Here’s the quotation of the century, providing a critically important insight I’ve never seen stated before. Read it and weep; read it again and then act:
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”
My friend who sent me this gem, Dick Bachert of Atlanta, said it was too bad the author is unknown, but whoever the author, he deserves a Pulitzer for his brief but powerful insight. I would, however, dish up some blame not only for the public but for other groups as well.
Perhaps the primary blame should be assigned to the mainstream media, which gave Barack Hussein Obama a free pass. The mainstream media by and large reported only the positive news on Mr. Obama. They downplayed or censored out all the negative news, as documented by Bernard Goldberg in his important book, A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (But Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media.
His record was clear. He associated with bigots, racists, terrorists, America-haters and others, which citizens of the greatest country in the history of the world would almost automatically avoid. He had a record of radical leftism and liberalism and one of the most highly partisan records. He broke key campaign promises even before the campaign was over, such as his promise to take public funding for his campaign. He showed a propensity to prevaricate, as when he claimed to have never really heard the radical views of his pastor of 20 years, Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, who was also his close associate. His record revealed no substantial accomplishments, but an opportunist who merely used his positions as jumping off to the next occupational advancement. He arrived in the Senate, and almost immediately started running for the presidency, leaving behind a legacy of virtually no accomplishment. He had a record of saying what voters wanted to hear, despite his record, his associates, and his real values and views. During the campaign and during his presidency, he has lied on almost every important occasion. He knows his friends in the mainstream media won’t blow the whistle on him.
The mainstream media ignored the negative information, even though it was conveniently available in three excellent books on Mr. Obama: Jerome Corsi, Obamination, David Freddoso, The Case Against Barack Obama, and Brad O’Leary, The Audacity of Deceit. And the media continued to ignore later books critical of Mr. Obama such as Michelle Malkin’s classic, Culture of Corruption.
Any observer could figure out Mr. Obama and right during the campaign I referred to him as the biggest fraud, faker, phony, fibber, and America-hater in our presidential history. Despite his record, the public – relying on information from the mainstream media – did not get the whole Obama story. So, he ascended to the most important position in the world and in America without being vetted, and, thus, the mainstream media sold the public a false and incomplete version of Mr. Obama. America bought a cat (and a radical) in a bag.
Proof of how the mainstream media can mislead the public came forth again after the Health-care Summit. Observers said one positive result of the Summit was the public finally understanding that the Congressional Republicans had been offering extensive alternatives to ObamaCare. The Congressional Republicans were the “Party of No” when it came to radical health-care reform and ObamaCare, but were the “Party of Yes, Yes, and Yes” to many proposals to lower costs and extend access without destroying and disrupting the system, the insurance coverage, and the doctor-patient relationship which the vast majority of people were happy with. However, the mainstream media were not reporting on the Republican proposals, but were merely dismissing the Republicans as the “Party of No.” Consequently, until the Summit, the public wasn’t getting the basic facts about the difference between the parties.
This boils down to the biased, dishonest, and fraudulent mainstream media posing a mortal threat to the survival of our democracy. If America is to survive as the greatest country on earth, it requires an informed citizenry getting the information needed to make sound judgments. That’s not happening now, and until it does happen we’ll be under the shadow of an existential threat.
So, the public better start going out of its way to get both sides of the issue. That means they have to stop relying on the mainstream media as the exclusive source of news and commentary. They should look to conservative publications that give another point of view. For starters I’d recommend one or more of the leading conservative magazines: The National Review, The Weekly Standard, Human Events, The American Spectator, NewsMax, and Townhall.com.
I’d also recommend the leading conservative papers in hard copy or in Web editions such as The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), and locally, The Bulletin. As I’ve often noted in my Bulletin columns, the two pages of editorials and commentary in each IBD are the best two pages in American journalism.
In the television broadcast field, there is the Fox Cable News Network with people such as Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Greta van Susteren. And there is an extensive army of conservative talk radio hosts led by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill Bennett, Mark Levin, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager, Michael Savage, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Greta Van Susteren, Laura Ingraham, Monica Crowley and others. All of these radio hosts listed above appear in Philadelphia on 990 AM and 1210 AM.
Among the richest sources of detailed information on the conservative side of the ledger are the foundations and institutes such as the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, the Manhattan Institute, and David Horowitz’s Freedom Center (publisher of FrontPageMag). In addition, there are vast resources on the Internet.
There are also specialized groups, some of the best focus on terrorism and related issues. One is Steve Emerson, Investigative Project on Terrorism. Another is Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch. A third is Daniel Pipes’ Middle East Forum. And, finally, there is Brigette Gabriel’s Act for America.
I’d also recommend boycotting the mainstream media. You might start by cancelling your subscription to The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, Time Magazine and Newsweek.
In addition, I suggest you support and follow organizations that do battle against the abuses of the mainstream media. Two of the most prominent are Accuracy in Media (AIM) and the Media Research Center. Both have valuable web sites. AIM also maintains a Web site dedicated to boycotting The New York Times, the leader in media bias (www.boycottnyt.com; you can go there to sign its petition). There are also two which specialize in Middle East and anti-Israel reporting: camera.org and honestreporting.com.
The Media Research Center publishes a list on its Web site of links to various organizations which help expose or counter liberal media bias in the mainstream press. Many of the links are to the Web sites of the publications or personalities already mentioned in this column. Among those not mentioned above are Accuracy in Academia, Don Feder’s Cold Steel Caucus Report, The Drudge Report, FreeRepublic.com, National Rifle Association, Oliver North and World Net Daily.
There is one other thing that should happen to stop the mainstream media from defrauding the American public by a biased and dishonest picture of the world. This matter is so serious and poses such a threat to the survival of America, that politicians have to and should feel compelled to take up the issue. This does not mean they should try to regulate the media. But they should use their bully pulpits to educate the public on the fact and dangers of media bias.
It should also be noted that two other institutions are, in part, responsible for selling the American public the fraud that is Barack Obama. There are the major universities and colleges that have become home to education as biased, dishonest, and fraudulent as that of the mainstream media. These major universities are dedicated to indoctrination with a liberal and radical point of view rather than dedicated to education. David Horowitz has documented this problem in his books including The Professors and One Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America’s Top Colleges Indoctrinate Students and Undermine Our Democracy. These major colleges have become centers of radicalism, anti-Americanism, anti-military, anti-conservative, and anti-Israel forces. Read a few of the professors’ biographies in The Professors and you’ll be shocked by educational leaders who are setting the course of American education. What’s worse, this indoctrination is already underway even in grades K-12.
Finally, responsibility for the fraud that is Barack Obama must also be placed on the Democratic Party. It is now under control of its extreme left-wing radical group. As a result, the Democratic Party has been willing to embrace radical and anti-American values and programs. This, too, has been documented by David Horowitz and Jacob Laskin in The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hilary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party. There is an even more ominous problem with the left, also documented by Mr. Horowitz in his book, The Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left.
If America’s citizens do not get informed, organized and tough to stop Barack Obama and his programs, Mr. Horowitz’s next book might well be entitled How Obama and a radical Democratic Party Proceeded to and Succeeded in Destroying America and the World.
Herb Denenberg can be reached at email@example.com.