Obama and the Democrats are out of the gate with disturbing words and actions. So is Steele and the Republicans.
And NRO’s Andrew McCarthy has a blistering account of it all.
The GOP wants you to know: It is terribly “disappointed.”
That is the message of the first salvos fired by — or dribbled out
of — the Republican National Committee under the leadership of its new
chairman, Michael Steele. Over the weekend, the RNC issued press
releases in response to the passage of the Democrats’ appalling
“stimulus” package and the Obama administration’s machinations over the
2010 census. It shouldn’t have bothered. The releases are
self-inflicted wounds that read like self-parody.
This is a bracing, bi-partisan thrashing.
Conservatives already wondering whether the GOP has a
clue are now left to wonder whether the party even has a dictionary.
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, defines
disappoint as “to fail to meet the expectation of.” Can anyone
seriously be disappointed by the Democrats’ plan for radically remaking
the American economy?
President Obama, once the candidate of an openly socialist party,
has made a career of calling for fiscal and social upheaval, hiding
behind such euphemisms as “redistributive change,” “economic justice,”
and “spread[ing] the wealth around.” He criticized the Warren Court for
not being radical enough — which is like saying Nadya Suleman wasn’t
pregnant enough — because it failed to embrace a constitutional theory
that would have imposed confiscatory tax policies to underwrite a new
New Deal. He is, in short, the most left-wing politician ever elected
to the presidency.
With the stimulus, Obama’s leftism, and that of his Democratic
colleagues, is on ugly display. We are witnessing the most intrusive
extension of central governmental control over the lives of Americans
in our nation’s history.
The government-dominated healthcare system, the undoing of welfare reform…
This leaves the RNC . . . “disappointed.” You have to wonder what it would take to get Republicans “miffed.”
And then there’s the Census plan the White House grabbed from
Commerce. McCarthy makes an explicit remark I haven’t heard anyone else
point out. Yes, the Census grab is political manuevering. But…
…only professional politicians think it’s effective to
accuse the professional politicians on the other side of making
politics “about politics.” There is a tiny handful of people, most of
whom work either in Washington or the mainstream media, who give a hoot
about that. Of the remaining 300 million or so Americans, those who
care about public policy want to know how it will affect their lives.
And the Obama census will affect them dramatically — not because of who
does the counting but because of how the counting is done.
Here’s where McCarthy gets to the heart of the matter, the story behind the story.
The president, a former community organizer, is steeped
in Saul Alinsky’s principles of radical revolution — he has studied
them, taught them, and written about them. As Alinsky himself wrote,
his “rules for radicals” are essentially about one thing: “How to
organize for power: how to get it and to use it.” They instruct
radicals how, through misleading language and stealthy infiltration of
the institutions, to seize power. Anyone who has read Alinsky could
have predicted that the census would be among Obama’s top priorities.
It is abstruse and bureaucratic, but it apportions political clout. It
is tailor-made for an activist bent on shifting power from red states
To do that, Obama needs to cook the books. That is what the GOP should be paying attention to.
Heads up here…
How far can Democrats push that envelope and count (or
double count, or invent) new Democratic constituents? How many
non-citizens or imaginary Americans will they include in their
tabulations? We don’t know. But you can bet the Obama administration
plans to do for “actual Enumeration” exactly what it is doing to
“stimulus,” and for the same reason: to cement a permanent majority to
sustain leftist policies…
But Republicans did not seize the opportunity. Steele and the RNC
missed their chance to highlight the real problem: voodoo statistics.
Whichever guy is your guy, whichever party you subscribe to, these
charges are pretty accurate. The Alinsky stuff is true. The Census
plans are real and he’s right about the reluctance of just about
everyone to publicly ask the hard and sharp questions.
Some 58 million Americans voted against Obama in the
last election — more than had ever voted for any winning presidential
candidate in U.S. history until George W. Bush’s election in 2004. If
you penetrate the fog of Obamedia infatuation and discount voters’
natural tendency to give the benefit of the doubt to a new president,
Obama’s popular position is far from commanding. There are plenty of
reasons to be concerned and plenty of Americans who would be receptive
to a cogent explanation of those concerns.
This is one. Watch for more.