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I have been accused of advocating an “us versus them” mentality when it comes to my views of national politics. Yep. I do, I have and I will.

I’m not alone in my view of federal politicians as the primary enemies of liberty and the American citizens; and from what I witnessed spewing forth from Democrats and liberals last week on cable; I’m not alone in my supposedly antagonistic advocacy.

Paul Begala, strategist for the Democrats, former advisor to President Bill Clinton and all-around liberal hack, said on The Colbert Report about the Democrats, “They need to rise up out of that grave, grab the shovel and smack John Boehner upside his orange head.”

I’ve received my fair share of denigration for my views on the influence Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have on the youngest demographics of voters; but I do appreciate and understand humor in most forms –– except Jeff Dunham, I still don’t get why that’s funny –– so I expected Begala to make it clear he was kidding.

Only one problem, he wasn’t. What’s worse, he then quoted Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” “To kill the enemy we must rouse our troops to anger,” Begala said. “I think they’ve been too hard on their own people and I have this odd idea in politics that you ought to attack the enemy instead of your friends.”

Are you catching this? He identified the political opposition as “the enemy.” I normally would have considered this an isolated incident and left it alone because I care very little for the views of Democrats and Republicans in general, but specifically I consider Begala, like James Carville, an idiot.

This is troubling rhetoric from both a strategic point of view as well as its potential for inciting violence. I wrote a column last year suggesting we divide the nation into smaller countries in order to avoid the potential for violence between ideologies.

Begala’s rhetoric is exactly the type of language the current president managed to avoid in 2008. As someone who admittedly refused to vote for either of the two-party’s candidates, I can say without a doubt in my mind the winner peaked on Election Day ’08. It’s been uphill since.

What I found amusing was the elation Democrats displayed. They seemed to sense some form of major political realignment and frankly, they were wrong.

Democrats failed to recognize their nominee had never actually run anything before, but in Obama’s defense, neither had the Republican nominee.

Nevertheless, I found Begala’s comments even more disturbing when Bill Maher referred to Republicans as “the enemy” on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Maybe my memory is a little fuzzy, but someone heavily involved in the 2008 presidential election said something along the lines of, “we are not red states and blue states, we are the United States.”

Fast forward halfway through what is going to be his single term in the White House. The economy is further in the tank because of Obama’s idiotic Keynesian policies and unemployment is climbing. The troops are still in Iraq and more troops are in Afghanistan. He fired a General for having the audacity to question the goals of the administration and his only strength, campaigning, has become a death prattle for Democrats.

Yet Democrats have begun referring to Republicans as “the enemy?” How does this unite the country?

The most disconcerting aspect of today’s American political climate is the voters really are going to turn to Republicans in November. For multiple reasons really, but topping the list is the droves of young voters young Barry-O brought out for the 2008 election simply no longer care.

If you want to know who the true enemy is politically, let me help, they want power. Our system of government was built on a Constitution today’s politicians neither understand, nor respect.

The founders knew the dangers of tyranny; whether a single tyrant or the tyranny of majority, they wrote the Constitution expecting the words would be comprehended as written, not as implied powers.

If Democrats wish to identify an enemy, they need to specify the context. The two parties in power are the enemy of Americans.

Seth Stern is a senior journalism major. His column appears Mondays in the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to letters@collegian.com.

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