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.