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Obama and the Stockholm Syndrome

June 1, 2009

By definition, Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in abducted hostages, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger or risk in which they have been placed. Liberals have taken the country hostage over the last 50 years and, except for the brief respite of the Reagan years, the hostages have had no letup from the relentless propaganda of the Left and lack of effective response. And after a half-century of liberal media propaganda and cutural indoctrination, Barack Obama has come along as the ultimate victimizer.

Where, do you say, are today's hostages-Obama's hostages? That's easy. All you had to do was watch his White House ceremony this week announcing the draconian new auto fuel mileage standards and you could see them everywhere. From the beleaguered auto executives who must now march to Obama's beat, to the Midwestern governors and union leaders who stand to lose much also, these are the faces of hostages who figuratively are taking the latest beating with a smile.

But these people attending this ceremony of political intimidation that, by the way, will help send the auto industry further down the river, are far from the only hostages of the Left. It's Americans in general who have been propagandized to fear a future without Big Government to save them from evil Big Business and their own incompetence. And that fear is exactly what this administration is counting on to push through their radical agenda including nationalized health care, the "necessity" of so-called "cap-and-trade" legislation due to a "global warming" problem that doesn't exist, so-called "renewable energy," and so on. Only a people who have been cowed by something akin to Stockholm syndrome could possibly even consider accepting such an agenda without a fight.

Notice how those who are courageous enough to break out of the syndrome are marginalized, in the same manner figuratively as "troublemaker" hostages or POWs are put in isolation, beaten senseless, or maybe both. Two shining examples of public figures willing to take on the Obama machine are former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz, who both last week showed us how to take on the opposition including the media, simply by telling the truth confidently and without apology. It's about time the smug likes of Anderson Cooper of the still-biased CNN was taken down a peg or two, and Liz Cheney accomplished this brilliantly by pointing out the false premises and fallacies of his questions and putting him squarely on the defensive-a position to which he is not at all accustomed. Maybe there's still hope after all, and not the type of which our president speaks.

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