About That "Together We Thrive" Arizona Memorial T-Shirt

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Remember these blue (for Democrat blue states) self-promoting shirts that were draped on the back of all the chairs before the Jan. 12 memorial service to the victims of apolitical Jared Loughner’s murderous spree?

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The MSM, as usual, lavished praise on Obama for his speech. More objective observers, however, noted that the memorial service at the University of Arizona, wherein the audience cheered and clapped, had a disturbing campaign rally atmosphere decidedly inappropriate for a requiem to the dead. In my post on this on Jan. 13, I had concluded, “Now that ‘Hope and Change’ has crashed and burnt, watch for ‘Together We Thrive’ as the new campaign slogan for Obama 2012.”
Now comes more evidence that the memorial service indeed was the first shot (pun intended) of the Obama 2012 campaign.
The theme of those “Together We Thrive” T-shirt came from Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA) — a “community organizing” project of the Democratic National Committee, founded after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama’s legislative agenda. In effect, OFA is really not “a project of the Democratic National Committee,” but rather  Obama’s personal fleet of cadres —  his storm troopers.
Judi McLeod of Canada Free Press writes on January 14, 2011:

The “Together We Thrive” T-shirts that starred at Wednesday’s Arizona `Memorial’ originated from Organizing for America (here), a sad fact unearthed by The Drumbeat of Liberty and the Preservation of Freedom editor and Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Robert Rohlfing….
The mainstream media reported that the “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” T-shirt given to mourners as they entered McKale Center was the idea of University of Arizona brass, not the Obama administration. Yet the “Together We Thrive” slogan dates back to a post to Obama’s own Organizing for America…by self-described “globalist” John Berry IV…

This was what Berry wrote in his anti-capitalism post for OFA on Feb. 11, 2008. His post was titled “Together We Thrive”:

“For too long Americans have been set one against the other.  It is a side affect of a free market society.  How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work down for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become part of the American  Business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or today’s migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.
What I see in Obama is a chance for revolution. A chance for every group to be heard; A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many…
In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation. I have studied the affects [sic] of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied. Together we Thrive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

McLeod concludes that the University of Arizona did not originate the “Together We Thrive” T-shirt, but simply recycled it for Obama—in time for what should have been a dignified memorial for the dead.
One last piece of evidence that the memorial service was really an Obama 2012 campaign rally.
At the bottom of the “Together We Thrive” T-shirt are these words: “Rocking America and Rocking the Vote.” Those words are also a common theme of the Democratic National Committee. What a coinkedink!

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0 responses to “About That "Together We Thrive" Arizona Memorial T-Shirt

  1. “Hope and Change”, Together We Thrive”, etc…why not just say, “Can’t we all get along…with your money?”

  2. My lib mom in Tucson thought the “celebration” last Wednesday was appropriate & just what the citizens needed. Guess that works for some. I had to disagree w/ her (of course) yet it was a civil conservation. She thought the tshirts were a great thing, especially for those that waited in line for up to 24 hours…Myself, I expect nothing in return for mourning/remembering the loss of human life. Note: my mom is an aetheist.

  3. This is what is wrong w/opinions like Berry’s…The thought that the free market system sets us against each other is the exact opposite of what makes the system so great. We all have the option to buy/sell what we need/want and those who want to participate & profit from this invest money to make it happen. The lib mentality that this sucks should put their $ where their mouths are and give up all their “profits” aka paychecks, that is if they draw one…

  4. Especially the chutzpah.

  5. When I heard it was the university that provided the t-shirts, I thought bullsh**t. This has nobama written all over it!!!

  6. and with the vast media attention to the shooting and how long this has lasted i think back to last winter when the 3 police officers were shot and killed in the Seattle area by that black gunman and the almost nil media response.


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