Obama following principles of personalize, polarize
by The Washington Examiner
July 03, 2014 08:44 PM | 1229 views | 3 3 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
President Obama has, except on fleeting occasions, routinely disdained the customary Oval Office language of compromise and coalition-building for the low arts of sophistry and belittlement. That was to be expected, given his background as a Chicago community organizer and product of that city’s corrupt Democrat political machine.

But Obama has far exceeded dismal expectations. No previous American president employed the systematic distortion of fact and mendacious characterization of opponents that have typified Obama’s presidency. His “so sue me” speech last week is a classic illustration of the community organizer practicing Saul Alinsky’s 13th rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

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Consider this passage from Obama’s remarks: “Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me. As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something. And look, I just want to be clear — Republicans in Congress, they’re patriots, they love their country, they love their families.

“They just have a flawed theory of the economy that they can’t seem to get past. They believe that all we should be doing is giving more tax breaks to those at the top, eliminating regulations that stop big banks or polluters from doing what they want, cut the safety net for people trying to work their way into the middle class, and then somehow the economy is going to get stronger and jobs and prosperity trickle down to everybody.”

Demagogues always pick a target on which to project a society’s ills. Obama and his policies have been in place for six years, yet the economy is contracting, millions of Americans are unemployed, the border is in chaos and terrorists are stronger than they’ve been in decades.

But that’s all the fault of “Republicans” because, according to Obama, “they’re doing nothing” but obstructing. He thus freezes them as evil people who just want to give more tax breaks to their rich friends, let bankers gouge consumers and polluters trash the environment. When they’re finished with that, in Obama’s warped telling, they will throw poor, starving women and children into the streets.

As for personalizing them, any House Republican will do at any given moment, but now that John Boehner is talking about asking the federal courts to stop Obama’s blatant disregard for the Constitution, the House Speaker can expect a torrent of character assassination unlike anything he’s ever experienced. That’s how community organizers from Chicago do it.

The polarization in this passage is the same one Obama has been pushing throughout his presidency. He’s defending “middle-class families” — and an ever-lengthening list of other “victims” like women, immigrant children, students and on and on — against those rich Republicans, with their “flawed theory of the economy they can’t get past.”

With 33 percent of Americans surveyed by the Quinnipiac University Poll saying he is the worst president since WWII, one might think Obama would try a new approach. He won’t because Alinsky’s eighth rule says “keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

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July 04, 2014
Did you think that Obama is right! Since day one the Republicans have carried out a concerted organized attempt to block, obstruct and filibuster anything this president attempted to do. Republicans know their only road to power is to destroy anything that may help the American people in hopes that it will be the president who is blamed rather than themselves. With a record of two failed wars, a near economic depression, resultant unemployment and a dying middle class they have nothing else but the usual conspiracies, investigations and racial division on which Republican Party depends.
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July 07, 2014
That bit of tripe you've spewed out shows considerable intellectual dishonesty. The TRUTH is that this country would be in far worse shape if your dictator-n-chief were to completely run rough shod over the Constitution with his Marxist policies. While I detest many policies of Republicans in which they've help put in play in moving jobs overseas, its a blessing they were there to hold some short of line. Obama's failure are many and it has NOTHING to do with Republicans and everything to do with his ineptitude and that of his "comrades" in the Progressive/Liberal Democrat Party.
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July 08, 2014
@Veritas Aequitas Dictator-in-chief, Marxist policies, Progressive/Liberal Democrat Party, comrades, running roughshod over the Constitution. My tripe cannot compare with your irrational, babbling and childish name calling. Perhaps you can move beyond temper tantrums and offer something other than silly delirium.
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