President Obama is still making his list

Kimberley Strassel has another piece on our president’s use of an enemies list.  Under the banner “Keeping GOP Honest” the Obama campaign has singled out individuals who have committed the crime of supporting Mitt Romney.

Going further, under the guise of doing “opposition research,” Obama political operatives have searched out the private lives of Romney supporters, digging up divorce records, children’s social media accounts and any gossip or rumor that may have been floated.

What happens next?  Labels are assigned, family members are harassed, highly personal attacks on private citizens are sensationalized and spread across media outlets.  Remember, this is all being orchestrated by the organization run by the sitting President of the United States.

Strassel writes:

Political donations don’t come with a right to privacy, and Mr. VanderSloot might have expected a spotlight. Then again, President Obama, in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting, gave a national address calling for “civility” in politics. Yet rather than condemn those demeaning his opponent’s donors, Mr. Obama—the nation’s most powerful man—instead publicly named individuals, egging on the attacks. What has followed is the slimy trolling into a citizen’s private life.

Mr. VanderSloot acknowledges that “when I first learned that President Obama’s campaign had singled me out on his ‘enemies list,’ I knew it was like taping a target on my back.” But the more he’s thought it through, “the public beatings and false accusations that followed are no deterrent. These tactics will not work in America.” He’s even “contemplating a second donation.”

Still. If details about Mr. VanderSloot’s life become public, and if this hurts his business or those who work for him, Mr. Obama will bear responsibility. This is what happens when the president makes a list.

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