The D’Souza Arrest: Obama Adopts the Stalinist Style

Dinesh-DSouza-on-the-stu-taylor-showI’m no fan of Dinesh D’Souza, but this is ridiculous.

Dinesh and I locked horns a few years back when he attacked me in his book The Enemy At Home, saying that books like mine should not be written. His line was that Islam was a religion of peace, that pious, morally upright Muslims had been driven to lash out against the U.S. because of the immorality of our pop culture, and that American conservatives should ally with what he termed “conservative Muslims” against their common, amoral Leftist foe.

He and I debated this at CPAC in 2007 and on several radio shows, which grew increasingly heated as he charged me with “Islamophobia” (a term used by Muslim Brotherhood entities to stigmatize opposition to jihad terror) and invoked Saudi-funded Islamic apologist John Esposito as an authority.

The ensuing years have only shown more vividly what nonsense Dinesh’s position was, as “conservative Muslims” the world over wage jihad against America, and non-Muslims everywhere, more furiously than ever.

I rehash all this to show the falsehood of the line that has been circulating around in the Leftist media ever since Dinesh D’Souza was indicted: that only people who share D’Souza’s views are concerned about his indictment. As Tal Kopan put it in Politico, “In the wake of the indictment of conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza for alleged fraud, conservatives are crying foul that it is evidence of the Obama administration punishing its critics.”

Liberals should be as concerned about this as conservatives. Foes of jihad should be just as concerned about it as those who share D’Souza’s worries about “Islamophobia.” For the evidence is mounting that D’Souza has indeed been targeted for being a public and high-profile foe of Barack Obama – a development that should disquiet anyone who believes in the value of a stable, functioning republic with a loyal opposition. Pamela Geller notes here that D’Souza is not remotely the only conservative or Obama critic who has been targeted for prosecution, while Obama’s Justice Department has turned a blind eye to illegal campaign contributions from Gaza during Obama’s 2008 campaign. And then there was the Obama Justice Department’s dismissal of the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case.

What’s more, bail for D’Souza was set higher than that given to several people accused of attempted murder, rape, assault, and the like. To whom is Dinesh D’Souza more dangerous than a man who sexually assaulted a teenager, or a man who kept old men captive in a filthy “dungeon”?

This is something new in American politics. When I was six years old, I took notice of the presidential campaign, and asked my father who was the “good guy”: Richard Nixon or Hubert Humphrey. My father answered, “They’re both good men. They both want to do what is right for the country. They just disagree on what some of the right things to do may be.”

That kind of respect for the opposition was commonplace in America back in 1968, but it has all but vanished now. I remember being taken aback in college by the obscene, relentless, vicious hatred that the Left directed toward Ronald Reagan – I was at that time entirely sympathetic with their disdain for him, but the frenzy with which they expressed it, their wild furious contempt, shocked me. And that was nothing compared to what they had in store for George W. Bush. The Democratic Party as a whole, along with the entire Leftist establishment, adopted the Alinskyite tactic of ridiculing, mocking and smearing their foes instead of engaging them on the level of ideas. Leftists now routinely portray their opponents as simultaneously stupid and evil, idiotic but crafty; it’s practically a reflex.

Decades of this have poisoned the well of American politics, and paved the way for Obama to take the demonization to the next level by unleashing the law on them. Arresting prominent members of the opposition is the kind of behavior we have seen from the likes of Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler; it is a hallmark of authoritarianism, not (until now) of politics in the United States. Of course, Stalin and Hitler didn’t stop with arresting their foes; they had them murdered as well, usually after a show trial. Obama is not doing that, but is even one step down this road one that Americans want to take?

Leftist pundits who are waving away concern over the arrest of D’Souza should bear in mind that the worm could turn. They could, for some reason or another, find themselves somewhere down the line opposing the Obama regime or some other presidency that apes Obama’s strategy. Then those who are claiming that only believers in crazy “conspiracy theories” are concerned about the Obama Justice Department’s (to say nothing of the Obama IRS) clear pattern of singling out opponents of the President for prosecution while ignoring more serious crimes among his friends may find themselves on the receiving end of this tactic.

Civility and mutual respect are in dire need of restoration in the American public square, but two have to play at that game, and only one side is even interested in the game at all. With the arrest of Dinesh D’Souza, Barack Obama has adopted a key feature of the Stalinist style of politics. Before he or anyone else gets the idea of adopting anything else from the authoritarians’ playbook, Americans – Left and Right – would be well-advised to stand together to repudiate him and these tactics once and for all, and resoundingly.

But by relentlessly demonizing their opponents, Barack Obama and his cohorts have almost certainly already made that impossible.

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  • American1969

    Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Obama’s administration was using the DOJ to go after him. It’s not as if they’ve never used a government agency to attack political enemies before.
    *cough!*

  • winstons

    Too bad the GOP is so weak that no opposition to the DEM’s Fascist tactics has been observed. A major reason tyranny triumphs is the weakness and cowardice of the opposition.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The Repubs have to run a competent candidate.

      Obama was SO WEAK, yet the Repubs couldn’t beat him in the debates. And the smiling moron Biden… ran on his “good looks”.

      The Repubs need better campaign management. Good Guys finish last.

  • SoCalMike

    It’s tempting to want to single out Pres Zero for this Stalinist behavior but the impulse runs within far too many of the political religious zealots who call themselves progressives and liberals.
    They are anything but however they use the labels to hide their coercive nature.
    How many of these brainwashed things do you see calling out Pres O for his totalitarian methods and tactics?? Crickets chirping….
    That’s because they agree with it.

    • kikorikid

      During WWII the Muslim Brotherhood had a leader at
      Hitlers side. The MB leader raised a division or two for
      Hitler and Hitler threw them into the m aw of Stalingrad
      and they more or less disappeared. They are back!
      They are located throughout the Obama Administration.
      Looks like Marxian-Islamism to me. By any standard, Obama has a link to Islam. Very Shariah Compliant. Just these past weeks
      the DOJ removed “religion” and “national origin” as criteria
      in the evaluation of terrorist activity etc… This is suicidal thinking.
      What the Muslim Brotherhood predicted and wants.

  • SoCalMike

    And to my friends and family members who agree Pres Zero you voted for twice, you all suck!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Same here.

  • Mundus611

    Where is Congress? Or is it necessary to wait until one of them is arrested for expressing his/her opinion against Obama’s agenda?

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    I have experienced the same thing. But the “wipe the floor with you” part is all in their minds. They see everything as a “victory” and do their best to get in a last jab. It’s like arguing with dangerous children.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Sheik Yerbouti! Haven’t heard from you in a long time. Where’s that cwazy avatar?

  • As The Crow Flies

    Our pop culture is immoral.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Pop goes the weasel.

      See the Grammys.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    People who believe that Obama envisions America adopting European Socialism are simply not getting the big picture. Obama and his minions are Stalinists—worse than that, nanny-state Stalinists. Communist dictatorships have never before been nanny-state. What is developing now is much, much worse.

  • SoCalMike

    Neither the public nor Republican cowards will say boo about this.
    They’re both too invested in popularity.

  • Christopher Riddle

    Obongo will NOT”Brook”ANY DISSENSION!Nor would Hitler,Stalin,Mao,etc.,etc.,!!!!!!!!!!

  • herb benty

    Obama and his commies make G. Bush look like G. Washington!

  • Shelter Somerset

    Obama’s DOJ is a gang of 1960s-style radicals who find themselves on the gun-toting side of the law. Look how they abuse that power, 10x worse than those they claimed they were fighting against. Didn’t George Orwell write a book about that?

  • Skulb

    I agree with the criticisms of Obama but he`s just a puppet, obviously and visibly being handled and given his lines by people like Axelrod, Emanuel, Clinton and Soros. Or have you forgotten the time he thanked himself for inviting himself to Washington when his handlers forgot to replace the Irish PM`s speech on the “presidential” teleprompter?

    Secondly the Wahabist “Muslims” behind all the “terrorism” are being handled by western “intelligence” as a matter of historical record. Mi6 founded this totally un-Islamic movement to destabilize the Ottoman empire before and during WW1 and the Nazis inherited it for a few years before the CIA relaunched it during the Cold War. From at least 1978 on “al Qaida”, Mujahedeen and the MB have been run as provocateurs by the CIA, and Gates even bragged about it in his memoirs. Originally used against the USSR these stooges have been used against Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and basically every place the US and Israeli governments wants to invade, bomb or plunder. Every “terrorist” attack, including 9/11, is a staged event designed to clamp down on domestic opposition and legitimize imperial aggression, and is what the British were doing for centuries.

    Time to grow up. Judging by the behavior of the Obama regime there may not be much time left to do it.

  • Dallas25305

    This is no surprise from the racist, Stalinist, Chairman Hussein Obama and his Peoples Liberal Socialist Democrap party. Anyone who opposes Obama and his henchman Holder will be investigated and charged. However if Obozo’s lackeys in the IRS “KGB” attack the Tea Party and Conservative groups to make sure they can not oppose Obozo in the last election, the corrupt FBI has no problem with that. There is no problem with gangs of Black hood rats attacking whites on the street or lying about the four men killed in Benghazi, after all it was only caused by a video. The four men murdered where white so it’s not like it was Obozo’s imaginary son Trayvon, so he doesn’t care about that. Chairman Barak Hussein Obama running the most corrupt, racist and 3rd world style of government in U.S. history.

  • EagleJim

    Reminds me of what we learned during the latter part of Obama’s first term: that Marxists and the extremist Left, as a political tactic, was going to move on to the “criminalization” of conservative behavior.

  • Zombee

    Get out and buy some copies of D’Souza’s DVD and hand them out to your friends and family. Knowledge is power …spread some of it around.

  • Dobermite

    Liberal journalists are not the least bit concerned with a conservative President doing likewise to them, because in that case they will galvanize like they did with Nixon and drive the rouge conservative from office in disgrace.

    Right now they are taking the opposite tact with Obama, protecting him and smearing his accusers, and thats a big part of the reason why Obama has grown more and more bold in his despotism. He knows the press has his back. A Republican President would enjoy no such arrangement.

  • MLCBLOG

    of course it can happen here….and seems to be

  • MLCBLOG

    It makes me sick to think/ note (see) that all those lovely ideals we enjoyed in the 1960′s alongside the likes of Billy Ayers and War Resister League and other ideologues has turned out to be nothing but communist tripe. Even though I later recanted all of that and returned to my roots to embrace free enterprise and entrepreneurship and patriotism for the USA I am sad to think where all that youthful energy and creativity led us and actually horrified when I see how easily we were duped and where the evil forces were taking us all the while.

  • SM

    Dinesh broke the law and he was arrested. Simple. What the heck has this got to do with Obama? You right wing morons need to stop on this anti-Obama retarded rubbish!

  • Deum Timentes

    Obama and Holder doing their best “das Fuhrer” routine. This isn’t scaring anyone?

  • Deum Timentes

    you are seriously in need of mental help

  • Fb14352

    So, in this long boring op ed, are you trying to say breaking law is okay? Nice, what else can I expect from two faced teabagger?

  • Thom*

    obama is a liar and he’s also guilty of the same thing they are accusing Dinish of.