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Whose side is Obama on?

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

After last month’s outrageous prisoner swap, there’s no doubt President Barack Obama is playing for the other team.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the exchange to a gathering of troops but was greeted with shocked silence. They knew about Bowe Bergdahl and they watched America’s sworn enemies celebrate “victory” on Youtube. Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein said the president’s action “violated the law,” and Sen. John McCain called those released “the hardest of the hard core.”

So, what’s going on?

Obama’s world view is animated by a deep sense of grievance. As a community organizer, his tactics were to use agitation to tear down the familiar order. As president, Obama agitates to force change while openly expressing disdain for the familiar order of advice and consent. He has no intention of working with Republicans, yet he blames them for a lack of cooperation. He agitates with straw-man arguments as in a recent speech where he cited his teenage daughters among those who easily understand climate change, while dissenters do not. Such provocative, grievance-soaked tactics are the stuff of tyrants and dictators.

Americans must face the ugly truth about Obama’s views and his reliance on agitation as political strategy. His decisions make clear that his grievance extends to us as Americans; that we are oppressors and that our nation is a global bully that he aims to bring down to size. Precisely what our enemies think.

Steve Morrissey

Barrington

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