Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"You're Either With Us...

Or with the terrorists". Everyone remembers President George W. Bush's ultimatum sounding words in the days following 9-11. Fast forward eight years. My how things change! It is a similar rallying cry. However it is now "It's us against them". Only this time the "them" is Fox news and by default conservatives, Republicans and anyone who dare question or criticize the Obama administration's inability to put together a cohesive strategy on any front.

Again, it makes you question if Obama has any political instinct. Fox News is in the midst of it's best year yet. They are not only soaring with the cable news competition but they are cutting in to other viewing network share as well.

The left wing remains in denial. All Faux News viewers are stupid, old, white, less intellectual, etc. Saul Alinsky #RULE 5 is employed with full force: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. And yet, Fox soars. Ten years of ridicule and self righteous bashing and Fox only grows in profitability and popularity.

Yet never meeting a dictator or mass murdering totalitarian he would not have a Come to Jesus Meeting with, Obama declares war on Fox News. To what ends?

Under normal circumstances, Fox will not be damaged by this. Fox has more viewers on an off time slot than any of the other networks, probably, combined at prime time. However, Obama’s popularity and political capital will suffer. As he becomes more and more impotent, he shows every indication making more and more desperate moves. Making normal circumstances an endangered species.

We keep waiting for some fruit of his tenure to come to fruition. Yet, it never does. In his world, taxing is investing, winding down the clock with incessant debate is action, and his ever constant campaigning is leadership. With this nine month blue print we see what the results are going to be. Stagnation, higher unemployment, lower popularity, more scrutiny, loss of congressional seats and, hope against hope, the nails in the coffins of healthcare and climate change taxation.

His war on Fox News is a Chavez styled move and there is no doubt it comes straight from the top. Obama is completely intolerant of criticism and dissent. The question remains how far will he go to silence it?

1 comment:

  1. Again, you have nailed all my sentiments exactly. Great job. I love reading your stuff.