Editor's note: Glenn Beck, when responding to Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, mentioned the below entry in Townhall Magazine's January 2011 as part of a larger point on how liberals operate. Enjoy the post below, and consider ordering this back issue of Townhall Magazine to get the full story.
From our January cover story "The 50 Most Dangerous Liberals in America":
#4 CASS SUNSTEIN
White House Regulation Czar
Cass Sunstein is Obama's regulation czar, affectionately known to conservatives as the "nudge" czar. As the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs ("the cockpit for the modern administrative state"), Sunstein oversees federal regulations at other agencies. According to the Washington Post's WhoRunsGov.com, his position has become more powerful under President Obama.
His theory, "libertarian paternalism," is light on libertarianism and heavy on paternalism and essentially means incentivizing the masses to do what he deems is best for them. What does this entail? A default to organ donation, First Amendment "reform" (read: Fairness Doctrine), celebrating taxes and giving animals rights.
In 2008, Sunstein wrote an article proposing that covert government agents infiltrate activist organizations that "conspire" to undermine its good deeds. These agents would be charged with infiltrating "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups," trying to look independent and credible while augmenting the pro-government message. The purpose of this exercise would be to undermine the activists and restore faith in the government. What do you think he wants to do to the tea party?
This is the man who oversees financial, health care, housing, environmental and privacy policies, to name a few.
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With guns blazing, Ann Coulter has made a career of blasting and destroying the Left -- and she's having a great time doing it. In an exclusive interview with Townhall, she gets personal about her life, her past and her passions.
Anyone who knows Ann can tell you that the peals of her distinctive laughter are as much her trademark as the slinky dresses and the blond tresses. Judging by her frequent appearances on "Hannity," "Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld," "The O'Reilly Factor," "The View," "The Today Show" and a host of other TV shows, when Ann Coulter is on camera, she always seems to be laughing, or have just laughed, or be about to laugh, or have just made someone else laugh. Why, then, do her critics so often describe her as angry?
Case in point: When she made her first (and only) appearance on the "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" in 2005, she entered the studio to sustained, thunderous applause. She was absolutely beaming when she took her seat, even giggling a bit with delight as any normal person would be while basking in such unabashed public approval. And yet, the first thing the host said to Coulter -- the very first words out of his mouth, mind you -- were, "Why are you always so angry?" Ferguson's inane question, naturally, was greeted with yet more laughter from Coulter (and the studio audience), because it was so utterly absurd.
In a highly entertaining and informative piece about the right-wing rock star based on exclusive interviews, Hollywood writer Ned Rice provides readers with an understanding about Ann Coulter that most people don't have and gives Ann a chance to confront her critics.
In "Bombshell" in the June issue of Townhall Magazine, Coulter answers the haters, taking this opportunity to answer some of the charges most commonly lodged against her. And she gives her honest -- and blunt -- thoughts on politics, including the 2012 elections and Gov. Mitch Daniels' idea of taking a "time out" on divisive social issues.
Subscribers will also read Ann's reaction to the charges that she's not winning over any new converts with her books, columns and speeches and that she's merely preaching to the choir? Plus, get to know her personal history: Every right-wing firebrand's story starts somewhere -- find out what Ann was like as a kid, what her family was about, and the choices she made in her youth that led her to where she is today.
Get this rare inside look at the life of Ann Coulter ONLY in the June issue of Townhall Magazine. Here are some excerpts:
So when did Ann Coulter become the Angry Woman of the Right -- and doesn't she find this, well, infuriating? "Not at all", she laughs. "What 'angry' means today is, 'I don't agree with you,'" she adds. "To avoid being called 'angry,' people on our side are always supposed to yield to the Left. Otherwise, we're injuring them somehow."
So what accounts for the gap between Coulter's reputation for being cranky and reality? "It's something the Left does very well," she explains. "Getting people to deny what their own senses -- their own eyes and ears -- are telling them." ...
The proverbial reasonable man might wonder if Coulter would be willing to reveal anything at all about her new book. She would indeed: "It's called 'Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America,' and it's about how liberals act like a mob because they are a mob. Picking up where the brilliant 19th century social scientist Gustave Le Bon left off, I show how similar the Left is to a common street mob in the ways they think and behave."
What examples can she cite of behaviors shared by both a street mob and the Left? "Groupthink -- a reasoning disability to which Christians and conservatives are immune, by the way. An inclination to hold contradictory opinions. A habit of being swayed by images rather than by words and logic. A tendency to resort to violence to advance their cause. And, as I've said, a willingness to disbelieve their own senses."
Asked for a recent example of this phenomena, Coulter cites the banking crisis: "Here's how Obama described the economic collapse: 'The Republicans drove the car into a ditch, and now they want us to give them the keys back.' So instead of a carefully worded description of how the banking crisis unfolded, people remember Story Time when the car went into the ditch and John Boehner climbed out from behind the wheel, with maybe a cut on his forehead, and said, 'Wha' happened?' The End.
"Now, if you explain to liberals that Fannie [Mae] and Freddie [Mac] and the Community Redevelopment Act encouraged banks to issue suicidal mortgages, and Wall Street intermingled those bad mortgages with good ones and sold them in bundles, and when the housing market collapsed, the whole economy tanked, they say, 'OK, but what about the car and the ditch?'
"They also believe that since government intervention and Wall Street got us into this mess, what we need is for the government to step in again and give Wall Street more money. It's textbook mob thinking." ...
The high-water mark of mob behavior, she believes, was the French Revolution. "The American Revolution was a revolution of ideas," she explains. "The idea of a constitutional, representative democracy, based on the consent of the governed, in the form of three competing branches, was revolutionary. The French Revolution -- which hardly deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the American Revolution! -- was a protracted mob action, which mostly consisted of some French people mindlessly beheading other French people. The French Revolution was not inspired by some groundbreaking political manifesto like the Declaration of Independence. It was more like a street riot that got out of control and went on for years because they let it. As Napoleon said, if Louis XVI had stood up to that mob, even once, he would have won."
So, in SAT test-question form, the French Revolution, with its wanton violence and primitive thinking, is to the liberal mentality as the American Revolution, with its emphasis on ideas and well-crafted arguments, is to the conservative mentality? "Exactly!" ...
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