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Mark Stevens to Heritage: “This is war.” — AND — A Darrell Issa investigation of left wing bullies?
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What we are witnessing here is the iron-fisted use of raw political power to suppress political dissent. To intimidate, to instill fear, to ruin — and yes, to terrorize — those who have the temerity and guts to speak truth to power.
This, as I pointed out in The Plot to Get Rush, is standard operating procedure for the Left.
The late Austrian free-market economist Ludwig von Mises described the leftist method of operation as “fanatical and intolerant.” It works, he said, this way: “Socialism… works on the emotions…to stifle the voice of reason by awakening primitive instincts.”
In other words, what is going on here with these savage attacks is an attempt to instill the primitive emotion of fear in American citizens like Mark Stevens and Frank VanderSloot. This, as we also mentioned in the above article on Rush, is nothing more than the 21st century version of the threat of the guillotine used by leftists during the French Revolution. Or the Soviet version of labeling citizens “enemies of the state” and dragging them away to the Gulag, or to be shot outright. Or the “Chinese Roulette” favored by Mao’s Red Guards, herding dissidents to be executed…then selectively shooting a few, instilling a “bullet of fear” in their minds so they would be terrified of ever dissenting again.
The Stevens and VanderSloot episodes are nothing less than an Obama Thugocracy at work with an enemies list.
It isn’t working.
But that doesn’t mean that because the Obama Thugocracy has failed with gutsy Americans like Stevens or VanderSloot, or that because it failed to intimidate Rush Limbaugh, there should not be a direct response to the bullies behind all of this.
• Let’s pick up on a favorite point of our friend Mark Levin, the need to constantly “educate, educate, educate.”
• Let’s begin with a congressional investigation: A demand to House Republicans for a congressional investigation to educate about the First Amendment and explore the threats to free speech from the American Left.
• Let’s call Mark Stevens and Frank VanderSloot to have them detail exactly what was done to them in their roles as private citizens exercising their respective rights to advertise on a radio show (Stevens) or donate to a candidate (VanderSloot).
• Let’s have a congressional investigating committee do the drill the Left loves to pull with business executives. Let’s see them call David Brock of Media Matters to discuss the group’s tax status and MM’s role in targeting Rush Limbaugh. Let’s call MoveOn.org and the Color of Change and Van Jones and all the others who have tried to intimidate companies into “boycotting” — the “sweet word” Stevens says has now become code for domestic terrorism. Let’s get to the bottom of their intimidation tactics — their attempts to bully talk show hosts, television hosts, and private citizens.
• Let’s have Congress turn the tables and investigate Glenn Simpson and Michael Wolf, the men at Fusion GPS whom Kim Strassel has positively identified as the agents of investigation in the terror directed at Frank VanderSloot.
• Let’s have this congressional investigation find out who exactly paid Fusion GPS to go after Frank VanderSloot, and exactly what that person’s connection is to the Obama campaign.
• Let’s call the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and see who specifically in the Obama camp was offering him $150,000 to forfeit his First Amendment rights to say what he wished to say in his own sermons. As per the blockbuster revelations by author Edward Klein in his new book on Obama called The Amateur. (Those allegations from Wright are discussed here.)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?