Rory Cooper, writing at “The Foundry,” said, “In 1971, America was introduced to President Richard Nixon’s ‘Enemies List’.” “In 2012, President Obama’s campaign has managed to make Nixon’s list look quaint, legitimate and even routine.”
At Obama’s “Truth Team” web site we get this: “A closer look at Romney’s donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans, and still others are donating to help ensure Romney puts beneficial policies in place for them. Here’s a look at just a few of the people Romney has relied on:” The site then lists eight people and their transgressions.
Cooper continues, “…Obama has relied on a vast grassroots network to coerce, bully, boycott and vilify individuals lawfully taking part in the political process ….” “Shouldn’t every American be protected against the heavy hand of governmental intimidation? The President must explain his intimidation of people who have lawfully participated in the political system and have borne no electoral injustice to our nation other than participating in lawful industries the President finds objectionable and supporting organizations and campaigns the President opposes.”
Kimberley Strassel, writing in The Wall Street Journal, says, “You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check. Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for ‘betting against America,’ and accuses you of having a ‘less-than-reputable’ record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.”
Any president who threatens a private citizen for his politics is engaging in government intimidation. But that fact did not stop Obama and his supporters. While the eight individuals listed are wealthy, all are private citizens. None of them is a criminal, holds an elected office, or has anywhere near the power of Obama. The only “crime” they committed is that they gave money to Romney.
Besides his list, Obama has threatened insurance and oil companies, as well as Wall Street firms. He has let it be known that those who oppose his policies might face political or legislative retribution. He lectured the Supreme Court for giving companies more free speech and (falsely) accused the Chamber of Commerce of using foreign money to bankroll US elections. In the name of “full disclosure,” Obama has authored a (yet to be released) executive order that will require companies to list political donations as a condition of bidding for government contracts.
Obama and his campaign have justified their actions by saying that it has a right to “hold the eventual Republican nominee accountable.” But that is a stretch as Romney’s name doesn’t appear on the list – only donors.
Obama swore an oath to protect and defend a Constitution that gives every American the right to partake in democracy, free of fear of government intimidation.
And where, you ask, is the MSM? They are, as usual when it comes to Obama, absent. The MSM, so far, has given this tactic a pass, has not made a “big deal” of it. Will it take the presence of the name of someone in the MSM before it will defend Constitutional freedoms? Don’t hold your breath. No liberal MSM person will ever appear on Obama’s enemies list.
But that’s just my opinion.
Cross-posted at RWNO, my personal web site.