Kimberly Strassel, writing a column in the Wall Street Journal titled ‘The President Has A List‘, compares the bullying our President has begun to do. She begins with a description of his latest outrage:
Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.
Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for “betting against America,” and accuses you of having a “less-than-reputable” record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.
Are you worried?”
Damn right you’d be worried. This is thug behavior straight from the streets and city hall of Chicago. The fact that a mainstream media outlet like the Journal is adopting the position that Obama is acting like a despot is refreshing. If only the reporting will spread to other media.
Strassel sums it up thus:
The Obama campaign has justified any action on the grounds that it has a right to “hold the eventual Republican nominee accountable,” but this is a dodge. Politics is rough, but a president has obligations that transcend those of a candidate. He swore an oath to protect and defend a Constitution that gives every American the right to partake in democracy, free of fear of government intimidation or disfavored treatment. If Mr. Obama isn’t going to act like a president, he bolsters the argument that he doesn’t deserve to be one.”