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Obama Rediscovers Divisiveness

Obama Rediscovers Divisiveness

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Bruce Abramson By and Monday, 13 February 2017 10:14 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

With his first official statement as ex-president, issued only ten days after his successor took office, Barack Obama pushed a profoundly unsettled and seething America one step closer to civil war: "President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.

"Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake."

His new office issued this statement upon Obama’s return from a too-brief vacation dabbling in extreme sports on a billionaire’s private island, as he settled into his new role as our first national community organizer.

His organization is called Organizing for Action, formerly Organizing for America, formerly Obama for America.

His community likes to style itself a "resistance," promotes "civil unrest" and "violence as self-defense." His nation is the Blue States of America. And his highly unusual decision to remain in Washington, D.C.  as ex-president is ominous.

Until recently, the "blues" planned to conquer the red states of America relatively peacefully, at the ballot box. From there, they would deploy their formidable assets in the media, academia, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the civil service, and the federal judiciary — to gaslight or reeducate the red-staters.

They had already pounded home that advocacy of a color-blind society is racist, that tolerating diversity of thought is hate, that religious freedom is bigotry, that a desire to integrate immigrants into the American dream is xenophobic, and that fighting terrorists emboldens them while enduring, excusing, and enabling them are acts of strength rather than submission.

By the time of the election, they were busily redefining gender as a pure social construct  — the ultimate deconstruction of rationality, empiricism, and civilization.

Obama’s years in office had given them a sense of inevitability.

As recently as Election Day, the blues’ biggest fear was that they would face an uprising of disgruntled, defeated reds. They feared that the reds, whose psychological makeup baffles them, would mirror their own obstructionist, rejectionist, violent tactics.

Their greatest minds began publishing justifications for the structural changes needed to lock in blue dominance and relegate reds to permanent subservience.

They failed. The upstart red leader Trump — whose rise the blues had cheered because he exemplified all that they disdain — proved far stronger, smarter, and more competent than they had believed.

He broke through their blue electoral wall to achieve an unexpected victory.

They were stunned. They had spent years developing the machinery necessary to quell a rebellion, not to launch one. But they had been so vastly overconfident in the destiny of Hillary the blue that they had forgotten the rules of the game.

Dominance of coastal elites and block-voting minorities had concentrated their popularity into a few small, densely populated, dark blue regions. Trump won overwhelmingly everywhere else.

The blues had to regroup overnight. Lacking the self-awareness required for a sense of irony, they deployed the very tactics they had spent weeks decrying. Their tone turned somber, dark, angry, ugly. Rather than dominance and permanence, they spoke of resistance and secession — betraying their ignoble intentions.

Those who disagree with the governing majority in a liberal democracy form opposition movements and parties; a resistance arises to fight an occupying power. Secession follows as a matter of course.

The new blue plan is to liberate whatever territory they can wrest from the Trump-led red occupation — through sanctuary cities, secessionist referenda, through executives and judges willing to ignore the Constitution, the law, and legal precedent.

But the fall of Hillary meant that they lacked a leader. They needed someone sufficiently charismatic to rally dispirited blues to the noble cause: defending the peculiar institution of progressivism. Only one man — and much to the blues’ chagrin, no women and no candidates of intermediate, indeterminate, undecided, or unspecified gender — fit the bill.

President Obama had shared their hubris. He had been prepared — reluctantly — to hand the reins of power to his designated successor, but he had had no contingency plan in place. He spent his final weeks in office planting landmines for the incoming insurgents.

Regulations proliferated as he inverted policies that had long been matters of bipartisan consensus, struck secret deals to absorb refugees, betrayed allies, rattled sabers against dangerous adversaries, and fomented racial tensions and dissent at home.

Obama then faded from public view for a bit more than a week.

He returned to survey his followers’ handiwork. He saw the blues’ fear, hate, and anger boiling over into disruptive protests, violence, vandalism, and arson.

He heard the calls for obstruction, the movements for secession, the media’s demonizations, and the explicit calls among blue mayors and governors to ignore federal authority.

And he declared himself pleased.

The man who had exploded into public awareness castigating "the pundits [who] like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states" has returned to Washington, D.C.  to slice and dice us into a second American Civil War.

Bruce Abramson is the President of Informationism, Inc., Vice President and Director of Policy at the Iron Dome Alliance, and a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research.

Jeff Ballabon is CEO of B2 Strategic, Chairman of the Iron Dome Alliance, and a Senior Fellow at the American Conservative Union's Center for Statesmanship and Diplomacy. To read more of their reports — Click Here Now.

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Those who disagree with the majority in a democracy form movements, parties. Resistance arises to fight the occupying power. Secession follows. The plan is to liberate whatever territory they can from Trump; through sanctuary cities, and judges willing to ignore the Constitution.
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Monday, 13 February 2017 10:14 AM
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