Posted by Charity on October 28th, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama talks a lot about ending the divisiveness of politics in this country, yet when anyone criticizes or questions his policies or where they will lead the country, he (or his campaign surrogates) cries “FOX News! FOX News!” as if that is a rational rebuttal.

It isn’t. FOX News is a legitimate media outlet that millions of Americans turn to for news and information. The questions they ask are questions that are on the minds of voters whose opinions are just as valid as anyone else’s.

People have the right to question what Obama’s vision for America is, especially given his past associations, causes he has championed, and things that he has said.

According to a Frontline episode on both Obama and Sen. John McCain, Obama kept his record in the Senate deliberately vague as a strategy toward his future ambitions. A consequence of that strategy is people left having doubts and questions about who Barack Obama is and what kind of vision he has for America.

Obama says he wants to unite America, yet he dismisses his critics as far-right, ignoring the issues they raise. How can one unite America, while simultaneously telling a large segment of her population that their views do not matter and have no value?

How can Barack Obama find a place at the table for people on the left with views that are far out of the mainstream, yet questions about his allusions to wealth redistribution are marginalized?

Under a Barack Obama administration, does ending the divisiveness mean suppressing all opposition? Is his vision of unity a government fully controlled by a single ideology?

That is not what America is about. Even the Founding Fathers had heated and ugly disagreements.

People will disagree with Barack Obama, as is the case for everyone with bold ideas. His vision of unity would be better served by acknowledging his critics and addressing their concerns. He does not have to agree, only show that he is listening and understands where they are coming from.

Without that, there is no unity; there is no end to divisiveness. There is only more of the same.

5 Responses to “Division, Unity, and More of the Same”

  1. “Under a Barack Obama administration, does ending the divisiveness mean suppressing all opposition? Is his vision of unity a government fully controlled by a single ideology?”

    Yes and yes.
    It’s the leftist way.
    That’s what the non-American Gulags were for.
    That’s what the Cultural Revolution was all about.
    That’s also why Bill Ayers and his ilk had planned to eliminate the 25 million or so Americans who could not be ‘re-educated’ after their big takeover.
    It’s also how the Dems behave when they’re in the majority. The cry for unity is when they’re in the minority.

  2. “FOX News is a legitimate media outlet”

    No, it really isn’t…watch what former Fox “new” employees have to say on that topic:
    http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=43

    “How can one unite America, while simultaneously telling a large segment of her population that their views do not matter and have no value?”

    The far Right-wing that Fox skews it’s “news” for isn’t a “large segment of the population”.

    “yet questions about his allusions to wealth redistribution are marginalized?”

    Progressive taxation is not a marginal position in American politics. Again, only on the far-Right is this point even debatable.

    “Under a Barack Obama administration, does ending the divisiveness mean suppressing all opposition? Is his vision of unity a government fully controlled by a single ideology?”

    No, that’s your boy Bush, and it’s way past yime for change.

  3. ““Under a Barack Obama administration, does ending the divisiveness mean suppressing all opposition? Is his vision of unity a government fully controlled by a single ideology?”

    No, that’s your boy Bush, and it’s way past yime for change.”

    Now that you mention it, I haven’t heard ANY criticism of Bush in almost eight years.
    That’s strange. I just thought everybody liked him!!!

  4. Funny, Bob, how you point to a bunch of Stalinist nonsense, when the closest we’ve come to those kinds of behaviors have come from the right wing in this country, not the left. Typical conservative… incredibly behind the times. Red-baiting? C’mon dude. You still have an 8-track player, too?

    FOX News, a legitimate news source. Heh, You shoulda listened to God that time he told you to stop blogging, Charity. Maybe he was looking out for us rational folk.

  5. JD Ryan,
    Whether or not someone believes in a higher power seems to be your red flag, the starting gun to whatever caffeine fueled incoherent rant du jour you are spouting off. Whether or not the publisher of this blog believes in god is irrelevant to the core of her arguments, yet that appears to be what enrages you. The fact is she provides cogent, reasonable arguments, you thumb your nose and make fart noises with your armpit in response.