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Horton, Kraut follow same rules

Posted: August 31, 2009 4:52 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Just when I got over the indigestion from reading Jonathan Kraut on Tuesday ("Reformers vs. hate and rage," The Signal, Aug. 18), here came Gary Horton with a blast of bile on Wednesday ("Fear shouldn't be a pre-existing condition," The Signal, Aug. 19).

The articles are so similar, it's obvious the word has gone out from the Obama camp to Democrat operatives to engage in vehement, personal attacks on any one daring to oppose Obama's rapidly failing health care plan.

It's straight out of Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals."

Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule work.) Nice guys!

We even got the mandatory cheap shot at Sarah Palin from Mr. Horton, plus one from Paul Sibek, too ("Palin defenders can't get their facts right," The Signal, Aug. 19.)

Reminds me of a song by Larry Gatlin, "I Just Can't Keep Her Out of My Mind." Goes like this: "Never before has a woman ever haunted me. But her magic spell keeps workin' overtime. Somebody please put her out of my misery. ‘Cause I just can't keep her out of my mind ... "

Give it up, boys, then maybe you can get a good night of uninterrupted sleep.


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