By 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.
Obama 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.