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February 23, 2009
The Strategy: Obama,
Democrats Reject Dissent as Unpatriotic
Once upon a time (shortly before the November
election), dissent was considered patriotic in every anti-Bush camp that
practiced it. Indeed, attacking dissent was fascist and un-American.
But that was once upon a time. When Barack
Obama and the Democrats took power in Washington and themselves became
subject to dissent, the principle abruptly changed. Suddenly, those who
preached the virtues of dissent became its harshest demonizers.
The turnaround is being illustrated right
before our eyes. Obama and the Democrats are dynamically and
strategically pulling the “patriotism” card to win policy debates,
assigning it to their positions and using it to rebuff their opponents.
And by their own words from once upon a time, their strategy is
announcing the so-called “stimulus” deal reached earlier this month,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proclaimed:
really at a lack of words how to express my admiration, respect for
the love of our country, the patriotism, and the courage of (the
three swing senators who supported the spending bill).” (Emphasis
statement closely mirrored the words of Obama on the matter. An Obama
official declared that the president had called the three senators “to
thank them for their patriotism in helping advance the bill at a
unambiguous implication, of course, is that if you did not help advance
the bill, you are not patriotic.
are decidedly not isolated statements. They are very much part of a
Democratic operation to demonize serious opposition as unpatriotic. And
it only shows signs of accelerating.
The operation saw its beginnings soon after the November election that
assured Democratic power in Washington, but before their reign even
began. After a group of Republican senators stood up for taxpayers
despite pressure from President Bush and congressional Democrats to
waste money on Detroit automakers, Michigan’s Democratic Governor
Jennifer Granholm declared: “It is unacceptable for this un-American,
frankly, behavior of these U.S. senators to cause this country to go
from a recession into a depression.” (Emphasis added.)
Democratic Congressman John Dingell further asserted: “Let’s be clear
about what happened in the Senate: Senators from states where
international automakers do considerable business unpatriotically
blocked (the bill).” (Emphasis added.)
What would have been the public’s and media’s reaction had the
Republicans actually mounted such a campaign to assault their Democratic
opponents as “unpatriotic?” It goes without saying that they would not
have overlooked any such operation, and justifiably so. But the
aggressors here are not the Republicans. They are Obama and his cohorts.
Who would expect the media to hold The One accountable?
course, this is not the first time Obama has personally used patriotism
as a political tool. During his months in the U.S. Senate, Obama signed
a letter labeling Rush Limbaugh’s words as “unpatriotic” after Limbaugh
criticized anti-war activists who falsely claimed to have fought in
And yes, this was the same Obama who, this past summer, while trying to
attract votes, insisted that “it is worth considering the meaning of
patriotism because the question of who is – or is not – a patriot all
too often poisons our political debates, in ways that divide us rather
than bring us together.”
Perhaps it might be a good idea to get the summer’s Obama and today’s
Obama together for lunch sometime. The former might have some good
advice for the politician who has lost his way. Sure, it is possible
that Democratic politicians are individually coming up with the
remarkable idea of dismissing their political opponents as unpatriotic.
But it is difficult to believe that the “uniter” president, by promoting
such perilous tactics, is not the one uniting his party in an
unprecedented strategy of filthy politics – a strategy from which he
himself dissented only months ago.
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