Public Retractions an Indicator of Behind the Scenes Political Pressure?

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Being a student of history, I know that Woodrow Wilson had Americans jailed for speaking out against him and his policies. I also understand there is a direct ideological connection between Obama and Wilson. So, naturally, when I noticed a recent trend of public figures speaking out against Obama (or government in general) only to immediately retract or say they ‘regret’ their statements, I wondered whether or not there might be some behind the scenes pressure being brought to bear on these people. I am specifically reacting to this story:

Whole Foods CEO regrets calling Obama health law ‘fascism’

Which was followed shortly by this one:

Phil Mickelson regrets airing opinion on taxes

(Something is telling me there was actually a third story similar to these this month, but I can’t recall he details at the moment)

I understand that Obama supporters, and even people who like to think of themselves as ‘reasonable,’ will think I am drawing connections where there are none, but I would disagree. One has to understand the type of people we are dealing with: they never do their real work out in the open. They do that behind the scenes while presenting a different face to the public (which might help explain why so many of our political leaders have college connections to friends who went into acting). So we are left to look for indirect signs that explain what we see in public. In this case, we have several.

First, when the Left came out and said similar and even more hateful things about Bush or Bush’s policies, there were seldom any retractions or expressions of regret. So we can dismiss any claims of decency being the motivating factors here.

Second, these people are actually correct about what they are saying. Obamacare is fascistic and tax policies in this nation do exceed the realm of decency and morality. So we can dismiss any claims that these people were wrong about their opinions.

And then we have this:

Tiger Woods admits he left California because of high tax rates after rival Phil Mickelson apologizes for saying he may quit West Coast
• Tax increases were approved by California voters back in November
• Tiger Woods, who is worth $600million, said he ‘understood’ why Mickelson might be planning a move from West Coast
• Woods lives in $80million estate in Palm Beach, Florida

Yet, Woods neither retracted his comments, nor was he attacked for making them. And that is or best indicator as to what is going on here. As a minority, Woods is protected because he is assumed to be an Obama supporter and because he is a minority. This is a sad commentary on the state of our society, but it offers the best explanation for the trend I have observed in our public figures who dare to speak out against our dear leader, Obama. But this is just my opinion. I’ll leave you to decide yours for yourself.

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Gee, it wouldn’t be that we hate ‘the rich’ in this nation today, would it?  Or that we now use government the law and policies to oppress them?

17 thoughts on “Public Retractions an Indicator of Behind the Scenes Political Pressure?

  1. Thank goodness I’m not rich. Then again, I have a rack (like the other RNL girls.) I truly fear for us. I’ve heard it said that the Senate is trying to pass the Tax the Racks Bill written by the former House Weiner (Anthony, that is.) It is truly a sad state of affairs in today’s day and age…….especially after previewing his very own, um, cellphone “rack”.

  2. Good for you, Tiger. I say again, Mickelson should NOT have apologized.

    Until people start pushing back against the class-warfare Marxists who demonize wealth, consider profit “evil,” and steal the substance that others have EARNED, we’re never going to get anywhere.

    As Obama says, “punch back twice as hard.”

  3. The headline concerning Mackey of Whole Foods doesn’t do his words justice. He didn’t apologize for his opinion, but just for using the word ‘fascist’ which people misunderstand. I think his apology was more of an explanation of his word choice.

    • drketedc,

      I understand the reality of this instance, but then, the reality is seldom what it appears to be. To the great unwashed, ignorant masses, it was presented as a retraction, and that is what most people believe it to be. This is why I used the example: for the “feeling” it is used to portray rather than the actual truth.

      Does that make sense?

      • Yes. Which is why headlines are usually carefully constructed to portray the view held by the writers. I send people articles to read and so often I get ‘TL,DR’ as a response.

      • NoneTheLess….GOOD use of the Tactics Joe !!

        Twice as hard….and in the same Ball-Park….We ain’t gonna win being demure !

  4. TL,DR means Too Long, Didn’t Read. I’m sure you’ve started reading some long winded diatribe and given up after reading through half of it, realizing that the author stated their position and opinions in the first three or so paragraphs and just added a bunch of words to the end to up the word count.

    • Mr. G,

      Thanks. And as suspected, it is a commentary on the person posting TL, DR. If I can’t get it in 17 seconds or less, I’m not interested (because I can’t focus that long).

      And those same people think they have advanced past previous generations… :-(

      • “If I can’t get it in 17 seconds or less, I’m not interested (because I can’t focus that long).”

        Which is why Titles, and the first paragraph mean everything to a reader, and a writer.

        • I’m getting that, I just learn slow. But then, I have little respect or concern for such shallow people as I tend to agree with Rand a bit where they are concerned: they are lost causes.

          • No Joe…..You, Augger and Rand are all right but not mutually exclusive…….And what Augger says is true, and U are doing Great with it.

            Each battle is fought differently and will be won on it’s own Turf…not the Turf we would like…..You show the ability to address the needs spectrum….17 Seconds here and the meat of the matter there ! IMO.

      • I can usually tell in the first paragraph or two if the article is worth reading. Good writers, for instance the writers here at the RNL, can grab a reader and draw them in to reading the whole piece. Good novelists are like that…you can’t put the book down until it’s finished. Of course, I’ve also had the misfortune to read a piece from start to finish and wonder why I wasted that fifteen or twenty minutes I’ll never get back.

        • “…. I’ve also had the misfortune to read a piece from start to finish and wonder why I wasted that fifteen or twenty minutes I’ll never get back….”

          I see you are reading the NYT …..

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