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The Obama Enemies List — Tea Party Movement, American People, Israel, Etc.

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Sunday, April 18, 2010, 11: 00 AM

Pogo by Walt Kelly

In his book The True Believer—Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, a book first published in 1951 and continuously in print since, Eric Hoffer described a phenomenon of social manipulation that later became the essence of the New Left which arose in the 1960’s and has since dominated the modern Democrat Party:

    Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in God, but never without belief in a devil. Usually the strength of a mass movement is proportionate to the vividness and tangibility of its devil. When Hitler was asked whether he thought the Jew must be destroyed, he answered: “No….We should have then to invent him. It is essential to have a tangible enemy, not merely an abstract one.” F.A. Voigt tells of a Japanese mission which arrived in Berlin in 1932 to study the National Socialist Movement. Voigt asked a member of the mission what he thought of the movement. He replied: “It is magnificent. I wish we could have something like it in Japan, only we can’t, because we haven’t any Jews.”

In He Has Seen The Enemy, And It Is Israel Professor William Jacobson comments on Obama’s latest in a string of recent insults and attacks on our most important ally and says:

    Finding demons is the stock-in-trade of this administration. I called them on it at the beginning of the Obama presidency, Barack Got Enemy.

    Whether it is the “rich,” the insurance companies, the “lobbyists,” the “extremist” and “dangerous” Tea Parties, or whomever, there always is an enemy against whom a policy is directed.

    Now that enemy is the sole democratic outpost in a sea of intolerance, dictatorships, and Islamic fundamentalism.

In his latest bit of nonsense about Israel Obama blames Israel for the deaths of American soldiers and marines because those who are killing them happen to hate Israel. It doesn’t seem to occur to Obama that they hate us as much as they hate Israel and they would hate us just as much if Israel did not exist. This is from The New York Times, Obama Speech Signals A Shift On Middle East:

    Mr. Obama said conflicts like the one in the Middle East ended up “costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure” — drawing an explicit link between the Israeli-Palestinian strife and the safety of American soldiers as they battle Islamic extremism and terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Bill Clinton is also helping with the effort to revive Obama’s poll numbers by finding demons for him in the Tea Party Movement. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the murderous attack by Timothy McVeigh at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City Clinton is celebrating the event which he turned into a political comeback by demonizing Republicans and blaming them for instigating Timothy McVeigh when in reality is was Janet Reno’s siege at Waco that was the event that motivated McVeigh to carry out his monstrous crime. Byron York explains how Clinton masterfully exploited Oklahoma City, with the assistance and guidance of Dick Morris, for political gain:

    In the days after Oklahoma City, Clinton and Morris devised a plan to use the bombing to discredit and outmaneuver the new Republican majority in Congress.

    Clinton was in deep political trouble in April 1995.

    And then came the explosion at the Murrah Federal Building. In addition to seeing a criminal act and human loss, Clinton and Morris saw opportunity.

Morris began polling the American people about Oklahoma City to test the feasibility of laying the blame on Republicans. In a speech in Minneapolis just 4 days after the bombing Clinton began laying the groundwork for Morris’s strategy of linking Republicans with the bombing of the Murrah Building when he said, “We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other,” he said. “They spread hate. They leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable.”

Byron York continues:

    At a White House meeting four days later, on April 27, Morris presented Clinton with a comeback strategy based on his polling. Morris prepared an extensive agenda for the session, a copy of which he would include in the paperback version of his 1999 memoir, Behind the Oval Office. This is how the April 27 agenda began:

    AFTERMATH OF OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING
    A. Temporary gain: boost in ratings — here today, gone tomorrow
    B. More permanent gain: Improvements in character/personality attributes — remedies weakness, incompetence, ineffectiveness found in recent poll
    C. Permanent possible gain: sets up Extremist Issue vs. Republicans

    Later, under the heading “How to use extremism as issue against Republicans,” Morris told Clinton that “direct accusations” of extremism wouldn’t work because the Republicans were not, in fact, extremists. Rather, Morris recommended what he called the “ricochet theory.” Clinton would “stimulate national concern over extremism and terror,” and then, “when issue is at top of national agenda, suspicion naturally gravitates to Republicans.”

This was an evil political strategy, as is the current Obama strategy of attempting to link the Tea Party Movement to racism. But it was a wildly successful strategy that worked beyond anything Clinton and Morris dreamed of at the time. By the 1996 election the hapless Republicans were still reeling and not fully aware of what had hit them. Clinton was easily re-elected and Republicans lost some of the Congressional seats they had gained in 1994.

Having proven himself so capable 15 years ago, Clinton is on the case to help Obama regain his political strength before November. This report from The Hill, Clinton finds common ground with OKC bombing, current anti-government fervor shows Clinton at his best, or worst:

    In an interview with The New York Times, Clinton specifically targeted remarks made by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at a Tea Party rally in Washington Thursday as problematic:

      “There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview, saying that Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing, and those who assisted him, “were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.”

      The former president said the potential for stirring a violent response might be even greater now with the reach of the Internet and other common ways of communication that did not exist on April 19, 1995, when the building was struck.

      Mr. Clinton pointed to remarks like those made Thursday by Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, who when speaking at a Tea Party rally in Washington characterized the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “the gangster government.”

Michael Barone was the first to refer to the Obama Administration as a gangster government because of its bullying of bond holders to give up their legal rights in the Chrysler Bailout. When the government threatens to come after you and make your life miserable if you don’t go along with something it wants, that doesn’t seem much different than the Mafia shaking down a business with threats of violence.

The question is will the Obama/Clinton evil strategy work? I like what Glenn Reynolds says about that:

    Lies and smears aimed at their fellow Americans, for short-term political gain. This is who they are, and this is what they do. It worked better, however, when there were fewer alternative channels of communication, and when their character was less well-known.

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  1. jw duncan said, on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 2: 44 AM at 2:44 AM

    Wow, you went to all this trouble and all you did was demonstrate the publics ability to put two and two together; Violent rhetoric= violent behavior.


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