September 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm / by Graydon Holt
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As if voters needed another reminder, President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention revealed a president desperate to rally the party base in a last-ditch effort to head off defeat in November.
Unlike most acceptance speeches, there was no outreach to citizens who might view the speech as part of their decision-making before Election Day. Instead, Obama delivered a lackluster recitation of tired rhetoric designed to motivate the party faithful to get out the vote and save him.
One passage of the speech reminded the Democratic party base that he is a true believer who shares their values. It is all they need to know.
“We don’t think the government can solve all our problems,” he said. “But we don’t think that the government is the source of all our problems…”
The speech had something for every key Obama constituency he needs to squeeze out a victory. At the top of the list was his familiar reliance on class warfare designed to stoke envy and resentment against opportunity and success.
“I don’t believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores or pay down our deficit.”
Then he bowed to his most important allies in the arena audience, the representatives of organized labor who lionize his taxpayer bailout of the auto industry.
“I’ve met workers in Detroit and Toledo who feared they’d never build another American car. And today, they can’t build them fast enough, because we reinvented a dying auto industry that’s back on top of the world.”
To recognize dedicated environmentalists, Obama took the usual swipe at the oil industry and then repeated his commitment to alternative energy sources.
“We’re offering a better path, a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clear coal; where farmers and scientists harness new biofuels to power our cars and trucks; where construction workers build homes and factories that waste less energy; where we develop a hundred year supply of natural gas that’s right beneath our feet.”
The president took no responsibility for the state of the nation’s economy.
He offered no specifics to combat unemployment. Rather, he used his best public opportunity to reach millions of voters to pander to his base in the fading hope that they will vote their belief in big government and save his skin.