Okay, you’re President Obama, the Economy is in the crapper, deficit is out of control, your VP is a numnuts and your keystone legislation potentially stands of being obliterated by the Supreme Court. How do you look to get re-elected? Got it – Go after the Koch Brothers, because they provide jobs, pay taxes, support conservative causes and are just overall nice guys. Make them enemies of the state.
Ted Olsen, Wall Street Journal
How would you feel if aides to the president of the United States singled you out by name for attack, and if you were featured prominently in the president’s re-election campaign as an enemy of the people?
What would you do if the White House engaged in derogatory speculative innuendo about the integrity of your tax returns? Suppose also that the president’s surrogates and allies in the media regularly attacked you, sullied your reputation and questioned your integrity. On top of all of that, what if a leading member of the president’s party in Congress demanded your appearance before a congressional committee this week so that you could be interrogated about the Keystone XL oil pipeline project in which you have repeatedly—and accurately—stated that you have no involvement?
Consider that all this is happening because you have been selected as an attractive political punching bag by the president’s re-election team. This is precisely what has happened to Charles and David Koch, even though they are private citizens, and neither is a candidate for the president’s or anyone else’s office.
What Messrs. Koch does, in fact, is manage businesses that provide employment to more than 50,000 people in North America in legitimate, productive industries. They also give millions of dollars to medical researchers, hospitals and cultural institutions. Their biggest offense, apparently, is that they also contribute generously to nonprofit organizations that promote personal liberty and free enterprise, and some of those organizations oppose policies advocated by the president.
Without a record to run on, this is the only recourse of an administration desperate to hang onto power. This is a POTUS who has executed US citizens without benefit of a trial and has signed into law the legal framework for suspending habeas corpus. Why would his campaign be above making private citizens the enemy?
Funny how nobody ever mentioned the Koch Brothers until it started coming out that George Soros was the puppeteer pulling Obama’s strings.
And who are the Democrats going to bring up next, to keep you suckers from looking behind the curtain at who’s really pulling the levers?
What is so funny here is that the ONLY reason Liberal even care about the Koch Brothers is to distract from their own money man and puppet-master, Nazi-collaborator George Soros.
Apparently is it fine for a rich foreign Liberal to fund all of their Leftist stuff, but for Americans to put their money into American politics? Why, that is TERRIBLE!!!!
The toddler has Buffett and Soros pimping his wares. Now doesn’t that seem hypocritical to attack other billionaires? Whoops, the Koch brothers are conservatives and do not support the man who would be emperor. Ergo, they are enemies of the state according to the anointed one, the DNC, and his socialist and communist buddies.
The divider cannot run on his record, so the contest will be bitter, divisive, disingenuous, mean spirited, and racist
Doesn’t it seem more than a little odd that the richest people in the world are financing President Downgrade’s campaign and actively supporting wealth “redistribution” schemes?
Socialism isn’t just about taking the wealthy down to raise the poor; it’s about the wealthy eliminating their competition and the potential for future competitors.
This is typical totalitarian behavior: Go after a law-abiding private citizen without really specifying what the crime is. Insinuate, smear, and call them names like “enemy” and “one percent.” Single them out and portray them as so aberrant that the masses won’t identify with them (it makes it easier to demonize and oppress them.) Then, go down the line to the next hated group, until you’re attacking anyone and everyone who doesn’t bow down to you correctly
Along with trying to demonize the Republican nominee, the Obama campaign for 2012 will certainly consist of many “weapons of mass distraction” themes, such as inventing this imaginary “threat” from those “dastardly” Koch Brothers who dare to create hundreds of thousands of genuine private sector jobs, or branding the Governor of Arizona as a “racist” and immediately jumping on TV to expand that false accusation. “Hey, look over there…a racist squirrel.” anything to divert attention away from the most corrupt and destructive presidential administration in the history of this country.
Koch Brothers = self-made, Constitution-embracing patriotic Americans.
George Soros = vile, hateful, un-American, Stalinist vulture; perfect icon for the left.
Its basic Saul Alinsky Politics Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. This is how business is done when a country has let itself decay to the point of letting a Community Organizer be president.