Dear Mr. President,
You have undoubtedly now heard the buzz about one of your campaign websites featuring a post entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” As you are no doubt aware, this piece calls out 8 Romney donors who are private citizens, and proceeds to smear them. You are probably also aware of today’s opinion piece about it the Wall Street Journal, which starts as follows:
Try this thought experiment: You decide to donate money to Mitt Romney. You want change in the Oval Office, so you engage in your democratic right to send a check.
Several days later, President Barack Obama, the most powerful man on the planet, singles you out by name. His campaign brands you a Romney donor, shames you for “betting against America,” and accuses you of having a “less-than-reputable” record. The message from the man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you), is clear: You made a mistake donating that money.
Are you worried?
No. I am infuriated.
HOW. DARE. YOU.
HOW DARE YOU attempt to intimidate private individuals who are exercising their First Amendment rights by donating to candidates who they believe will do better than you. As a “consitutional scholar”, I’m sure you can articulate why it is that this isn’t a reprehensible practice.
After you do that for us, perhaps you can explain how it is that this is an appropriate practice for someone who was elected to serve ALL AMERICANS, not just the ones that you like, or the ones who like you. How is the denigration of PRIVATE CITIZENS, whose participation in the political process is confined to contributing money a legitimate exercise of Presidential power?
Then, I’d like for you to perform a little thought exercise of your own. I would like for you to ask yourself “If someone who was so thin-skinned and insecure that he was willing to abuse a public trust and the power that goes with it, to call out and attempt to intimidate private citizens for exercising their fundamental Constitutional right to support his opponent, is that demonstrating the kind of character that Americans who are electing a leader of the entire country wants or should want?
Thanks for your time. Tell the IRS to be gentle when they come to play proctologist with me.
Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere.