” and ends up not liking the results.

Regardless, Obama began his campaign with a strong basis in the ignorance of the American people, so we can expect him to continue to exploit that ignorance throughout the election.

UPDATE

Obama Lemings

Pro-Life blogs was there at the announcement and has more on the announcement and media hype.

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9 Responses to “Senator Obama: Playing on Our Ignorance”

  1. And, the ignorant who stay ignorant, will certainly vote for him. He has a way with speech, very eloquent, and charming. But, that does not a good President make.

    But someone said this morning that, ‘today is the first day of his presidential run and now his whole life is open for scrutiny’. I’m sure he’s going to get it.

  2. so this The reason why Obama is bad? That he made a reference to Lincoln? Lincoln is regarded as one of the greatest American president so any prospective leader that get inspiration from him is good in my book. Unlike W. Bush who get his from ‘the coalition’ of profit seeking corporations and other special interest. Not to talk of from Hitler.

  3. Adam Graham [Member] said

    No, my complaint with Obama was not that he was quoting Lincoln or aspiring to Lincoln, but that he was praising Lincoln for things he didn’t do and quoting him as saying things he didn’t say, but I will get around to writing that short story just for you.

  4. And how else could Lincoln have asked Americans to “come together” on the slavery issue? There was no middle ground on that particular despicable issue. Lincoln was right: “It will become all one thing or all the other.” No middle way about it. That’s unity. Obama isn’t playing on nobody’s ignorance. And that isn’t akin as you wrongly said “to a speech by Alan Keyes calling for America’s policy to become entirely pro-life or Kate Michelman calling for it to be entirely pro-abortion (no abortion restrictions anywhere for any reason.)” Now that’s ignorance from your own part. Its akin more to calling America to uplift all her children without leaving anyone behind.

  5. Great overview Adam..ty for the link and have a sweet Sunday!..:)

  6. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Look, I’m not disagreeing with Lincoln. What I’m saying is that Lincoln didn’t say what Obama said Lincoln said and there’s not much of a middle ground on abortion. If there were Senator Obamna wouldn’t represent it as he voted against outlawing the killing of unborn children who have been born alive. So much for “uplifiting all her children.”

  7. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Thanks for stopping in, Angel.

  8. Actually, Adam, many of us who do know the particulars of Lincoln’s policies also consider him to be our greatest President. He was a uniter, but had the vision to know that the country could not be united without a great struggle.

  9. Adam Graham [Member] said

    I don’t discount his greatness (thought I think his administration is far more complex than most people will addmit), but I also don’t think he can be said to be a uniter, unless you consider a shotgun wedding unifying. Of course, when states starts seceeding before you take office and 45 days in, rebels fire on the US flag at FT. Sumter-man, we think Bush had it hard on 9/11. Try Lincoln flying into this situation. He had a tough job.

    Regardless, he was not a uniter.

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