Why Are Obama’s Supporters So Dumb?
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Sullivan argued in 2007 that Obama could transcend petty partisan bickering and chill the overheated rhetoric of our political discourse. Now, this week, Sullivan tells us we are dumb for criticizing The Transcendent One.
So much for chilling the overheated rhetoric.
Obamas Two-Timing with Wall Street
The Newsweek article takes aim at Obamas critics on the left, complaining that they unfairly view him as a hapless tool of Wall Street, a continuation of Bush in civil liberties, a cloistered elitist unable to grasp the populist moment that is his historic opportunity. The article softens this a little by allowing that the presidents critics on the left are less unhinged than those on the right.
Seemingly on cue, an Occupy DC crowd of more than 1,000 amassed outside the gates of the White House last night, and someone threw a smoke bomb at the building. The Secret Service dispersed the crowd of less unhinged, leftist, bomb-throwing, critics, and made no arrests.
It is alarming anytime someone launches an explosive device, even a relatively harmless one, at the presidents residence. By the way, can anyone recall a Tea Party rally that ended with bomb throwing and a Secret Service crackdown? I cant.
Last nights incident illustrates just how dangerous the Democrats appeasement of the radical and quasi-anarchical left has been. Democrats have been eager to tap into the potential election-year energy of a grassroots, populist movement like Occupy Wall Street. Therefore, they have been unwilling to speak out against the movements lawless excesses. Desecration of public property, murders, overdoses, and a plague of rodent infestations — all these hazards have been documented and roundly ignored by Democratic leaders.
Obama has been raising campaign cash at a record-setting rate, and he is getting much of it from our nations big banks. Employees of Goldman Sachs have given more than a million dollars to Obamas campaign fund. JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup are also among the top ten corporations funneling money into the Obama campaign through employee contributions.
Over the past year, masses of angry occupiers got together to protest the corruption and political influence of Wall Streets big banks. These same banks have given Obama mountains of campaign cash.
Do Democrats really think the angry protestors now criticizing the president will suddenly decide to support him when the election draws near? Do they think his critics on the left are that dumb? If this weeks Newsweek cover story is any indication, then yes, perhaps they do.
Obamas Unhinged Critics on the Left
What will happen when protestors show up to occupy the Democratic Convention this summer? Every dollar Obama takes from Wall Street is an insult to the occupy protestors. Will occupy protesters respond with more violence?
Perhaps there will be another riot like the one the Democrats endured outside their 1968 convention in Chicago. A convention marred by rioting leftists would be a public relations disaster for Obama and the Democrats.
I would like to suggest an emergency plan to head off this disaster and appease Obamas angry critics on the far left: I think Obama should take the $68 million he raised last quarter and distribute it to the people of Occupy Wall Street.
Imagine how it would look on TV. Obama could personally fly over the protestors in Air Force One and drop the cash on the hordes below. Ultimately, the best way to win back the support of occupy protestors, and get them singing the presidents praises instead of throwing bombs, would be to engage in the radical wealth redistribution that so many of them are demanding.
Nothing calms a riot like money falling from the sky.
Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix. He writes about culture and politics every Wednesday for the International Business Times. Follow him on Twitter @nathanharden