"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Dangerous Rhetoric

The nastiness of the Obama campaign reached a new low yesterday with Obama's comment that revenge should be a motivation for people to vote against Romney:

This is dangerous rhetoric in a democracy.   We have (or used to have) a civil society.   We vote, we count the votes, then we congratulate the winner and move on with our lives.   We don't seek "revenge" against our fellow Americans.   That kind of talk leads to riots, civil discord, violence, civil war, mayhem.  

Consider this:  with the al Qaeda terrorists who killed Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Obama talks about "bringing them to justice."   With his fellow American, Mitt Romney -- a father and grandfather, a "sterling" businessman (according to Bill Clinton), a man who has committed no crimes, who has always served the communities he's lived in, who has to all accounts no personal vices, who gives millions away to charity, who serves his church, etc. -- he talks about "revenge."   Revenge for what?   For being successful?  For living a good life?   For being white?   For being a Christian?  

I wonder whether a reporter will ask the President what exactly Mitt Romney has done in his life that merits revenge. 

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