“We are committed to all people,” the video’s narrator said. “We do believe you can use government in a good way. Government is the only thing that we all belong to. We’re in different churches, different clubs, but we’re together as a part of our city or our county or our state. And our nation.”
Government is the only thing that we all belong to?
What’s next, we’ll meet in cells of three until somebody takes us to Room 101 and straps on the rat cage?
We asked a few citizens on the street whether they belonged to government.
“I think it’s bogus,” said Nichole Kourvas, a 26-year-old research coordinator from Hickory Hills. “We all live under the government, but we don’t belong to it. That’s why we get to pick every four years. If we all belonged to government, we wouldn’t get that chance.”
Griffin Sims, 21, a student at Columbia College, was worried that it would give Republicans rhetorical ammunition. But, he said, “it should be the other way around and the government should belong to us. Isn’t that the point?”
“We’re not here to serve them, they’re here to serve us,” said Todd Konigson, 45, a furniture business owner visiting from Minneapolis. “We don’t belong to them.”
I couldn’t find any news reports of delegate outrage. But then, it probably didn’t occur to them to be outraged. The Democrats weren’t angered by slogans like “Government can’t afford a tax cut,” either.
When the DNC started taking heat over the video, the Charlotte host committee fell on its sword and said the national Democrats had nothing to do with it. “The intent of this video was to tell the story of this region, and it is completely unaffiliated with the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee,” an official said in a statement.
So Obama’s handlers, who measure every image for effect, just forgot to screen the video? Obama media genius David Axelrod must have been helping Rahm Emanuel whip up some Mrs. Grass onion dip for the Thursday night watch party at the Obama headquarters in Chicago.
At least we know where Harold & Kumar’s bong is. It’s somewhere in Charlotte.
John Kass is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune