[UPDATE: As of today 11/1/10–the day before elections–the President is back-pedaling on this saying he should have used the term “opponents” instead. Duh.]
As a Christian, integrity is important to me. It’s something that I think Jesus modeled and held high. So I try to make it part of my life. It’s not easy, but one way is that I try to flush out compromise and contradictions–as I talk about in my post An Authorized Approach To Christianity.
Now, there are mid-elections next week. That means candidates are speaking, running campaign ads, and making mass calls to often rail their opponents. One common tactic is to show cracks in the other person’s integrity.
Even the President is campaigning and doing that. Now, I can’t imagine being President. It must be the hardest job in the world, but there are some things you just shouldn’t say.
I will never forget when President Bush stood on that aircraft carrier and said, “Mission Accomplished!” when it wasn’t.
I’ll never understand why President Bush said, “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.” That’s like saying you have to cheat on your wife in order to save your marriage.
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
PUNISH OUR ENEMIES. Really?
I’ve never heard a US president say that. Nixon got all kinds of heat for having an Enemies List of the media. But to me, President Obama takes it a step further. This seems to also imply anyone who won’t vote for his agenda is his enemy. That’s just dirty. And that’s not putting away the ‘politics of old’ or uniting anyone.
What I also find insulting, is the assumption that the Hispanic audience listening (and all others by proxy) agree with him. Is that a bit condescending? If not, you’re an enemy (or enemigo) I guess.
So because I have a limited view of government, in recent years I have been called racist, primitive, and now an enemy of the President by the President himself.
I just think there are some lines the President shouldn’t cross. Things like this are below the office. But what do I know? I’m just a guy who’s going to replace some rotten wood today.