Jonathan Bernstein has a post up that examines the major themes in the four speeches given by President Obama after the new HIR Law was passed. Bernstein teases out the major themes in these speeches. His analysis struck me as spot on, especially when he focused on President Obama’s overarching theme and the role of politics in American life:
And, from there, to the biggest point of all, only suggested once in these texts, but powerful if it is what Obama really believes. From the bill-signing:
We are a nation that faces its challenges and accepts its responsibilities. We are a nation that does what is hard. What is necessary. What is right. Here, in this country, we shape our own destiny. That is what we do. That is who we are. That is what makes us the United States of America.
This is, really, a very strong claim. What Obama is saying here is that politics, rightly understood, is the very core of what makes this nation a nation. Not individualism, not religiosity, and certainly not ethnicity or the land itself, but politics.
The entire post is worth a read and it helps to explain why the cynical Right-wing is fighting him hammer and tong–Obama seeks to change the rules of the game. If he succeeds the modern conservative movement will join their precursors–the Whigs and the Know-Nothings–on the dustbin of failed political movements in America.
Barack Obama’s long game is an existential threat to the Wing-nuts. No wonder they are pulling out all the stops to fight him on anything and everything.