Over at NRO, Jay Nordlinger makes an incredibly good point: Barack Obama should be urging calm in Wisconsin, no matter WHAT side of the underlying issue he is on. It is not just unpresidential of him, but despicable, for him in effect to be urging on the mass demonstrations. But as J. Christian Adams, Justice Department whistle-blower extraordinaire, reminded me in an email accompanying this post of his, these are not only the tactics always favored by the left in general, but specifically the sorts of tactics Obama himself was trained in — AND exactly what I myself warned about (as Christian reminded me) in my very first post-presidential election column in 2008.
And, always, a few carefully calibrated street demonstrations, splashed with just the right headlines across the East Coast newspapers and captured by just the right camera angle on CBS News, will be used any time, on any issue, to make the point that civil unrest would be the price of resistance to the benevolent desires of the Obama regime.
In that same column I rightly warned that the Obamites would find a way to finagle the 60th vote needed in the Senate for a filibuster-proof majority. I warned: “Watch what Michael Barone called the Obama ‘thugocracy’ use the Justice Department to stifle dissent.” And: “Provision after provision giving favors to the trial bar so it can sue enemies into submission. Copious new regulations, especially environmental, to be used selectively to ensnare other conservative malcontents.” And so on.
These tactics come right out of Saul Alinsky’s playbook.
These are dangerous times. The Obama left will not go quietly into that good night. And they will not let their targets sleep quietly at night. They want their targets — in the Wisconsin legislature, and at Speaker Boehner’s house, and, watch, in other places as well — to feel fear of the mob.
I have news for them. We don’t fear them. We think they are beneath contempt, these rabbles of rabid radicals. In America, we are above these hoodlums, and we transcend them. We are a society of ordered liberty, and we have endured worse than these pathetic paraders will muster.
They have Saul Alinsky. We have James Madison and George Washington. We win, they lose.
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?