Obama’s Doubletalk on Political Dissent – by Michelle Malkin


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President Obama traveled all the way to China to praise the free flow of information. It’s the only safe place he could do so without getting heckled. With a straight face, Obama lauded political dissent and told Chinese students he welcomed unfettered criticism in America. Fierce opposition, he said, made him “a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don’t want to hear.” How do you say “You lie!” in Mandarin?

While the kowtower-in-chief’s press shop feeds paeans to free speech into Obama’s globetrotting teleprompter, the White House is still waging war on vocal foes at home. Obama has lectured his critics in Washington to stop talking and “get out of the way.” He has stacked his carefully staged town halls with partisan stooges and campaign plants throughout the year. The president recently derided limited-government activists in the Tea Party movement with a vulgar sexual term used by left-wing cable host Anderson Cooper on CNN and the MSNBC smear merchants (just Google “teabagging” and you’ll see what they mean).

There are now more muzzled watchdogs in the Obama administration than on the sidelines of the Westminster Kennel Club show.

Most recently, two EPA lawyers critical of the “fatally flawed” cap-and-trade system — peddled by their agency, the White House and the Democratic majority — were told by their superiors to yank a video they posted to YouTube explaining their views. Despite including a caveat that the opinions expressed were their own and not the agency’s, the couple faces possible disciplinary action by the feds. While demanding the video be yanked, the EPA disingenuously claims it tolerates all dissenting views of its employees.

The clampdown follows on the heels of the Obama EPA’s stifling of veteran researcher Alan Carlin’s dissent. He dared to challenge the agency’s reliance on outdated data to support its greenhouse gas “public endangerment” finding. Carlin’s report was squelched; his office is now on the chopping block.

In China, O proclaimed himself “a big supporter of non-censorship.” But his FCC “diversity” czar, Mark Lloyd, is bent on re-engineering public airwaves by redistributing free speech rights from conservative haves who earned their success to minority have-nots who demand talk radio entitlements in the name of “media justice.”

And among Obama’s closest advisers is a husband-and-wife duo who specializes in marginalizing and stifling the Democratic Party’s most effective enemies. Just days after White House interim communications director Anita Dunn — the administration’s resident Mao cheerleader and Fox News-basher — stepped down to take a planned role as a “consultant” behind the scenes, her husband, Robert Bauer, stepped up and shoved aside White House counsel Greg Craig.

The problem? Former Clinton lawyer Craig wasn’t tough enough for Chicago-on-the-Potomac.

 

Obama needed an intimate ally who will put hardball politics ahead of policy and the law. Bauer fits the bill.

A partner at the prestigious law firm Perkins & Coie, Bauer served as counsel to the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Obama for America. He has served as Obama’s personal attorney, navigating the corrupted waters of former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pay-for-play scandals in Illinois. He also served as legal counsel to the George Soros-funded 527 organization America Coming Together during the 2004 campaign.

That get-out-the-vote outfit, helmed by Patrick Gaspard (the former Service Employees International Union heavy turned Obama domestic policy chief), employed convicted felons as canvassers and committed campaign finance violations that led to a $775,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission under Bauer’s watch.

During the 2008 campaign, Bauer pooh-poohed GOP complaints about voter fraud. While decrying the Republicans’ “fear message,” it was Bauer who was on a fear-inducing crusade — pulling out all legal stops to silence conservative critics of Obama’s ties to the radical left.

As I’ve noted previously, and in light of Obama’s self-serving praise for political dissent abroad, I note again: It was Bauer who lobbied the Justice Department unsuccessfully last fall to pursue a criminal probe of American Issues Project (AIP), an independent group that sought to run an ad spotlighting Obama’s ties to Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

It was Bauer and his legal goon squad who attempted to sic the DOJ on GOP donor Harold Simmons and sought his prosecution for funding the ad. In a parallel effort launched the same week as Bauer’s legal efforts, a nonprofit called “Accountable America,” spearheaded by a former operative of the Obama-endorsing MoveOn outfit, began trolling campaign finance databases and targeting conservative donors with “warning letters” in a thuggish attempt to depress Republican fundraising.

It was Bauer who tried to bully television stations across the country into pulling the spot. Team Obama then summoned their troops to bombard stations, many of them owned by conservative-leaning Sinclair Communications, with 93,000 e-mails to squelch the commercial.

With Bob “The Silencer” Bauer now working from the inside and Anita “News Commissar” Dunn working from the outside, Obama has a state media police apparatus the Chinese regime itself could love.

  • jackhampton

    You can always depend on Michelle Malkin to get to the facts. Sge should have been a cop. God Bless her and her fine work.

  • Carterthewriter

    Your insight has opened many eyes as to the problems beset our country. You are a true patriot and we support your efforts, Maybe, someday, main stream media will put their pens down long enough to think seriously about the truth.

  • Voltimand

    Obama's a con man and a shyster, precisely what one would expect from a product of Chicago's corrupt democrat political machine. What's important about Malkin's comment is that is part of a steady stream on conservative blogs of non-stop outings of Obama's political machinations.

    Every time one of these things comes out, more people are added to the list of voters who are going after the democrats in 2010 and Obama–presumably–in 2012.

    The beauty of the Obama administration is that it is constitutionally unable to hide anything about themselves, no matter how hard they try. This is because they are not servants of the country, but worshippers at the shrine of their own
    fundamentally fascist ideology: they want to control you to take your money and feed their supporters, and they put that program out front and center for all to see. They remain their own worst enemies–as long as America has a viable and credible electoral system: something that Obama will I predict be assaulting shortly when the whole census issue blows up.

    Meanwhile, I invite all readers to sit back and watch the “march of the clowns” as they enter the national political circus and proceed to the center rink to display their acts.

  • Lindarosemary

    Obama is now in the beginnings of several phases that the Cloward/Pivens strategies espoused……….. “overhwelm the system” to lead to a total collapse. This is exactly what Obama is attempting to do. hye HATES THIS COUNTRY. He was raised by a radical mother, his grandfather introduced him to rabid communist black Frank Marshal Davis,who became his mentoring indoctrinator. Obama's entire life has been spent in an atmosphere radical indoctrination. He has studied it and used it asn organizer ( agitator), surrounded by radicals like Bill Ayers, his pastor Wright and many others.. Exhibit the list of his czars, and they are ALL radicals. He intends to destroy this nation.

    Recently he had Reverend Manning of You Tube fame investigated and interrogated at his home. Obama is furious because Manning is telling the world what Obama really is. Blacks and whites alike see his videos on a regular basis, so Obama would liek to shut him up. Is this how this president will operate ? YES. This faux president will seek and destroy those who oppose him. He is a dictator wanna be. He's backed by many just like him, who now have all the clout and access to everything in Washington they need to cause terror and destruction of all who oppose this regime.

  • Lindarosemary

    Voltimand AMEN

  • jondavis142

    jackhampton you are right Michelle Malkin always does her job.
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  • Carterthewriter

    Obama will have to arrest the majority of Americans to sustain his current policies. If he forgot that we are still a free nation, then we shall remind him very soon.

  • wingsnut95

    Thank you for gettting the real facts out. Nice to see that someone has the courage to show what is rally going on.

  • izzyanderson

    Absolutely true! I never thought I'd see the day when I favored a military coup in America.

  • eerie Steve

    If Michelle would actually re-read 1984, the double talk was not a calculated act, but more of a symptom of the disease of mass killing. It was as if Orwell was not saying “people who want to be dictators use double talk” but more “beware the man of the fork tongue today, for it is not the 1600s. It is not a nuclear bomb that lies under the fork tongue today, but humans cleaving other humans off of their societies by the millions.”

    That is the great temptation of Obama, just how easy it is to become President. Do not attack Obama. Attack Soros, and Obama will fall and Sarah Palin will be President. Obama is the fruit and Soros is the water and sunshine and there is no vine which connects them.

    You know what works with double talkers? Not a poison pill, but a reckless poison pill. As far as I am concern, the race issue boils down to one thing, human pheromones, and it was settled back when the Spanish germs beat the Mayan germs because of the resident immunities of the “steppe” calvary.

    But better yet, leave Obama in power. Get Obama another 4 years, as he is effectively useless. Before the presidency, capture the Congress. Before the Congress, capture the governorships. Gerrymander the country to death to prevent a Hillary 2016 ticket and run Romney as President with Palin as VP and Dick Marcinko as Defense Secretary.

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  • andyFree

    Obama's censorship looks like pathetically small beer compared with, say, the cover-up of the death of Pat Tillman. If we only prosecuted the “goofball” who killed Pat for the “gross negligence” the investigation found, we'd immediately be on track to uncover the entire drug-smuggling career of Karzai's brother and get Afghanistan back on track.

    Then there's the dozens of occasions that Bush told us that Saddam held the key to to war in Iraq, when we now know he was going to attack Iraq regardless, and the whole UN thing was just a sham that Blair invented to cover up for him. These are gross misdemeanours and nothing from Obama is remotely similar.

  • Carterthewriter

    A tragic incident, I agree, but nothing compared to that which happened to the World Trade Center.

  • eerie Steve

    Do you feel the government imports heroin, or do you see the value of the Afghani poppy in a growing society in need of healthcare? Guess what costs the mosts at the hospital outside of insurance needed to scare away the trial lawyers?

    Yes. Theoretically we could nuke poppy fields. But then there would be a rush on pain killers. Yes there are oxycotins today, but morphine is morphine, and oxycotin generation equipment would just go up.

    Information kills in a war, and the military protects their own. They exalt criminals, and they kill heroes, period. That is what champions are for, to be smashed under by the druids in the woods.

    If you are talking about the Downing Street Memo, that was a matter of diction. Do you really know what governs men? In the real world, it is practically not why, but how much.

    In effect, under Bush, we went where Alexander conquered. Why? To protect the Indians he didn't conquer? Why? To kill the idiots who conquered us.

    As far as Saddam goes, in effect, culturally speaking, we hung Nebuchadnezzar. Do you know what that is like in the Moslem world? It is like if Patton came back from World War II, conquered the vast majority of Mexico, and then is just wiped out overnight not by the King of England, but Catholic bandits at the behest of the Pope for all the nuns he raped in Germany.

    Do you know what it is like to be hunted by the big bad wolf for the most of your life, and then, pop! like a child playing with a toy you disappear?

    Peace has victories, none the less the ones earned by “Big Country can beat up on evil little ones.”

  • jackhampton

    Nuts. CooCoo CooCoo

  • davarino

    Hey dude your phones ringing. Thanks Donny.

    I love that movie hehehehehe

    psst, I dont think this guy is playing with a full deck.

  • BRUNO

    A communist through & through. If these people ever get unchecked power, it's all over (maybe it already is). I pray to God that we can hold off until the mid term elections and build a strong enough minority (or even a majority in at least one house) to hold him at bay until 2012.

  • jackhampton

    Ya think maybe the lights are on but no bodies home?