They Always Need a Devil
There is a certain whiff of familiarity about the attacks on Rush Limbaugh and on energy companies emanating from the Obama White House these days. History tells us that dictators and those with an authoritarian bent need enemies to distract their public. Hitler had the Jews; Mugabe has the white farmers; and Chavez has various U.S. “devils”. I could list more, but you get the idea.
We now have the spectacle of the President of the United States declaring war on a talk show host who has exercised his right of free speech to criticize some of his socialist plans, and we have the tax-cheat, Secretary of the Treasury, Geithner, who ought to be working full-time to solve the banking and credit crisis, wasting his time attacking energy companies for ‘global warming’.
The White House enemies list, which included Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber, has now been expanded to include Rick Santelli, the CNBC commentator who ignited the ‘tea parties', Rush Limbaugh, the oil and gas companies who fuel our economy, bankers in general, and everyone else who disagrees with Obama.
“The willful misinterpretation of Rush Limbaugh's remark is just one more attempt by the Democrats to mau-mau Republicans into the "moderation" of endorsing errors. The "unity" which the Democrats seek through this hectoring propaganda is the unity of a ramshackle one-party state.
They detest Rush Limbaugh because he poses an insuperable obstacle to this goal. As the Archimedes of the American media who can use the lever of talk radio to pull any given issue away from a two-party collusion in error, he simply has to be destroyed.
The now-almost weekly referendums that the Democrats and their media annex hold on him serve no other purpose than that.
Did the Democrats achieve majority status by pitching a "Big Tent," by thinking happy thoughts about their opponents' policies, by turning over their rostrums to pro-lifers and tax-cutters? No, they achieved it by keeping their tent tight while maliciously counseling Republicans to erect a circus tent of willy-nilly inclusion and ideological irregularity.
Democratic leaders would send pro-life Bob Casey Sr. home from their conventions without a turn at the podium, then pop up a few weeks later on CNN to urge Republicans to keep the welcome mat out for gestating defectors like Jim Jeffords.”
“Politico reported later in the week that Mr. Emanuel consorted with top Democratic operatives, including regular CNN contributors James Carville and Paul Begala, to try to make the flamboyant radio personality the face of the Republican Party.
White House spokesman Bill Burton said he disputed the Politico report but would not specify his point of contention.
Mr. Limbaugh has said he wants the president's economic policies to fail because he thinks they will harm the country, and that he wants the country to succeed.
But on Monday, Mr. Gibbs said Mr. Limbaugh was "wishing and hoping for economic failure in this country."
These comments coincided with a political TV ad released Tuesday by Americans United for Change, a liberal political group, that painted Mr. Limbaugh as the Republican Party leader and asked viewers to "just say no to the politics of Rush Limbaugh."
On Wednesday, David Plouffe, who ran Mr. Obama's presidential campaign, wrote an 817-word op-ed in The Washington Post titled "Minority Leader Limbaugh."”
Here’s what the troops think:
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