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Enemies of the People

Enemies of the People

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APRIL 12, 2012
Enemies of the People
By Victor Davis Hanson
 In 2008, a mostly unknown Barack Obama ran for president on an inclusive agenda of "hope andchange." That upbeat message was supposed to translate into millions of green jobs, fiscal sobriety,universal health care, a resetting of Bush foreign policy, and racial unity.Four years later, none of those promises will be themes of his 2012 re-election campaign. Gas hasmore than doubled in price. Billions of dollars have been wasted in insider and subsidized wind andsolar projects that have produced little green energy.Unemployment rates above 8 percent appear the new norm, when 5 percent in the past was dubbeda "jobless recovery."From the Middle East to the Korean peninsula, the world seems on the brink. Modern racial relationsare at a new low.If borrowing $4 trillion in eight years was "unpatriotic," as Obama once labeled George W. Bush, noone quite knows how to term the addition of $5 trillion in new debt in less than four years.ObamaCare is unpopular with the public. Its constitutionality now rests with the Supreme Court.After four years, the claims of "Bush did it" and "It might have been worse" grow stale. So re-electionwill rest not on a new agenda, or an explanation of what happened, but on a divide-and-conquerstrategy. Translated, that means Obama will find fissures in the voting public over fairness, expandthem, and then cobble together various angry partisans in hopes of achieving a bare majority. Suchan us/them strategy is not new in American history.There are suddenly new enemies called the "one percent" -- those who make more than $200,000per year and who "do not pay their fair share." Apparently in a zero-sum economy, this tiny minorityhas taken too much from the majority and thereby caused the four-year lethargy that followed the2008 meltdown. Andrew Jackson, William Jennings Bryan and Franklin D. Roosevelt all ran, withvarying success, against the selfish "rich."Congress is also now a convenient enemy of the people. Although it was Democratically controlled inObama's first two years, and the Senate remains so, the new theme insists that a Republican Housestops the Democrats from finishing all the good things they started. When support for 16 years of theNew Deal had evaporated by 1948, Harry Truman ran successfully against a "do-nothing" RepublicanCongress that had blocked his own big-government "Fair Deal" follow-up and thus supposedly stalledthe economy.In 2009, Obama pushed through his health care plan by a narrow partisan margin in the House,despite constitutional questions about the individual mandate. Now, as the Supreme Court seems
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