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The despicable class warfare strategy settled on by the Obama campaign is sinking lower and lower, dragging the reputation of the Presidency with it.
Having humorously accused Romney of the universal practice of minimizing the amount he pays in taxes or not paying any at all, of killing jobs and even killing a woman, the widely discredited assault on common sense continues apace.
At a campaign rally in Danville, VA on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden, unsure where he was, was nonetheless sure who he was addressing, as he slipped his delivery into race-bait mode:
...[C]lear picture of what they all value. They've said it. Every Republican's voted for it. Look at what they value, and their budget, and what they're proposing. Romney wants to let the, he said in the first 100 days, he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. "Unchain" ... Wall Street. They're gon' put y'all back in chains. He said he gon' do nothin' about stopping the practice of outsourcing.
"After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Governor Romney, the Obama campaign has reached a new low. The comments made by the Vice President of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments."
The Obama campaign embraced Biden's remarks, saying "The bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments."
Of course they don't. The Obama campaign is built on class warfare, but more precisely, it's built on the fundamental principle of leftism: that people primarily interact as members of groups. Whether it's women versus men, rich versus poor, gay versus straight, or black versus white, the Obama campaign attempts to divide and conquer. By splitting Americans into groups and pandering individually to the groups, Obama's camp believes it can cobble together enough votes in enough states to win an Electoral College majority and retain the White House.
It's a strategy devoid of principle, built purely on partisan bean counting, dressed up in populist rags.
And yet, the shallowness and vapidity of the Obama campaign provides Americans with a clear choice. Will we be a country of splinter groups, segregated and hating one another? Or acknowleging our various individual means of pursuing happiness, will we come together as a nation? The question could not have better icons than Obama and Romney.
When Obama speaks of the "fundamental transformation" of the nation, he means remaking America in the image of his father's socialist dreams. When Ryan speaks of "fundamentally restoring" the nation, he means moving America back to the nation of HIS father, in which individual responsibility, limited government, fiscal sanity, and economic freedom prevailed.
Whatever our policy differences with the candidates of the two main parties, it's clear that at a fundamental level we have a choice. The next several weeks will determine whether Americans are willing to accept demogoguery in replace of leadership, or if they are wise enough to accept no substitutes. We will also decide whether to endure the chains of collectivism, or to throw them off for the mutual happiness of individual liberty.