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September 5, 2012

Delegates at the Democratic Convention: “We all belong to the government”

by Stephen Littau

During the 2008 campaign I wrote a post about the real reason why Barack Obama would be dangerous for our country. These reasons had nothing to do with a long-form birth certificate or that he was some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate intent on destroying our country from the inside. Now that Obama has an actual record to defend, there isn’t any real need to watch Dinesh D’Souza’s movie “2016” to discover why he holds the big government anti-capitalistic/big government/anti-liberty policies and views (the important thing is recognizing that he is trying to make them law of the land, the origin is irrelevant).

Actually, I think Obama’s views are well within the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Take this video for example where the interviewer asked what rank-and-file delegates to the 2012 Democratic Convention thought about a video that was played at the convention that argues “we all belong to the government.”

I don’t have to tell readers here how dangerous this mindset is. This is a philosophy that goes well beyond Barack Obama and his alleged pro-communist and anti-colonialist views. The Democrats may have taken “god” out of their party platform but it seems very apparent to me that it is very much a religious document replacing one god with another (i.e. government). And just like in 2008, Barack Obama, the Chosen One, is their messiah.

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  • Ken

    On the one hand, it seems clear to me that they mean “belong to” in the “member of” sense (like “I belong to my local Ron Paul/Brony Fan Club”), not the “own” sense (like “I belong to the very reasonably priced Mistress Vanessa, Professional Pain Dispenser”).

    Still, given the narratives at play in this election, and the way that the Republicans have successfully seized on such rhetoric before, using “belong to” here shows a tin ear of extraordinary proportions. Are they trolling the GOP?

  • Stephen Littau


    First off, I’m a big fan of your writing at Popehat. Thanks for stopping by!

    “Are they tolling the GOP?” I have to confess that I’m not altogether sure I understand the question. I do think that there are a number of Democrats who really think this way though.

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