Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.
Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.
There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.
The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.
We coach little league in the blue states and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.
There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.
We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
— Then-candidate for the Senate, Barack Obama the 2004 Democratic National Convention, in August of 2004.
“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.
“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Hoffa added.
Related: To paraphrase Dan Rather when he was called on the bogosity of the underlying RatherGate documents, if American conservatives are ever slandered, the London Telegraph would certainly like to break that news.
And this video from Ben Johnson of Accuracy in Media, recorded last month at the heretofore top secret terrorist training center in Waco, Texas, is worth revisiting in light of Hoffa’s eliminationist rhetoric, which is surely neither Obama nor New York Times approved. Right, fellas?
The Rockford tea party called Hoffa’s comments “incendiary and dangerous.”
“If even one member of the Tea Party is harmed by anyone after Hoffa’s call to violence, then Hoffa should be held accountable by the Justice System and Charged appropriately,” the group said.
Though Obama wasn’t present when Hoffa Jr. made his incendiary remarks, Obama noted the presence of the Teamsters union president during his speech. Other union bosses joining Obama at the rally were United Auto Workers President Bob King, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry.
A spokesman for the AFL-CIO has not answered multiple requests from The Daily Caller as to whether Trumka supports Hoffa’s comments.
Meanwhile, Real Clear Politics notes that the event didn’t go very well for the president, either, who had a classic Kinsleyesque gaffe: “I think putting money back in the pockets of working families is the best way to get demand rising because that then means business is hiring. That means the government — that means that the economy is growing.”