The more I think about the lefties trashing John Mackey and launching a boycott of his chain of grocery stores, the more I see their antic as emblematic of a strain of leftism that has become increasingly more vocal these past few years and has come to all but dominate Democratic discourse.
It seems that they follow Saul Alinsky’s Twelfth Rule as if it were a biblical commandment:
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
Personalizing it allows them to ignore our ideas and focus on and then magnify flaws in our character so they can us by our imperfections.
Recall the unhappy Barney Franks “snit fit” when he stormed off the set when CNBC’s Mark Haines wouldn’t conform to his caricature of his critics as wanting to “do nothing”:
Seems the President has followed the mean-spirited Massachusetts Democrat is caricaturing his critics as wanting to “do nothing” declaring at his health care townhall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire:
Because the way politics works sometimes is that people who want to keep things the way they are will try to scare the heck out of folks and they’ll create bogeymen out there that just aren’t real.
As Diana Furchtgott-Roth notes (or as anyone who checks the Cato Institute’s website is aware), Republicans (and libertarians) are not the bogeymen of Obama’s (and Barney’s) imagination: “Those who oppose the House Democrats’ $1 trillion health bill, supported by Mr. Obama, have offered specific legislative alternatives.” She discusses two such proposals.
This is not the only time the President has claimed that while opposing his proposals, his critics prefer doing nothing, a claim which makes him incredibly dishonest or incredibly ignorant. Dishonest if he knows of the alternatives and acts if as they don’t exist. Ignorant that he is unaware of alternatives to his approach.
And neither is a quality we would wish the President of the United States to have.