Skip to comments.The Sadistic Strategy of Obama & Reid
Posted on 10/04/2013 7:39:37 AM PDT by Kaslin
In the showdown over the shutdown of the U.S. government, the Obamaites tipped their hand yesterday as what their strategy is.
Taking a page out of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals," the plan is to maximize the people's pain -- to maximize the political damage to the enemy, the Republican Party.
What else explains it?
Consider this: Asked Wednesday if there were any danger of America defaulting on her debt, President Obama rushed to assure a reporter that, yes, indeed, there certainly is such a peril.
Why would a president act in so perverse a manner, were he not trying deliberately to rattle or panic the markets?
Obama's tactic worked. Thursday, the Dow plunged below 15,000.
Equally telling is what happened at the World War II Memorial.
This is an open memorial on the mall, to which the old soldiers of the Greatest Generation, flown here on honor flights, come to a last roll call with their comrades. The memorial is dedicated to them, to what they and their buddies did, and to those who never came home.
But when the old soldiers got here, the Park Service, apparently acting on orders from the White House complex, had thrown up steel barriers and crime-scene tape to keep them from visiting the site on what is surely the last trip many will ever make to see their memorial.
What kind of sick mind does something like that?
To their credit, the vets and their families pulled aside the barriers to walk through their monument, singing songs in memory of the heroes who had gone before.
Now one reads that Obama has ordered the cemetery and beaches at Normandy closed. Again, what kind of mindset produces this?
Undeniably, Republicans have voted to defund Obamacare, to suspend it for one year, and to reform it. But in each of these three votes, the House also voted to fund the entire government.
Why, then, is the government shut down? Because Harry Reid and Barack Obama have issued an edict: Either Obamacare is fully funded and untouched in the continuing resolution, or we kill the CR, shut down the government, and blame you.
And this is exactly what is going on.
This is all about a petulant president whose prize program the people do not want, but who insists it be imposed upon them, to assure himself a paragraph in the history books.
This week, Republicans tried to pass legislation that would keep open all memorials and monuments, all tourist sites in Washington, D.C., and all programs for America's veterans.
Who stonewalled that? Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.
Why would Reid sabotage the funding the National Institute of Health.
Why would Reid sabotage what is transparently a humanitarian act?
Again, Reid and Obama do not want to ease the pain of the people. They want to intensify that pain, ratchet it up, maximize it, to put maximum pressure on and do maximum damage to the GOP.
The Obama-Reid strategy is, in a word, sadistic.
They are inflicting pain on fellow Americans -- to break their political enemies. And they can only succeed in sustaining their Big Lie -- that it is Republicans who want to keep the government shut down -- because of a collaborationist press.
Case in point: The Washington Post.
Several days ago, the Post wailed that Republicans were endangering the nation's health by failing to fund NIH. But now that the Republican House has tried to fund NIH in full, where is the editorial denouncing Pelosi or Reid for blocking funding for NIH? Nowhere. Which suggests the Post's real concern was never about funding NIH but about bashing the GOP.
In Thursday's lead editorial: "National Security at Risk," the Washington Post asks, "At a time of war, how can Republicans justify furloughing much of the intelligence workforce?"
Yet, not a word in the editorial about the indispensable role of Reid and our commander-in-chief in preventing America's security agencies from being funded.
What should the House Republican do before week's end? Pass bills funding the Pentagon, State, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security and any other agency having to do with the national security. But when Harry Reid again balks that he is not going to "play this little game," anyone think the Post will hold him accountable?
The Obama-Reid strategy -- inflict maximum pain on the country for maximum gain for themselves -- coupled with a refusal to talk with the GOP -- reflects this city's contempt for conservative Republicans.
Yet, the sadistic strategy of Obama and Reid, and the poisonous atmosphere it has created, is telling America that: In its assessment of this city's ruling establishment, the Tea Party has more than a small point.
Yet, with Reid now on the defensive, trying to justify his refusal to cooperate in funding any agency, the truth may be gaining on the Big Lie.
Oops, people waking up. Maybe they overplayed their hand...
Need to start circulating Ried as Scrooge posters.
One can hope folks are waking up - one Dim site had some of the lof-info voters expressing surprise and dismay that Zero-Care actually entailed either putting out some money or getting fined. Many who tried to sign up have tired of the sites being inop and have given up. Let's pray for the Repubs to keep following Cruz and Lee to keep the pressure up. The Dims are cracking up and praying for Boehner and company to cave so they get a double win instead of the double whammy waiting for them on the other side if we only stand firm.
The left's playbook, as formulated by leftist thinktanks and like-minded marxists, may have been floated for public viewing in a NYT article a few days ago. Check out this FR link to the excerpt and discussion. The goal is to expand presidential powers by adding a new Power-of-the-Purse, usurping it from the Republican House, where it has been, so far, Constitutionally anchored. Bohner may help... he wants to, he must not capitulate. He must be made to understand the mechanics of how this is to play out... if the limited spine of his is to prevent it.
The message of the Repubs is spiked by the media at every opportunity. The MSM and the Dems have done the Repubs' work by nationalizing the issue. There is actual debate going on. Reality is hitting the gimme crowd. And the longer Reid and Obama run their mouths, the more they expose themselves.
Your words to God's ears...
As long as we have weak-kneed pols such as Lou Barletta who fold as soon as Obama says “BOO”, we are done.
> They are inflicting pain on fellow Americans
0bummer, Reid, Pelosi, and their enablers and sycophants are NOT “fellow Americans”.
The are ANTI-Americans.
Not to be confused with the Peacock Throne of Persia, this one is just an empty plain wooden chair.
...McConnell got Reid to agree to hold a high-profile debt-limit vote next month -- just before the president's State of the Union address...
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