Recall that Barack Obama told voters on the campaign trail not to boo when he mentioned Mitt Romney’s name but “to vote for revenge.”
He was appealing to the lowest common denominator in people: the desire to blame others for their woes. Instead of inspiring Americans to reach for their higher ideals or to, as President Abraham Lincoln might phrase it, their “better angels,” he relied on the views of those people who inspired him – Jeremiah Wright and Saul Alinsky.
Wright put the blame for much of what ails the world on “white man’s greed” that ran a “world in need”. He did not mourn 9/11 but almost celebrated the tragedy as the “chickens coming home to roost.” America was getting its just desserts for poisoning the world with our foreign policy.
Alinsky counseled those seeking power to nurse a sense of grievance and to “pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it” to generate support among the masses. His campaign slogan might as well have been that of Slinky: “The despair is there; now it’s up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change.”