American Elephants


Terrorists! Monsters! Zombies! Vampires! Aliens! by The Elephant's Child

Liberals are consumed with fury. Here’s another example from Maureen Dowd who compares the Tea Party to the monsters in horror movies:

They were like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive. They were like vampires, draining the country’s reputation, credit rating and compassion. They were like zombies, relentlessly and mindlessly coming back again and again to assault their unnerved victims, Boehner and President Obama. They were like the metallic beasts in “Alien” flashing mouths of teeth inside other mouths of teeth, bursting out of Boehner’s stomach every time he came to a bouquet of microphones.

Victor Davis Hanson points out Obama’s own three-step habit that turns off—everybody.

1. There is the initial call for civility, working across the aisle, and bipartisanship.  2. This is followed by an unleashing of a Chicago-style assault on his opponents”hostage-takers,” “bring a gun to a knife fight,” “kick ass,” “get in their faces,” “fat-cats” and “millionaires and billionaires.” 3. Then he votes present and hits the links.

Stanley Kurtz, Obama scholar, explains the community organizer who is trying to adapt Alinsky’s teaching to the presidency:

Here’s my take on the puzzle of Obama’s leadership style. Obama is still every inch the Alinskyite organizer. He talks about uniting, even as he deliberately polarizes. He moves incrementally toward radical left goals, but never owns up to his ideology. Instead, he tries to work indirectly, by way of the constituencies he seeks to manipulate.

“Leading from behind” is classic Alinskyite strategy. The idea is for the organizer to find out what the people he’s organizing want, give them enough of that to gain authority and control, then slowly and quietly push the group in his ideological direction, all the while making it seem as though the plan is what the people themselves have asked for. Obama used to literally lead from behind, by stage-managing his group’s protests from the back of the room, while the ostensible leaders took charge on stage. That is what Alinskyite organizers do.

Alinskyite organizers are tough when facing down the “enemy” (their word), but subtle, stealthy, and incremental when dealing with the members of their own group. Above all, they are never openly ideological. Everything is portrayed as pragmatism.

The trouble with Obama’s Alinskyite leadership style is that he’s trying to adapt it to the presidency, a role it was never designed for.

The thing you need to remember about all this fulminating and frothing at the mouth is that those “terrorists” in the Tea Party, if they take over completely, want you to keep more of your own money, and to be reasonably free of government regulation.  Vicious!

The Liberals object because they think it’s their money.


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