Mark Caserta: Obama’s leadership divides the nation

27 Nov

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Nov. 27, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all, by uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.”

This long-standing American motto, originating in the 1768 patriotic ballad, “The Liberty Song” by John Dickenson, bears great significance to the times in which we live. For our country certainly seems more divided now than at any other time in recent history.

Americans have always been connected at the heart by their love of country. We’ve taken pride in being an exceptional nation built on the principles of the Constitution and sustained by the rule of law.

But it seems America is becoming increasingly divided. A recent Rasmussen poll showed 67 percent of voters say America is more divided as a nation than it was four years ago, with only 7 percent of those surveyed believing America is less divided.

I believe this waning of the American spirit is largely due to the dramatic change America has undergone the last few years and the lack of transparency with which President Obama has governed. His mission to fundamentally transform America has clearly destabilized nearly every sector of our lives and polarized good people genuinely seeking answers.

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While liberals champion the nation’s economic recovery, “Obamanomics” is simply an illusion of prosperity. President Obama insisted he would revive the economy by spending $1 trillion on the stimulus. But the money is gone, and the economy is still bad. What good is this so-called “recovery” when it fails to provide relief for the average American? Have you been to the grocery store lately?

And the government’s unemployment numbers simply don’t reflect reality. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large portion of the jobs being created are in food service and the retail trade. But even this statistic is misleading. The looming Obamacare employer mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance for employees averaging 30 hours or more per week is forcing workers out of their full-time jobs. As a result, they have to acquire multiple part-time jobs simply to survive. These are real people trying to make ends meet. They deserve better.

And while the BLS “official unemployment rate” is 5.8 percent, a more telling rate is derived from the Total Unemployed number of Americans which includes individuals employed part time for economic reasons along with discouraged workers who have stopped looking for work. At 11.5 percent, one can see the true nature of the jobs crisis in our country. In October, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 2.9 million.

In addition to the economic woes plaguing Americans every day, the Obama administration routinely employs divisive tactics which degrade America’s unity by extensively leveraging the race card, the alleged “war on women” and amnesty for illegal immigrants — simply to build a dependable voter base.

It’s not surprising Americans feel the way they do. A leader is someone who brings people together. Barack Obama appears to value executive power over a divided nation more than providing leadership to a united one.

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Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

One Response to “Mark Caserta: Obama’s leadership divides the nation”

  1. Gunny G November 27, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Reblogged this on BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny G ~ "CLINGERS of AMERICA!".

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