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    Barack Obama attempts to intimidate contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign.

    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?

    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. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.

    Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled "Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney's donors." In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having "less-than-reputable records," the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that "quite a few" have also been "on the wrong side of the law" and profiting at "the expense of so many Americans."

    These are people like Paul Schorr and Sam and Jeffrey Fox, investors who the site outed for the crime of having "outsourced" jobs. T. Martin Fiorentino is scored for his work for a firm that forecloses on homes. Louis Bacon (a hedge-fund manager), Kent Burton (a "lobbyist") and Thomas O'Malley (an energy CEO) stand accused of profiting from oil. Frank VanderSloot, the CEO of a home-products firm, is slimed as a "bitter foe of the gay rights movement."

    These are wealthy individuals, to be sure, but private citizens nonetheless. Not one holds elected office. Not one is a criminal. Not one has the barest fraction of the position or the power of the U.S. leader who is publicly assaulting them.

    "We don't tolerate presidents or people of high power to do these things," says Theodore Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general. "When you have the power of the presidency—the power of the IRS, the INS, the Justice Department, the DEA, the SEC—what you have effectively done is put these guys' names up on 'Wanted' posters in government offices." Mr. Olson knows these tactics, having demanded that the 44th president cease publicly targeting Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, which he represents. He's been ignored.

    The real crime of the men, as the website tacitly acknowledges, is that they have given money to Mr. Romney. This fundraiser of a president has shown an acute appreciation for the power of money to win elections, and a cutthroat approach to intimidating those who might give to his opponents.

    He's targeted insurers, oil firms and Wall Street—letting it be known that those who oppose his policies might face political or legislative retribution. He lectured the Supreme Court for giving companies more free speech and (falsely) accused the Chamber of Commerce of using foreign money to bankroll U.S. elections. The White House even ginned up an executive order (yet to be released) to require companies to list political donations as a condition of bidding for government contracts. Companies could bid but lose out for donating to Republicans. Or they could quit donating to the GOP—Mr. Obama's real aim.

    The White House has couched its attacks in the language of "disclosure" and the argument that corporations should not have the same speech rights as individuals. But now, says Rory Cooper of the Heritage Foundation, "he's doing the same at the individual level, for anyone who opposes his policies." Any giver, at any level, risks reprisal from the president of the United States.

    It's getting worse because the money game is not going as Team Obama wants. Super PACs are helping the GOP to level the playing field against Democratic super-spenders. Prominent financial players are backing Mr. Romney. The White House's new strategy is thus to delegitimize Mr. Romney (by attacking his donors) as it seeks to frighten others out of giving.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    Obama sucks for America.
    Yeah, you've mentioned that a few dozen times...

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    aren't campaign donors a matter of public record? This really sounds like the writer of the story is blowing this completely out of proportion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillybri76 View Post
    Yeah, you've mentioned that a few dozen times...
    Not at all lately, actually. And you've been a member only since February? You must be one of my anonymous lurker fans from all these years past then, and then only just signed up when VH finally released a new record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheresOnlyOneWay View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    Not at all lately, actually. And you've been a member only since February? You must be one of my anonymous lurker fans from all these years past then, and then only just signed up when VH finally released a new record.

    Welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wruff_ajax View Post
    Obama sucks for America.
    So you must be an old rich white guy, who wants a tax cut or loophole to buy another yacht. You certainly can't be a common man.
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    I told you guys in 2008 he was an empty suit.

    I told you so, I told you so,I told you so, I told you so,I told you so, I told you so,I told you so, I told you so,I told you so, I told you so,I told you so, I told you so....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jroundy5150 View Post
    So you must be an old rich white guy, who wants a tax cut or loophole to buy another yacht. You certainly can't be a common man.
    You are barking up the wrong tree, friend.

    Wruff's gonna speak for himself, and I look forward to reading it, but I'll chime in with this: just because someone's against Obama's policies doesn't mean he or she is your idea of a stereotypical Republican.

    I think Obama has been mostly awful. He's a weak leader, an ineffective negotiator on legislation, and he's failed to deliver on most of his campaign promises. (I have nothing nice to say for Romney, either, but this thread isn't about him).

    All I'm saying is, you've jumped to a wrong conclusion with Wruff, which means you're likely to jump to the same wrong conclusion with anyone, including me, who might disagree with any politician who has a D in front of their name. That's a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddE View Post
    You are barking up the wrong tree, friend.

    Wruff's gonna speak for himself, and I look forward to reading it, but..
    Actually I believe that the ignorance of his post speaks for itself. He obviously has been bent over by the liberal media for so long now that he has lost the ability to think for himself, as he is simply echoing the rank-and-file lib-tard line - regurgitating what he has been told to think. I'd have a difficult time responding charitably to his post, and so therefor I shall not respond to it at all. Your response to it was far more charitable than mine would be, Todd, and so I'm simply leaving it at that. Well said, my friend.
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    I've been on Wruffs yacht it does need major repairs. The servants quarters are nicer than the guest quarters. Take your tax break and buy a new one you cheap ass!
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    I've been on Wruffs yacht it does need major repairs. The servants quarters are nicer than the guest quarters. Take your tax break and buy a new one you cheap ass!
    Hey, leave him alone. It's Saturday afternoon. That means he's taking his weekly caviar bath.

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