The Real Bully Running for President

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All of the above is having an effect on VanderSloot’s bottom line. In an interview with Fox’s Neil Cavuto, he revealed that a “couple of hundred (customers) we can track” have cancelled their customer membership with Melaleuca, a wellness company run by him. Strassel put the hit piece targeting VanderSloot and the other seven Romney donors in proper perspective. “These are wealthy individuals, to be sure, but private citizens nonetheless. Not one holds elected office. Not one is a criminal. Not one has the barest fraction of the position or the power of the U.S. leader who is publicly assaulting them,” she writes.

She also reminds us that bullying is neither something new, or particularly out of character, for a president who has “targeted insurers, oil firms and Wall Street–letting it be known that those who oppose his policies might face political or legislative retribution,” “lectured the Supreme Court for giving companies more free speech and (falsely) accused the Chamber of Commerce of using foreign money to bankroll U.S. elections,” and “ginned up an executive order (yet to be released) to require companies to list political donations as a condition of bidding for government contracts.”

Strassel’s above reference to the Supreme Court of the United States is well known. After a stunningly bad performance before the Court by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. defending ObamaCare, the president tried to intimidate the Justices with public statements about how  “unprecedented” it would be for an “unelected group of people” to overturn a law passed by a “strong majority” in Congress. A month later, the White House upped the ante, claiming Medicare’s payment system would “freeze up” if the Court overturned the law. “Medicare cannot turn on a dime,” claimed former administrator Don Berwick, Obama’s first Medicare chief. “I would not be surprised if there are delays and problems with payment flow.”

Former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) administrator Thomas A. Scully put the lie to that claim. “It is highly unlikely in the short term that any health plan or provider would suffer,” he said. “If you look at the way the law was (financed), it was a combination of higher taxes and lower (Medicare) payments. That’s what you would be rolling back.” What else would be rolled back? The $500 billion in Medicare cuts called for by Obamacare, along with the deep cuts in the Medicare Advantage program many elderly Americans prefer.

So why make such predictions? The payment network handles about 100 million monthly claims, and Medicare caters overwhelmingly to Americans ages 65 and over. Thus, this was nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to frighten seniors.

If that has a familiar ring, maybe it’s because the president used the exact same bullying tactic during the 2011 budget debate engendered by reaching the debt ceiling. That was when he attempted to scare seniors regarding their Social Security checks. “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved (the debt ceiling) issue,” warned Mr. Obama. “Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.”

That was an utter lie. Even if an agreement had not been reached by the deadline, there was plenty of money available to continue servicing the debt, and send seniors their Social Security checks.

None of these tactics should surprise anyone. Mr. Obama’s penchant for bullying has been clear since 2008. “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” the president said at a Philadelphia fundraiser during his last presidential run. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.” And yet again, before the 2010 election, he urged his Latino supporters to “punish our enemies.”

For perspective’s sake, it is critical to remember that these examples of bullying and intimidation by the president and his surrogates have occurred since 2008. This makes the Washington Post’s effort to portray Mr. Romney as a bully for an incident that occurred in 1965–fully 47 years ago–a comical effort at best, and a transparently partisan one at worst.

Perhaps the Post and other members of the mainstream media, all of whom are determined to allow large swaths of the Mr. Obama’s past to remain unexamined, might want to reconsider what the term “journalistic integrity” really means. That goes double for the LA Times, whose egregious suppression of a 2003 videotape showing Mr. Obama praising terrorist Yasir Arafat’s former spokesman, Rashid Khalidi, is the essence of media malpractice.

Why is it necessary to portray Mitt Romney as a bully? So Barack Obama, the real bully in this presidential election contest, doesn’t look as bad by comparison.

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  • No Quarter

    This has long been the M.O. of the Democrat Party, and it amounts to "projection" of the most unsavory sort. Democrats ALWAYS accuse their political rivals of the exact same things that they constantly do themselves (with impunity, I might add). You name it – whether it's charges of racism, corruption, fraud, crony capitalism, and on and on, you can be assured that whatever charges the Democrats level at the GOP, they are practicing the the same malfeasance a hundredfold. They are despicable, but people are getting wise to their phony baloney, and it has much less impact than it once did.

    • James

      Vandersloot is a professional cry baby. He cries wah,wah, wah, every time somebody reports on him, even before President Obama identified him as a Romney supporter. He is a very wealthy person who has identified himself with extreme policies ( particularly against gay people) and politicians and as such will get scrutiny. FOX has dragged many of President Obama supporters through the gutter and this guy expects to be treated different. O'Reilly engages in hostile language that could easily be construed in the death of a Doctor (Tillson). This whole thing is another desperate attempt to convince people to believe a bunch of garbage. And running around with hair on fire screaming "Obama is a terrorist", is so lame and disgusting. Only the most myopic and uninformed person would fall for it, but that's who watch's FOX.

  • truebearing

    We've only begun to see Obama's bullying. The lower he goes in the polls, the more his narcissistic rage will show. At some point I expect him to lose control of his emotions entirely. He is addicted to power and will have a harder time relinquishing it than the average power obsessed Leftist. Obama really believes he is entitled to power. Look out.

    • Guest

      I would agree 110% , that is why we need to get this BOZO out in November.

      • truebearing

        If he knows he can't win he may create a situation where he can declare martial law. He may decree amnesty for illegal aliens. He and the unions may go for broke and attempt massive rigging of the election. With Holder as AG nothing will be done about any election fraud by Obama's scumbags. It may not be that easy to get him out of power.

  • Ain't no Dhimmi

    The medical term for his condition is. "Pathological Narcissism "

  • scotsirish

    Again, Goebbels would be proud.

  • StephenD

    His parents were both Marxist right? I bet if they were here, they'd be proud of him.

  • Ronald Johnston

    He is only a marxist to cover his real agenda which is destroying America!!!! He is a muslim plant here to create an islamic world!!!!

    • Beth

      Absolutely Ronald! And not enough people are aware of that fact.

      To see the REAL obama – go to Youtube and do a search on "obama mocks Moses"

      And remember – the sound of muslim prayer call "is the most beautiful sound" to obama.

      People need to stop believing in that lie – that obama is a marxist.

      • Looking4Sanity

        It is the nature of anti-Christ that you are never sure what you're looking at when you see it.

        Obama is a chimera…a composite of all the world's most evil philosophies and impulses. He can not be said to be all of any one thing because he is the embodiment of ALL bad things.

        • StephenD

          Chimera…what a perfect description!

      • John_Kelly

        You are right on the money Beth.

        The following link is a time-line of Obama's Pro-Muslim actions and it's staggering.

        Like Muhammad, Obama oozes deception.

    • James

      Right on! and don't forget that his grandad is really from the quixotic universe, can live forever and is hiding out in Socialist Norway because Norway has the highest standard of living and the longest lifespan on earth!

  • Looking4Sanity

    "Despite every effort to contain it, the story imploded,…"

    Indeed. Unsupported bags of bull excrement have a way of collapsing on themselves. It's simple physics!

  • Jon_Adams

    How long is this Chicago thug and the left wing bullies going to be allowed to throw their weight around.
    Why on earth are the serious charges of Sheriff Joe Arpaio being ignored. The man in the White House
    is a criminal, STOP PRETENDING HE IS NOT.

  • Jim_C

    "How long is this Chicago thug and the left wing bullies going to be allowed to throw their weight around?"

    About five more years.

    "Why on earth are the serious charges of Sheriff Joe Arpaio being ignored?"

    Because he's an ignorant dolt.

    "The man in the White House is a criminal, STOP PRETENDING HE IS NOT."

    Then prosecute him for his "crimes," or shut up, but STOP PRETENDING YOU KNOW SOMETHING WHEN YOU DON'T.

  • James

    After the Republican's completely destroyed the economy again ( just like in 1929), ran up trillions on a fake war that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi's, lost millions of jobs because of deregulation, the fools keep saying President Obama is ruining the economy by adding million of jobs (CBO record's), saved the auto industry, helped millions of children/young adults get health insurance previously denied, commanded the end of Al Qaeda leaders, ended prejudice for the first time in history, gave middle lower the biggest tax breaks and hundreds of successful policies. What blind stupidity.

  • JFogerty

    Andrew Vandersloot is not just a “private citizen” he is also a member of Romney’s Presidential Campaign, specifically, as it’s national finance co-chair which is public knowledge ( Romney’s election campaign also includes Mr Etch a Sketch himself Eric Fehrnstrom. It’s unfortunate what’s happening to Mr Vandersoot’s children but as a member of Romney presidential campaign he is not immune to this type of attention.