- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Red State is the Movement and Morning Briefing is the Manifesto. It’s “brain food” straight from the headquarters of the Red State Army delivered directly to your inbox.

From nostalgic communists? No. It’s the ultraconservative poop from Human Events, designed to arm Rush Limbaugh’s 20 million to 30 million listeners with verbal ammunition to cower the left, “defeat the pro-abortionists’ ‘stealth’ media campaign with its own media blitzkrieg designed to counter … lies and propaganda with the facts.”

“But creating [sic] ‘The Facts About FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act)’ is just the beginning,” says Human Events. Washington has morphed into a bilingual city where truth is the seldom spoken second language. So creating facts is not new. But it’s now de rigueur on all sides.

Former presidential contender Mike Huckabee calls FOCA “the most evil piece of legislation in the history of our republic … Orwellian doublespeak for abortion on demand.” And the frustrated populace is angry and violent. In Arizona, citizens exercising what one called “my constitutional rights,” showed up at an event featuring the president with semiautomatic guns slung over their shoulders.

Most states allow concealed guns but only a handful permit open displays of firearms. Shouting and screaming insults at political meetings, usually for the benefit of TV cameras, has displaced tough questions. Life-threatening hoaxes populate the World Wide Web, e.g., the Obama health plan contains a provision for “death panels.” The return of humongous bonuses and salaries for top Wall Street executives of megacompanies now owned by taxpayers, coupled with still-growing unemployment, a stimulus plan that fails to stimulate, and an ailing stock market make up a volatile mix conducive to widespread civil disturbances. Political demagoguery and brawls are now synonymous.

We say a silent prayer for the Secret Service and trust that President Obama’s security cordon has been at least trebled over that of his predecessor. How can an agent protecting the president tell that a man with a gun on his belt or shoulder is not a threat to the president?

In addition to transnational terrorist threats, domestic threats are “400 percent higher than that of any other,” according to Bernard Kerik, a former New York police commissioner. (Mr. Kerik, a Sept. 11, 2001, hero, was President Bush’s nominee for homeland security secretary but was dropped after he had made false statements about a conflict of interests.)

Another presidential assassination at this juncture would trigger race riots coast to coast. But Mr. Obama likes to mix it up with crowds. So, at the very least, armed protests anywhere near the president should be outlawed.

About 5 percent of the U.S. population of 300 million — 15 million people — have some form of serious mental illness. In U.S. prison populations, this rises to 16 percent of 2 million inmates, or 320,000. A quarter of individuals diagnosed with “severe mental illness” accessing community mental health services in a U.S. inner-city were victims of at least one violent crime in a year. The Los Angeles Police Department has a Threat Management Team to deal with stalkers. Unlike common criminals, stalkers are obsessed with a specific victim and are not deterred by enhanced security measures. Some seek infamous fame and don’t care if they are caught and put to death.

Gary McCoy’s cartoon in the Washington Examiner has Dr. Obama’s Medical Diploma from Karl Marx University hanging on the wall of his office as he says to a patient, “Without my health care plan you’ll die.” And the overweight patient in red polka dot shorts replies, “I’d like a second opinion.” Dr. Obama retorts, “Okay. You’re a Nazi.” The insults of left to right, left to left, and right to left (right to right is not yet on the menu), fly from radio to television and back, confusing tens of millions nightly. Add to the mix television commercials where violence, meant to be humorous, seems mandatory, and we have a messed-up generation in the making.

White-hot rhetoric has moved the action from the airwaves to the streets. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is organizing a march on Washington on Sept. 12 against the Obama health plan, a march he says will finish off the administration’s scheme for “socialized medicine.” Hundreds of thousands have e-mailed Mr. Armey’s Freedom Works that they want to join the march.

Mr. Armey told conservative news service NewsMax that:

c The agenda of Mr. Obama and the liberal leadership in Congress offers the Republican Party ample opportunity to take back control of the House and build ranks in the Senate in 2010.

c The Democratic Party continually underestimates the public’s essential desire to be free to run their own health care.

c The Democratic playbook is based very much on the teachings of former Obama mentor and radical organizer Saul Alinsky, who stressed that a movement must first create the impression of a crisis, then show the nation how big government and only big government has the solution to that crisis.

Mr. Alinsky, a left-wing activist, believes that by packing public meetings with vocal dissenters, one can sway the outcome and give people an example of the power of numbers.

One of the architects of the Republican revolution and the Contract With America that put the Republican Party in control of Congress for the first time in 40 years, Mr. Armey got his organization to post a Web site that informs would-be demonstrators where Mr. Obama’s town halls will be held.

The Democrats, Mr. Armey says, communicate to all their best personal friends, advisers and supporters that they are going to get together and bill it as a town-hall meeting “when it is too late for others to get in.”

Mr. Armey’s model is Hillarycare, which was when voters rebelled against Hillary Rodham Clinton’s attempt at health care reform in 1993-94. The political weather report forecasts a Category 5 hurricane.

Arnaud de Borchgrave is editor at large for The Washington Times and of United Press International.

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