The President has run a winning campaign, and he will be in office for another 4 years. His method of being reelected through fear, and by pitting one group of Americans against another will be damaging to our country for years to come. His message of how successful people are playing by a different set of rules is unprecedented by someone occupying the office he holds. Traditionally even liberal presidents have tried to inspire the American people to achieve rather than excusing them for their failure to do so. The President of the United States combining this excuse with the claim that the game is rigged, is not only sad but dangerous.
Mr. Obama famously told his supporters in the closing days of the campaign that “voting is the best revenge”. If you have watched the President for 4 years, you know that he has spent much of his time singling out particular groups for attack. His rigged game mantra currently targets Oil Companies, Banks, Drug Makers, Coal, Insurance, Private Jets, and “The Wealthy” (defined as anyone who makes more than $250,000), which are all on the revenge list. Another 4 years will surely expand this list to include others. The most likely new candidates would be Natural Gas, junk food companies, or perhaps anyone who makes a profit.
Smith & Wesson stock shot up roughly 10% on the day after the election. Many analysts think that this is because investors believe that gun sales will increase due to the concern about possible legislation to limit gun ownership. Gun sales will increase, but it won’t be for worry that there will be gun control legislation. It will occur due to the president’s rhetoric. When you are at the bottom of the economic ladder, and your President tells you that people above you broke the rules, you may feel justified in “evening” things out. It would not be a big leap for some of those at the bottom to decide not to wait for Mr. Obama’s redistribution. They may choose to “redistribute” for themselves. The President’s rhetoric has given tacit approval that successful people should be targets for retribution. Those targets at the top of the economic ladder, would be foolish not to arm themselves.
Bono (from the band U2) once observed the difference between Ireland and America. He said, “In the United States, you look at the guy that lives in the mansion on the hill, and you think, ‘You know, one day, if I work really hard, I could live in that mansion.’ In Ireland, people look up at the guy in the mansion on the hill and go, ‘One day, I’m going to get that bastard.’” The President’s successful campaign and reelection has it showed that distinction to no longer be true. All we are waiting for now is him telling us how he is going to “get that bastard”.
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