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Obama's Enemies List Makes the Senate Record

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) put on the Senate record what most of us already know; the White House is creating an “enemies list” to make anything Nixon ever did look like a list of your favorite baseball cards.

First some background via American Thinker;

Obama’s oratory of Hope and Change has proved to be nothing more than camouflage for a realpolitik of Fear and Loathing, his broad smile at the teleprompter just a distraction while Obama’s heavies deliver a kidney punch to perceived enemies. Welcome to politics — the Chicago way.

Rolling out their attack from a War Room that seemingly ignores the nation’s real enemies abroad and instead turns its guns inward to its own people; they take on Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and anyone else that uses the administration’s own words to paint the real picture of what’s going on in DC.

Obama’s attack on Limbaugh was conceived last spring. Politico reported then that a cabal of top Obama advisors initiated what Politico called ‘Operation Rushbo’ to “roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era.” With conspirators including consigliere David Axelrod, Obama’s press puppet Robert Gibbs, and Chief of Staff — and chief enforcer — Rahm Emanuel, there can be little doubt that Obama, himself, greenlighted the strategy.

But as we’ve seen lately, it isn’t limited to El Rushbo, Fox and talk radio;

–He has smeared medical doctors with reckless charges that they administer unnecessary courses of treatment for profit, e.g., tonsillectomies and limb amputations.

–He publicly berated Chrysler’s senior creditors as a “small group of speculators” who “endanger Chrysler’s future by refusing to sacrifice like everyone else,” merely because they wouldn’t acquiesce to his demands and insisted on asserting their contractual rights.

–He has demonized “big oil” and other energy producers, free market capitalists, corporate executives, pharmaceutical companies, Republicans who oppose his health care plan as dishonest and partisan, the wealthy, municipal policemen who dared arrest his Ivy League professor friend for disturbing the peace, pro-lifers, global warming skeptics, the CIA, the military, the best health care system in the world, and George W. Bush every time he needs cover for the inevitably negative consequences of his policies.

–He uses his White House blog to attack his political opponents.

–He condemned opponents of amnesty for illegal aliens as “demagogues.”

–He foreshadowed his true nature in the campaign with his spontaneous denunciation of small-town Americans as bitterly clinging to their guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.

–His administration has likened “tea party” protestors to an “angry mob” and “potential terrorists.” His adviser David Axelrod has said they “are not in the mainstream and not in the majority” and represent “the angriest and most strident voices.”

–In reference to opponents of his health care scheme, he said in a speech to a joint session of Congress, “I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it.” He also said: “I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so (Democrats) can clean up the mess.” And this: “If you misrepresent what is in this plan, we will call you out.”

–He has targeted and vilified the entire insurance industry for daring to oppose his plan, describing them as “those who would bend the truth — or break it — to score political points and stop our progress as a country,” and accusing them of “filling the airwaves with deceptive and dishonest ads … designed to mislead the American people.” Even the liberal New York Times acknowledged Obama’s use of “unusually harsh terms” in attacking the industry as being “interested only in preserving their own ‘profits and bonuses.'” And in a true Stalinesque intimidation move, he is threatening to repeal the industry’s antitrust exemption.

It all seems to inevitably come back to the Obama Playbook, written back in 1971; which Heritage sews together nicely in their Oct 21st post in First Principles.

So Lamar Alexander comes to the podium on the Senate floor and offers the White House a warning. Speaking from personal experience as a staff aide in the Nixon White House, he should know.

“An ‘enemies list’ only denigrates the Presidency and the Republic itself,” Alexander said on the Senate floor. “These are unusually difficult times, with plenty of forces encouraging us to disagree. Let’s not start calling people out and compiling an enemies list. Let’s push the street-brawling out of the White House and work together on the truly presidential issues: creating jobs, reducing health care costs, reducing the debt, creating clean energy.”

Politico gleefully points out this quote;

“According to Politico,” Alexander said, “the White House plans to ‘neuter the United States Chamber of Commerce,” an organization with members in almost every major community in America. The Chamber had supported the president’s stimulus package and some of his early appointments, but has problems with his health care and climate change proposals.”

They offer the full text here, and you can watch it below as well.

Senator Alexander’s main suggestion;

“An ‘enemies list’ only denigrates the Presidency and the Republic itself,” Alexander said on the Senate floor. “These are unusually difficult times, with plenty of forces encouraging us to disagree. Let’s not start calling people out and compiling an enemies list. Let’s push the street-brawling out of the White House and work together on the truly presidential issues: creating jobs, reducing health care costs, reducing the debt, creating clean energy.”

I think we can pretty much discard any possibility of working together with this bunch. They’ve declared total war on anyone not enthralled by their “Hope and Change” mantra, which I’d say includes Sen. Alexander.

Rush pointed out yesterday suggesting Obama try to “get along” and “work together” is pointless;

This is like telling the KGB to stop spying on people. This is like telling Castro to stop torturing dissidents. It’s like telling Kim Jong-il, “Hey, you better not launch that missile.” It’s like telling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “You better not! You better not or we’re going to really get into some diplomacy.” What? Tell these guys to stop their enemies list? (stifling laughter) Don’t make me laugh, although I can’t help but laugh. Anyway, I know he knows these words are not going to have any impact; he just wants to get the words on the record. But this is how these people operate! There won’t be an opposition by the time they get through.

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