All Your Base Are Belong to Us


September 5, 2012 by Ish

In an earlier post, Julia mentioned a video that was show at the Democractic National Convention floor Tuesday night, offering an unusually blunt take on the role of government in American life: “Government, is the only thing that we all belong to.”

Well, as of Wednesday morning, Buzzfeed is reporting that the Democrats are disavowing the video. So… even though this video was “completely unaffiliated with the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee[,]” and was “neither an OFA nor a DNC video[,]” it was still approved for display at Democractic National Convention by the Democratic National Committee in order to promote the candidate being run by the Obama for America team.

If this had been a live speech, by a third-tier speaker, filling in the off-hours of the convention, I’d be willing to buy the idea that he or she had simply gone “off script” and jumped the teleprompter… but, no, you don’t get to claim that a preproduced video that opened your convention was “unaffiliated with the … campaign.” Either your campaign dropped the ball and didn’t bother to screen the damn thing (“We’re incompetent! Vote for us!”) or your campaign did approve of it and its message (“We’re All Socialists Now!“).

Neither option sends a tingle down my leg.

Edit to Add: From the folks at RevealPolitics, via the PJ Tattler, we get a first hand look at how the actual convention goers responded to the video that the Democratic National Committee wants to distance itself from. They have learned to love Big Brother.


3 thoughts on “All Your Base Are Belong to Us

  1. Matt says:

    The sad thing is I think I understand what they might have been trying to say .. as in we’re all from different states, different religions, etc. but we’re all Americans.

    Of course, being democrats (and I use the small ‘d’ on purpose) they more than likely believe that America and Government are the same thing. Perhaps it was a semantic mistake, but somehow I doubt it.

    As usual they forget (or more likely, dismiss) the beauty of having 50 individual states. If you don’t like how things are run in one you have 49 other chances to find something you like better.

    • Ish says:

      That might have been what the producer(s) of the video intended, but, as with any creative work, what matters isn’t what the author writes, but what the audience reads… Conservatives, libertarians, and frankly anyone with a decent grasp of syntax or grammar hears the words “Government, is the only thing that we all belong to.” and cannot help but see the implied ownership of the people by the government… and as the video above shows, not a few Democrats hear the same message. The difference being they love the idea.

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