WASHINGTON, September 6, 2014 — Democrats are good at getting elected and bad at governing. They took as gospel the statement by Benjamin Franklin, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
The national debt has doubled, unemployment remains high, American businesses rush to reincorporate overseas to escape high taxes, and Obamacare is poised to reduce the average American’s standard of living and quality of medical care when it is fully implemented early next year. And the enemy of all Americans are the industrialist Koch brothers, says Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
When President Obama admitted during a recent press conference that his administration hadn’t devised “a strategy yet” to deal with the growing threat posed to American interests — not to mention American journalists — by the Islamic State (IS), the implication was that the Obama Administration views its enemies as domestic, not foreign.
Marie Harf, a deputy spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, took to Twitter to condemn Fox News. At issue was an O’Reily Factor segment showing a verbal back-and-forth between Washington correspondent James Rosen and State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki.
When asked about the president’s reticence to state whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State, Psaki’s response was, “Our actions speak for our commitment to this, and the president has authorized more than a hundred strikes in Iraq.”
When Rosen continued to press the question, Psaki said she would not play Rosen’s semantics game.
Psaki “explains foreign policy with intelligence and class,” read a Tweet from Harf, “Too bad we can’t say the same about” the O’Reily Factor.
As regards Fox reporter James Rosen, it’s worth remembering that Attorney General Eric Holder requested, and received, a warrant to search Rosen’s email and phone records and those of his family. In an effort to discover the identity of a government whistleblower, Holder labeled Rosen a “co-conspirator” in the warrant.
The Obama administration has a clear and unequivocal “strategy” when it comes to naming and combatting its perceived domestic enemies. But like our effete European NATO allies, Obama is at a loss when it comes to naming a foreign menace and devising effective strategies to combat it and its growing caliphate.
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson offered some friendly advice to his pal in the Oval Office.
“Political Islam cannot be bombed away. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project,” said Robinson. “If it is not somehow allowed constructive expression, it will make itself heard, and felt, in more tragic ways.”
That’s open-minded for a man whose fellow journalists had their minds unceremoniously opened by their IS executioners.
In 2010, Robinson was concerned by what he perceived as a growing potential for domestic terrorism. That year, Obamacare’s unpopularity was poised to lose Democrats control of the House and the nation’s purse strings.
“The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction,” warned Robinson, “the right, not the left. The vitriolic, anti-government hate speech that is spewed on talk radio every day — and, quite regularly, at Tea Party rallies — is calibrated not to inform but to incite.”
Our electoral system “somehow allowed constructive expression,” with the Tea Party making “itself heard, and felt, in more tragic ways” to proponents of runaway big government. The Tea Party’s incitement cost Nancy Pelosi her Speaker’s gavel by driving citizens to the voting booth, not to violence.
Can the same be said of big government?
An internal email obtained by Judicial Watch shows that the IRS tax-exempt unit under Lois Lerner established “a secret research project” designed to target Tea Party and conservative donors for special attention.
“The committee uncovered new information indicating that after [Tea Party and conservative] groups provided the information [donor lists] to the IRS, nearly one in 10 donors were subject to audit,” GOP Chairman Charles Boustany of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee said Wednesday.
The Obama administration has a longterm and comprehensive strategy for dealing with its enemies. For now, those enemies don’t include the Islamic State.