Of course he didn't come out and say it quite like that but that was the subtext of his message and the underlying theme of his inspiring announcement. Sorry Barack, you're too late. Americans are already united under that banner.
Interestingly enough, Obama, who holds a law degree and has been a law school professor, stood up in a crowd of thousands to announce his candidacy and tell us all why he was running, i.e., what are the most pressing issues facing our nation and how is he going to address those problems.
One of the issues that never made it into his talk is whether or not it is important that American citizens be protected under the rule of Habeas Corpus or other legal principles such as the right to a fair trial, the right to be represented by an attorney, the right to know who is accusing you of a crime and what crime you are being accused of, and whether or not some Americans are above the law and immune from prosecution while others are subject to the whim of certain public officials, even if those officials may not have been legitimately elected to office.
Apparently to Barack Obama, a trained lawyer and law professor, these questions are not all that important or bothersome to most Americans. Doesn't matter that having the right to Habeas Corpus was one of the principles over which the revolutionary war was fought. No point fighting over it now was the message. Who cares? After all we have to compromise and find common ground. Apparently he was right, I only heard applause. Obama. Obama.
Well Obama is certainly in the mainstream of national thought now. Now we know for sure that TREASON is the one uniting principle that is keeping members of both parties of Congress and our Republic together. Let's not fight over trivialities.
Impeachment is off the table, the rule of law is off the table, the Constitution is off the table, but at least we have treason and each other to hold onto. And maybe we'll have health care too. Maybe.
One citizen was heard to say (me) and I suppose I am nearly alone here, that we don't have one elected representative in the House or the Senate who is qualified to be President of the United States. And we don't have anyone who is qualified to be President of the United States running for that office... at least not yet. The question is, could such a person win if he or she were running... you tell me.