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Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Barack Obama and Rules for Radicals

In Saul Alinski's "Rules for Radicals" he counsels that the first thing to do to an opponent after identifying them is to marginalize them. That is exactly what Mr. Obama is attempting to do with his charging members of the GOP's Congressional delegation portraying his policiess a "bolshevik" today.


President Barack Obama on Friday accused Republicans of portraying health care reform as a "Bolshevik plot" and telling their constituents that he’s "doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America." That is what Mr. Obama is doing, by making a ridiculous comment that he's being portrayed as a Bolshevik he is attempting to marginalize the GOP minority in Congress, and thus make passage of his agenda far easier.

No one has accused Mr. Obama of being a "Bolshevik". On the other hand, he is attempting to implement European style socialized programs in this country. That is something many people here just don't want. Case in point: the election of Scott Brown to the US Senate from Massachusetts. Mr. Brown's election according to polls was in answer to the nationalization of the American healtch care system. Voters chose him because he was specifically running against passage of the bills now pending in Congress.

But, Mr. Obama, if he can make his political opponents in Congress seem ridiculous, he can make their opposition to his policies seem ridiculous, regardless of how unpopular those policies are to the American people.  So, today's attack is the beginning of this administration's attempt to marginalize it's political opponents.  Mr. Obama and his supporters started this last summer when they branded those citizens who opposed the nationalization of health care as "tea baggers."  This is merely another step on the road to eliminating opposition to his policies.

3 comments:

Cec Moon said...

Rich, you wrote, "No one has accused Mr. Obama of being a "Bolshevik."

I may not have done so in print, but if the shoe fits..... After the SOTU, his one year history, and his entire background, let me be the one that accuses him of being a Boshevik. Thank you for the honor.

Cec

Rich V. said...

I think he's a socialist...he may be a communist...but not a bolshi...they were a particularly virulent branch that took control of the Russia...but Obama a bolshi...no, I don't think so.

what he's attempting to do is following Alinski and attempting to marginalize his opponents by attempting to make them appear rediculous

MissTammy said...

I think it's entirely possible that I myself may, in fact, have called him a Bolshevik and worse on many occasions.

The only real difference I can see is that he is IN the palace.