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Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the 2004 DNC.

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Barack Obama has come a long way. Do you remember his keynote address to the 2004 Democratic convention? Kind of stirring.

He quoted the American motto: “E pluribus unum. ‘Out of many, one.’” He continued, “Even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us — the spinmasters, the negative-ad peddlers, who embrace the politics of ‘anything goes.’ Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”

Nice, don’t you think?

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These days, as he winds up his reelection campaign, he’s running an ad that says, “Mitt Romney: Not one of us.” The Obama super-PAC, disgustingly named “Patriot Majority,” is running an ad that denounces Romney as an “economic traitor.”

What a pathetic, ugly, hypocritical presidency. Good riddance (please).

In an Impromptus last week, I mentioned a walk around Darien, Connecticut, where “left-wing bumper stickers are affixed to $80,000 cars.”

A reader writes,

“I saw an irksome bumper sticker the other day. I wondered if you had it in your ‘collection’: ‘Hate. Lies. Greed. The Republican Way.’ I must confess, I found myself thinking rather uncharitable thoughts about the lady driving that Mercedes. ‘You dare to condemn me while you drive around calling half the country greedy, hate-filled liars? Look in your mirror to see what hatred looks like.’”

Yeah.

Grant that all politicians — like all people, probably — stretch the truth. Grant too that “politics ain’t beanbag,” as we’ve all been told from infancy. But think about President Obama in the second presidential debate (not to mention the other two).

Indicting Romney, he said, “He was asked, ‘Is it fair for somebody like you, making $20 million a year, to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver, somebody making $50,000 year?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I think that’s fair.’” Romney, of course, had been talking about capital-gains taxes.

Obama repeated his longstanding claim that “you can ship jobs overseas and get tax breaks for it.” This is a policy that only Obama seems to know about.

He said that “millions of women all across the country” rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms. Planned Parenthood does not offer them.

He said that Romney wanted the auto companies to go bankrupt without any hope of recovery. Nonsense. On energy policy, the Arizona immigration law, the Benghazi attack — more nonsense, more untruths.

There comes a point at which a man leaves a normal, shady political realm and crosses into outright dishonor.

A reader from northern Wisconsin sent me a story published in the Huffington Posthere. The story then went big-time, going overseas to the Daily Mailhere. The Mail treated it in most flamboyant fashion.

The story, mind you, concerned a crime. A human-rights crime. A math teacher handed out an assignment. The assignment asked a question: “What happened after Chief Short Cake died?” After you solved the problems correctly, you found that the answer was, “Squaw bury Short Cake.”

All hell broke loose. The teacher was accused of vicious racism, blah, blah, blah. He issued the most abject apologies. He was suspended, blah, blah, blah. The whole drill. You’ve seen it, or heard about it, a thousand times.

Society can be very puritanical, about certain things. The puritanicalness doesn’t change; only the “things” do, if you know what I mean.

Our reader comments, “One of the larger and better-known lakes in the area is Squaw Lake, about a quarter mile off the reservation [Indian reservation, or Native American reservation, or whatever the acceptable term is at the moment]. I guess it’s still okay to say you went fishing there.”

The American sense of proportion is utterly defective.



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