by Michael Goodwin (NYPOST)
The system is rigged. America is unjust. Opportunity is dead. You didn't build that.
Dammit, where's mine?
Oh, and Republicans are the people who rigged the system. They're trying to take away your rights to vote, to health care, to education, to housing. They hate women, gays and immigrants. They don't pay their fair share and they're un-American.
Barack Obama lights candles, Mitt Romney spreads darkness, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
There, I saved you the time of watching the Democratic convention. For three grating days, demands for more government spending were coupled with sweeping character assassinations of Romney. The GOP is not just wrong; it is immoral.
Don't agree? You're not patriotic.
It turns out that the party that left God out of its platform has a religious zeal for its leader. "We believe in Barack Obama," Sen. John Kerry thundered, to uproarious applause.
Folks, we've entered Dear Leader territory.
The wild, outlandish claims that America is corrupt, Republicans are super-villains and Obama is a super-hero were made by every speaker over three raucous nights. A president, a first lady, a former president, a sitting vice president, top members of Congress, labor leaders, celebrities, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, blacks, whites, Latinos - all stayed on the scorched-earth message softened only by homilies to Obama.
Something shocking is happening to the Democratic Party. Its committed adherents are whipping themselves into a frenzy of grievance that justifies seeing their fellow Americans as both evil and a free-cash machine.
Obama did not singlehandedly create this mad orgy, but he lit the match and shows the way. On this, he is a true leader, a transformative one. His invocation of FDR is not unwarranted, even as his channeling of Lincoln's pain smacked of cheesy self-reverence.
When he says voters "will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation," he understates the fact. The two paths are a twain that shall never meet.
His rhetorical skills, uncompromising ambition and 1,000-watt smile were on full display last night, unfortunately in service to a vision that would surely bankrupt America.
Instead of a guarantee of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, our culture would be reshaped by a growing collectivist power, vested in the state, that would command ever more resources and control. The claim of "leveling the playing field" is, in reality, a plan to control the outcome.
As famously promised, the financial crisis has not been wasted. The recession lingers for many families. Unemployment remains stuck at a destructive level. The deficit soars - we borrow nearly $3 billion a day, $20 billion a week, $1 trillion a year.
These are serious problems to most mortals, but for him, they are rich opportunities to expand the reach of Washington. The soaring debt is not soaring enough, so more treasure must be thrown into the bonfire of his vanities. It is a fire consuming the future under the guise of fairness.
This is not mere class warfare. That's just a tactic. The goal, as it always has been for his kind throughout history, is to accumulate power that the elite can wield without accountability or checks and balances.
Give the man his due. We have not seen his like in our times. His charisma and political skills are unmatched. If only they were admirably used.
Obama promised to unite the country and, his lie exposed, is now determined to win re-election by any means necessary. He may succeed.
Beware, America. The wraps have come off.
Obama is unbound and the delegates in the convention hall went home in full revolutionary spirit. They don't want to unite America. They want to conquer it.
Barack Obama did build that.