Obama’s anti-free speech ’08 campaign set the tone for Chicago attack on Trump

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Obama's anti-free speech '08 campaign set the tone for Chicago attack on Trump

UICBy John Ruberry

There’s not a lib­eral Amer­ica and a con­ser­v­a­tive Amer­ica. There’s the United States of Amer­ica.” Barack Obama, Demo­c­ra­tic National Con­ven­tion, 2004.

Inspi­ra­tional words, yes. But the spirit of the Demo­c­ra­tic Party is now embod­ied by the left­ist mob in Barack Obama’s home­town who packed the house at the UIC Pavil­ion, pre­vent­ing a pos­si­ble pres­i­den­tial suc­ces­sor, Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, from speak­ing at a rally.

Speech codes and safe zones are as much as a part of the 21st col­lege expe­ri­ence as cram­ming for finals, the UIC Pavil­ion is on the cam­pus of the Uni­ver­sity of Illinois-​Chicago, where iron­i­cally Obama crony and unre­pen­tant ter­ror­ist Bill Ayers was a tenured pro­fes­sor. But speech codes have entered the polit­i­cal arena. Free­dom of expres­sion is accept­able for the left – as long as they agree with what is being said.

Oh, iron­i­cally Ayers was protest­ing Trump out­side the Pavil­ion. I’m sure he was pleased by what he witnessed.

Trump’s force­ful, and yes, some­times abra­sive remarks on Islamic ter­ror­ism and ille­gal immi­gra­tion have altered the polit­i­cal dynamic and re-​written the norms of polit­i­cal campaigning.

There are a num­ber of ways peo­ple can respon­si­bly respond to Trump. Among those pos­si­bil­i­ties are ignor­ing him, not vot­ing for him, and peace­fully protest him. And to respon­si­ble peo­ple – peace­fully protest­ing does not mean scream­ing dur­ing ral­lies with the intent of dis­rup­tion, aggres­sively con­fronting Trump sup­port­ers, or block­ing traffic.

Left­ists don’t agree.

And Barack Obama isn’t inno­cent in regards to this trans­for­ma­tion. Four years after his DNC keynote address in Boston, Obama was the party’s nom­i­nee. While Obama and most of his cam­paign appa­ra­tus were in Den­ver for the 2008 con­ven­tion, cere­bral con­ser­v­a­tive Milt Rosen­berg hosted author Stan­ley Kurtz for his WGN Chicago radio show, where he talked about Obama’s ties to Bill Ayers.

How did the Obama cam­paign respond?

With this email to its supporters:

In the next few hours, we have a cru­cial oppor­tu­nity to fight one of the most cyn­i­cal and offen­sive smears ever launched against Barack.

Tonight, WGN radio is giv­ing right-​wing hatchet man Stan­ley Kurtz a forum to air his base­less, fear-​mongering ter­ror­ist smears. He’s cur­rently sched­uled to spend a solid two-​hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. push­ing lies, dis­tor­tions, and manip­u­la­tions about Barack and Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois pro­fes­sor William Ayers.

Tell WGN that by pro­vid­ing Kurtz with air­time, they are legit­imiz­ing base­less attacks from a smear-​merchant and low­er­ing the stan­dards of polit­i­cal discourse.

Call into the “Exten­sion 720″ show with Milt Rosen­berg at (312) 591-​XXXX. (I edited the number.)

(Show airs from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. tonight)

Then report back on your call at http://​my​.barack​obama​.com/​W​G​N​s​t​a​n​dards.

That cultish email is fascistic.

You will report about any insults about Dear Leader. Orders must be obeyed at all times. You will do as you are told.

Rosen­berg explained to lis­ten­ers that he repeat­edly asked for some­one from the Obama cam­paign – whose cam­paign head­quar­ters was just four blocks from the WGN stu­dios – to appear on his pro­gram to rebut Kurtz.

And not every­one was in Den­ver dur­ing Kurtz’ appear­ance, Ben LaBolt, a senior Obama spokesman, was in Chicago. And if LaBolt had stage­fright that night, well, that doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence because by all accounts in 2008 there was tele­phone ser­vice in Denver.

Kurtz, who holds a Ph.D. in social anthro­pol­ogy, is hardly a “right-​wing hatchet man” as the Obama appa­ra­tus claimed. Two months later there was another Obama call-​to-​arms when David Fred­doso, the author of The Case Against Barack Obama, was a guest on Rosenberg’s show.

Rotting FishObama and his cam­paign never apol­o­gized for the Rosenberg-​Kurtz anti-​free speech abom­i­na­tion. Did Obama know about the attack? I wager that he did.

And if he didn’t? Well, a say­ing favored by 1988 Demo­c­ra­tic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee comes to mind: “A fish rots from the head first.”

As pres­i­dent Obama the col­lec­tivist has gov­erned by divid­ing and sub­di­vid­ing Amer­i­cans into seem­ingly man­age­able groups: male, female, black, white, His­panic, gay, straight, trans­gen­dered, reli­gious, athe­ist, omni­vores, veg­e­tar­i­ans and many oth­ers. Obama presents him­self as the only pos­si­ble uniter of these groups. Of course he’s failed and the next pres­i­dent will have to repair Obama’s damage.

There’s a lot of finger-​pointing going on in regards to the mêlée at Friday’s can­celled Trump rally.

One big fin­ger– per­haps Trump-​style it should be the mid­dle one – deserves to be firmly pointed in the direc­tion of our first col­lec­tivist pres­i­dent, whose cam­paign even went as far as form­ing on Orwellian “Truth Squad” in ’08. The fol­low­ing year the Obama White House requested Amer­i­cans to inform on each other in regards to “fishy” claims about health care legislation.

What was that again about fish?

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit. He’ll be vot­ing for Don­ald Trump in Tuesday’s Illi­nois Primary.

UICBy John Ruberry

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America. There’s the United States of America.” Barack Obama, Democratic National Convention, 2004.

Inspirational words, yes. But the spirit of the Democratic Party is now embodied by the leftist mob in Barack Obama’s hometown who packed the house at the UIC Pavilion, preventing a possible presidential successor, Republican Donald Trump, from speaking at a rally.

Speech codes and safe zones are as much as a part of the 21st college experience as cramming for finals, the UIC Pavilion is on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, where ironically Obama crony and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers was a tenured professor. But speech codes have entered the political arena. Freedom of expression is acceptable for the left–as long as they agree with what is being said.

Oh, ironically Ayers was protesting Trump outside the Pavilion. I’m sure he was pleased by what he witnessed.

Trump’s forceful, and yes, sometimes abrasive remarks on Islamic terrorism and illegal immigration have altered the political dynamic and re-written the norms of political campaigning.

There are a number of ways people can responsibly respond to Trump. Among those possibilities are ignoring him, not voting for him, and peacefully protest him. And to responsible people–peacefully protesting does not mean screaming during rallies with the intent of disruption, aggressively confronting Trump supporters, or blocking traffic.

Leftists don’t agree.

And Barack Obama isn’t innocent in regards to this transformation. Four years after his DNC keynote address in Boston, Obama was the party’s nominee. While Obama and most of his campaign apparatus were in Denver for the 2008 convention, cerebral conservative Milt Rosenberg hosted author Stanley Kurtz for his WGN Chicago radio show, where he talked about Obama’s ties to Bill Ayers.

How did the Obama campaign respond?

With this email to its supporters:

In the next few hours, we have a crucial opportunity to fight one of the most cynical and offensive smears ever launched against Barack.

Tonight, WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears. He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.

Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.

Call into the “Extension 720” show with Milt Rosenberg at (312) 591-XXXX. (I edited the number.)

(Show airs from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. tonight)

Then report back on your call at http://my.barackobama.com/WGNstandards.

That cultish email is fascistic.

You will report about any insults about Dear Leader. Orders must be obeyed at all times. You will do as you are told.

Rosenberg explained to listeners that he repeatedly asked for someone from the Obama campaign–whose campaign headquarters was just four blocks from the WGN studios–to appear on his program to rebut Kurtz.

And not everyone was in Denver during Kurtz’ appearance, Ben LaBolt, a senior Obama spokesman, was in Chicago. And if LaBolt had stagefright that night, well, that doesn’t make a difference because by all accounts in 2008 there was telephone service in Denver.

Kurtz, who holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology, is hardly a “right-wing hatchet man” as the Obama apparatus claimed. Two months later there was another Obama call-to-arms when David Freddoso, the author of The Case Against Barack Obama, was a guest on Rosenberg’s show.

Rotting FishObama and his campaign never apologized for the Rosenberg-Kurtz anti-free speech abomination. Did Obama know about the attack? I wager that he did.

And if he didn’t? Well, a saying favored by 1988 Democratic presidential nominee comes to mind: “A fish rots from the head first.”

As president Obama the collectivist has governed by dividing and subdividing Americans into seemingly manageable groups: male, female, black, white, Hispanic, gay, straight, transgendered, religious, atheist, omnivores, vegetarians and many others. Obama presents himself as the only possible uniter of these groups. Of course he’s failed and the next president will have to repair Obama’s damage.

There’s a lot of finger-pointing going on in regards to the melee at Friday’s cancelled Trump rally.

One big finger– perhaps Trump-style it should be the middle one–deserves to be firmly pointed in the direction of our first collectivist president, whose campaign even went as far as forming on Orwellian “Truth Squad” in ’08. The following year the Obama White House requested Americans to inform on each other in regards to “fishy” claims about health care legislation.

What was that again about fish?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. He’ll be voting for Donald Trump in Tuesday’s Illinois Primary.