By Randy Wills
It looks like those “mobs” that have been raising such a ruckus at the Town Hall meetings have the Obama administration back on its heels a bit. It may be that the unions, ACORN, and the mainstream media didn’t react quite soon enough and we got the jump on them, but don’t get too giddy. Now is when it starts to get interesting — this is the first real public challenge to Obama’s persuasive talents that he, and his administration, has faced.
President Obama and his cadre of cabinet members and zillions of czars are not going to give up on the crown jewel of their plan to bankrupt the United States, Health Care Reform, without a fierce fight. In fact, once the unions and indentured groups like ACORN untangle their feet, it’s going to get downright nasty. If the politicians continue to hold town hall meetings (some have already canceled their plans to hold them in their district), I expect so see some bloody noses and split lips, compliments of the real “mobs” in yellow, orange, and purple shirts.
And there are some hard-nosed, “take no prisoners” types surrounding Obama who would slash their wrists before abandoning the hill that has taken them decades to climb. Probably the ballet-dancer-turned-political-“housepainter” (in Chicago underworld jargon, I understand that that is the euphemism for “hit man”) Rahm Emanuel would be at the top of that list. He and his brother, White House Health Policy Advisor Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, come from tough stock. Their father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, was a foot soldier in the Irgun, a militant Zionist group operated in Palestine from 1931 until 1948 when the new Israeli government was formed and the Irgun leader, Menachem Begin, was elected to the Knesset. Irgun later laid the foundation for Israel’s right-wing Herut (meaning “freedom”) party, which led even later to the Likud party, of which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is currently chairman.
To be fair, Irgun is viewed by many as a group of freedom fighters and by others as terrorists, and depending upon whose historical accounts and interpretations are read, are considered either heroes or murderers. Israelis hold the Irgun in the highest of esteem for responding to Arab attacks and British bans on Israeli immigration and refusing to buckle under political pressure in the establishment of an Israeli state; Palestinian and British detractors alike condemn the group for the killing of civilians in the Deir Yassin Massacre and actions like the bombing of the King David Hotel.
Regardless of historical reading, regardless of whether the Irgun’s actions were considered valiant or brutal, the group was effective and stopped at nothing to achieve its goals. And assuming that apples don’t often fall far from the tree, I wouldn’t expect the president’s Chief of Staff to play pattycake with those who get in the Administration’s way. If I were Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh, or anyone else pulling back the curtain, I’d have a real good security detail.
As for Dr. “Zeke” Emanuel, in addition to his radical views on rationing health care based on his “Complete Lives System,” he has made it clear that he also knows how to play political hardball. He is credited with making the following comment in a November 16, 2008 “Health Care Watch” column:
Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health care reform agenda. If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the Administration’s health reform effort.”
Then there is President Obama’s “Science Advisor,” Dr. John Holdren, another hard-core radical thinker when it comes to how we should allocate health care resources and manage the environment. I hardly know where to start with this guy, the scope of his radicalism is so breathtaking (he, like Obamacare cheerleader Peter Singer, the bio-ethicist from Princeton who, in addition to believing in infanticide– at least until the child is old enough “to know that there is a tomorrow”–believes that animals and trees have the right to sue), but I liked Jason Arvak’s posting on Poli-Gazette on July 29, 2009, entitled “Obama Science Advisor Endorsed Environmental/Economic Radicalism,” so let me quote from that:
President Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, has in the past endorsed a radical economic reform program known as “de-development” – a government-mandated destruction of industrial and technological infrastructure designed specifically to reduce population growth and lifestyle improvement in pursuit of a (sic) extremist environmentalist vision championed by the infamous Paul Ehrlich. In a book co-authored with Ehrlich, Holdren also endorsed government-mandated redistribution of wealth on an extreme level indistinguishable from the most coercive types of socialism – to call it environmental Bolshevism would not be unfair.
In the book mentioned above, “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment,” Holdren makes this mind-boggling statement:
To date, there has been no serious attempt in Western countries to use laws to control excessive population growth, although there exists ample authority under which population control could be regulated. For example, under the United States Constitution, effective population-control programs could be enacted under the clauses that empower Congress to appropriate funds to provide for the general welfare and to regulate commerce, or under the equal-protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Such laws could be very broad. Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory (emphasis mine) abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger society.
Thankfully, Holdren ends this statement with “[f]ew today consider the situation in the United States serious enough to justify compulsion, however.” How nice. Holdren wrote this in 1997, so it’s possible that he might soon conclude that the situation is serious enough to compel abortion and euthanasia of the elderly.
And AARP endorses Obamacare? I know, I know. Their CEO said that there wasn’t a plan on the table yet to endorse, so they didn’t really “endorse” anything, but when you watch the ads that AARP is running on TV, to quote what Hillary Clinton had to say to Gen. David Petraeus with regard to progress in Iraq, it “would require the willful suspension of disbelief” to believe him.
If you remember, during the campaign, Obama asked us to judge him by those who “surround” him. Considering that we know almost nothing about the president himself other than what he has crafted for his own purposes in his two autobiographies, we should continue to do just that.
And in doing just that, what I’ve found so far is that the most common and striking characteristic among those who “surround” him is their unequivocal enmity with all that we have historically accepted as God’s place in the lives of mankind – especially His, and His alone, authority over the issues of life and death.
Grasping the significance of this common thread which is woven throughout all of the Obama administration’s plans and policies, I urge everyone to be prepared for what I believe will be the inevitable collision of the forces of Good and evil. How can it be otherwise, unless all that we believe in is false?
Take my admonition any way that you like, but by all means do your best to acquire the ability to survive a generalized civil upheaval greater than anything yet seen in the United States. I hope it doesn’t happen. In the meantime, continue to hope, work, and rejoice at whatever success we can gain politically, but be prepared. Specifically, I recommend that you adopt the concept of “clustering.” By that I mean become a part of a group of like-minded persons–family, friends, church members, whatever–who can collectively withstand the destruction of the delicate infrastructure that we’re so dependent upon. No one person has all the talents or treasure required to do this by themselves. It will take a group effort to accumulate the necessary food, medicines, and utilities to survive for an extended period of time should there actually be a total breakdown of civil order.
Meet regularly and make plans, and assign responsibilities so that IF the need arises, you can set your plan in motion quickly and without confusion. Eventually, the goal should be to form clusters of clusters because, as everyone knows, there truly is strength in numbers and that is what will be needed to rebuild a society based on Constitutional principles when the dust settles.
It may sound “off –the-wall” right now, and I completely understand that perspective, but just look at it as insurance. How many thousands of dollars do you spend every year for policies that you hope to never have to fall back on, but you do it because you know that there is a real possibility that something real bad–something that might threaten your very economic and/or physical survival–might happen and you want the peace of mind of knowing that you have prepared for that eventuality? And if a possibility such as I allude to was real enough last September to prompt Secretary of the Treasury Paulson to use it as a hammer to frighten Congress into passing the TARP legislation, then maybe you should listen to me as well.
Randy Wills lives in the Northwest with his wife of over 52 years and divides his time between his role as Operations Manager of a software development business founded with his son in 2002 and maintaining close contact with his extended family. Both he and his wife are avid readers and spend as much time as they can together reading and engaging in deep discussion of history, religion, and politics. For recreation, Randy and his wife like to “get away” in their RV.