President Obama went to Baltimore to lecture – uh, I mean – talk with republicans about working in a “bipartisan” manner. And during his speech – I mean – discussion, he said something that I think is key to understanding the man.
“How some of you went after this [healthcare] bill, you’d think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot.” (laughter) “No, I mean that’s how you guys presented it. The way these issues are being presented by the Republicans is that this is some wild-eyed plot to impose huge government in every aspect of our lives.”
He never denied that charge. He only posited that such a notion was absurd, that it needed no response. And this is a classic tactic of Obama. He will throw out what he is doing or intends to do in rhetoric supposed to mimic his critics and in a manner that suggests that such things cannot possibly be true. But he does not deny it.
Take this from the campaign trail. In talking about redistributing other people‘s money, Obama said:
“John McCain and Sarah Palin, they call this socialistic. You know, I don’t know when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”
There was no denial that his policy is socialistic, only a maligning of his opponent.
Take another example. In October of this past year, Obama dismissed criticism of his handling of the economy by passing blame to the Bush administration, and in doing so, said:
“When I’m busy, and [Speaker of the House] Nancy [Pelosi]’s busy, with a mop cleaning up somebody else’s mess, we don’t want somebody sitting back saying, ‘you’re not holding the mop the right way’ … ‘you’re not mopping fast enough’ … ‘that’s a socialist mop.’ Grab a mop; we need help.”
Again, Obama does not deny that his mop is indeed socialist. This time, he focuses on the problem he is working to fix and ridicules anyone suggesting socialism as being petty and not concerned with fixing the problem.
This is something we will see more of. The policies this administration wants to impose are completely designed to grab more power over our lives. But they cannot be open and honest about that or they would be heavily resisted. But they also cannot deny history. They cannot deny that socialism has brought us some of the worst atrocities mankind has ever seen. Watch and see…when challenged with charges of socialism and government control, they will agree that those atrocities were horrible and worthy of condemnation. They will then mock anyone who would suggest the administration is going down the same path as out of their mind. They will not deny the charge, only suggest the charge is ridiculous. In doing so, they kill two birds with one stone: 1)They don’t have to lie about who they are (they can in fact tell you exactly who and what they are), and 2)They can paint their opponents as paranoid lunatics who think the administration wants radical amounts of power the Constitution does not grant.
But make no mistake, that is exactly what they want.