There was an interesting article in the Chicago Tribune just days after Barack Obama’s inauguration. Published on January 14, 2009, Peter Wallsten entitled it “Obama’s Team 2.0.” In that article, Wallsten described a freshly minted version of President Obama’s campaign machine morphing itself into the new “Obama 2.0.” The millions of dollars and volunteers left from the aftermath of his cash-glutted presidential run would be tasked to organize in every state and every congressional district. The purpose was not only to move the president’s political agenda, but also to punish Democrats who did not fall in line. Democrats reportedly feared this new organization and others were questioning its dangerous potential. No other president in the history of the United States had ever set about to establish his own personal power in this way.
Wallsten took it further. He described plans to deliver goods and services and aid in disaster relief…all in the name of Barack Obama. This was a new model of power and influence in the West but long familiar to our brethren in the Middle East.
Much of that money and those people did indeed make their way to a new organization which swiftly changed its name to Organizing for America. Anyone doubting it’s connection to the president has only to access one of its web addresses: mybarackobama.com
Organizing for America has been a steady presence in Madison, Wisconsin. And this is their report on Saturday’s massive welcoming to the fourteen democratic senators who returned after three weeks hiding in Illinois, refusing to come to Madison for a vote:
“This is what democracy looks like!” the people are chanting and clapping with a pretty awesome beat. This is very real and it’s happening now. Friends, allies, workers, we’re all here at the capitol in Madison in the fight for our rights. The spirit inside and out of the packed building are filled with faces showing all ranges of emotions…”
There was no mention of that “range of emotion” that included hate.
Death threats to Wisconsin Republican Governor, Scott Walker, and his party’s eighteen Senators have been direct and unambiguous. They are numerous and specific and they are coming from protestors in sympathy with union protestors connected to the President of the United States. But the President is silent…Organizing for America is silent and so have been NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, and most major media.
These are excerpts from an e-mail sent March 9 to Republican Senators:
“Read below for …possible scenarios in which you will die…I hope you have a good time in hell…we have planned…to put…a nice little bullet in your head… I as well as many others know where you and your family live…we wouldn’t leave it there….we have also built several bombs…placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent…that includes your house, your car, the state capitol, and well, I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun…we will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you….Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones….YOU WILL DIE!!!”
Only two months ago, President Barack Obama, Senator Dick Durbin and these same media outlets were clamoring for civility after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by a deranged gunman. Many accused Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and conservative radio hosts of creating the atmosphere that caused the shooting. Palin’s greatest sin was placing a gun crosshair over “targeted” districts. The Tea Party’s guilt came from claiming the Obama Healthcare Plan establishes “death panels”.…which it does.
Nancy Pelosi wept on the House floor months before the shooting, expressing her deep concern about the loss of civil discourse by the Tea Party. A mad rush ensued to comply with these new sensitivities to harsh rhetoric.
Yet when protestors in Madison began to call Scott Walker Hitler and Khadafy, and call for his death openly, it was ignored. The President’s first remarks were to claim the union was being “assaulted.” Earlier statements during the campaign made clear his solidarity with labor unions: most notably the purple thugs of the Service Employees International Union to whom he pledged undying loyalty.
Hamas and Hezbollah are famous for gaining power through providing practical help and humanitarian aid to citizens who are later called upon to further their deeper, more dangerous agenda.
Teachers…laborers…and sympathetic farmers beware. Organizing for America, the SEIU, the NEA and many of America’s labor unions have more on their mind than accomplishing your concerns… and more in common with the violence and intimidation of Hamas than with protecting “workers.”
You will rue the day you fancied you were being mistreated by losing your ability to quibble over benefits. For we will all live in the midst of ruin if they prevail.
— Sandy Rios