Rick Wagner Column October 09, 2008

We’re all victims in the liberal calculus of how to win votes

What a vision of our country the liberals seem to have. When you hear politicians on the left discuss the citizenry, you would think the vast majority of Americans are sick, poor, tired and living in cardboard boxes.

It’s as though the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty about the huddled masses was describing the country immigrants were coming to instead of the ones they were coming from.

This constant portrayal of American life as a hodgepodge of victim groups is not a tactic to support a strong and vital country, but one to divide and conquer an electorate.

People on the far left cannot even bring themselves to acknowledge the bravery and steadfastness of our military. The American Thinker points out that veterans are seen by the left as yet another victim class, hoodwinked citizens forced into the service by economic circumstances, used for imperialistic reasons and cast aside by an uncaring nation. See http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/06/for_liberals_soldiers_are_vict.html.

Often this attitude is obvious, as in the portrayal of soldiers and veterans in Hollywood movies as traumatized victims or crazed warmongers, not patriots or liberators.

Other times the delivery is subtler as when, The American Thinker notes, Barack Obama claimed early last summer that his uncle had liberated Auschwitz during World War II.

His discussion point centered on the trauma that his uncle had suffered as a result of the liberation — not the heroic act. (It was later noted that the Russians liberated Auschwitz and Obama’s great uncle may have had something to do with the liberation of Buchenwald.)

There’s no doubt that the ravages of combat take their toll on our servicemen and women, but in this example Sen. Obama seems to forget the whole point of the exercise — the liberation of the concentration-camp prisoners.

The fact that in this calculus, the freeing of the prisoners is of less importance than the talking point of casting veterans as victims is a sad and dilapidated attitude to have about citizens who fought against evil for their country and brought to it both honor and victory.

But this is just part of a broader vision of seeing in every corner a stack of hapless voters whose only recourse is to look to a giant government to redistribute income and benefits. The hope is that voters will no longer identify with their nation, but with compartmentalized subgroups of victims whose competing interests can serve a political interest.

Obama’s victimization obsession does show diversity, as when in July, at a Chicago gathering for minority journalists, he discussed the treatment of Native Americans. He was quoted by the Honolulu Star Bulletin as saying, “I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged.”

I’m not certain how much more acknowledging we can do, but apparently there’s a lot more needed.

But that’s not all. At the same meeting, he also said, “I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

Reparations? Deeds? Exactly what does he mean by that? I suppose if he is elected we will have the excitement of finding out what he means.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard too much of this discussion in most of the media it may have something to do with the fact that many of the journalists in this audience waited three hours to see him, leapt to their feet with applause — even though they had been told not to — ran forward to snap pictures of him and gave him a standing ovation.

Suffice it to say that in the far left’s version of America, we have substituted a chicken in every pot for an entitlement check in the mail and a slice of government cheese in the fridge. 

Rick Wagner offers more thoughts on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong, which can be reached through the blogs entry at GJSentinel.com.


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