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“He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. To say that corrupt means corrupt the ends is to believe in the immaculate conception of ends and principles. The real arena is corrupt and bloody.”

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who said “the ends justify the means” in “The Communist Manifesto,” were merely more succinct.

Chicago, where the dead vote early and often, is where Alinsky’s disciples schooled young Barack in bare-knuckle tactics. Last week, Mr. Obama’s former White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago, sided with the gangster comments of an alderman who said he would block Chick-fil-A from opening another store because Christian owner Dan Cathy supports marriage and the biblical family. Freedom of speech? Property rights? Freedom of religion? Oh, you are such a child!

But back to the attack ads. They’re ubiquitous and hideous, and it’s only August.

In South Florida, an ad created last fall but surfacing now portrays freshman Republican Rep. Allen B. West in boxing gloves, punching an old woman as a female narrator says, “West has socked it to seniors, voting to end Medicare as we know it.”

The grinning, cartoonlike Mr. West then punches a young woman while the narrator says, “he’s whacked women with his votes for huge cuts in women’s health care funding.” As a family is shown, the narrator says, “he’s mauled middle-class families.” The ad ends with Mr. West holding a fistful of $100 bills stolen from average Americans.

American Sunrise PAC, founded by Thomas P. Murphy, Jr., the father of Mr. West’s opponent, Democrat Patrick Murphy, created the ad. The elder Mr. Murphy has funneled $250,000 into the PAC, along with $100,000 from frequent Democratic donor Ibrahim Al-Rashid of Miami.

The left does not have a monopoly on mudslinging, but count on the “mainstream” media to ignore or downplay anything that puts liberals in a bad light.

Everyone who loves liberty needs to get involved in the most consequential election in our lifetime. As Johnson’s propagandist intoned, “The stakes are too high for you to stay home.”

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.