Professor Paul Rahe minces no words in writing More Than a Touch of Malice, an article you can read at Ricochet. He adds his wisdom to the argument that, far from committing a gaffe, Obama’s riling of the Catholic Church was a deliberate and well thought out step taken to define and solidify his base.
In 2008, when he first ran for the Presidency, Barack Obama posed as a moderate most of the time. This time, he is openly running as a radical. His aim is to win a mandate for the fundamental transformation of the United States that he promised in passing on the eve of his election four years ago and that he promised again when he called his administration The New Foundation.
In the process, he intends to reshape the Democratic coalition – to bring the old hypocrisy to an end, to eliminate those who stand in the way of the final consolidation of the administrative entitlements state, to drive out the faithful Catholics once and for all, to jettison the white working class, and to build a new American regime on a coalition of highly educated upper-middle class whites, feminists, African-Americans, Hispanics, illegal immigrants, and those belonging to the public-sector unions. To Americans outside this coalition, he intends to show no mercy.
Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, taught that transforming a nation with a prosperous middle class like the United States into a Marxist socialist society could only be accomplished if approached as a three act play:
Act I – join the crowd, gain respect, acceptance and legitimacy.
Act II – develop the theme, spread discontent, and build a following for Act III
Act III – the act of final transformation which Alinsky says will of necessity, be violent.
Act I is complete. The Occupy movement opened Act II; there is ample discontent. It only needs to be channeled, fanned and kept alive. “Those damned Regressives, now they want to take away your sex life”. That will do it. That’s the Catholic flap.
Act III…, there will be no Act III; we will see to that in November. But if there were, the curtain would open in January with an Inauguration Proclamation declaring, “I, Barack Hussein Obama, am the way, the truth and the light; there is no way out of this mess but by me”. And America would be on the road to becoming a Marxist Socialist society.