Um, maybe not:
And lest you think it’s just the conservatives getting all lathered:
69% of GOP voters say the level of anger is higher now, a view shared by 53% of Democrats and 56% of voters not affiliated with either party.
Nope, it’s a majority of each political persuasion.
Let’s look back at Barack Obama’s Denver acceptance speech. After calling out differences on gun rights, gay rights and illegal immigration, Barack Obama said:
But this, too, is part of America’s promise, the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.
I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer, and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that’s to be expected, because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.
If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.
And you know what? It’s worked before, because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping and settle for what you already know.
We’ve been told time and again how Barack Obama is the smartest President ever. While I doubt he has any idea what a can of Spam costs, or even how to cook it, his speech did show him prescient. Washington doesn’t and doesn’t want to work and people’s hopes are dashed. This is what has people angry and it is this that has the nation divided.
I doubt Obama sees division within the country as a statement of any kind on his leadership or to be more precise, his complete lack of leadership. Rather, like the deficits that he has increased exponentially, Obama, having been told that the nation is more divided now than ever would utter his answer that provides absolution from all accountability of his own actions: “I inherited it from the previous administration.”