The Sadistic Strategy of Obama and Reid

By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: October 4, 2013 3:55 AM
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In the showdown over the shutdown of the U.S. government, the Obama-ites tipped their hand yesterday as what their strategy is.

Taking a page out of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals," the plan is to maximize the people's pain -- to maximize the political damage to the enemy, the Republican Party.

What else explains it?

Consider this: Asked Wednesday if there were any danger of America defaulting on her debt, President Obama rushed to assure a reporter that, yes, indeed, there certainly is such a peril.

Why would a president act in so perverse a manner, were he not trying deliberately to rattle or panic the markets?

Obama's tactic worked. Thursday, the Dow plunged below 15,000.

Equally telling is what happened at the World War II Memorial.

This is an open memorial on the mall, to which the old soldiers of the Greatest Generation, flown here on honor flights, come to a last roll call with their comrades. The memorial is dedicated to them, to what they and their buddies did, and to those who never came home.

But when the old soldiers got here, the Park Service, apparently acting on orders from the White House complex, had thrown up steel barriers and crime-scene tape to keep them from visiting the site on what is surely the last trip many will ever make to see their memorial.

What kind of sick mind does something like that?

To their credit, the vets and their families pulled aside the barriers to walk through their monument, singing songs in memory of the heroes who had gone before.

Now one reads that Obama has ordered the cemetery and beaches at Normandy closed. Again, what kind of mindset produces this?

Undeniably, Republicans have voted to defund Obamacare, to suspend it for one year, and to reform it. But in each of these three votes, the House also voted to fund the entire government.

Why, then, is the government shut down? Because Harry Reid and Barack Obama have issued an edict: Either Obamacare is fully funded and untouched in the continuing resolution, or we kill the CR, shut down the government, and blame you.

And this is exactly what is going on.

This is all about a petulant president whose prize program the people do not want, but who insists it be imposed upon them, to assure himself a paragraph in the history books.

This week, Republicans tried to pass legislation that would keep open all memorials and monuments, all tourist sites in Washington, D.C., and all programs for America's veterans.

Who stonewalled that? Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Why would Reid sabotage funding the National Institutes of Health? 

Why would Reid sabotage what is transparently a humanitarian act?

Again, Reid and Obama do not want to ease the pain of the people. They want to intensify that pain, ratchet it up, maximize it, to put maximum pressure on and do maximum damage to the GOP.

The Obama-Reid strategy is, in a word, sadistic.

They are inflicting pain on fellow Americans -- to break their political enemies. And they can only succeed in sustaining their Big Lie -- that it is Republicans who want to keep the government shut down -- because of a collaborationist press.

Case in point: The Washington Post.

Several days ago, the Post wailed that Republicans were endangering the nation's health by failing to fund NIH. But now that the Republican House has tried to fund NIH in full, where is the editorial denouncing Pelosi or Reid for blocking funding for NIH? Nowhere. Which suggests the Post's real concern was never about funding NIH but about bashing the GOP.

In Thursday's lead editorial: "National Security at Risk," the Washington Post asks, "At a time of war, how can Republicans justify furloughing much of the intelligence workforce?"

Excellent question.

Yet, not a word in the editorial about the indispensable role of Reid and our commander in chief in preventing America's security agencies from being funded.
What should the House Republican do before week's end? Pass bills funding the Pentagon, State, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security and any other agency having to do with the national security. But when Harry Reid again balks that he is not going to "play this little game," anyone think the Post will hold him accountable?

The Obama-Reid strategy -- inflict maximum pain on the country for maximum gain for themselves -- coupled with a refusal to talk with the GOP -- reflects this city's contempt for conservative Republicans.

Yet, the sadistic strategy of Obama and Reid, and the poisonous atmosphere it has created, is telling America that: In its assessment of this city's ruling establishment, the tea party has more than a small point.

Yet, with Reid now on the defensive, trying to justify his refusal to cooperate in funding any agency, the truth may be gaining on the Big Lie.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at


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Comments (8)

John Paul Jones
4:05PM OCT 4TH 2013
Uh oh, I see another angry liberal has surfaced to display the famous liberal civil intellectual prowess. I am beginning to see the liberal statist long game and how our public schools have been so crucial to it. Reid and Obama blatantly state that they do not have to negotiate, and ask what right does the House of Representatives have to decide which parts of the government it funds. Supposedly when Obama was re-elected, our system of government changed and the president no longer needs to negotiate federal funding with the legislature. That's amazing! So then the recent election of the current House of Representatives was for what? Was that just a contest to see who gets the honor of rubber-stamping the dictator? Wow.
7:30PM OCT 4TH 2013
Yes, yes, you must be right, Eric clone (like that "liberal statist" usage) . . . . as Thomas Friedman put it so well in the New York Times:

"What is at stake in this government shutdown forced by a radical Tea Party minority is nothing less than the principle upon which our democracy is based: majority rule. President Obama must not give in to this hostage taking — not just because Obamacare is at stake, but because the future of how we govern ourselves is at stake."

True tyranny of a minority of a minority . . . . and notice how swiftly they're changing the subject from Obamacare . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
John Paul Jones
8:28PM OCT 4TH 2013
By the way Frank, you and Thomas Friedman need to retake some civics classes. Our system of government was carefully structured to prevent too much power in any majority. The founders were much smarter than you and put in place some guarantees against just the sort of power grab Obama is attempting. That is why we have two houses in the legislature, in addition to an executive. The House, which by the way is controlled by a MAJORITY of Republicans, always gets a vote on funding. I know it is easy to forget since the Senate has refused to participate in the normal legal budget process for the last several years but the House has every Constitutional, legal, and moral authority to vote, pass appropriations, and compel the other branches to negotiate and compromise.

It is YOUR President who is holding the country hostage by deliberately making this situation hurt as many people as possible, and even potentially causing the deaths of patients who have come to depend on government funding. All he needs to do is follow the Constitution and negotiate with the party in the MAJORITY in the House of Representatives. Agree to a simple provision that treats all citizens equally regarding Obamacare for just the next year and our massive over-bloated leviathan will be back in action. Now why don't you go order some more veterans to get off the grounds of the WW2 memorial that they fought for you worm.
11:16PM OCT 4TH 2013
Laughable . . .you've previously proven that you lie . . . and as we once told you, we don't tolerate liars . . . and now you're starting to show the beginnings of coprolalia symptoms . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
John Paul Jones
7:59PM OCT 4TH 2013
I am right. Thank you Frank. And what do you have against minorities?
11:06PM OCT 4TH 2013
Great, now you can't even read content . . . .

Pathetic . . .
10:07AM OCT 4TH 2013
Excellent analysis.
Jan Mildred
9:15AM OCT 4TH 2013
You are such a grudgy, worthless has-been... Your ideas are as crooked as your political background. Bye bye to nowhere, scram...

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