- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition/ First Printing edition (September 4, 2012)
- Language: English
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Divider-in-Chief: The Fraud of Hope and Change Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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''Kate Obenshain has written one of the best takedowns of Obama I've read. If you have friends still bedazzled by the fraudulent rhetoric of hope and change, give them this book, and wipe that smile right off their face. Divider-in-Chief reveals the radical presidency of Barack Obama for exactly what it is -- the most divisive, polarizing, and balkanizing in American history.'' --David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author
''Kate Obenshain has written a penetrating and astute book about the Obama political method. Highly recommended.'' --Peter Schweizer, New York Times bestselling author
''Here is the book to have handy as Obama pursues his re-election strategy of dividing Americans along lines of race, religion, sex, and economic class. As Obenshain notes, 'Whether Obama wins or loses, the country he promised to unite, the nation he pledged to heal, will be far more deeply divided than on the day he took office in 2009.''' --David Freddoso, New York Times bestselling author and editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner
''Kate Obenshain's new book Divider-in-Chief is an outstanding expose' of the hypocrisy, cynicism, and, extremism of the Obama administration. He claimed to be a uniter, but Kate's book identifies where and how he has been the ultimate divider of Americans. If Obama is shown the door after the 2012 election, Kate's book will be one of the reasons why everyone needs to read this before November!'' --Sean Hannity, host of Hannity's America
''Kate Obenshain's Divider-in-Chief is a devastating portrait of America's most polarizing president. She exposes his advertised politics of civility and unity as an utter sham -- a demagogic plot that not only divides Americans from each other but also divides them from the founding principles of the country.'' --George Neumayr, coauthor of No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Well, that didn’t last very long. Instead, America has endured the most divisivethe most extremistpresidency ever, as Obama has pitted men against women, so-called rich against poor, young against old, blacks and Hispanics against whites, feminists against Catholics, secularists against people of faith, and on and on, hoping to slice and dice Americans to his own electoral advantage.
Instead of commander in chief, it would be more appropriate to call Obama the hypocrite in chief, or, as author Kate Obenshain dubs him, the Divider-in-Chief.
Obenshain pulls back the curtain on just how cynically President Obama has put his ideological and electoral interests ahead of the national interest.
In Divider-in-Chief she reveals:
- How Obama’s anti-rich” policies have hurt the middle class, women, recent graduates, and minorities most of all
- How Obamacare serves the interests of Washington bureaucratsbut heaps extra burdens on small businesses, women, and young people
- How Obama absurdly spun the Obamacare power grab into an alleged Republican war on women”
- Why Obama continues to threaten religious freedom and the First Amendmenthint: it’s all about power
- Obama’s conning of the younghow he capitalized on their optimism but left them unemployed and buried by college debt
- The Racial Divider: how Obama has pitted Americans against each other on the basis of race
Divider-in-Chief is shocking in its detail and stunning in its depiction of Obama’s unbridled lust for power. To be fully informed for the 2012 election and beyond, you have to read Divider-in-Chief.
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Although this book is not a biography, Obenshain does give some background information on Obama's time at Harvard Law and his early days as a "community organizer" under the tutelage of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, in order to illustrate his character. In the early chapters of her book, she zeros in on Obama's fatal flaw, his "defining characteristic (which) is also his greatest liability: ego". She also points out his failure to connect with Americans, highlighting his "contempt for middle -class mores, culture, and aspirations". She illustrates the "out-of-touch" president with a humorous anecdote from the campaign trail ."But Obama was unable to speak the language of working or middle class voters. Whereas Hillary would throw back a shot of whiskey at a bar in rural Indiana, Obama would ask perplexed Iowans, `Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?'" Let them eat cake!
With great courage, (Dare we call it "audacity"?) Obenshain pulls no punches in analyzing Obama's faith, calling it "overtly political". "Obama's faith background is too deeply rooted in race, which makes even raising the issue of Obama's faith complicated....This leaves Obama free to invoke his faith whenever he wants with little chance that he will be criticized or challenged for it. To Obama, talking about God and faith is a way to shut down debate of controversial issues."
But perhaps the book's greatest strength lies in its thorough examination of the history of Obama's presidency: namely, what he did (and failed to do) and how he did it. Here, Obenshain gives us the play-by-play from the executive orders of his first days in office, (closing Gitmo, restoring taxpayer funding of overseas abortion groups, and lifting the ban on taxpayer funding of human embryo stem cell research) to the recent HHR mandate: his personal war on religious freedom. As a busy person who doesn't have the time or inclination to sift through the various media, I am profoundly grateful for Obenshain's concise presentation of the facts. Divider-in-Chief is well-written, organized into short chapters with sub-headings, enabling one to read in snippets of borrowed time and facilitating later reference, which the reader is sure to want to do! Although the subject of the Obama presidency is a serious one, there is still much that is entertaining about this book. The reader may even be inspired to read aloud certain passages: I did! I was particularly impressed by the amount of meat-and-potatoes information presented in this book, all within 218 pages, thus giving the reader plenty of time to digest it before the election.
And finally, Obenshain's strength lies in her ability to show, not tell. Thus, while her presentation is thorough and complete in itself, it also serves as a springboard for further reflection, allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions. Therefore, Divider-in-Chief is a book for liberal-minded readers all along the political spectrum and is sure to excite much thought and discussion. As Obenshain herself puts it, "The system falls apart not when differing ideas exist and are debated vigorously, but rather when the debate is shut down". Here's to that, and here's to Obenshain for reminding us!
When I read non-fiction, I like to read with a pen. I read them as educational texts. If they are particularly well written, they should shape how I think about issues or events going forward. I think Ms. Obenshain's book will have that affect on me.
I have spent eight years as a criminal prosecutor, and the first note I wrote in the margin is that this book reads like an indictment for the crimes of failing to run an effective American government and conduct unbecoming of a President. I think Ms. Obenshain understood that her tone and language came across that way, because at the top of the following page she writes, "This book is not an indictment of division in political discourse," but in the next paragraph explains what is implicitly under indictment is Mr. Obama's seeming goal of the subjugation of differing points of view to his personal ideology. And therein lies the simple beauty of this book.
The book is simple because it is only 219 pages long and does not go into an in depth discussion of policy details. However, it is beautiful because despite that brevity, the book has a central message and every example fits perfectly into that message, which is this President puts politics over policy through a systematic attempt to pit group against group, while demonizing any group against him with insincere appeals and meaningless rhetorical language. The rest of the book categorically examines the matchups of who is being pitted against whom, while also taking the additional step of examining the strategy behind playing these people off each other.
From Reagan's inauguration through the end of George W. Bush's second term, American citizens largely had the sense that the President made the choices he thought were best for the nation as a whole. Though individual citizens may have disagreed with the policy, most people never really questioned the underlying motives of the President. This Presidency has been unique when set against his predecessors. No one has had the sense that there is a plan in place. There has been no budget to set spending priorities reflective of our national priorities for instance. The result has been that each act is viewed in isolation, and has left many Americans wondering, "What is the President thinking?" or "Why would the President do this?" Ms. Obenshain's book is the first attempt I have seen to take all of those isolated actions and put them into one analytical framework in which to view this President's first term.
Taking the thesis that the President has a leftist political agenda that does not fit within the constraints imposed by the Constitution, Ms. Obenshain examines the way segments of the American population are affected by this divide and conquer strategy and is able to prove her hypothesis rather conclusively. The book begins with Mr. Obama's political background as a community organizer, and how the training he received to approach politics then is informing his tactics now that he is in charge of the federal government. Voting blocs are appealed to in a way that stokes resentment for the another group and are pandered to with false promises that their lives will be made better by following the organizer's lead against that group. The organizers then search for an enemy upon whom blame can be placed for each and every wrong in their segment's lives. They stoke the anger of the group and focus it on one issue. This focus conveniently helps that group ignore all of the other ways in which the organizers will eventually hurt them, or where the organizers are actually at odds with their beliefs.
When this Presidency is viewed through the lens of the constant search for straw men to serve as enemies, it does, for the first time, begin to make sense. For the first time it seems as if they have had a plan all along, and for obvious reasons have chosen not to articulate it to the American public.
Ms. Obenshain then demonstrates, frequently using the President's own words, the specific divisions are a political strategy. She cites the way in which the President has accused the Republican Party of waging a "war" against women, which is really just objection to abortion, while pointing out the ways in which the President has tacitly ordained the actual war on women being waged by Wahabbi Islamists in the Middle East. She discusses his pandering to Muslim nations, even using NASA as a tool of Muslim outreach, and its purpose of courting social liberals. Thereafter she discusses more social liberal outreach to the Jewish Hollywood community. While none of those examples may surprise the reader, the interesting connections drawn by Ms. Obenshain is that the groups should have a dislike for each other. Social liberals, especially the ones accusing the GOP of waging a war on women, should utterly abhor the honor killings in the Middle East, while his appeals to Iran and Palestine should cause the Jewish community deep concern about the future viability of Israel. However, following the rules he learned as a community organizer, he is able to focus the outrage of each group on their big issue against an enemy of his propping, while discouraging any contrary views or investigation into the motivations of his own views.
Despite its relatively few pages, the book is filled with example after example demonstrating the political tactics (and conversely, lack of governing skill) that Americans have endured since Mr. Obama's inauguration. The theme is repeated through Mr. Obama's actions against the middle class, African-Americans, the Catholic Church, the business community, and any other voting bloc in the country.
The book is written in a direct way in which the points come out cleanly, making the book eminently readable. But as said at the beginning of this review, despite its seemingly simplicity, the end result of reading this book is that you will not only be more informed on what this President has done during his term, but you will also be given a point of view that will allow you to place the rationale for all of his future, seemingly random decisions and campaign points that do nothing to benefit the average American citizen. If the book is, as I've suggested, an indictment on the failed leadership of this administration, Ms. Obenshain provides more than enough evidence for the reader to hand down a verdict on Election Day.
Most people on the fence are just plain uninformed. While the old saying "You can take a horse to the trough, but you can't make him drink the water" is true as it pertains to getting people to think about politics, this does book makes it as easy as possible to get them to drink the water.
Great book. Very informative and well researched