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Obama's Godfather Speech: The president sounds more like a Corleone than a Roosevelt (Wow!)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 8, 2011 | Daniel Henninger, deputy editor, editorial page

Posted on 12/08/2011 12:06:39 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Most press accounts of Barack Obama's speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, Tuesday described it as delivered by the "president of the United States." And indeed the person delivering it analogized himself to Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton. In fact, the Osawatomie speech was not given by the President of the United States. It was given by the leader of the Democratic Party.

Most of the time, this distinction isn't a problem in the United States because historically people have tended to think that the office of the presidency represents "all the people." This doesn't mean everyone expects to benefit from a president's policies. What it means is that in some informal way no one has to worry that the presidential motorcade, so to speak, will drive off the road so that it can plow into you. That is no longer the case in the U.S.

The Osawatomie speech sounded like what you'd expect to hear in Caracas or Buenos Aires. As in: "The free market has never been a license to take whatever you can from whomever you can." (Applause.) And: "Their philosophy is simple. We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules."

Some will say hearing crude Chavista populism in the Obama speech is an overreaction. That once it's understood the Kansas speech was the work of the party leader, not the president of the United States, it becomes easier to think about it without overreacting to its intense and vivid rhetoric: "Millions of working families in this country . . . are now forced to take their children to food banks for a decent meal."

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1 posted on 12/08/2011 12:06:46 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Kansas speech was built around one concrete policy idea: that the rich and millionaires (officially still defined as families with before-tax income above $250,000) should send him more money so he can "invest" it.
2 posted on 12/08/2011 12:42:22 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This week, and apparently in the election next year, he has chosen a strategy based on fear and loathing of an opposition he identifies simply as, "They." "They argue, even if prosperity doesn't trickle down, well, that's the price of liberty."

If this conservative "They" had a chance to retort, doubtless it would be along the lines of "well, if the Democrat sponge wasn't there to soak it all up at the source, it WOULD trickle down."

3 posted on 12/08/2011 12:57:38 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If he wins, five years from now, the president's base will be about where it and nearly everyone else is today, trying to stay afloat in Barack Obama's still waters.

Well there's an optimistic assessment!

4 posted on 12/08/2011 12:58:31 AM PST by dr_lew
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

First of all he’s not the “president” because he’s not a “natural born citizen” = 2 citizen parents

Second of all... oh forget it


5 posted on 12/08/2011 1:11:32 AM PST by Blado (2008: Year Zero of the Zombie Apocalypse.)
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To: Blado

Not now and never has been.


6 posted on 12/08/2011 1:12:51 AM PST by Blado (2008: Year Zero of the Zombie Apocalypse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is time we spelled out what Zer0 speech actually was about. It was Marxism pure and simple. It was the anthem of the collective where in the spirit of “fairness” all have equal outcomes. It was the historic call of Communism to take from the haves and give to the have-nots. It was the godless declaration that the individual derives power from the state and not the Constitutional recognition that power comes from God and is loaned to the state. It was a declaration that the Democrat Party was the most evil organization on Earth for the freedom of the individual.


7 posted on 12/08/2011 1:13:00 AM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I need to make a few corrections: It is time we spelled out what Zer0's speech actually was about. It was Marxism pure and simple. It was the anthem of the collective where in the spirit of “fairness” all have equal outcomes. It was the historic call of Communism to take from the haves and give to the have-nots. It was the godless declaration that the individual derives power from the state and not the Constitutional recognition that power comes from God to the individual and is loaned to the state. It was a declaration that the Democrat Party is the most evil organization on Earth as an enemy of the freedom of the individual.
8 posted on 12/08/2011 1:18:00 AM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: jonrick46

> that power comes from God to the individual and is loaned
> to the state.

I think the expression you wanted to use was, “delegated by the individual to the state.”

There is a vast difference between a cooperative and a collective.

The former is voluntary, the latter is not.


9 posted on 12/08/2011 1:40:34 AM PST by Westbrook
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama's speech could have been delivered standing on a crate during a harsh winter in St. Petersburg or Moscow ninety years ago and it would have been completely in line with the times. Replace “rich” with bourgeoisie and you got the standard boilerplate communist rhetoric. Well, we all knew he was a scum sucking commie worm, now it's just out in the open and not even subject to debate. Obama has come clean as a follower of a failed and poisonous ideology that murdered millions and enslaved millions more. We are definitely through the looking glass with this dangerous clown.
10 posted on 12/08/2011 1:50:57 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Westbrook

Spot on! Good call.


11 posted on 12/08/2011 1:51:40 AM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: jonrick46

That’s Coreleone Marx..Nota Don


12 posted on 12/08/2011 3:05:00 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name I received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That once it's understood the Kansas speech was the work of the party leader, not the president of the United States, it becomes easier to think about it without overreacting to its intense and vivid rhetoric: "Millions of working families in this country . . . are now forced to take their children to food banks for a decent meal."

When the president said: "Millions of working families in this country . . . are now forced to take their children to food banks for a decent meal," did he add that "this is so because of my policies"?

The irresponsible spending by the Democrats of trillions of taxpayer dollars to cronies and to bail out socialist countries, plus oppressive taxes and government regulations, killing of oil jobs, has resulted in the loss of millions of American jobs. All thanks to President Obama and Democrat policies of tax and spend with no budget planning and no fiscal responsibility.

13 posted on 12/08/2011 3:19:12 AM PST by olezip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bflr


14 posted on 12/08/2011 3:26:14 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s nothing but a DIVIDER of the US....”they” aginst “us” mentality is EVIL.....and VILE.


15 posted on 12/08/2011 3:32:09 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

46 MILLION people are on FOOD STAMPS!!!!! They don’t have to go to Food Banks.....UNLESS they are GREEDY!


16 posted on 12/08/2011 3:33:22 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Can we call the Kenyan lizard a commie now?


17 posted on 12/08/2011 4:09:23 AM PST by y6162
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To: y6162; mickie
"Can we call the Kenyan lizard a commie now?"

Yes, we can.

Many of us have been calling him that since the day he was immaculated.

The night before last, Bill O'Bloviator denied Obama was even a Socialist, let alone a Marxist.

Obamie the Commie's speech finally and openly confirmed his Marxism for the world to see....yet the frightening words passed without any uproar or analysis in the media, even among the conservative pundits who clutter the TV screen and radio waves without ever calling a hammer and sickle a hammer and sickle.

Leni

18 posted on 12/08/2011 4:26:53 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
After slapping around the "wealthy" for about a half hour, Mr. Obama said, "This isn't about class warfare." Maybe that's true. In "The Godfather," when awful things are about to be done to people, Michael Corleone or Tom Hagen reassure those about to get hit, "It's not personal; it's strictly business."

Hmm. Was there a bowl of oranges anywhere in the vicinity?

19 posted on 12/08/2011 4:47:10 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

pflr


20 posted on 12/08/2011 4:53:56 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (To Obama, bipartisanship is giving the opposition the opportunity to do as they are told. (WGensert))
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To: Cyber Liberty
Remember, Citizen... nobama hates you, hates your family, hates your success, hates Free America, hates Americans, hates the Constitution and hates the Bill of Rights. nobama is hate crime foisted upon America. nobama is the Destroyer . Everything nobama does is intentional. God help us all.
21 posted on 12/08/2011 4:59:52 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obummer conveniently forgets what Teddy Roosevelt said of
Immigrants in both 1915, and again in 1918 How our allegiance must be purely to the United States... and how there is no room for divided allegiance here ...One language, English... One loyalty to the American people. ‘ I wonder how Roosevelt’s
statement that “... we are to stand by the President ,right or wrong is not only unpatriotic,and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” Where was there any mention of the FAIR TAX” in that speech on equality?
I missed it. And Where was the 0 when the Democrats attached Military Appropriations to repeal of Article 125
and doing away with penalty for attempted sodomy and or for
bestiality— es verdad Hussein has been doing the pooch and the American public for years now.


22 posted on 12/08/2011 5:00:37 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: StonyBurk
You are obviously a fan of ole Teddy ...as am I ... I found this in the comments section...I love it ...

Theodore Roosevelt on Class and Class Warfare:

“We must now see that there never
comes any spirit of class antagonism in this country,
any spirit of hostility between capitalist and wageworker,
between employer and employed; and we can
avoid the upgrowth of any such feeling by remembering
always to treat each man on his worth as a man. Do not
hold it for him or against him that he is either rich or
poor. If he is a crooked man and rich, hold it against
him, not because he is rich, but because he is crooked.
If he is not a rich man and crooked, hold it against him,
still because he is crooked. If he is a square man, no
matter how much or how little money he has, stand by
him because he is a square man. Distrust more than any
other man in this Republic the man who would try to
teach Americans to substitute loyalty to any class for
loyalty to the whole American people. Republics have
flourished before now, and have fallen; and they have
usually fallen because there arose within them parties
that represented either the unscrupulous rich or the
unscrupulous poor, and that persuaded the majority of
the people to substitute loyalty to the one class for
loyalty to the people as a whole.”
- Theodore Roosevelt, speech at City Park,
Little Rock, Arkansas, 25 October 1905

“Distrust above all other men the
man who seeks to make you pass judgment upon your
fellow citizens upon any ground of artificial distinction
between you and them. Distrust the man who seeks to
get you to favor them or discriminate against them
either because they are well off or not well off, because
they occupy one social position or another, because
they live in one part of the country or another, or
because they profess one creed or another.”
- Theodore Roosevelt at unveiling of monument to dead of 1st U. S. Volunteer
Cavalry, Arlington, April 12, 1907.

23 posted on 12/08/2011 6:25:05 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Robe

Good words.


24 posted on 12/08/2011 6:56:07 AM PST by Albertafriend
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To: Robe

Nice quote.

Obama is so evil and completely and transparently un-American that it is still hard for me to believe he was actually elected.


25 posted on 12/08/2011 7:37:33 AM PST by livius
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To: Robe

“Unscrupulous poor”....(and rich)....THAT’s worth keeping!!!


26 posted on 12/08/2011 7:59:04 AM PST by goodnesswins (Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine....)
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To: livius
America has been asleep for a long, long time. The best thing to come out of his presidency is that he has awoken the American public.
I'm reminded of Yamamoto comments after the attack on pearl Harbor, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” (Note: It's reported he really said “Gentlemen, we have just kicked a rabid dog”)
Obama’s greatest legacy may be that he has reversed the leftward swing on the political pendulum,

27 posted on 12/08/2011 8:02:09 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A brilliant, brilliant piece by Mr. Henninger of the WSJ—

Obama is not only following Chavez but—in effect—Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and all throughout history, who have sought unlimited power through the purveying of, yes, murderous division, envy and hatred—not just that of economic differences but, indeed, of any difference contrary to the intent of the dictator.

No doubt children in U. S. kindergartens and above will before long be encouraged to report “counter-revolutionary” acts and even (supposed) c-r thoughts by their parents . . .

A great parody could be, and should be, done of Signor Don Corelone Barack Obama—and his foppery, which unfortunately like that of all aspiring dictators, often turns out to be deadly real . . . . This is made for Rush—may he run with it.


28 posted on 12/08/2011 8:27:56 AM PST by mtntop3
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s my understanding Osawatomie, Kansas.....has a big mental institution there. He should have checked himself in........


29 posted on 12/08/2011 8:57:18 AM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Robe
Hope you are correct.........
30 posted on 12/08/2011 8:58:42 AM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Millions of working families in this country . . . are now forced to take their children to food banks for a decent meal"

Obama and his speech writers are ignorant and disconnected from those they claim they want to help.

You don't take your children to a food bank for a decent meal. They are not cooking meals at food banks. They are giving out staples and canned goods that you cook at home. You take your children to a food bank so they can help carry the bags or boxes of food.

31 posted on 12/08/2011 11:19:09 AM PST by Valpal1 (It is tyranny is to force a man to pay for what he does not want because you think it good for him.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The president sounds more like a Corleone than a Roosevelt

I RESENT THAT!!!

DC

32 posted on 12/08/2011 12:23:41 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mosesdapoet
That’s Coreleone Marx..Nota Don

He'sa no a relation to us.

33 posted on 12/08/2011 12:27:30 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mtntop3
A great parody could be, and should be, done of Signor Don Corelone Barack Obama—and his foppery,

Hey! Wattsamatta you? I am one of da' gooda guys.

DC

34 posted on 12/08/2011 12:31:42 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Charles Martel
After slapping around the "wealthy" for about a half hour, Mr. Obama said, "This isn't about class warfare." Maybe that's true. In "The Godfather," when awful things are about to be done to people, Michael Corleone or Tom Hagen reassure those about to get hit, "It's not personal; it's strictly business.

Geez! How did I get caught up in this?

DC

35 posted on 12/08/2011 12:33:58 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Robe

Excellent comments, perfectly apropos—


36 posted on 12/08/2011 1:30:13 PM PST by mtntop3
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To: mtntop3
Obama is not only following Chavez but—in effect—Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro,

And to think that we voluntarily elected Bambi...but of course Chavez also got elected, sort of. He had been captured and the generals were going to ship him to Cuba, and GWB (probably because of the intervention of his at that time very leftwing Latin American State Dept. representative - a holdover from Clinton, IIRC) told them to let him go.

I want a president who really understands what the US needs - and, paraphrasing a long gone General Motors chairman, what's good for the US is good for Latin America. In other words, commerce.

37 posted on 12/08/2011 1:59:14 PM PST by livius
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