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The Very Worst Thing the Government Can Do

As I remember it, I was in the White House Briefing Room in February 2009 when I heard something shocking. I’d covered the White House since 1997, and I couldn’t really remember hearing something like this before.

The White House, in the person of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, was assailing a private citizen. CNBC reporter Rick Santelli had had the nerve to object volubly to President Obama’s mortgage refinancing assistance plan. And so Gibbs attacked:

Well, let’s go through this, because I do think this is very important. And I’ve watched Mr. Santelli on cable the past 24 hours or so. I’m not entirely sure where Mr. Santelli lives, or in what house he lives, but the American people are struggling every day to meet their mortgage, stay in their job, pay their bills, to send their kids to school, and to hope that they don’t get sick or that somebody they care for gets sick and sends them into bankruptcy.

I also think it’s tremendously important that for people who rant on cable television to be responsible and understand what it is they’re talking about. I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Many brushed it off because Santelli was on TV and presumably was used to rough and tumble and could defend himself. That he was on TV, of course, actually made Gibbs’ comments worse, because the president’s press secretary was chilling free speech.

Soon enough, Gibbs went on to others, sticking it to Rush Limbaugh and even an entire network, Fox News.

People got used to it. Attacking private citizens became the new normal.

But what a slippery slope Mr. Gibbs put us on. I hope you noticed this piece Friday by Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal. The Obama campaign is busying itself looking into the private lives of donors to Mitt Romney. It is merely the logical extension of the thinking at the White House, which makes Obama enemies in the private sector – and their speech – fair game.

From her piece:

Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

About a week after that post, a man named Michael Wolf contacted the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls in search of court records regarding Mr. VanderSloot. Specifically, Mr. Wolf wanted all the documents dealing with Mr. VanderSloot’s divorces, as well as a case involving a dispute with a former Melaleuca employee.

This is the very worst thing a government – or its proxies – can do. It is the practice of the world’s small petty satraps and its totalitarian behemoths. It’s just not tolerable here.

And yet, it’s happening. The White House has gone from criticizing private citizens to investigating them. What’s next, arresting them?

What if Mr. Wolf comes up with some illegal activity on the part of Mr. VanderSloot. Well, it’s his duty – just doing his duty – to alert Mr. Holder.

And then we have our very first political prisoner. Hopefully Mr. Gibbs will bake him a cake.

37 thoughts on “The Very Worst Thing the Government Can Do”

  1. Disgusting….and what is the Republican leadership saying about this?

    When the people fear the government you have tyranny, when the government fears the people, you have liberty. Thomas Jefferson

  2. With the exception of a few bright spots on the “new” blogosphere media (like you Mr. K) there is NO journalism or free dissemination of events. Just a corps (or corpse for Duh Won) of breathless stenographers who parrot every word given to them by their Dear Leader.

    Research, fact checking, verifying sources….pfff. “Wasn’t Barack dreamy on The View?!?”

    Turning on those who “don’t think like them.” Well…to them THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO THINK. Doesn’t that signify the loss of free will and that the indoctrination is complete? Goebels woulda been proud.

    1. Reminds me of the old equation :

      ..a wicked society will elect wicked politicians who will
      operate a wicked govt. which will enforce wicked laws…..

      ..from his view from hell Goebels painfully smiles!

  3. I’ve been following this story since Kimberly Strassel first reported about the website a few weeks ago. Her recent follow up about Mr. VanderSloot is very interesting and I am glad to see that Mr. VanderSloot has been vocal about this. Unfortunately, this disgusting tactic will do what it was designed to do – intimidate others into not donating to Romney at all. The Chicago crowd brought their “Chicago way” to the White House in January 2009 and it’s time we evict them.

    Btw, have you all seen this? The BHO administration has revised almost EVERY single presidential bio on the WH website to include a reference to “The One”! The hubris just never ends!

    1. I did, indeed. Reminds of the hooty-tooty-snootie types, who simply must “name drop” to give their existence credence. Since the altering of history is being done at very top, it’s well beyond being snootie – it’s subversive, manipulative, dangerous and outrageous. I don’t think even his “loyal” followers realize to what extent he and his enablers will go to, to insure power and control, which leads me to the other big story – drones. Thirty thousand (30,000) to be operational by 2020. Once upon a time 20/20 referred to vision and now it’s a blind spot.

      Congress funds the FAA and “we” fund Congress by taxation. Next logical question…why?

      Krauthammer: Domestic Surveillance Drones Should Be Banned

      1. Apologies, the link didn’t work. Here’s the quote from Krauthammer:

        I would predict, (I’m not encouraging it!) but I’ll predict that the first guy who uses a Second Amendment weapon to bring a drone down that has been hovering over his house, is going to be a folk hero in this country.

  4. Long after SarahPalin left the campaign trail and returned to her private life, the MSM chased any mention of a scandal or misstatement that could hurt her and sadly, her family, too. The Obama campaign only has to single out 9 or 10 Romney contributors to warn other wealthy donors that their private lives will come under scrutiny and innuendos of wrong-doing.

    With the protection and cover from the MSM, the Obama campaign operates in any fashion they feel will help reelect their chosen candidate. Working hand in glove with the campaign, TV personalities have no fear of being chastised for whatever slurs or lies they promote against Mr or MrsRomney.
    The only solution is to remove this evil fraud from power.

  5. “What’s next, arresting them?”

    I’m sure Obama’s operatives at the IRS are going over the personal and corporate tax returns of Romney’s big donors.

  6. Niemoller updated:

    First they came for the opinionated, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not opinionated.

    Then they came for the donors, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a donor.

    Then they came for the conservatives, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a conservative.

    Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

  7. Small petty satraps, the Obama Administration? Keith, isn’t that redundant?

    Please keep pointing this stuff out. I just hope enough people are listening!!

    1. Hey, just looked up “small petty satrap” in the dictionary and there was a picture of Barack Obama (I misspelled it the first time and typed “small PRETTY satrsap” and it came up with a picture of the president of Argentina!)

  8. Excellent article Keith. Thank you for taking a stand. This man is a spoiled immature tyrant who wants to silence all opposition, so he sends his leftist attack dogs out to do his dirty work. He’s even demonizing his own kind.

    You can add Jamie Dimon to his growing list of enemies. Not sure how he lost favor with the agitator in chief, but the regime’s flying monkeys are trying to demonize him into resigning from the New York Fed. All the usual suspects are involved – Lizzy “Squaw Running Scared” Warren, Sen. Bernie “the commie” Sanders, and leftist blogs like huffpo, daily kos, and daily beast. They are implementing their old Alinsky tactics – “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

    1. I would have agreed that the wacky conspiratorial theories were just that and nothing more…BUT by the time the 30,000 drones are up in the skies, it will mark a century of the progressive movement. Couple that with a battle cry from Van Jones “we need the next century” and I begin to see a much darker chapter, not unlike “creeping Sharia”. The most disconcerning part is that self-professed conservatives are not raging and shaking the cages. Just because Jones is no longer “officially” part of the administration does not mean he is not sending signals for them. There is no doubt in my mind that there is a clear link between the progressive movement and Islamists (whatever word you want to insert here). Otherwise, the trial of Nidal Hassan would have been over and done with. Instead it has been postponed until this October when I fully expect it to be postponed til after the election.

      1. Personally, I think the ones that have been “kicked out” of the WH are more dangerous than those that stay. They are free to do and say what they please and to work behind the scenes away from public scrutiny.

        I am also beginning to think twice about some of these conspiracy theories, and I’ve never been the tin foil hat type before. There’s just too many coincidences and too many dots that can be connected.

  9. Thank you for covering this story Keith, it deserves to be told to all Americans across the country. When I first read this story it gave me chills, still does. This is behavior the nuns told me about in school during WW2, I pray our national nightmare will be over soon.

  10. Gosh, Keith, thanks for this post. It’s chilling.
    I’m not inclined to easily believe in massive and intricate plots, but the more I read abuot these Chicago thugs, the more I must doubt the Breitbart narrative of sudden unexplained Heart Failure.

  11. Ok folks. Is this the government or is it political operatives? There is a difference. From what is out there now this doesnt seem to rise to the level of Nixon’s enimies l

    1. This is being done with the explicit knowledge of the president. If this was being done by a CEO of any large corporation they would be fired and maybe prosecuted. He is exactly like Nixon and also FDR who had the IRS investigate his political enemies.

      1. Yeah yeah. These are slimy, lying, theavin, rat bastards who can not be trusted with the keys to a graveyard lest they try to steal the souls from the dead. We know that. Did anyone exepect anything different? Foole once…. I guess I’m saying nobody should be surprised by dirty politics from this bunch.

    2. Ok that didn’t work right. Was going to spiel check but fat fingers got in the way. Anyway Nixon’s enemies list isn’t the same as this. It is a good thing we live in a free country where all they can do is investigate and smear. Read up on some the the poor chaps in Russia etc. Good for ganders loot (damn iPhone) for the courage and resources to speak his mind in the light of day. We are still free as long as we think and act like we are.

      1. If Obama hadn’t perverted the office of the presidency by politicizing it I might agree with you. Everything this administration does is political. He’s so psychotic he’s rewriting White House historical pages to include reference to himself. No doubt in my mind he using the power of the federal government to destroy his opponents.

  12. O/T (kind of), but about honor among businessfolk;
    The Founder of Best Buy (Electronics) has resigned. There are two scandals going on here: one, a Stock/shares scandal, the other a wrong, specifically prohibited relationship between an Exec and an employee. In any case, Richard Schulze has resigned. According to local news, he announced that he should’ve acted as CEO and reported to the Board, to whom he was responsible. Instead, he chose to deal personally w/the exec involved, as if he was still the owner/founder.
    It’s a big deal, many many jobs. It looks as if Schulze acted honorably so far. And/but it’s interesting, given the climate that the o administration has nurtured and fostered: ANYTHING GOES. WE WON.

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