And to think that liberals accused President Bush of dividing the country. The war in Iraq did cause much friction within the country, but nowhere to the level that this White House has done.
With all the progress this nation has made in the issue of race since the turbulent 60s, Obama and company have taken us back decades in racial relations, and it's all intentional, I might add. Anything to get the voters' minds distracted from the abysmal job Obama has done in handling our economic troubles.
Throw in the issue of illegal immigration, the new Arizona law, and Obama's lawsuit to stop the governor of Arizona from enforcing the law, which in reality, is his job to do, though he will not do so, and he's just caused more turmoil.
When it's all said and done, Obama is not doing himself any favors on this one. A huge majority of Americans want the Arizona law enforced in its entirety. He may have won round one, thanks to the ruling by an activist Clinton-appointed judge. But, now this case will be appealed and dragged through the legal system until it goes all the way to the Supreme Court.
Time is not on his side; Americans will grow even more enraged by his pandering to Hispanics, while Arizonans and other border state citizens are left to deal with an influx of dangerous illegals.
Read from Dick Morris:
IMMIGRATION DECISION WILL ERODE OBAMA SUPPORT
By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
"When Judge Susan Bolton granted an injunction halting the enforcement of key provisions of the Arizona immigration enforcement law, she ruled in favor of the Justice Department’s position, but against the president’s political interest.
Had the judge sustained this law, it would have made moot Obama’s opposition to the Arizona law. As it is, she has transformed the law into a big campaign issue against Obama. Now the president is standing in the way of a state that wants to enforce the law that he won’t.
The Arizona law is massively popular in the United States. Over 60 percent of all American voters support it. But the president has sought and has succeeded in stopping it from taking effect. Now this majority — close to two-thirds of the electorate — that backs the law will be able to focus their blame for its non-enforcement squarely on the president of the United States.
In the long term, the Bolton decision will likely be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court and Arizona will find itself vindicated. But, in the meantime, the decision endangers the re-election chances of three Democratic Congressmen from Arizona. Their constituents will not be satisfied with statements from these Democrats supporting the Arizona law. They will become embittered because Obama’s Justice Department has overridden their will.
Why did Obama bring the suit in the first place if it hurts him? Because he was seeking to increase the turnout of Latino voters and trying to win them by the same huge margin (2:1) that they delivered to him in 2008. Since he took office, Obama’s approval among Hispanics has dropped to 54%, foreshadowing a massive abandonment of his Congressional candidates in November.
But what Obama miscalculated was the intense support from among most voters that the Arizona law has elicited. As he bid for Latino votes, he has sacrificed much of his liberal, Democratic base.
This decision hurts him badly."
There is some truth to the following statement: "he has sacrificed much of his liberal, Democratic base". I nearly fell over in shock when my ultra-liberal father shared with me that he was disappointed in Obama and that he started out as a conservative, became a liberal, and now doesn't know what he is. Why the sudden change? It was primarily about illegal immigration.