“The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” says Rob Shapiro, another former Clinton official and a supporter of Mr Obama. “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.” -- From my post Credibility earlier today.
The Reichstag fire (German: Der Reichstagsbrand) was an arson attack on the Reichstag building in Berlin on 27 February 1933. The event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.
At 21:25hrs (UTC +1), a Berlin fire station received an alarm call that the Reichstag building, the assembly location of the German Parliament, was ablaze. The fire started in the Session Chamber, and, by the time the police and firefighters had arrived, the main Chamber of Deputies was engulfed by flames.
Inside the building, a thorough search conducted by the police resulted in the finding of Marinus van der Lubbe. Van der Lubbe was a Dutch insurrectionist, council communist, and unemployed bricklayer who had recently arrived in Germany, ostensibly to carry out his political activities. The fire was used as evidence by the Nazis that the Communists were beginning a plot against the German government. Van der Lubbe and four Communist leaders were subsequently arrested. Adolf Hitler, who had been sworn in as Chancellor of Germany four weeks before, on 30 January, urged President Paul von Hindenburg to pass an emergency decree to counter the "ruthless confrontation of the Communist Party of Germany". With civil liberties suspended, the government instituted mass arrests of Communists, including all of the Communist parliamentary delegates. With them gone and their seats empty, the Nazis went from being a plurality party to the majority; subsequent elections confirmed this position and thus allowed Hitler to consolidate his power.
Meanwhile, investigation of the Reichstag fire continued, with the Nazis eager to uncover Comintern complicity. In early March 1933, three men were arrested who were to play pivotal roles during the Leipzig Trial, known also as the "Reichstag Fire Trial": Bulgarians Georgi Dimitrov, Vasil Tanev and Blagoi Popov. The Bulgarians were known to the Prussian police as senior Comintern operatives, but the police had no idea how senior they were; Dimitrov was head of all Comintern operations in Western Europe.
Historians disagree as to whether Van der Lubbe acted alone or if the Commmunists or Nazis were involved. The responsibility for the Reichstag fire remains an ongoing topic of debate and research. -- Wikipedia.
Please go back to the top and re-read the quote from Rob Shapiro. Shapiro, being a veteran Clintonista, knows of the power of transformative events. His boss, the Philanderer in Chief, was largely seen as irrelevant in the months following the 1994 (woefully misnamed) "Republican Revolution." Newt Gingrich was seen as the top dog on the block.
For his part, Clinton whined to the media on 18 April 1995, "The Constitution gives me relevance . . . The president is relevant here."
Then the calendar page turned a day, to 19 April 1995. With the OKC bombing, Clinton's political fortunes reversed.
As Ambrose Evans-Pritchard told us after Clinton's 1996 re-election: "Relaxing on Air Force One after the election, Bill Clinton told reporters it was the Oklahoma bombing that proved the turning point in his political fortunes. It was the moment when the militias, the Christian right and the Gingrich onslaught against government all melded together in the public mind as one rampant movement of extremism. `It broke a spell in the country as the people began searching for our common ground again,' Clinton explained."
I am not going to get into how much the Clinton regime knew, or didn't know, about the OKC bombing in advance. That they knew of the conspiracy was certain. My friend Oklahoma journalist J.D. Cash and me used spend long hours sifting the evidence he uncovered, trying to decide if it was a double-cross or triple-cross. In other words, did the Feds set up a sting that got away from them -- for there was certainly a sting operation in the mix -- or was it from the beginning a Reichstag Fire scenario?
In the end it did not matter, for Clinton used the bombing masterfully to resurrect his political fortunes.
Which brings us to today. Now it is Obama who has fallen into a "credibility gap." It is Obama who is increasingly seen as discredited and irrelevant.
Will his narcissistic ego, his appetite for power, be content with marginalization and "irrelevance"? How about his puppet-masters, the people like George Soros who paid big bucks to get Obama where he is today? Will they be content with the wreck of all their plans?
And so, as Clintonista Shapiro tells us, Obama needs another Reichstagsbrand.
Remember Evans-Pritchard's characterization: "It was the moment when the militias, the Christian right and the Gingrich onslaught against government all melded together in the public mind as one rampant movement of extremism." The OKC bombing put everyone on the defensive.
Can you think of a better way to neutralize IN AN INSTANT the Tea Party Movement?
And if you can think of it, the Obamanoids certainly can too. Shapiro has told us so.
There are many ways of rigging an election, if you don't mind wading through blood to accomplish it.
This is not the Nineties. Of that we can be thankful. Clinton was viewed as many things, but not fundamentally anti-American. Obama on the other hand has legitimacy issues that Clinton never did. Like another Waco, or another Katrina, another Oklahoma City would not meet with the same whipped dog response from the populace -- especially the armed citizenry -- now, today.
What we have to be thinking about NOW is what will be our response when Obama's Reichstagsbrand opportunity is presented to him.
I invite your input on ways that we can cope with such an event and flip the consequences back on the tyrants who solicited it.