House GOP to battle socialist realignment strategy revealed in Stanley Kurtz book.
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Tyrrell is right. Which makes the WSJ point of an American left — 20% of the electorate — hell-bent on imposing “an egalitarian state” on the other 80% all the more disturbing.
What are some of the things that Kurtz’s research has unearthed?
What specifically is it that he has found that makes John Boehner’s job more important than that of the average Speaker of the House?
Whether documenting Obama’s attendance at events like the first Socialist Scholars Conference while a student at Columbia University, the role played in his thinking by Marxist theorists like Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, and the Communist Frank Marshall Davis (the latter an Obama family friend mentioned only by first name in Obama’s Dreams from My Father) the parade of socialist mentors (like Jeremiah Wright), the role of Chicago socialist Mayor Harold Washington, radical friends, involvement with extremist left-wing organizations like ACORN or the Midwest Academy, Kurtz connects the dots not visible in 2008 with those that were surfaced during the presidential election by Hannity and others who are not the reluctant mainstream media.
Taken together with the record of the first two years of the Obama administration, Radical-In-Chief communicates the importance of the task that lies ahead of Boehner and his new colleagues.
Barack Obama and his allies are attempting to re-make America into a nation of perpetual class-warfare, a land divided between the “rich” and “the poor.” Precisely the kind of country that would have kept the working-class John Boehner forever poor and denied opportunity — an opportunity which, through his own hard work, will now make this working-class America kid with 11 siblings the third most powerful official in the government.
In leading this fight, both Boehner and other Republicans will have to be careful.
[W]hen President Obama says “Go for it” to Republicans who hope to repeal his health-care-reform law, he means it. Those who already see Obama as a socialist tend to think of his insistence on backing health-care reform in the face of collapsing political support as the suicidal impulse of a true ideologue. It’s more likely that Obama has a long-term class-based realignment strategy in mind. Obama would love the Republicans to try to take away the health care he’s offered to millions of uninsured. Taking a leaf from the Cloward-Piven [socialist] handbook, Obama hopes that a Republican campaign for repeal will ignite a political movement of the poor that will energize and radicalize the Democratic Party.
Which is to say, when John Boehner takes the gavel as Speaker of the House, he will now be leading the fight in the House of Representatives not just against Obamacare or any other specific Obama-backed piece of legislation or regulation.
The new Speaker and his 63 troops — and those new Senators like Florida’s Marco Rubio, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, and Utah’s Mike Lee — will be leading the charge against Obama’s version of Michael Harrington’s “socialist realignment strategy.”
It will be the first political battle royal of the second decade of the 21st century. To borrow from the late, unlamented Saddam Hussein, this will be the mother of all political battles. Coming to a head in November of 2012.
One can only hope as Boehner and his new conservative troops set out on this battle that they will remember this from Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech for Barry Goldwater. A speech from another time — yet for the same battle Boehner faces today;
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
That “first step into darkness” that Reagan spoke of is here. Now. Obamacare is in fact that first step into darkness of which Reagan spoke. As the WSJ noted, it is the “main chance” for the left. Obamacare will “fundamentally change the relationship between government and individuals if it is not repealed or replaced.” We are now on the path that Ronald Reagan warned could only lead to disaster — just as it has in fact done for Linda O’Boyle.
John Boehner’s task is to get America off that path.
It won’t be easy, either. But failure is not an option.
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