Was the theme of the night last night after his State of the Union address. Every republican who could on TV anywhere from Fox news to public TV in Paducah Kentucky they all had the same message; “The President is trying to divide us, he needs to tone down his rhetoric”. Wisconsin’s Reid Ribble(who does not live in the 8th district that he claims to represent), was even on MSNBC with this message. They use this (FranK Luntz tested talking point) for a few reasons:
1. As unpopular as government officials are across the board, President Obama is still the single most popular politician in America, if not the world.
2. Strategy number 1 from Karl Rove: accuse your opponent of doing what you are doing.
Instead of charting a new course for renewed opportunity, the President recommitted to the path to debt, doubt and decline. Instead of working together to find common ground, the President continues to exploit the real anxieties of hard-working families by dividing Americans for political gain. Pitting Americans against each other makes us weaker, not stronger.
If only the President would try and unite us the way that Paul Ryan has:
The President rightly highlighted the need for a ‘renewal of American values.’ Yet the results of his failed policies and divisive rhetoric do just the opposite.
Yes Paul Ryan tries so hard to be civil and bi partisan but the President just makes it impossible.
Of course Paul ryan forever has been a follower and not a leader, we recently elected another follower who jumped on the extreme rights partisan bandwagon also. Ron Johnson would have issued a press release, but could not find his crayons so he offered up a video(sorry for sharing this early in the morning):
In case you missed it, here is an example of President Obama’s “attempts to divide and bitter partisanship”:
“Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes.
No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other’s backs.
And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.”
The American people can see right through Pink slip Paulie, Reid Ribble, ROJO and the rest of the obstructionist republican party!