America–and Obama needs a Kurt Wismach moment

by John Ruberry | August 3rd, 2014

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America--and Obama needs a Kurt Wismach moment

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By John Ruberry

When Pres­i­dent Obama give a pub­lic speech before a large crowd, his oper­a­tives pack the house with loy­al­ists and syco­phants. Such was the case in Kansas City with an Obama address last week that was in all effects a polit­i­cal rally, as are most of the president’s speeches.

But one woman who didn’t fit the Obama-​lover pro­file some­how made it into the crowd at the KC event and she shouted, pos­si­bly in rela­tion to his administration’s veiled hos­til­ity to the Jew­ish state, “Jesus is the Lord of Israel.”

Obama replied that he believed in God. Mean­while, the Obama-​bots that made up the rest of the audi­ence chanted, “We love you, we love you!”

I don’t believe they where speak­ing of Jesus.

Heck­lers at a polit­i­cal speech are usu­ally rude jerks, but once in a while they are spot-​on right, as East Berlin fac­tory worker Kurt Wis­mach was in 1961, days before East Ger­many began con­struc­tion of the Berlin Wall.

The nation’s dic­ta­tor Wal­ter Ulbricht was giv­ing a speech at a cable fac­tory where he crit­i­cized the flow of refugees from his coun­try into free West Berlin as well as calls for free elections.

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Sit­ting on a row of cable above the man the head of the Soviet secret police called “the great­est idiot” he ever encoun­tered was Wis­mach, who belted out, “Even if I am the only one to say it: Free elec­tions!” Ulbricht, as all dem­a­gogues do, expanded the issue to a ludi­crous level, men­tion­ing that prior the rise of Hitler, Ger­many had free elec­tions; while on the other hand, the per­son­al­ity cult leader failed to add that West Ger­many suc­cess­fully rose out of rub­ble of World War II because it was a demo­c­ra­tic and cap­i­tal­ist nation.

Undaunted, Wis­mach shouted back at Ulbricht, “Have you the slight­est idea what the peo­ple really think?”

Of course Ulbricht didn’t.

Wis­mach was of course inter­ro­gated by com­mu­nist offi­cials and forced to recant his state­ments, but he and his fam­ily quickly escaped to West Berlin.

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Does, as Wis­mach asked of Ulbricht, Pres­i­dent Obama have the slight­est idea what the peo­ple really think?

A major­ity of Amer­i­cans oppose Oba­maCare, they oppose what Obama calls “com­pre­hen­sive immi­gra­tion reform” but in effect is really amnesty for ille­gal immi­grants, and they oppose Obama’s hos­til­ity to fos­sil fuels, which is best exem­pli­fied by his refusal to approve the Key­stone XL pipeline.

Does Obama know what Amer­i­cans think?

Does he even care?

Kurt Wis­mach where are you?

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Eureka Berlin Wall

Berlin wall segment, Eureka College

By John Ruberry

When President Obama give a public speech before a large crowd, his operatives pack the house with loyalists and sycophants. Such was the case in Kansas City with an Obama address last week that was in all effects a political rally, as are most of the president’s speeches.

But one woman who didn’t fit the Obama-lover profile somehow made it into the crowd at the KC event and she shouted, possibly in relation to his administration’s veiled hostility to the Jewish state, “Jesus is the Lord of Israel.”

Obama replied that he believed in God. Meanwhile, the Obama-bots that made up the rest of the audience chanted, “We love you, we love you!”

I don’t believe they where speaking of Jesus.

Hecklers at a  political speech are usually rude jerks, but once in a while they are spot-on right, as East Berlin factory worker Kurt Wismach was in 1961, days before East Germany began construction of the Berlin Wall.

The nation’s dictator Walter Ulbricht was giving a speech at a cable factory where he criticized the flow of refugees from his country into free West Berlin as well as calls for free elections.

Berlin Wall replica  segment, Dixon, IL

Berlin Wall replica
segment, Dixon, IL

Sitting on a row of cable above the man the head of the Soviet secret police called “the greatest idiot” he ever encountered was Wismach, who belted out, “Even if I am the only one to say it: Free elections!”  Ulbricht, as all demagogues do, expanded the issue to a ludicrous level, mentioning that prior the rise of Hitler, Germany had free elections; while on the other hand, the personality cult leader failed to add that West Germany successfully rose out of rubble of World War II because it was a democratic and capitalist nation.

Undaunted, Wismach shouted back at Ulbricht, “Have you the slightest idea what the people really think?”

Of course Ulbricht didn’t.

Wismach was of course interrogated by communist officials and forced to recant his statements, but he and his family quickly escaped to West Berlin.

John "Lee" Ruberry

John “Lee” Ruberry

Does, as Wismach asked of Ulbricht, President Obama have the slightest idea what the people really think?

A majority of Americans oppose ObamaCare, they oppose what Obama calls “comprehensive immigration reform” but in effect is really amnesty for illegal immigrants, and they oppose Obama’s hostility to fossil fuels, which is best exemplified by his refusal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

Does Obama know what Americans think?

Does he even care?

Kurt Wismach where are you?

 John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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