America–and Obama needs a Kurt Wismach moment

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.