Remember when Obama’s White House set up an entire arm of his administration to deal with people who opposed ObamaCare? The project was known as firstname.lastname@example.org and requested the names, addresses, etc. of anyone in America who didn’t support Obama on health care. This wasn’t hidden, it was right out of the White House. Flag the fishy, as it came to be known, was nothing more than a McCarthy-esque witch (or fish) hunt. It was the early incarnation of Obama’s enemies list. Anyone who was thought to disagree with ObamaCare, anyone who was disseminating “false” information (i.e. not reading from the White House talking points), anyone who was saying “fishy” things about ObamaCare should be reported . . . to the president of the United States of America.
The direct connection to the White House was deemed the problem back then, so the Obama machine simply re-imaged flag the fishy as Attack Watch. This fabulous development went beyond simply reporting your neighbor for “fishy” ideas about Obama’s health care proposals but extended to reporting suspected thoughts: one of Attack Watch’s stated goals was the stamping out rumors before they started. Precrime, if it is indeed a “crime” to think differently than the president in the United States of America. And in case you are in doubt, yes, it actually is, now, a crime–if not in and of itself, then by virtue of the Obama administration sending various executive branch agencies “after” you until you sit down and shut up.
Looking back now, in light of what we know the Obama administration did in targeting and silencing conservatives, these Big Brother-meets-the-SS efforts to gather information on Obama’s “enemies” is sinister. Of course, I thought it was sinister then, but everyone else seemed to think it benign, no big deal. So what if Obama wants to gather masses of information on American citizens who don’t agree with him? After all, it’s not like he’d actually use the federal government to “go after” these people, right? He’s not the mafia. He’s not Hitler or Stalin or Mao. Um, okay, except now we know, for a fact, that he not only targets his enemies but sends out the IRS, ATF, etc. to harass, intimidate, frighten, and ultimately silence any and all opposition.
Leftists have mocked and belittled conservatives who’ve been warning about Obama and his traitorous horde since before he won in ’08. When we said he’s a Marxist or socialist, they sneered. When we said that he’d use the power of government against the American people, they sneered. When we said that Obama aspired to be a tyrant and dictator, they sneered. When it became clear that he’s not only a Marxist but fully committed to communism, they shrugged. When Obama used the immense power of government–the IRS, the FBI, the ATF, the EPA, and the DOJ are all we know about. So far.–they shrugged. When Obama by-passed Congress to go to war illegally or to “legislate” the DREAM Act, they shrugged.
And make no mistake, they’d care if he were a Republican, if the groups were targeted because they had “progressive” or “organizing” in their names, they’d care so much that Obama would never ever have been allowed to finish his first term (he should have been impeached over Fast and Furious and/or Benghazi, for example). This IRS scandal would have erupted in 2010 when it was first reported, as it should have, and he’d have been forced out in shame and disgrace. As he should be.
You know, I always wondered how on earth the German people allowed the Holocaust to happen. When visiting the Holocaust Memorial in Boston (it’s great), I read again Niemöller’s most famous quotation:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
I’d read it before, of course, but I couldn’t wrap my mind around a culture and society who would not only allow such tyranny, such evil, but who would actually cheer it.
Now I get it.
And it’s horrifying.