What Obama really seeks to destroy by destroying Fox News

Charles Krauthammer identifies the enormous damage the Obami risk doing as they attack and try to destroy national entities associated with conservatives (the Chamber of Commerce, talk radio, Fox news):

There’s nothing illegal about such search-and-destroy tactics. Nor unconstitutional. But our politics are defined not just by limits of legality or constitutionality. We have norms, Madisonian norms.

Madison argued that the safety of a great republic, its defense against tyranny, requires the contest between factions or interests. His insight was to understand “the greater security afforded by a greater variety of parties.” They would help guarantee liberty by checking and balancing and restraining each other — and an otherwise imperious government.

Factions should compete, but also recognize the legitimacy of other factions and, indeed, their necessity for a vigorous self-regulating democracy. Seeking to deliberately undermine, delegitimize, and destroy is not Madisonian. It is Nixonian.

But didn’t Teddy Roosevelt try to destroy the trusts? Of course, but what he took down was monopoly power that was extinguishing smaller independent competing interests. Fox News is no monopoly. It is a singular minority in a sea of liberal media. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC vs. Fox. The lineup is so unbalanced as to be comical — and that doesn’t even include the other commanding heights of the culture that are firmly, flagrantly liberal: Hollywood, the foundations, the universities, the elite newspapers.

I long for the Bush days. If nothing else, Bush was ever the gentleman, and he presided over a remarkably civil administration.

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  • http://explorations.chasrmartin.com Charlie (Colorado)

    I don’t think it’s any surprise to those of us who weren’t blinded by the halos and adoration, but it’s clear Obama has very much of an authoritarian bent.

  • Danny Lemieux

    “I long for the Bush days. If nothing else, Bush was ever the gentleman, and he presided over a remarkably civil administration.”

    Sad to say, that sounds almost quaint in a Victorian sorta way. I sometimes get the feeling that I am speaking to blank walls when I mention words like “character”, “civil”, “gentleman”, “integrity”, “honesty”…etc. It’s as if the barbarian hordes have finally prevailed.

  • Zhombre

    Try using words like honor or chastity, Danny. You might as well speak Latin. I keep trying to tell people @ another venue that Alan Grayson is a demagogue. I might as well talk to cinder blocks, or the neighborhood stray cats.

  • excathedra

    Watched part of an interview with Obama and a woman reporter , who asked him if it was really appropriate to have the White House deciding which organizations were news organizations or not. His reply? That the American people were more interested in the creation of new jobs than in questions like that.

    I heard myself mutter, “Pussy”, under my breath and I changed the channel.

  • suek
  • Gringo

    #4 excathedra
    Watched part of an interview with Obama and a woman reporter , who asked him if it was really appropriate to have the White House deciding which organizations were news organizations or not. His reply? That the American people were more interested in the creation of new jobs than in questions like that.

    Could you get a source for that? That is damning. The result is that we will have neither jobs nor freedom.

  • Deana

    I also long for President Bush. I loved his strength and resolve, his commitment to doing what he thought was right, regardless of the circumstances.

    I didn’t always agree with him but I knew where he stood.

  • suek

    >>I didn’t always agree with him but I knew where he stood.>>

    That’s pretty much the crux of it, isn’t it! I’ve always said that if the majority of the people wanted socialism, I’d live with it. We live in a democratic republic, after all. We’d have to get there by amending the Constitution, by a vote of the people. I wouldn’t like it, but I’d live with it.

    What the lefties are doing, though, is bait and switch. They are covert and sneaky, so that people who aren’t political junkies (and I realize that it’s become my personal equivalent of a forever running football game!) don’t see what’s coming down the pike. They don’t understand that the lefties have been working on this campaign for decades – they simply assume that “the American Way” will continue “as it always” has.

    Well, I’ve got news for them. You can’t run a car without regular maintenance, and salt on the roads will silently destroy your car from the outside in. If you don’t educate the voters on the basics of what they are voting for, and if you don’t demand honesty and ethics from your lawmakers, you soon descend into Banana Republic territory – and we’re descending fast.

    First impoverishment, then socialism, then the iron fist of communism. Will we explode before that happens? I’m inclined to think so. _Then_ what happens? Do we put in a clause like the Hondurans did – that if a president tries to finagle a life time term, he’s automatically out? Because I think that might be next year’s agenda. Well, maybe not next year – first they have to get the judges into place who’ll somehow find standing in the law for it. _That’s_ next year…!

  • Charles Martel

    Will we explode before that happens? I’m inclined to think so.

    I don’t think the nancy boys who are running the government right now understand what will happen if they push the U.S. military and 50 million armed citizens too far.

    This is not China or Russia where browbeaten, unarmed peasants could be bludgeoned into submission.

    This is not France where cowardice is a way of life.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Ayers started throwing bombs, found out it didn’t do much good. Then he found out the March Through Institutions and got some power and influence. Enough influence to help elect Obama and have a cushy mansion, at least.

    But now what? Is it now the time to expose the True Agenda? Is it now time to go overtly revolutionary? Is it now time to nationalize businesses, destroy American power, sabotage American military logistics, and bleed the US army dry as its broken husk scatters to the four winds?

    Or do they think it’s not the time, that more ground work must be prepared. Listening to the nutroots, they think it’s time to go full steam ahead.

    Landmines? IEDs? What IEDs, they think.

    If they advance their revolutionary zeal too far without the appropriate logistical groundwork, they are going to run into a lot of resistance. After all, their exquisitely tailored ground work is what allowed the effortless election of Obama, complete with the Manufactured October Surprise Crisis, even. That’s what made their victories easy, the slow march of sabotage and entropy through America’s civic, educational, entertainment, cultural, and government spheres of influence. If they overextend, armed conflict will be required for them to enforce their methodologies.

    Many Americans won’t hold to that.

  • suek

    >>Many Americans won’t hold to that.>>

    How many…that’s the question. And will it fall along racial lines? That could add fuel to the fire. Purposeless fuel.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    As the Democrat politicians found out in the Civil War, just cause they had the blacks locked up as slaves didn’t mean those blacks, once freed, would fight for them.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    This disease must be excised sooner or later, suek. For the Americans of old, it was the Civil War. For us, it may be something else. But excise it we must. The disease of racial politics and segregation cannot stand for long.