And these aren’t even the children of a politician. Nope, these children are targets because their father had the AUDACITY to support Mitt Romney. Yep, that is their crime, having a father exercising his right to support the candidate of his choice. How dare he!
At least, that is what the Obama campaign seems to think. By now, surely you have heard the story of Obama’s “Enemies List,” private citizens who are supporting his opponent are being investigated, and even mentioned by the president himself. Wow. Seems Obama is channeling Tricky Dick Nixon, as WSJ writer, Kimberly Strassel, highlighted recently:
[...]Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats (emphasis mine). This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.[...] (Click here to read the rest.)
No kidding. But to take it a step further makes this even more despicable. Here is the story of Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot:
[...]“There’s been a ton of electronic media… that have lodged all kind of innuendo in my direction, accused me of all kinds of bad things. People have called my children. They’ve been surfing their LinkedIn sites. They’ve been asking interviews of my kids,“ he said.
VanderSloot, one of the eight Romney donors targeted by Obama’s re-election campaign on a website in late April, made the allegation in a phone interview from Idaho Falls, ID. The reason for the scrutiny: VanderSloot contributed $1 million to Romney’s Super PAC.[...] (Click here to read the rest.)
I don’t care what one’s personal political persuasion, this is just flat out wrong on both counts: going after a private citizen for his political choice, and going after his children, too.
Greta Van Susteran had an interview with Mr. Vandersloot Friday night:
Wow, that is just scary. I knew Obama was vindictive, but holy cow, this is some dirty pool, isn’t it? This is majorly crossing the boundary, that’s for sure.
And where is the MSM on this? Are they not making these connections between a president and an enemies’ list like Ms. Strassel is? If not, why not? Have they really so abdicated any semblance of journalistic integrity that they think it is okay for a US President to intimidate a private citizen? Really?
I find this to be disturbing on so many levels. How about you?