Obama’s Tea Party Attack

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


According to the New York Times, President Obama’s political advisers are considering a national ad campaign that will attempt to convince Americans that Tea Party “radicals” are “taking over” the Republican Party. Such a strategy demonstrates two things: first, Democrat ideologues have bought into their own propaganda regarding the composition and objectives of the movement; second, as a result of those erroneous assumptions, Democrats are convinced that tying the Tea Party to Republicans would be detrimental to the GOP. Oddly enough, so do a handful of Republicans. Which Republicans? The very same RINOs (Republican In Name Only) who orchestrated their own party’s demise.

It is no secret that Republicans were drummed out of office beginning in 2006 for one simple reason: they abandoned their core principles. Americans came to understand that “compassionate conservatism” was nothing more than tax-and-spend liberalism sold under a different name. And while George W. Bush has often been cited for maintaining a commitment to his core values, those values–with the lone exception of his approach to Islamic terror–were hardly conservative. They were values which gave America such things as “free” prescription drugs, lavish farm subsidies, steel tariffs — and the same kind of irresponsible, break-the-bank spending for which Democrats were famous.

In short, the RINO wing of the Republican party reigned supreme. Much like its Democrat counterpart, this faction of the party believed the path to permanent power in Washington, D.C. consisted of bribing the electorate with federal programs–no matter how unaffordable it became. The culmination of RINO shortsightedness was the nomination of John McCain for president, thus giving a substantial portion of the electorate, aka conservatives, a very bad choice: a younger liberal, versus an aging one, masquerading as a Republican.

Americans opted for youth, abetted by a mainstream media which collectively–and successfully–tamped down Barack Obama’s radical political views and his associations with former terrorists, a racist preacher and a Communist mentor.

Suffused with solid victories in two consecutive election cycles, the American Left reacted quite predictably: they assumed they had become invincible. Democrat political strategist James Carville summed up this mindset when he predicted that Democrats “would rule for forty years.” Since over-bearing arrogance has always been a staple of the Left, it wasn’t long before Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et al, were convinced that Americans would embrace their worldview of a “fundamentally broken” nation in need of a thorough make-over.

That arrogance is directly responsible for the rise of the Tea Party movement. It is an arrogance demonstrated by a health care bill replete with bribes, put together in secret, and voted into law without a single Republican supporting it. It is an arrogance which engendered an $865 billion stimulus bill, which neither held unemployment under a promised eight percent, nor stimulated anything other than a government sector, which added jobs even as the private sector was hemorrhaging them. It is an arrogance which has aligned itself with illegal immigrants and Ground Zero provocateurs over concerned Americans who were called “bigots” for disagreeing with that alignment. It is an arrogance which, if the current election predictions hold, will likely manifest itself in a Congressional lame-duck session where Democrats will attempt to a pass cap-and-trade bill and/or amnesty for illegal aliens.

It is no secret why the American Left despises the Tea Party movement. Its three main planks–limited government, fiscal responsibility and fealty to the Constitution as written–are antithetical to everything the Left holds dear. Thus, the very same folks who decried the “politics of personal destruction” during the Clinton years are determined to undermine the movement by any means necessary. This includes president Obama, who both taught and firmly believes in the “Alinsky Method,” a compendium of ideas designed to foment social revolution written by uber community activist Saul Alinsky. One of those ideas, “pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it” has become standard operating procedure for a White House which has demonized Fox News, “fat cat” bankers, “greedy” insurance companies, and apparently “dangerous” Tea Partiers in a new ad campaign.

One wonders if the president realizes he might be polarizing a majority of Americans with that campaign. Even if he is not, the reality of the 2010 election is that it is far more likely to be a referendum on the failures of the Obama administration and a Democratically-controlled Congress than the successes of the Tea Party movement. It is Democrats who own a dismal economy, a hated health care bill, taxpayer bailouts for favored constituencies–and a thinly-disguised contempt for the will of the people. In addition, their most recent attempt to “blame Bush” has fallen flat. Attempting to portray the Tea Party movement as another bogeyman is likely to be equally futile.

Republican resistance to the Tea Partiers? Very simple. The RINO wing of the party is slowly being purged and replaced with people who espouse genuinely conservative principles. In three Republican primaries in Alaska, Florida and Delaware, establishment party picks, Lisa Murkowski, Charlie Crist, and Mike Castle were beaten by Tea Party candidates Joe Miller, Marc Rubio and Christine O’Connell, respectively.

Judged by the subsequent actions of the losers, the electorate was right on the money. Crist is already running as a third party candidate, Murkowski is attempting to the do the same with a write-in candidacy, and Castle has announced he will remain “neutral” rather than support O’Donnell, despite being a Republican for forty-five years. So much for party loyalty.

Christine O’Donnell has been the particular focus of establishment scorn because she’s viewed as a weak candidate, and because Castle was a lock to win a state that is now trending Democrat. It is a scorn exemplified by the National Republican Senatorial Committee initially announcing they wouldn’t fund her campaign. They recanted a day later. Perhaps they came to their senses–or perhaps the fact that O’Donnell raised nearly a million dollars in campaign donations less than twenty four hours after her victory “clarified” their thinking.

Whether O’Donnell is the right candidate or a winner is largely irrelevant. No political movement produces perfect candidates, and if the Tea Party has legs after this November’s election, is it likely there will be other candidates with less-than-stellar credentials representing the movement.

Nor is winning the ultimate bottom line at this particular moment in time. Something far bigger is occurring here: Americans are making it plain that the status quo of two political parties “without a dime’s worth of difference between them” is coming to an end. They are sick to death of voting for the “lesser of two evils,” especially when such “choices” are mortgaging the future of the country in the process. In Delaware, better a “flawed” Christine O’Donnell than a phony Mike Castle.

If Democrats are politically tone-deaf enough to characterize as “radicals” Americans who have demonstrated enormous courage by showing up at town hall meetings, marching on Washington, D.C., and kicking arrogant incumbents to the curb, so be it. If Republicans are dumb enough to miss an enormous opportunity to re-energize their party around principles they say they stand for, they are equally obtuse.

Perhaps neither party has enough time to consider the unthinkable: a political movement which has garnered so much success in less than two years could conceivably evolve into a viable third party by the 2012 election. It wouldn’t take much to get the electorate excited by the idea of tossing out members of the aptly-anointed “ruling class” in both parties.

It’s the principles, stupid.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    The Obama Administration has already denied the attack ads will occur. For that very reason, keep your eyes peeled.

    • Dedicated

      You may call Lady Obama a cow. At least she is not a drunk and never murdered anyhone while drunk. I can see how you would be that evil towards these great leaders. You must be jealous of their education ha? No one is telling you what to eat but saying we must eat healthy food. What is Liberal about that? only ignorant fools act like that when given good advice about health. It takes one cow to know another.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        I have no idea what you're going on about. Either you're confusing me with someone else who wrote something unflattering about Michelle Obama, or you're just a psychopath lashing out indiscriminately.

  • scythe

    Bring it on. Nothing we Tea Partiers like better than an incredibly tone deaf, arrogant, elitist opponent.. In fact, we owe this louche President one hell of a big thank you, when the dust settles. I have been waiting for close to four decades for this moment to arrive. When Americans will wake up to the fact that everything in our daily lives is shot through with a Marxist agenda. Thanks to the cow Mrs. Obama, now our food choices will be a matter of politics as well. Marxism has been the specter at the table of America since the '30's. Having never really been vanquished the left shaped, re-shaped, and shifted over and over again, each incarnation morphing into another deadly resistant strain. Try telling people two years ago about the Marxist agenda and why all our cultural institutions were unrecognizable and you would most likely get a look that signaled the listener thought you were off your meds. Now? Well – that's the part where Obama has provided such a bounty of assistance. I think the first big accomplishment by those involved in LIBERATING AMERICA from the LEFTIST OCCUPATION has been…..the courage to take the name calling and remain undeterred. Think about that. We have been subdued, repressed, oppressed, by NAME CALLING. We were tamed by mass hypnosis and fear. And now many understand it is better to be called a name than to live our lives in bondage to an evil political philosophy that has existed since its development for the ability of a privileged few to plunder and steal the collective wealth of its victims. SMASH MARXISM EVERYWHERE IN AMERICA. BRING IT ON OBONGO!

    • Spider

      Great post! I only disagree with one point you made: Mrs. Obama looks like a horse
      not a cow. Take a close look sometime and I am sure you will agree.

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        • Bob

          Actually, Wayne Brady. Remove the hair, and it's astonishing.

    • guest

      Excellent post…Obama coasted for awhile, blaming Bush as his scapegoat for his erratic policies, which again and again and again were resisted by the masses of the American People. When he confronted this resisted, he played his usual response–he gave a speech. And in that speech he arrogantly told Americans that "the people just don't really understand, " etc. But The People were way ahead of him–they DID understand and they got angry as he%l at his arrogance and essential attempt to silence them. Now, of course, it has gotten much, much worse. And so the Republicans and Conservatives (which we all KNOW are universal racists, right?) are to blame. You bet–they are to blame for waking up the Sleeping Giant of pluralism. Living through the Age of Obama has been one of the most surreal episodes of my life. Never have I encountered a President who appears to me as a very angry man who sees himself as a thwarted Emperor now and who demonstrates a palpable hostility to his own nation. That he is conscientiously both polishing the image of Islam and strengthening Islamist regimes is clear to me. America's enemies have been strengthened, allies dispensed with and using the term "Islamic Terrorist" is now forbidden from the White House. He had no problem getting his staff from twisting the arm of Pastor Terry Jones, who wished to exercise his right to burn Korans…..but was somehow incapable of picking up a phone and voicing ANY audible opposition to the Cordoba House/Park 51 trophy to Supremacist Islam. Ah yes, he wasn't "sure" about the "wisdom" of the project. Wow. Please Lord, help this man to leave a.s.a.p. and get him a job as a motivation speaker somewhere.

      • bubba4

        how is any of that "clear to you"? You can believe what you want, but it's just not reality…FPM and other cultic media is teaching you that if you believe hard enough and wide enough that it becomes reality…but it's not true.

        And that's what this is a series of irrational beliefs.

  • cedarhill

    Alinsky's method only works when the issue is neutral or one that is not a core belief of 60-70% of the people. JFK would have been comfortable within the Tea Party. Barry Goldwater would have as well. Within that spectrum of American beliefs are where 70% of today's voters reside.

    It's doomed to fail and in unintended ways. This may be one of the last elections that coerce voters with smear and fear.

    • tanstaafl

      "Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice." – B. Goldwater

      • Reason_For_Life

        "…and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue" – B G

  • shery

    Very well-stated! For those who haven't, read Mike Pence's speech at Hillsdale College last night! The whole country should read it!

  • jbtrevor

    Arnold Ahlert, you NAILED it! Bravo!!

  • kafir4life

    Funny funny funny….!!! BJ BIlly, President Hussein, and General Powell all on the exact same page on the Sunday news shows!! This from the party that ran on the "We're not Bush" platform, and continuing that tactic today! Not ONE Dem will run on his / her record, and won't make a mention of support for obama and his socialist agenda!

    Even Jimmy Carter is afraid that he's about to lose his spot of worst president ever. With his taking on a dead Kennedy about health care, he's ensuring his place as the number one worst EX-president ever.

  • kafir

    obama ran on the "I'm not Bush" platform. He still is. He can't defend his record or agenda.

  • kafir4life

    testing

  • Cuban Refugee

    Most Americans who have awakened from the collective "Hope and Change" hypnosis have now seen the Community Organizer in Chief for who he is and for the darkness he represents. They are astute and discerning enough to separate the chaff of propaganda and bald-faced lies (how does he keep a straight face?) from the wheat of truth and light. He, and the Alinskyites in power, are quaking in their Marxist boots about the grass-roots movement that has swept the nation realizing success at the voting booths. This goes beyond American politics, as I learned at the last meeting of my Tea Party Coalition that even some countries in the European Union have started Tea Parties. It is the rise of free people all over the world against a tyrannical globalist agenda.

    • Pepsiholic

      Europe really needs to do something. They have basically given away their freedoms so they can have their 'free" medical and three week vacations. They don't even seem to mind that someone else has taken control of what comes out of their mouths. Control the mouth, control the mind.

      The socialists wanted a world revolution, well they got it. It's just not turning out the way they planned.

      I'm reading "Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Joseph McCarthy. They have always been there busily working in the background against America and what America stands for.

      Communism in America needs to be banned forever as does Shariah Law. We need to stay the course our forefathers set for us because it really is far better than anything else around and without us the rest of the world will fall to a global dictatorship called the UN.

      • Pepsiholic

        What could I possibly have said this time?

  • HanniBarca

    The Tea Party is the heart and soul of the Founder's vision.The deranged obamaton Marxists will come at us with everything in their ChomAleninsky playbook and we are going to have to crush ( and discredit) them to insure another 100+ years of a prosperous Constitutional posterity.

  • Roy Goodloe – Texas

    Why is this Prtesident spending all his time flying across the country in a gas-guzzling 747 (how big is THAT carbon footprint?) campaigning or on vacation. This clown was elected to run thuis country, not ruin it. His socialist administration that continues to grow without the review of Congress (he has made them irrelavent) will place more and more restrictions on our lives that we will eventually revolt. You and pull the lever in November or pull the trigger…you're call.

  • Reason_For_Life

    One thing that the Tea Party has to forget about is the idea that if they win some elections they will be "accepted" by the Republicans. Not a single chance of that happening.

    They will be isolated and kept from committee appointments of any significance. They will be the subject of exposes, slanders of extraordinary viciousness and treated like handicapped children. Use of the terms "gold standard" and "constitutionality" will be cited as evidence of ignorance and even mental illness.

    This battle hasn't even begun yet. Winning elections means nothing until you have a majority and that will take at least three election cycles. During that time every government created disaster will be blamed on the Tea Party candidates. Increases in the cost of medical care will be blamed on the free market as will the complete collapse in housing despite the fact that government intervention created these problems.

    Tea Partiers will be allowed to do nothing and will be blamed for everything.

    After months of impotence and vicious attacks the established politicians will come with an offer. They will feign respect and pretend that they always really liked you and your principled stands but they couldn't admit it in public

    They will come with an offer for a choice committee assignment in return for just a teeny weeny little almost imperceptible change in your vote. Just one tiny little "yes" on this one insignificant expansion of the government and you can be on the Ways and Means Committee.

    Imagine how much good you can do there and it will all be in return for just one little "yes" vote. Surely you can compromise just this once and never again, right?

    And then they own you.

    This is where we have to constantly remind the newly elected representatives that the only answer that we will tolerate to offers like that is "No!"

    We are in this for the long run and we are not stupid enough to think that compromise of a principle can ever achieve what we want which is a government that will uncompromisingly defend individual rights.

    • stephencuz

      What a perfect picture of "the way it is" on both sides of the isle! I hate to point out that many issues we must deal with today have been the result of both parties pissing in the kool-aid they serve us. Time to empty the jug and start fresh! Even Jefferson said these days would come.

      • Guest

        Indeed. The way Congress does business needs overhaul badly. Writing a bill that aims to "Improve Kindergarten Curricula" to which is attached a rider granting Congressman a huge pay raise needs to be prohibited. Nor should legislators be exempt from their own legislation. Case-in-point the recent Obamacare law which does not apply to the Congress, the Judiciary or Executive branches of gov't. We have rulers not contemporaries.

  • Sprinklerman

    "It’s the principles, stupid."

    That ought to be the ralling cry of the Tea Party, right under "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death."

  • http://logistory.blogspot.com/ noway2no

    To paraphrase Churchill:

    "Proving him to be a fraud is not the end or even the beginning of the end but merely the end of the beginning".

  • USMCSniper

    From Prague via Reuters:

    The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

    • sebyandrew

      a cut to the chase.

    • bubba4

      See they have to deal with morons like you all over the world. The Idiocracy of Sniper and his ideological kin.

      C U L T

      • USMCSniper

        Comrade bubba4 wants American Politburo make legislation for reducation camps for stupid American populace like reactionary capitalistic pig USMCSniper for greater glory of one world socialist government under Chairman Obama.

  • WMInfidel

    "…those values–with the lone exception of his approach to Islamic terror–were hardly conservative." I disagree with this. Bush's core values are the same as his old man and James Baker, which is being toadies of the Saudi Entity. Bush's neo-con state building, let's civilize the savages strategy has been a complete disaster. This policy, along with allowing the Mooselimb barbarians in the country, has been a complete failure. Americans are still threatened by jihad. Just ask Molly Norris.

  • Wesley69

    The problem that remains is Obama, his Czars and appointees to Executive Departments, Agencies and Commissions such as the EPA, the FCC. The regulations made by these Leftist appointees will reflect the most radical interpretation of a Congressional law. Obama may not need Cap & Trade, the EPA may be able to regulate the energy industry, appliance industry to death. The Tea Party has got us part of the way. The movement must work for 2012, because only then can WE THE PEOPLE end Obama's Marxist-Globalist transformation.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

  • Wesley69

    Arrogance is a great word that describes Obama, Reid and Pelosi. In their arrogance, they had marginalized, demonized, labeled Tea Party members as racists, Islamophobes, homophobes, etc. In two years, their definition of "hope and change" is now understood. Socialist, Marxist, Communist, most citizens view it as un-American. For this, the Dems will probably lose the House, and maybe the Senate.

    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    Thomas Jefferson

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  • gwiz

    Every single stinking politician that's been in Washington more than 2 terms should be removed. The party's over boys and girls, we are pulling the plug to drain the swamp, not you Ms Pelosi. Can you hear that great big sucking sound!?!… it's a beautiful thing.

  • bubba4

    The Tea Party is the Republican party. Some tea partieres may feel like they are onto something new, but they are just part of a rebranding.

    Since government is the problem and in the way of corporate interests…lets elect people that are inept…that way they will either destroy or help dismantle government. Then all of you will be happy until you feel like the government should do something.

    Bring on the Know-Nothings!

  • bubba4

    Why vote for Fiorina and Meg Whitman? Really?

    Now the mosque is not only at Ground Zero (which it isn't) but it's also a MEGA mosque…extra scary. Booga Booga Booga

  • Umhuh

    I know one thing.

    If the tea party does not defend this republic, then true free democracy will vanish. America is the origin, defender, and last bastion of freedom. Freedom that is incompatible with socialism and bending to the will of the government.

    If we lose freedom here, where will it ever surface again? Hold the line. Stand firm. And fight for what you believe in. In some way every person that has died for the idea of America in the last two centuries is standing there beside you.

  • Elaine Schiff

    Oh what a mistake to prod this beehive-We are on to you and your czars-and all the rest of this mess you and your ilke have gotten us into. Keep it up-it will only give us the muscle to get the job done. Now we just have to wake up those who still dont get it.

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    in my humble opinion politicians and political parties all over the world abandoned their core values a long time ago. it may be said that perhaps they never had any real values to start with (motivated by greed mostly) Debt Counsellors Durban

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