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Obama, the Shutdown and Rules for Radicals
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“Republicans are terrorists!” “Arsonists!”
When President Obama chastised Americans to show restraint in political discourse, he obviously wasn’t talking to his own party ... or himself.
And why should he? While conservatives are reading Russell Kirk, Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley, liberals read Saul Alinsky.
Saul Alinsky, whom Buckley noted may be the greatest organizational mind in history, was a legendary community organizer and socialist inspiration to leftists. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on Alinsky’s writings. L. David Alinsky, Saul’s son, applauded Barack Obama, saying “Obama has learned his lesson well” from his father.
Recently, we’ve witnessed Obama and other Democrats exhibiting the lesson taught as “Rule number 12” in Alinsky’s seminal work, Rules for Radicals, which is:
“Destroy the Individual”
“RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”
So, while President Obama negotiates with terrorists, he refuses to negotiate with fellow Americans. Republicans are the enemy and each one who represents his or her constituents by fighting for smaller, more efficient government must be demonized.
And so goes the demonetization:
Democratic Representative and party leader Nancy Pelosi calls fiscally responsible Republicans “Legislative Arsonists.”
Senior Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer actually described duly elected Representatives fighting for responsible spending as having “bombs strapped to their chests.”
Yes, that’s the White House calling Republicans “Terrorists” because they won’t raise taxes and increase spending thoughtlessly.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans “have lost their minds.”
Harry Reid is the Democrat who advises President Obama not to negotiate with Republicans. Yes, that sort of tactic would go over very well in the national media if a Republican behaved that way, wouldn’t it?
DNC Leader Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz calls Republicans “unhinged.”
You could easily make the case Shultz has shaken loose the screws of her own hinges many times in public, but that’s not the point.
The point is that our President sets the agenda and the tone. So, what is he telling his party’s leadership behind closed doors after he stands before America and calls for “civility?”
Since he’s used the phrase, “kick ass,” in public that’s likely the message behind closed doors.
In public, he calls for “negotiation” and “talks” about the budget impasse.
In private meetings, his “negotiation” sounds more like, “Y’all give up yet?”
White House Press Secretary and all-around spokesweasel Jay Carney demonstrated that he got the real message, calling budget-wielding Republicans “extortionists.”
Yes, I just called Carney a “spokesweasel.” I will often correctly identify political players with an accurate title. And, unlike our President, I haven’t called for “civility.”
I’m just noticing how the Democrats are playing this while it seems many people have missed the radical rules they employ.
As subtle as an Obama drone strike, Democrats have also demonized Republicans as Nazis.
Last year at about this time South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Hartpootlian equated Governor Nikki Haley with Eva Braun and California Democratic Party Chair compared Paul Ryan with Joseph Goebbels.
In wartime, propagandists often demonize their enemies as less-than-human, with epithets such as “Japs,” “Gooks,” “Krauts” and “Zipperheads.”
This is what Democrats consider to be “civil” today.
In addition to their Republican enemies, Democrats are proving every day that they are at war with Americans who believe that, sometimes, government isn’t the solution, it’s the problem.
Democrats are tripling the cost of individual and small-group health insurance, failing to establish something as common as a competent web site for Obamacare and forcing poor people who have no internet account to create an email account to manage their Obamacare policies with financial penalties.
Barack Obama marketed himself as the “transformative” candidate.
America has been transformed.
“Terrorist” and “Nazi” Republicans need not apply.
Does the Democratic Party have anyone who’ll actually negotiate?
Yes. Joe Biden.
As reported by Politico, Harry Reid put an end to that, telling Mr. Obama to forbid Joe Biden from negotiating with Republicans because he has a bad habit of getting bipartisan deals done.
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