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Obama's goal and legacy: Resentment – class warfare

JOHN REINIERS, A Mind of Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:53 PM

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When Obama went to Europe on his apology tour – and while in France, of all places – he made a puzzling attack on the United States by saying "America has shown arrogance, and been dismissive, even derisive" in a country where 49,751 World War II American soldiers are buried, and where a recent global survey rated its capital at 52nd out of 60 for friendliness – the rudeness and arrogance of Parisian waiters being the stuff of legend.

All this is proof of America's arrogance. Go figure.

It's no wonder that 89 percent of the French, with their failed economy, support Obama. It's also telling that recently elected socialist President Francois Hollande's approval ratings are now at 41 percent – and he is the head of the French Socialist Party, whereas President Obama is the head of the America's Democratic Party. What do the French know about Obama that we don't know?

Why did, then Senator Obama, when campaigning in Germany for the presidency of the United States, and addressing the "people of the world," feel compelled to say the U.S. "struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality…and at times …our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions." Lord knows our combat deaths in both World Wars alone were evidence of a "promise of liberty" kept.

The answer to Obama's sour attitude about the U.S. is simple. Negative attacks are the hallmark of populists who pit the noble and virtuous people against those whom they accuse of depriving them of their rights, identity, prosperity and voice. It's hard for Obama to get out of that mold, so his kneejerk approach to all societal issues is to criticize, or even attack achievers, when he is addressing his coalition of believers – unions, Latinos, Blacks, government employees, new-wave feminists, and other pressure groups etc. – even if it means tearing down America.

His unscripted "You didn't build that" accusation to hustling businesswomen and men, if just cursorily examined, was illogical, because small businesses are among the very people who pay serious taxes to build the very infrastructure he said others built. Roads, bridges and education are not paid for with payroll taxes.

His preferred style is in the mold of Governor and Senator Huey Long, famous for his radical populist rhetoric in his bid to unseat FDR as president. Obama took a page from Long who devised the "Share our Wealth Program," which was a net asset tax; to redistribute what Long called new wealth. Like Obama he too preferred attack politics and gained favor with the left by promoting class envy and attacking Standard Oil which then had a huge presence, eventually becoming Exxon and Mobile Oil.

Likewise, Adolf Hitler knew that in order to build the Nazi Party, he too needed a scapegoat to win popular support, so he attacked the Jews since anti-Semitism was alive and well in Germany anyway. Attack is what extreme populists do. Hitler labeled this strategy as "the anti-Semitism of reason." (It would be comical if the results hadn't been so tragic and devastating.)

Saul Alinsky, an organizational genius, and founder of modern community organizing, was the patron saint of the now disgraced ACORN, President Obama's alma mater, where he taught Alinsky leadership classes; and the 22 million member SEIU, a staunch Obama supporter; both being radical left-wing organizations.

President Obama still sees himself as a community organizer. His wife Michelle reminds us that "His work as a community organizer was really a defining moment in his life – not just his career. It helped him decide how he would impact the world."

He was highly regarded and seen by his peers as a "master of agitation." He was skilled at getting his audiences all lathered up against an enemy – usually one group. Our President rails against the "fat cats," the rich, the oil and gas industry, Republicans, and all other working Americans not identifiable as part of his coalition. He implores his followers to "punish your enemies;" which is vintage Alinsky, SEIU, ACORN, Huey Long, Hitler and a host of demagogues – hardly fitting for an American president.

As Alinsky instructed his acolytes: "The organizer dedicated to changing the life of a particular community must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community. Fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression…Unless there is controversy, people are not concerned enough to act."

As Hitler said, "Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."

And Alinsky's rationale for President Obama's message of "hope and change:" The "masses don't know what will work, but they do know the prevailing system is self-defeating, frustrating, and hopeless. They won't act for change, but they won't strongly oppose those who do. The time is ripe for revolution."

What's tragic about all this is that we are talking about the President of The United States who we now know is a prototypical agitator promoting class resentment and political instability.

When younger, our president trained other budding young radical community organizers in Alinsky's agitation tactics and his "Power Analysis" methods.

Somewhat on point, it makes me recall that after Bush 41 and his son Bush 43 left office, they both kept a low profile, rather than destabilize the country. George W. Bush refused to criticize Obama after his election saying, "He deserves my silence…I love my country more than politics… I think it is essential that he be helped in office."

There was no reciprocity on Obama's part. He never stopped criticizing Bush. I'm not sanguine about the results of the upcoming election. But if Obama were to lose, he would be eligible to serve two non-consecutive terms. (Grover Cleveland.)

Can you imagine the relentless Romney/Bush hate speech "rubbing raw the resentments of people" (Alinsky's words), we will hear from Obama, if out of office, and campaigning for the 2016 presidency? And with predictable support from the liberal amen media.)

It would tear this country apart and make reform governance impossible.

Ironically, no matter who wins in November, it will not end well. This country will pay for the huge mistake we made in 2008.

John Reiniers, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill.

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