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The Sadistic Strategy of Obama & Reid


In the showdown over the shutdown of the U.S. government, the Obamaites tipped their hand yesterday as what their strategy is.

Taking a page out of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals," the plan is to maximize the people's pain — to maximize the political damage to the enemy, the Republican Party.

What else explains it?

Consider this: Asked Wednesday if there were any danger of America defaulting on her debt, President Obama rushed to assure a reporter that, yes, indeed, there certainly is such a peril.

Why would a president act in so perverse a manner, were he not trying deliberately to rattle or panic the markets?

Obama's tactic worked. Thursday, the Dow plunged below 15,000.

Equally telling is what happened at the World War II Memorial.

This is an open memorial on the mall, to which the old soldiers of the Greatest Generation, flown here on honor flights, come to a last roll call with their comrades. The memorial is dedicated to them, to what they and their buddies did, and to those who never came home.

But when the old soldiers got here, the Park Service, apparently acting on orders from the White House complex, had thrown up steel barriers and crime-scene tape to keep them from visiting the site on what is surely the last trip many will ever make to see their memorial.

What kind of sick mind does something like that?

To their credit, the vets and their families pulled aside the barriers to walk through their monument, singing songs in memory of the heroes who had gone before.

Now one reads that Obama has ordered the cemetery and beaches at Normandy closed. Again, what kind of mindset produces this?

Undeniably, Republicans have voted to defund Obamacare, to suspend it for one year, and to reform it. But in each of these three votes, the House also voted to fund the entire government.

Why, then, is the government shut down? Because Harry Reid and Barack Obama have issued an edict: Either Obamacare is fully funded and untouched in the continuing resolution, or we kill the CR, shut down the government, and blame you.

And this is exactly what is going on.

This is all about a petulant president whose prize program the people do not want, but who insists it be imposed upon them, to assure himself a paragraph in the history books.

This week, Republicans tried to pass legislation that would keep open all memorials and monuments, all tourist sites in Washington, D.C., and all programs for America's veterans.

Who stonewalled that? Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Why would Reid sabotage the funding the National Institute of Health.

Why would Reid sabotage what is transparently a humanitarian act?

Again, Reid and Obama do not want to ease the pain of the people. They want to intensify that pain, ratchet it up, maximize it, to put maximum pressure on and do maximum damage to the GOP.

The Obama-Reid strategy is, in a word, sadistic.

They are inflicting pain on fellow Americans — to break their political enemies. And they can only succeed in sustaining their Big Lie — that it is Republicans who want to keep the government shut down — because of a collaborationist press.

Case in point: The Washington Post.

Several days ago, the Post wailed that Republicans were endangering the nation's health by failing to fund NIH. But now that the Republican House has tried to fund NIH in full, where is the editorial denouncing Pelosi or Reid for blocking funding for NIH? Nowhere. Which suggests the Post's real concern was never about funding NIH but about bashing the GOP.

In Thursday's lead editorial: "National Security at Risk," the Washington Post asks, "At a time of war, how can Republicans justify furloughing much of the intelligence workforce?"

Excellent question.

Yet, not a word in the editorial about the indispensable role of Reid and our commander-in-chief in preventing America's security agencies from being funded.

What should the House Republican do before week's end? Pass bills funding the Pentagon, State, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security and any other agency having to do with the national security. But when Harry Reid again balks that he is not going to "play this little game," anyone think the Post will hold him accountable?

The Obama-Reid strategy — inflict maximum pain on the country for maximum gain for themselves — coupled with a refusal to talk with the GOP — reflects this city's contempt for conservative Republicans.

Yet, the sadistic strategy of Obama and Reid, and the poisonous atmosphere it has created, is telling America that: In its assessment of this city's ruling establishment, the Tea Party has more than a small point.

Yet, with Reid now on the defensive, trying to justify his refusal to cooperate in funding any agency, the truth may be gaining on the Big Lie.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at



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You disgust me.
Boehner has refused to allow a vote because there are enough Republicans and Democrats who will vote to end the shutdown and the Dems are refusing to negotiate not to protect the ACA, but because to allow Republicans, the minority party, to push them into negotiations using these strong-arm tactics sets up a dangerous precedent. Now it's Obamacare, and what's next? Using the threat of a shutdown to gut Social Security or Medicare? Essential business regulation? Environmental protections? Funding for schools?

The Republicans don't get to hold the government and the country hostage to "negotiate" on bills they don't like that were already passed which are no longer bills, but law.
It's very evident what's behind all this craziness. The GOP is worried that the ACA will succeed and within 24 hrs even with all the glitches more than 4.7 million people visited the site within 24 hrs and most were able to sign up.

Making enemies of blacks, Latinos, Gays, school teachers, scientists, union members, women, and environmentalists wasn't good enough for Republicans. So now they have found a way to alienate the rest of America too. God speed in your quest to be the most hated people in the nation.
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Posted by: morgan
Thu Oct 3, 2013 4:24 PM
Q: "Why would a president act in so perverse a manner, were he not trying deliberately to rattle or panic the markets?"

A: He did not act in a perverse manner, he merely observed what is true. The truth can hurt immensely, especially when you are addicted to fantasy and keep hoping that the harder you stick to it, the more people will believe it and it will come true.

Q: "Why, then, is the government shut down?"

A: Not "because Harry Reid and Barack Obama have issued an edict: Either Obamacare is fully funded and untouched in the continuing resolution, or we kill the CR, shut down the government, and blame you."

The true answer is, Obamacare already is fully funded, and the Repes in the House have attempted 41 times to change that. They have tried to repeal Obamacare, and those attempts have not succeeded. So, instead of being mature adults and good sports, they have chosen the sore loser route, thrown a temper tantrum, and basically said "if we can't have our way, we are done with the game and we're going to sabotage the whole thing." It's kind of like fiscal terrorism.

Q: Isn't it interesting how much the "tea party" nitwits have painted themselves into a corner, and for what--depriving as many Americans of getting healthcare who don't have it as they can?

A: Yep, interesting to a psychoanalyst, perhaps.

Q: Just what is the holy purpose of this Republican jIhad, anyway--is it work of the devil that must be crushed at all cost to try to bring healthcare to as many people who don't have it as possible, given our commitment to family values?

A: The Republicanist mullahs are indeed wise, and only they have a close enough connection with Allah to truly understand the evil ways of those who want to help the poor and unfortunate who the system has forsaken in the name of insurance company profits.

Q: How does this raving idiot Buchanan continue to be tolerated in media commentary when he is so off the wall?

A: I wish I knew.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Masako
Thu Oct 3, 2013 8:17 PM
P.S. Buchanan is the kind of guy Joseph Stalin would have hired in a flash to help in the Soviet Union's campaign to rewrite history. Take a good, hard look in the mirror, 180 it, and hurl it at your chosen enemy.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Masako
Thu Oct 3, 2013 8:42 PM
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