An Army of Gadflies

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Finally, this last, protracted, and almost meaningless presidential election is over!

Or so you hoped.

Unfortunately, the enemies of liberty never sleep, be they supremely animated by hatred of the individual, or animated corpses under the control of those who are.

Those enemies of the individual pursuit of happiness who marched in lockstep under the banner of "Change" to elect Barack Obama to the Presidency are not done yet. They remain organized and awaiting orders from their smiling master, and that master plans to use them.

A powerful new lobbying force is coming to town: Barack Obama's triumphant army of 3.1 million Internet-linked donors and volunteers.

In a mass e-mail thanking them, written moments before his Grant Park victory speech, Obama put them on notice. "We have a lot to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next," he wrote.

Many are eager. "I'm going to be sitting at the phone, asking, 'What do you want me to do next? I'm ready,' " said volunteer Courtney Hood, 37, a mother of three from Owings, Md.

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Joe Trippi, the Internet politics guru whose computer geeks made Howard Dean a contender in 2004 and who went on to design Obama's socially networked campaign machine, offers a provocative and educated guess.

Trippi predicted that Obama would use his forces, first and foremost, to intimidate congressional foes of his agenda, rally his allies and forge "one of the most powerful presidencies in American history." [bold added]
Read the whole thing. The best we can hope for is that Trippi is merely projecting his own masturbatory fantasy of power-lust onto the man he foolishly hopes will rule according to his own daydreams. But I doubt it.

If Obama is as bad as he could be, he has a tactical head-start any aspiring dictator would envy: An army of second-handers without business of their own worth minding, and looking to fill the void of meaninglessness in their own lives by fighting for an altruistic cause, is already ready and willing to do his bidding.

Who knew that one day, every annoying neighbor you ever had, every jackass who ever yelled at you at work for putting a soda can in the trash (where, by the way, it belongs), and every yokel communist who ever started spamming you with left-wing "news" links would one day be harnessed like this? This is clever, amusing in a way, and chilling all at once.

Gadflies of the world, unite!

And normal people, read this. Know thy enemy. For he will be in your face soon.

-- CAV

PS: I suppose that this means we could nickname our community-organizing new President "Lord of the Gadflies".

Updates

Today
: Added a PS.

9 comments:

Burgess Laughlin said...

Some weblog writers will in the years ahead be critical of the new administration. They will, I predict, have lots of colorful targets in the circus that is coming to town.

I wish that weblogs such as yours would issue stock in your enterprise. It would be bound to rise in value as the months go by. Of course, the government would then try to shut down "speculation."

Gus Van Horn said...

And what an irony THAT would be, for if there is a sure thing out there, it's that the Obama Administration will be a circus of four years' duration!

And thank you, sir, for the compliment!

Dismuke said...

And if that is not bad enough - Bush's version of Wesley Mouch is now investigating how to bring the Treasury Department in compliance with Shariah law. See:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/04/treasury-submits-to-shariah/

Also, to put my tin foil conspiracy theory hat on for a second - who do you suppose will fill in an Obama Administration the newly created position of Economic Dictator that Bush recently set up? Here is an interesting conspiracy theory: how about Henry Paulson, the same person Bush put in? He is a Wall Street guy and worked at one of those big investment banks which are/were utterly infested with mixed-economy Democrat types. I wonder. What if all of the panic that Paulson put forth a little over a month ago about how we are on the brink and that we have to make him economic dictator NOW was, in fact, the October Surprise of the election? Frighten everybody to death and then persuade our not-so-bright lame duck President that this going along with the scheme was "in our best interests" and that not to go along will destroy his legacy and make him look mean and less than compassionate. Perhaps this Paulson fellow ALREADY knew he would have a position in an Obama Administration and perhaps a McCain Administration as well. From a strategy standpoint, that certainly would a great way to throw the election to the Democrats - which Paulson perhaps would very much want with the understanding that he will keep all the power given to him. Of course, I have zero proof of this which is why it is a conspiracy theory. But I certainly wouldn't put it PAST them. Bush is a spineless fool and McCain is another Bush and Obama is a Stalinist down to his fingertips.

Gus Van Horn said...

Whatever the case, Bush the Younger did just as his father did: Set America up for a left-wing government.

Jim May said...

Wow, even The Onion saw this coming.

Jim May said...

From the comments on that "Islamic finance" story:

http://www.hno.harvard.edu/gazette/2002/05.02/12-islamic.html

Dated 2002. So that's not a new thing, and it doesn't seem that sinister in the context of the Harvard article.

Gus Van Horn said...

Jim,

I followed the link to that Onion video clip from Instapundit and loved it!

If Obama does what hope he does with his Army of Gadflies, he will annoy so many people that he will get nuked in the next election. That clip is a positive sign on that score.

And thanks for finding that other link. I hadn't had time to look into that yet.

Gus

Harold said...

Gus Van Horn said...

"If Obama is as bad as he could be, he has a tactical head-start any aspiring dictator would envy: An army of second-handers without business of their own worth minding, and looking to fill the void of meaninglessness in their own lives by fighting for an altruistic cause, is already ready and willing to do his bidding."


Lol, don't even get me started. How much do you want to bet "Courtney" doesn't even work?

Gus Van Horn said...

There might be a place for her in some new make-work program, like checking her neighbor's trash to make sure they're recycling.