Archive for September 4th, 2009

A Given Name Is Not a Title

My meeting! My Rules! My office! And don’t tell me what to do! Understand? Thus sprach the Hoosier Overman to constituents at a town hall in Bloomington.  

The 1:11 exchange that appears on YouTube between Indiana “blue dog” Democrat Representative Baron Paul Hill and a young journalism student has ironically put the arrogant, contemptible “Red Baron” in the very compromising position his adoptive rules were created to avoid.

The student, who was working on a project, asked Hill why she was being denied her right to film the town hall meeting, and Indiana’s beneficent leader responded with the following:

“Well, this is my town hall meeting. I set the rules, and I’ve had these rules. Now let me repeat that one more time! This is my town hall meeting for you.  And you’re not going to tell me how to run my congressional office.” [emphasis mine]

In essence, Hill told voters, “You work for me, this means you respect me! Got it? Now, let’s move on.”

Following his rebuke, he went on to explain his filming rule:

“Now the reasons why I don’t allow filming is because usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position.” [Overman prescience]

Bloomington was the Red Baron’s second town hall meeting. After denouncing town hall constituents as “political terrorists,”  he held his first one that he labeled the Jerry Springer town hall meeting, and said that “sitting in a dentist chair would make for a better evening.”

After his initial town hall debacle, he came prepared for the second and reportedly devised a green and purple tee shirt identity system to distinguish the friendly union officials, teachers, and other mindless Obot questioners.

Come November 2010, Hoosiers may help Hill understand that Baron is a given name, not a title.

The Bloomington Herald Times streamed Baron’s entire town hall live online. The exchange with the student begins at the 18:43 mark.

I.M. Kane

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Major Breach of Protocol

By Nancy Matthis  |  Friday, September 4th, 2009 at 10:56 am

Ignoring school superintendents, Obama wrote to school principals announcing his forthcoming speech to school children. This is a serious breach of protocol. All communications should be routed through the Superintendent of Schools for each district.

Not only was this bad manners bigtime, it has implications for states’ rights and local rights that go far beyond the one event. School districts are overseen by a School Board, usually elected by the citizens of the district. Voters expect that board to ensure an education that reflects their values and goals for their children. From an eHow campaign advisory:

Public education is one of our most crucial institutions. Participating in the body that oversees the policies and procedures governing schools is a major task … To get elected to the school board … know the concerns of the community and clarify how you can help achieve the goals and represent their values.

By deliberately cutting the local school boards and the superintendents out of the loop, Obama is essentially bypassing the voters, including parents. He is establishing a precedent for federal control of the children, for making them wards of the federal authority. [emphas mine] This is totally a page out of the Marxist playbook that Obama and his office mate terrorist Bill Ayers used in Chicago.

Most of the controversy surrounding his scheduled speech and the lesson plan outlines prepared for teachers to use with it has been concern about the content of his remarks. Like a magician, education czar Arne Duncan has kept the American public focused on the rabbit in the tophat, waiting to see what it looks like when pulled out. If Obama’s speech turns out to be a pep talk about staying in school, working hard, and achieving goals, the American public will breathe a collective sigh of relief and think that nothing has gone wrong.

But the damage has already been accomplished in the process. Barack Hussein Obama communicated directly with all of the country’s school principals, and got them to march in lock step, without anyone screaming about the school boards being bypassed. [emphasis mine] The first step of the Marxist game plan is complete.

In our first article, Parents, Should You Be Worried?, we gave all the details about the scheduled speech, the letter to principals, and the lesson plans for grades K-6 and 7-12. We also itemized the parallels between Obama’s methods and those Hitler used to entrain the minds of German youth.

Our second article, P.A.S.S. and Twitter Power, described the response of parents, many of whom plan to keep their children home from school when Obama speaks.

Radio station 100.7 FM WFLA in Tallahassee linked to our first article. Their 7:30AM talk show was about parents’ reactions, and is worth a listen. It will probably be available for the rest of today. Click here to listen (about 26 minutes). It was the host of that talk show who first mentioned the breach of protocol.

[Cross posted from the American Daughter Media Center]

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He’s Not Jimmy Carter

By Quin Hillyer on 9.3.09 @ 6:09AM

Conservatives are taking too much solace in the precipitous drop in Barack Obama’s approval ratings, and too many of us are overconfident that his administration is merely a replay of the hapless presidency of Jimmy Carter that was easily swept out in a landslide election.

Today’s situation is far different, far more conducive to our political adversary’s political power, than that which faced Carter. And Obama is an entirely different breed of cat. He’s more ruthless, more tactically savvy, and has far more dangerous objectives. A drop in his poll ratings isn’t as serious a setback for him as similar occurrences were for the peanut farmer from Plains.

In short, conservatives should beware. The political battle we’re in is far more difficult than any the conservative movement has ever faced. It will take all our energy and all our smarts to win it.

First, consider the differences in political circumstances between Obama and Carter. Unlike Carter, Obama does not face a Kennedy-led left wing of his party that despises him. Unlike Carter, Obama did not take office by an incredibly slim majority vote so close that a few thousands votes in two states would have swung the whole election. Unlike Carter, Obama took office in the middle of a crisis he could blame on his predecessor and coming off an unpopular war that he could blame almost entirely on the Republican Party. On the right, Carter faced a conservative movement (even if not a Republican Party) unified and energized by an inspirational leader — but no similar, single spokesman today galvanizes conservatives like Ronald Reagan did then. Carter also did not have a nationwide movement kept together by a tool like the Internet, and did not have billionaires behind his general aims the way Obama has George Soros.

Finally, Obama has the advantage of a more ethnically diverse nation that has far less of a common culture and less of a common appreciation of shared socio-political history and values. Why is that an advantage? Because it gives him more leeway to make outlandish claims, and still have huge pluralities believe him, than Carter could ever hope for.

More important than all that, though, is that Obama’s personal skills, aims, and training are like nothing we have ever seen before in the White House. Every other president before him has intended at most to achieve change within the American political system. Obama wants to change the system itself.

He is a radical’s radical, with an authoritarian impulse. His Alinskyite training means that social unrest doesn’t unnerve him; it plays right into his hands. Social unrest is both his modus operandi and his mid-term goal. The more unrest, the greater the crisis; the greater the crisis, the more excuse he has to use and consolidate central power in order to completely remake society.

And unlike Carter or most other Democratic presidential nominees of the past 45 years, Obama has tremendous oratorical skills. Sure, Bill Clinton could please lots of audience members with small promises, but he did not possess half the ability to inspire people (however misguidedly) that Obama does. Obama has the talent to raise demagoguery to an art form.

Already we see a cult of personality around Obama, one deliberately encouraged by the Obama political operation. Already we see him push for centralizing, fascistic economic powers. Already we see him creating “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the regular military, complete with uniformed youths (and even senior citizens) formed into “cadres.” And in order to make AmeriCorps less answerable to the public, Obama fired the Inspector General trying to blow the whistle on nefarious AmeriCorps activities. Now he is using AmeriCorps and the National Endowment for the Arts to politically agitate for his “recovery agenda.” 

And that’s not to mention the Big Brother-like data-mining and reporting of “casual conversations” to a White House website, or the creepy address to all the nation’s school children — or the continued public trashing, by the permanent Obama campaign known as Organizing For America, of ordinary citizen protesters as “Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists.” 

Obama also is politicizing the Census; giving contracts to ACORN; letting a recognized hate group like the New Black Panthers go free; undermining the CIA at every turn, radicalizing the Supreme Court; re-orienting the civil rights division of the Justice Department; appointing more “czars” than anybody can keep track of and who, unlike Cabinet members, do not answer to Congress; resisting transparency on TARP bailout funds; refusing to enforce financial reporting requirements on union political organizers; and doing all sorts of other things designed, as are the items above, to consolidate power, tilt the deck, and rig the political rules in his favor for the long haul.

In foreign affairs, his radicalism is even more apparent. He keeps undermining allies while embracing enemies. He deliberately undercut the brave protesters in Iran. He stubbornly continues to punish Honduras and its citizens, via economic and travel sanctions, because Honduras actually followed its own Constitution in removing a harshly anti-American president from office — when he should have been rewarding Honduras for its commitment to the rule of law. Yet while he punishes friendly Hondurans, he refuses to punish radical leftist Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa when Correa’s government tries to shake down an American company for $27 billion. It’s all very bizarre. One wonders what exactly his agenda is. But it’s clearly something the likes of which we’ve never seen.

 Again, the comparison with Carter’s foreign policy is telling. Carter’s was full of woolly-minded, pie-in-the-sky idealism, but it didn’t deliberately mollycoddle sworn enemies. Obama’s, on the other hand, portrays Obama to the world as if Obama himself is more admirable than the nation he supposedly represents — a nation for which he continually apologizes. This attempt, so far quite successful, to garner personal, worldwide glorification is another gambit for power. Again, it makes him nobody for domestic political adversaries to trifle with. It gives him tools never enjoyed by the Jimmy Carter who was burned in effigy by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his pals in 1979 and 1980.

To defeat Obama’s radicalism will take plenty of political savvy on the right. Until the 2010 elections, discontent should simmer, but not boil over. Civil unrest will not win the day; it will only help him. The one, and perhaps only, opportunity to stop his juggernaut will be in those mid-term elections. Every bit of conservatives’ efforts should be directed at building a massive voter turnout to defeat Obama’s leftist allies in 2010. The TEA parties and town hall protests and all the rest should be aimed at building a political infrastructure and political arguments sufficient to win those elections. The energy of conservatives should climax then and only then. Anything premature, anything over the top, will allow Obama to more effectively mobilize his own troops in the supposed name of order and stability.

Finally, it will help Obama that, probably by design, the bulk of the “stimulus” funds remain unspent. What will happen is that at just the right time, those funds will spur a false recovery — a “recovery” hailed by the establishment media as proof of Obama’s wisdom. The recovery won’t last, because it won’t be real. But that won’t matter. Timed just right, it will allow Obama to claim the economic high road — something Jimmy Carter never was able to claim. Relieved Americans who are apolitical could easily be swayed to “stay the course,” just as Americans stayed the course with Ronald Reagan in 1982. But Reagan’s course led to greater freedom; if Obama’s course is stayed and he consolidates power in 2010, the diminution of freedom may be well-nigh irreversible.

In short, the wonderful conservative success in August should not hide the reality that our backs are still against the wall. Obama still owns the upper hand. If we make any major mistake, he will use that hand as a fist to smash the conservative movement to bits. Clear-eyed about this possibility, conservatives must keep fighting. Uphill. Against the wind. And without a Reagan to lead us.

Quin Hillyer is a senior editorial writer at the Washington Times and senior editor of The American Spectator. He can be reached at qhillyer@gmail.com.

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