He, key Democrats, and Republicans are in lockstep. Not a dime's worth of difference separates them. They pretend otherwise. So do media scoundrels. Illusion substitutes for reality.
Obama challenged Republicans disingenuously. He called on them to back his agenda, saying:
"Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-old debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time."
"For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act."
He claimed austerity protects America's social contract. He pretends destroying it preserves it. He professed a commitment to securing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
His policy measures aim to destroy them. High-sounding rhetoric belies his intentions. He repudiates what he claims to support.
He spent four years waging class war. He's no friend of labor. He wants America's middle class destroyed.
He considers welfare a four-letter word. He slashed hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and other safety net programs.
He increased poverty, unemployment, homelessness, hunger and despair. He prioritizes greater harm in term two.
"We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future," he said.
At the 2004 Democrat convention, he said "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America. There's a United States of America."
On Monday, he echoed the same theme. What makes us Americans is sharing the nation's founding principles, he said. He urged advancing them with "common effort and common purpose."- Advertisement -
He disingenuously defended social benefits. "We the people still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity," he said.
Populist programs "do not make us a nation of takers. They free us to take the risks that make this country great."