Sorry to disillusion those of you who are still in denial about President Barack Obama's true socialistic and dictatorial nature, but this guy's militancy against his perceived enemies puts Richard Nixon's White House to shame. His war on Fox News is just his latest salvo.
Obama's perceived enemies are all those who have the temerity not to roll over for his extreme agenda. They all must be demonized, marginalized, and silenced by a president who has turned the Oval Office into a glorified street-organizing headquarters to attack his opponents.
Indeed, this self-described uniter is the most divisive president in memory, and his uncontrollable ego can't countenance legitimate dissent.
— He has smeared medical doctors with reckless charges that they administer unnecessary courses of treatment for profit, e.g., tonsillectomies and limb amputations.
— He publicly berated Chrysler's senior creditors as a "small group of speculators" who "endanger Chrysler's future by refusing to sacrifice like everyone else," merely because they wouldn't acquiesce to his demands and insisted on asserting their contractual rights.
— He has demonized "big oil" and other energy producers, free-market capitalists, corporate executives, pharmaceutical companies, Republicans who oppose his healthcare plan as dishonest and partisan, the wealthy, municipal policemen who dared arrest his Ivy League professor friend for disturbing the peace, pro-lifers, global-warming skeptics, the CIA, the military, the best healthcare system in the world, and George W. Bush every time he needs cover for the inevitably negative consequences of his policies.
— He uses his White House blog to attack his political opponents.
— He condemned opponents of amnesty for illegal aliens as "demagogues."
— He foreshadowed his true nature in the campaign with his spontaneous denunciation of small-town Americans as bitterly clinging to their guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them.
— His administration has likened "tea party" protestors to an "angry mob" and "potential terrorists." His adviser David Axelrod has said they "are not in the mainstream and not in the majority" and represent "the angriest and most strident voices."
— In reference to opponents of his healthcare scheme, he said in a speech to a joint session of Congress, "I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it." He also said: "I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so (Democrats) can clean up the mess." And this: "If you misrepresent what is in this plan, we will call you out."
— He has targeted and vilified the entire insurance industry for daring to oppose his plan, describing them as "those who would bend the truth — or break it — to score political points and stop our progress as a country," and accusing them of "filling the airwaves with deceptive and dishonest ads . . . designed to mislead the American people."
Even the liberal New York Times acknowledged Obama's use of "unusually harsh terms" in attacking the insurance industry as being "interested only in preserving their own profits and bonuses." And in a true Stalinesque intimidation move, he is threatening to repeal the industry's antitrust exemption.
— He has abused the office of the presidency to personally attack Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and conservative talk radio in general. As we speak, his "czars" are devising schemes to shut down that very medium.
— Now he has launched an orchestrated attack against the only television network that makes a sincere effort at offering balance, Fox News Channel, in an attempt to isolate, demonize, and delegitimize the organization because it won't follow suit and join the state-run media. The administration is vacillating between boycotting and allowing some administration officials to appear on the network.
Obama singled Fox out as "entirely devoted to attacking my administration." Rahm Emanuel said it's "not a news organization so much as it has a perspective."
David Axelrod said, "It's really not news; it's pushing a point of view." Axelrod implored ABC's George Stephanopoulos and his network "not to treat (Fox) as a news organization."
White House communications director Anita Dunn, who has bragged about her success at controlling the media, said Fox is "like a wing of the Republican Party" that "spouts Republican talking points."
The common denominator of all these vicious White House attacks is that their targets are those who oppose the administration's agenda. Instead of selling its agenda the old-fashioned way — by convincing the unconvinced — it attacks those who dare to articulate and air the opposing point of view.
This is a totalitarian, bullying administration, which is revealing its heightened state of panic and desperation over the public's growing awareness of the dangerousness of its policy prescriptions for America.
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His book "Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party" was released recently in paperback. To find out more about David Limbaugh, please visit his Web site at www.DavidLimbaugh.com.