Obama's Thought Police

The trouble with the White House's "Attack Watch" initiative

To whatever high school intern probably came up with the idea, the White House's "Attack Watch" website and Twitter account must have seemed a spark of genius. After all, they yoked together two trendy ideas—rapid response and crowd-sourcing—in service to the president. Give people the opportunity to report false and malicious things others are saying about Obama, so the administration and its supporters can fight back.

What could possibly go wrong?

The intern—whoever it was—must have been too young to remember the left's Bush-era motto: "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

But some adult in the West Wing ought to have stepped in. He or she should have pointed out that encouraging Americans to inform on their fellow citizens carries a whiff not just of Nixonian creepiness but of totalitarian menace.

Police states routinely rely on citizen informants; dungeon cells from Cuba to Saudi Arabia are full of political prisoners arrested for "insulting the president and the regime," "disrupting internal order," and other dysphemisms for speaking your mind.

Fortunately, Attack Watch inspired little more than a "national fit of giggling," as Reason magazine put it. Enemies of the People—i.e., conservatives—immediately began denouncing all manner of offenses against Our Beloved Leader: Someone was squeezing the Charmin in aisle six, reported one. Wrote another: "There's a new Twitter account making President Obama look like a creepy, authoritarian nutjob."

Funny. But also not funny. Because this is not an isolated incident. It is only the latest in a string of episodes in which the administration has made itself look creepily authoritarian.

It started even before the administration was an administration, with a campaign that depicted Barack Obama as The One—the savior who would lead a broken people out of darkness. That isn't sarcastic exaggeration. Obama himself described his capture of the Democratic nomination as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." Not even Chairman Mao promised that much.

Scarcely had the planet-healer been sworn in before the public learned that the White House's Office of Public Engagement had teamed up with the NEA's Yosi Sargent to mau-mau artists into cranking out agitprop. "I would encourage you to pick something, whether it's health care, education, the environment," Sargent said in an August 2009 conference call with various artists. "Then my task [to you] would be to apply your artistic, creativity community's utilities" to advancing the cause. "We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government," he said.

And for those who don't "speak with the government," there could be Consequences. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made that clear last year when she sent a letter to the president of AHIP, the national Association of Health Insurance Providers. "It has come to my attention that several health insurer carriers are sending letters to their enrollees falsely blaming premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act," Sebelius sniffed. "There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increase," she went on, warning that those who did not come to heel might be shut out of the new government-run exchanges.

There have been other episodes, too—the EPA employees ordered to take down a video critical of cap-and-trade legislation, for instance. When the Bush administration silenced NASA scientist James Hansen, Rep. Henry Waxman fumed that "Democrats are not going to sweep [censorship of scientists] under the rug." By the time Obama's EPA started silencing dissent, he had found his broom.

HHS Secretary Sebelius isn't the only one who objects to "misinformation." In the first chapter of On Rumors, Cass Sunstein, the president's regulatory czar, writes: "As we have seen, false rumors can undermine democracy itself." But as others have noted, we have "seen" no such thing. (Was Sunstein trying to start a false rumor?) Nevertheless, Sunstein numbers among the apparently numerous administration officials who think the government should be managing people's thoughts and ideas much more closely. He has even suggested government agents should "cognitively infiltrate" groups that promote ideas of which the government disapproves.

One doesn't want to strain analogies too far. Albert Einstein and Josef Stalin both wore mustaches, but the similarities end there. Nobody expects the Obama administration to start hauling dissidents off to the Lubyanka. Still, let us not forget Naomi Wolf's most popular essay from the Bush years. In "Fascist America in Ten Easy Steps" (later expanded into a book), she noted: "In Mussolini's Italy, in Nazi Germany, in communist East Germany, in communist China—in every closed society—secret police spy on ordinary people and encourage neighbours to spy on neighbours."

Liberals worried about our government doing that kind of thing, once upon a time.

A. Barton Hinkle is a columnist at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. This article originally appeared at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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  • ||

    The administration doesn't look authoritarian.

  • sarcasmic||

    When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jackboots. It will be Nike sneakers and smiley shirts. Smiley-smiley.
    -George Carlin
  • ||

    but how does it act? This administration has taken the imperial presidency to a level that must leave W gasping.

  • Tony||

    It's right and proper when we do it. Our caring absolves us of any of the negative ramifications of our actions.

  • Tony||

    Our caring requires us to act forcefully to promote the general welfare for those too stupid to realize what is in their best interests.

    You don't ask a child with cancer if you can operate on her and likewise we don't need to ask for permission to remove the cancer amongst us.

    Our humanity requires that we do so.

  • Tony||

    Ultimately our actions will promote an "Idiocracy" like society as we constantly subsidize unthinking and detrimental behavior.

    The final poor results will be the Republicans fault.

  • ||

    liberalism ALREADY subsidizes unthinking and detrimental behavior. Look what the war on poverty did to America. Consider what the 99'er club is doing to the nation's work ethic. Add in what the self-esteem movement did to public schools and we can pretty much say, thanks but you have done more than enough.

  • ||

    If you can't find a job or create a way to take care of yourself in 99 weeks, you deserve to starve.

    Seriously. At that point, you've brought that shit on yourself.

  • ||

    ---"for those too stupid to realize what is in their best interests."---

    I'm sure there are plenty of people who know, better than I, what my best interests are. I believe I will let them do my thinking for me from now on.

    Thanks, Tony

  • Mr. FIFY||

    "the cancer amongst us"

    That would be Team Red/Team Blue, right?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    What do you expect from elitists, Cunctator?

  • ||

    If this is the real Tony, you just graduated from ignorant to outright prognazi creepy.

  • I Don't Believe That Was Chad||

    see above

  • I Don't Believe That Was Tony||

    Sorry. I confuse the 2

  • Bill||

    Somebody write this down. Hinkle. A. Barton, agitator. Please report this to AttackWatch at once.

  • ||

    Ah, the Obama Administration... History's answer to the Zappa question: "Who are the Brain Police?"

  • BakedPenguin||

    I thought that was Cheap Trick.

  • ||

    That's the Dream Police. They live inside of your head. That's planned for the mythological second term.

  • ||

    I would've thought the Dream Police are the ones who got Obama elected in the first place. Then, immediately after the inauguration, they took off their disguises and revealed their true identity as the Brain Police. At the very least, it would explain the shift from pro-transparency to anti-transparency.

  • Ska||

    Fuck, there is no way to get the hook from Dream Police out of my head. Fucking Cheap Trick....damn you guys.

  • ||

    While you can't get it out, you can make it more bearable by recalling Apu singing it while washing his car in the "Two Bad Neighbors" episode of the Simpsons.

    Then that will lead to you getting "Table 5" (a variation on "Stayin' Alive") stuck in your head, or possibly "Hey Big Spender."

  • ||

    Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright
    They just seem a little weird
    Surrender Surrender
    But don't give yourself away..

    That will get it out of your head.

    BWAAAA!!!!

  • sarcasmic||

    I distinctly remember the kids on the floor trying to mosh to that song when I saw Cheap Trick open up for STP.
    Moshing to Cheap Trick.
    Idiots.

  • ||

    I think Cheap Trick is one of the most underrated bands of the last 40 years, at least the stuff they did before they went hair band pop in the 1980s. They just had a great sound and did great three chord pop songs.

    STP in contrast gets my vote for worst band of the 1990s, at least among bands people claimed to take seriously.

  • Ska||

    Velvet Revolver continues that tradition in the next decade as far as I'm concerned.

  • sarcasmic||

    Slash is definitely one of my favorite guitarists.

  • Coeus||

    Slash is definitely one of my favorite guitarists.

    You do realize that it's just one of your parents dressed up as Slash, right?

  • sarcasmic||

    You do realize that it's just one of your parents dressed up as Slash, right?

    no?

  • Shmenge||

    Bun E. Carlos...great drummer or greatest drummer?

  • Copernicus||

    Good drummer

  • Brett L||

    Eh. The first and second STP albums were not substantially worse than any other 2nd tier grunge/pop act. The fact that the 2nd album got radio play only slightly less than Black Hole Sun makes those songs seem worse than they really were. Having taken a 10 year hiatus and gone back, I pronounce them solid pop. RATM or what Soundgarten became have my vote for "worst serious band of the 1990s".

  • ||

    I see your point Brett. I still loath them though. But upon further review, Blues Traveler was a lot worse than STP.

  • Ted S.||

    Fucking bastards sold out two years back.

  • ||

    What will you do when the people you knew
    Are the plastic that's melted and the chromium too?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    I'd go with "The Central Scrutinizer", CMS. But both Zappa references are valid.

  • Tony||

    One doesn't want to strain analogies too far.

    Oh please do. Just because Matt Drudge can find a totalitarian angle to the First Lady's fitness initiative is no reason not to mimic his fake hysteria in this instance.

    There are signs of proto-fascism in this country and they're not with the feckless, centrist, bland Democratic party. If you really want to go fascist hunting, don't look for meek attempts at fact-checking by a white house under daily assault from a right-wing propaganda machine, look at the right-wing propaganda machine. Look at who tolerates and at times openly stokes grassroots quasi-racial scapegoating and apocalyptic paranoia.

  • Bean Eating Dog||

    *raises leg*

    *POOOOOOOT*

  • Joe M||

    That was the most eloquent response possible.

  • WTF||

    It was still more than 'Tony' deserved.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Tony gives a pass to liberal-style "soft tyranny" government, because we're too stOOpid to run our own lives.

  • .||

    Tony is projecting.

  • ||

    So when Obama gets up and blames our problems on "fatcats" is that scapegoating? And when the congressional black caucus admits that if Obama were white they would be marching on the White House, is that racial scapegoating?

    And no Tony, for the last fucking time criticizing Obama for his astoundingly incompetent performance in office is not racist, you fucking half wit.

  • sarcasmic||

    Comparing half wits to that complete and total moron who uses the handle 'Tony' is an insult to every half wit out there.
    You should apologize.

  • ||

    half wit is pretty generous. I was thinking 1/234,329,276,936ths wit.

  • Old Mexican||

    Don't feed the troll.

  • Tony||

    Fascists claim the powerful are the oppressed and scapegoat the powerless for political ends. You know, like the claim that billionaires suffer at the hands of a tax hike but the poor are greedy parasites for getting a welfare check?

  • sarcasmic||

    The billionaire doesn't suffer, but when he gets hit with a tax hike and chooses not to have a vacation home built, or chooses not to commission a yacht, or chooses not to order a small plane, the people who would have been employed building those things suffer.

    I'm sure they would have preferred a job to an unemployment check.

  • fish||

    I'm sure they would have preferred a job to an unemployment check.

    I wouldn't make that bet. Not these days...and not about many of those for whom Tony claims to speak.

  • Tony||

    Be a devoted serf if you like, I rather think a robust middle class is more important for a healthy economy.

  • sarcasmic||

    Who do you think builds vacation homes, yachts, small planes, and all the other expensive toys that rich people buy?

    Hmmmmmmmmmm....

    A robust middle class perhaps?

    I like rich people because they spread the wealth around by employing middle class people directly as business owners, and by employing middle class people indirectly by buying things that require a robust middle class to make.

    All you have is envy. Too bad you refuse to engage your brain.

    It's pathetic. Really, really pathetic.

  • RK||

    Obama uses the word "robust" a couple of times and now you hear it from every liberal. If I were more "intellectually curious" I might look into that.

  • James Solbakken||

    For over 150 years socialists have specifically identified the "bourgeoisie" as their enemy. Bourgeois means middle class. The socialists hate the middle class because being middle class is ALL about being economically and socially independent. So go sell your lies somewhere else because we ain't buying them here.

  • ||

    Becuase of music downloading Brittney Spears had to settle for a Gulfstream 4 when she really wanted a GS5

  • Jack Nicholson||

    Where do they teach you to think like this? In some Panama City "Sailor wanna hump-hump" bar, or is it getaway day and your last shot at his money?

    Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here.

  • ||

    +1000

  • Old Mexican||

    There are signs of proto-fascism in this country and they're not with the feckless, centrist, bland Democratic party.


    Solyndra never happened. Never.

  • A Serious Man||

    We've always been at war with Libya.

  • anon||

    Every time I read this guy I feel like I have to cover my nose so that I don't smell the shit spewing from his mouth.

    Seriously, food-policing isn't totalitarian? Of course it is. They have to make sure that we're eating "Correctly" so that Obamacare doesn't bankrupt us. All part of the fatal conceit of central planning.

  • Tony||

    We must be careful not to exaggerate.

    We are the fattest country on earth and if that's the result of freedom, maybe we have too much freedom.

  • reality||

    "We are the fattest country on earth"

    No, you imbecile, we are not.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Tony goes from "the right wing is the real authoritarian threat" to "maybe we have too much freedom" like a hot knife through shit through a goose.

  • MJ||

    That had to be spoof, right? Not even Tony has that much cognitive dissonance. Can he?

  • Barely Suppressed Rage||

    we have too much freedom.

    Hello SHIT FACTORY!

    I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

    - Thomas Jefferson

    Fuck you, and fuck your little dog, too. And, to quote the immortal Sheriff Buford T. Justice, when I get home I'm gonna punch your momma right in the mouf.

  • James Solbakken||

    Now we hear what you really think: we have too much freedom.

    GFY.

  • NotSure||

    There really is no action from your party that you will not defend, is there ?

  • ||

    What part of "IT'S OK WHEN WE DO IT" don't you understand.

  • fish||

    There are signs of proto-fascism in this country and they're not with the feckless, centrist, bland Democratic party.

    You're kidding of course!

    Proto fascism is the only thing...well okay not the only thing.... they really have caught up to the republicans in the crony capitalism arena as well...do well!


    Just because Matt Drudge can find a totalitarian angle to the First Lady's fitness initiative is no reason not to mimic his fake hysteria in this instance.

    Please...a photo-op with the hospital "community outreach director...and six months later they're tracking calorie consumption rates in kindergarden and banning Happy Meals.

    (Please god bring back smarter Tony...the stupid ones are no fun!)

  • ||

    The Democrats have been way ahead of the Republicans on corporate welfare for years.

    Lower taxes are not welfare.

    Who's been behind all the subsidies and bailouts? It's always for the workers, of course.

  • Coeus||

    (Please god bring back smarter Tony...the stupid ones are no fun!)

    I agree. I haven't argued with whoever's been pilioting this one in almost a year. Whichever regular had it most of the time before was actually engaging.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    What about the other propaganda machine? The one that is just as bad as the right-wing variety?

  • ||

    Because it's the right who is all about censorship and the 'fairness doctrine'?

    Not that the 'right' hasn't been on the censorship train, but it's the left who hates free speech these days.

    Also, since you seem to have trouble counting:

    One MSM network is right wing and bash Obama. All the rest are left wing and protect him. It's the latter who are scary.

    It's so revealing how progressives love to question power.. until they get power.

    Then it's treason!

  • mediageek||

    You know, I'd tell Tony to do as instructed by the title of the song "Lift Your Head Up High and Blow Your Brains Out" by the Bloodhound Gang.

    However, I'm afraid that his doing so would destroy the only barrier between the real world and that giant, physics-defying gravitational singularity of stupidity that sits where his brain ought to be.

  • sarcasmic||

    Liberals worried about our government doing that kind of thing, once upon a time.

    They will worry about it again when there is a Republican president, then celebrate it when there is a fellow liberal in office, then decry it as fascism when there is a Republican in the White House...

    Show me a liberal and I'll show you a hypocrite.

  • ||

    See Tony at 12:16 for an example of this.

  • sarcasmic||

    Let us open up to Tony 12:16 and read aloud of the hypocrisy of the left. Then we will pray.

  • ||

    Please turn to Tony's false epistle to the Reasonites.

  • Tony's Letter to the Base||

    God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Barack Obama, our Lord. Now I beg you, liberal brothers, through the name of our Lord, Barack Obama, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfected together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been reported to me via AttackWatch concerning you, my brothers, by those who are from Hilldawg’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you says, “I follow Hillary,” “I follow Nader,” “I follow Kucinich,” and, “I follow Obama.” Is Obama divided? Was Hillary crucified for you? Or were you baptized into the name of Nader? Obama sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Good News—not in wisdom of words, so that the cross of Obama wouldn’t be made void.

  • CatoTheElder||

    You forgot the PBUHs after mentioning the name of our Lord Barack Obama (PBUH), you infidel.

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Quick, Cato! To the AttackWatchMobile!

  • Chief Reasonite||

    This is a reference to 1 Corinthians 1 for all you gentiles out there.

  • ||

    Shhh!!! Tony's right above you and he can hear you!

  • ||

    Dammit... John was too fast for me.

  • Joe M||

    Actually, that's one perk of having a Republican in office. Liberals suddenly seem to care about civil liberties a tiny bit.

  • ||

    Very true. But sadly Obama has made every Republican excess "bipartisan" and greatly reduced liberals' ability to do anything about it in the next Republican administration.

  • Federal Dog||

    "this is only the latest in a string of episodes in which the administration has made itself look creepily authoritarian."

    It's not that the administration has made itself "look creepily authoritarian."

    The administration IS creepily authoritarian. Those sites are not about appearance: They are weapons of the thought police.

  • Restoras||

    Il Douche sounds like a city dweller suddenly concerned about his food supply.

  • Liberty 4 me but not 4 thee||

    I yawned so hard I think I strained my mandibles.

  • Tony||

    That's okay I've found that really vigorous yawning is excellent practice.

  • ||

    So, a question for MNG and others using a broad definition of "coercion" which includes social pressure.

    Is AttackWatch coercive? Is it not intended to be a vehicle for social pressure?

  • ||

    Get in their face, punch back twice as hard. Nothing coercive about that language.

  • Sparky||

    Hey, if you're not doing anything wrong you have nothing to be afraid of. Right?

  • ||

    So are you like soliciting me to masturbate in public?

  • Ska||

    No, that's any Tony post that seeks a rebuttal.

  • ||

    damn.

  • Joe M||

    Everyone should share that Wolf comment with anyone silly enough to defend AW.

  • ||

    If there is a silver lining, it is that this stupid web site was being mocked virtually minutes after it went online.

  • ||

    Yes. And that shows we still do value our freedom to some degree. And mocking is the best way to deal with people like Obama. Insult him and you are a racist. Make fun of him and he is powerless.

  • fish||

    Insult him and you are a racist. Make fun of him and he is powerless.

    No! Make fun of him and you're a racist as well. Anything less than fawning adoration is insufficient for....our president.

  • Brett L||

    I think the adverb you are looking for is 'literally', as this is one of the few times it applies in the non-hyperbolous sense.

  • hmm ||

    You know who else wore a mustache?

  • ||

    Tom Selleck?

  • hmm ||

    I was thinking Marx.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: hmm,

    But Marx had a beard and a mustache, not just a mustache.

  • Old Mexican||

    Oh. You meant Groucho.

  • ||

    I too was confused, as this man clearly has no mustache.

  • T||

    This seems strangely relevant here:

  • Old Mexican||

    Theodore Roosevelt?

  • ||

  • Yakov||

    In Soviet Russia, mustache wears you!

  • sarcasmic||

    Your mom?

  • ||

    It would appear that several of the posters here behave as if Matty Welsh and Nicky G. are their mommas.

    "Don't post certain things. If you do, we will shut down the comments!"

  • Rev. Blue Moon||

    As much as it pains me...into the filter you go, LM.

  • ||

    Why?

    Is that how you would like to be treated?

  • Rev. Blue Moon||

    If I was as stupid as you, I would deserve it.

  • ||

    I have never, and will never, filter any poster, including you, Rev.

  • reality||

    Wishing to avoid costly litigation because some blowhard runs his dicksucker on my site isn't being the "thought police", it's wishing to avoid a lawsuit because some blowhard wants to run his dicksucker on my site.

    Seriously, you're an idiot.

  • ||

    Wow, compelling post, fraught with facts to support your generalized, unsupported asseverations. Those who so asseverate are the idiots.

  • fish||

    Bea Arthur?

  • juris imprudent||

    Thomas Dewey and it cost him the Presidency!

  • Old Mexican||

    Nobody expects the Obama administration to start hauling dissidents off to the Lubyanka.


    And we want to keep it that way! Bwa ha ha ha ha!!!!

  • hmm ||

    NOBODY EXPECTS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION!!!

  • The Media||

    NOBODY EXPECTS ANOTHER RECESSION!!

  • ||

    "Scarcely had the planet-healer been sworn in..."

    Wow, so strange. I read just yesterday about how the name of one of the most powerful Incan emperors, Pachacuti Inca, translates to "Redeemer of Worlds." I bet the Inca had a theory about 2012 too!

  • sevo||

    "It started even before the administration was an administration, with a campaign that depicted Barack Obama as The One..."

    Yep, the first time I saw him pontificating behind a lectern with some phony "Office of the President Elect" seal on the front, it was gag-time.
    Hint, bozo: There is no "office of the president elect". You're a well-protected citizen until you're sworn in.

  • ||

    The thought police are alive and well.

    They are here. No need to focus on the Obama administration when we should be focused upon eliminating all forms of it right here.

  • Atanarjuat||

    Geez dude, I've had posts with links in 'em blocked too. You got snagged by a spam filter, not a conspiracy.

  • ||

    With all due respect, no.

    I can't even tell you the subject matter as that would, according to Matty W. and Nicky G., needlessly subject reason to further litigation.

  • Destrudo||

    Private site. Their house, their rules. Simple.

  • ||

    That's the point, they are not abiding by their own rules.

    Plus, I have an absolute right to tell reason that they are being hypocrites.

    Or do you support the "its my ball and I will take it home" philosophy to the free exchange of ideas?

  • Matt Welch||

    Here is one of our "own rules," Libertymike: "We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time." Though anarchic, this site is not pure anarchy. For those preferring the latter, I highly recommend a place called the Internet (and I hope you invite us all to comment unfiltered on your site).

    This is our property, and we invite a lot of people on it every day. Approximately 1 time per 8,000 or so blog posts, we will say something like "We ask you to please show extra discretion when commenting about this," or "We are closing comments on this post for a specific reason." I am heartened, though not surprised, to discover that most of our regular readers commenters understand this.

  • ||

    It's more like Matt and Nick are saying "It's my ball and it's my house so you will not be playing kickball with the bay window because it costs a lot to repair. You can accept that or leave.

    And, while I usually enjoy your posts, this is getting tiresome.

  • Brett L||

    So link your name to your blog and write a screed over there. 'Oh noes,the bad libertarians won't let me use their soapbox and microphone to say things that cost them money' has nothing to do with your liberty.

  • reality||

    Wishing to avoid costly litigation because some blowhard runs his dicksucker on my site isn't being the "thought police", it's wishing to avoid a lawsuit because some blowhard wants to run his dicksucker on my site.

    Seriously, you're an idiot.

  • ||

    Retarded much?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    What WAS that lawyers' name... he'd be a great Obama admin guy.

  • ||

    Maybe the clowns who created AttackWatch should maybe have chosen colors other than stark black, red, and white for the site. It's like they Godwin'd themselves right out of the gate.

  • Restoras||

    Yeah, I thought that was a very interesting choice of color as well. Apparently the hipsterz are unaware that the world before the internet was in living color and not in black and white.

  • Lord Humungus||

    wait, I thought color was invented sometime in the 40s. /old calvinhobbes joke

  • Barely Suppressed Rage||

    One of the best C/H strips ever.

  • Steve||

    I report stuff to attackwatch every other day or so. On Sunday, I reported God for making it rain on the day of Sen. Bahama Tom Harkin's "Steak Fry". I also reported myself for eating french fries.

  • ||

    I believe that everyone should go on Attack Watch and put down their favorite false rumor.

  • DLM||

    Liberals worried about our government doing that kind of thing, once upon a time.

    Liberals/Progressives have seen the light. They understand that the unwashed populace must be told what to do for the good of the State and Society (and the Children, of course).

  • Brandon||

    "Join Attack Wire—and help stop the attacks on the President before they start."

    The first sentence in the popup that comes up when you go to attackwatch.com

  • Brandon||

    Wow, I have been thoroughly misinformed about Obama's actions! Apparently, here are the facts:
    "The Obama administration has strengthened our borders while making our immigration system smart and fair."

    "President Obama is a friend to Israel, despite unfounded claims to the contrary."

    "President Obama believes in common sense gun control laws compatible with Second Amendment rights."

    "Fact check: TARP was signed into law by President Bush, and the overall cost to taxpayers has been significantly reduced under President Obama."

    "President Obama was born in the United States and is an American citizen—period."

    "By providing assistance to auto companies, President Obama saved more than a million jobs and prevented the American auto industry from collapsing."

    "The Affordable Care Act promotes quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans, regardless of the industry they work in or their union status."

    "President Obama is eliminating outdated regulations while strengthening commonsense standards to promote health and safety."

    What an awesome president! Doing all these wonderful things while not doing all those bad things that were Bush's fault! My mind is changed!

  • Rev. Blue Moon||

    "The Affordable Care Act promotes quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans, regardless of the industry they work in or their union status."

    Unless, of course, his Lordship grants you an indulgence waiver.

  • sevo||

    Special dispensation.

  • Contrarian P||

    New political truism: any time the words "common sense" appear in a statement by a politician, it's even more riddled with bullshit than usual.

  • ||

    You forgot something Brandon:

    Obama's wife is the most beautiful Klingon in the quadrant.

  • Martok||

    Qo'! Hab obama be'nal Quch moH je!

  • reality||

    You'd think someone with her visibility would have seen an orthodontist at some point.

    It's called invisalign snaggletooth.

  • Jumbie||

    Class-less sexism on your part. Male public figures aren't so readily attacked for their appearance. You going straight there is low.

    -Not a Michelle fan, but because of POLITICAL reasons.

  • EasyPeasy||

    I think, therefore I am a criminal.

  • ||

    Is there any doubt remaining that this man deserves impeachment, prosecution, and severe punishment for all the heinous crimes he's committed as President?

  • Barely Suppressed Rage||

    I'd settle for impeachment and removal from office.

    Hey, then we'd have Crazy Uncle Joe B. as President! Woo hoo, just imagine the fun times then! Hilarity would ensue.

  • ||

    "Attack Watch"
    Clever campaign tool or pilot program for orwellian snitching program?

  • cynical||

    Nothing more disturbing and Orwellian than some politician's ads calling him the chosen one.

    *snicker*

  • juris imprudent||

    I guess this is the new way to speak truth to power.

  • Fire Tiger||

    Not 1 mention of "Big Brother Is Watching You"?

  • LG||

    Judging from the self-consciously second-rate-American Apparel-esque typography and design of attackwatch.com, it would seem that Dov Charney has been moonlighting as the top heretofore uncredited 2012 campaign staffer.

    I really love how when you click on "Support the Truth", it automatically takes you to donate.barackobama.com. Because nothing fights for the holy sanctity of Da Whole Truth better than campaign contributions for this guy.

    ....Who do they think they're kidding? I'm serious, as a 23-year-old I'm (I think) well within the targeted (apparently Halvetica-obsessed) demographic of who they're ostensibly targeting with AW.

    Also, if someone hasn't previously mentioned this, that bs "dissent is the highest form of patriotism" quote is fake (i.e. falsely attributed to Jefferson vis-a-vis the ACLU).

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