Imagine you read something like from me:
This is a big moment in the fight against chocolate–stick it to the fatties who eat chocolate cake by adding your name to my petition.
Besides thinking that I had gone completely crazy you would probably wonder why I would want to “stick it to” so many people and how that would help my fictional cause by demeaning those that like chocolate. Then we have this from the official Twitter account of the President of the United States:
This is a big moment in the fight against climate change—stick it to climate change deniers by adding your name: http://ofa.bo/s1Et
Sitting aside the issue of whether global warming er climate change really poses a serious threat that the United States alone has the ability to effect a change, also set aside that it was most likely a staffer and not the president that posted this, I would like for everyone to consider how “presidential” they find it that the leader of the free world is so comfortable using such a phrase such as “stick it to” a very large section of the population that he has been charged with leading.
To put this in perspective polls generally show a fairly even split on whether Americans find climate change as a major threat versus those that view it as a minor threat or no threat at all. More importantly in polls of what Americans think that the government’s top priorities are climate change consistently polls at near the bottom of that list.
Overall, this particular Tweet is not a particularly big issue but it follows a long established pattern of this Administration demeaning those that offer a different viewpoint than what they support. This first began shortly after the election of 2008 where Obama told Republicans “since they drove the car into the ditch” they should have no voice, to his mocking of ObamaCare opponents shortly after it was passed, “the birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall,” to before the 2010 election where, in a Univision interview, he told Hispanics they should punish their enemies and vote for the Democrats.
All this brings me back to my original point that Barack Obama is the most divisive president in my lifetime, while all the other presidents have had policies and actions that would divide the population none of them have ever felt the need to use the tactics that this president has employed of mocking and demeaning.
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