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Of ‘Enemies’ and Patriots

I think this is a smart and appropriate way for John Boehner to close the midterm campaign season (via Mike Allen, prepared remarks from a Cincinnati rally with Portman and Kasich tonight):

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as “our enemies.” Think about that. He actually used that word. When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush used the word “enemy,” they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators — enemies of the United States. Enemies of freedom. Enemies of our country. Today, sadly, we have president who uses the word ‘enemy’ for fellow Americans — fellow citizens. He uses it for people who disagree with his agenda of bigger government — people speaking out for a smaller, more accountable government that respects freedom and allows small businesses to create jobs. Mr. President, there’s a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution, and the values of limited government that made our country great. We don’t call them “enemies.” We call them “patriots.”

As you’ll recall, the president of the United States disgracefully told Univision last week: 

If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, “We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us” — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election — then I think it’s going to be harder. And that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2nd. 

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