The Obama strategy: Running with scissors
The Obama campaign attempted to capitalize on the doctored reporting of Romney’s 47% remarks by posting a mock “Romney’s Responsibility Map” of the United States suggesting that we take scissors and cut out the 47% of the country that doesn’t matter.
It was a clumsy attempt because the actual fault line that has divided the country is not between the states, but between two governing philosophies – Constitutionalism and Progressivism.
One stipulates that the government’s role is to feed its citizens; the other holds that the government’s role is to ensure the citizens have the freedom to feed themselves.
The advocates of one philosophy are trying to besmirch this country, its history and culture, creating the impression that the traditional American system is broken and isn’t worth saving, so that they could be granted the license to expand the government powers and take charge of everyone’s lives.
The other side praises American history of individualism and industrialism, encouraging the citizens to take charge of their own lives as the only proven course towards success and prosperity.
Unlike their “progressive” opponents, they don’t divide America into minority pressure groups. That doesn’t mean they neglect protecting minority rights; they just look deeper into this issue. In the words of Ayn Rand, “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” Thus, it is the individual rights that take the priority.
Cutting and dividing the country cannot be part of their plan by definition. The notion of scissors swishing through America is a mere “progressive” projection, and a telling projection at that. Guess who has been instilling the notions of a nation divided? Rich vs. poor? Corporations vs. people, whites vs. blacks, one percent vs. ninety nine percent, middle class vs. everyone else? Talk about cutting out parts of America that “don’t matter”!
With this in mind, the People’s Cube responded to the Obama campaign’s attempt at humor with a map that describes the “progressive,” revisionist vision of America (see below). The cartoon is mockingly asking the audience to help Obama cut America down to size: “Fundamentally transform America by getting rid of unprogressive ingredients and wait for instructions on what to do with the leftovers.”
This map of America is filled with an array of “progressive” buzzwords that either have never been part of the traditional American mentality, refer to things of the past, or have different connotations to a rational mind: corporations, consumerism, oppression, exploitation, sexism, racism, greed, bigotry, imperialism, neocolonialism, patriarchy, etc.
These labels do not describe this country and only make sense to someone looking at us through the lens of the discredited and anachronistic Marxist doctrine. And yet this happens to be the frame of reference that is being imposed on us through education, media, and entertainment channels by the “progressive” camp, the sitting president with his close allies included.
The problem with this picture is that if one really tries to hack through America trying to eradicate all the above imaginary “impurities,” there will be no leftovers worth saving – which has always been the self-fulfilling prophecy of the “progressives.” And that is what makes their well-meaning but delusional efforts objectively dangerous.
And finally, the hand with the hammer-and-sickle shears has been borrowed from the anti-Communist Hungarian cartoonist Victor Vashi, whose legacy is being lovingly preserved at the People’s Cube.