There's an old adage that explains that one does not shoot arrows at dead tigers. If there is a fusillade of arrows flying in the direction of a tiger you can be sure of two things: the beast is very much alive and is seen as a dangerous threat to the people manning the bows.
We are now watching this played out in the current scandal of a White House expending energy -- better spent on reviving the economy -- on an all-out, and not-so-covert, attack on a single, talk-show, radio host, Rush Limbaugh.
This should come as no surprise. President Obama opened the campaign against Rush by advising Republicans to pay no heed to anything Limbaugh tells them. Earlier, there were those veiled threats to silence Rush and all conservatives talk show hosts by reviving not the economy, but the so-called fairness doctrine that would effectively silence conservative voice heard on the airwaves.
Aping the techniques of Adolf Hitler propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, the president and his henchmen in the innards of the White House sought to divert the public's attention from their already massive spending programs, and the threat they pose to future generations, by pointing fingers at straw men.
As Hitler blamed Germany's Jews for the fatherland's problems, Obama first blamed Wall Street and faceless bankers, and when that failed to work, took aim at his conservative critics, and then personalized the attack by targeting Rush Limbaugh as the focus of all that is wrong with the GOP.
Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele unwittingly obliged by mildly slandering Rush, giving the White House a chance to come out in the open with their vendetta against Limbaugh.
That's what the whole thing is about. The attack on Rush is the opening gun in an all-out war on conservative talk-show hosts and any conservative critics. In the absence of any meaningful media surveillance, they are the public's only source of negative information on just what's going on in the administration as it marches the nation toward a Marxist future.
Why, you might ask, are they spending so much effort in attacking one talk-show host? To get the answer, you need only listen to what Rush told the Conservative Political Action Conference last Friday. In a robust rallying cry to a seemingly listless conservative Republican party, Rush told the nation what is terribly wrong about the Obama agenda, and advised conservatives to get off their haunches and fight against what amounts to a march toward a socialist America.
Truth is the Obama Democrats' worst enemy, and Rush told America the truth. He had the largely youthful audience on their feet, time and again, and he sent them home burning with ambition to join him in the battle to save America.
Listen to what he said on his show just the other day and you'll understand why Rush scares the pants off Barack Obama and his motley crew of character assassins and covert Marxists.
In his broadcast Rush challenged Obama to a debate, saying "Let's talk about the New Deal versus Reaganomics. Let's talk about closing Guantanamo Bay, and let's talk about sending $900 million to Hamas. Let's talk about illegal immigration and the lawlessness on the borders.
"Let's talk about massive deficits and the destroying of opportunities of future generations. Let's talk about ACORN, community agitators, and the unions that represent the government employees which pour millions of dollars into your campaign, President Obama. Let's talk about your elimination of school choice for minority students in the District of Columbia.
"Let's talk about your efforts to further reduce domestic drilling and refining of oil. Let's talk about your stock market ... "
That's why the arrows are flying at a tiger who is very much alive. The White House believes he must be silenced. And that's just for starters.
Mike Reagan is heard on radio stations nationally as part of American Family Radio. E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.