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The "ITK" Principle In Action

Updated on July 17, 2012

Questions? Unanswered Questions?

There is a new acronym swirling around Barack H. Obama and his campaign that requires examination - the "ITK" principle is what I call it. It's "impossible to know (ITK)" and has to do with accusations being made primarily against Mitt Romney. My understanding is that Obama's campaign team was advised to let the Bain Capital issue go but instead Obama is doubling down, as he has a tendency to do, on a losing pony. It's impossible to know why that is other than speculation that if you have a failed administration what else are you going to try to blow smoke up the public's behinds about?

As reported elsewhere, there is another slanderous accusation about Romney and his supposed tax havens where the author, Grant Fuller, used the now discredited Vanity Fair article concerning Romney's use of foreign bank accounts. Political hacks, being who they are, make such accusations and the soon to be familiar ITK tag will follow. Lets just disregard the presumption of innocence and get down and dirty with baseless accusations. That is exactly what we see the Obama administration involved in at this point in the campaign.

Here's how you finesse a lie. You use the ITK principle. Grant asked "is it illegal?" Then he followed that by:

"It appears not, but it’s impossible to know for sure because Romney refuses to release enough information to let people make their own judgments."

The fishing expedition here is about Romney releasing more tax returns. It's a known fact that Romney is wealthy. Who really cares? It would also seem to me that if there the least bit of concern about an individual's tax returns that the IRS would have already been all over it like stink is on doo-doo not the left wing press speculating and smearing a person with baseless innuendo.

From Principle To Standard...

Let me move now to using "ITK" to being the standard to question another by. It seems to now be the standard of the Obama administration so I will now attempt to shed some light in how it works regarding Obama himself. I believe the Romney campaign is hesitant to do so but I'm not as nice a guy as Romney is. I have a better time replying to the innuendo and baseless accusations than his handlers would ever imagine. But one thing we all know at this point in the Obama presidential cycle is that we still know very little about Barack H. Obama. That is by design I suppose but seems a bit strange considering the very office that he inhabits. And yes, it is "ITK" most things about an individual if they won't release answers and take the opposite tactic of sealing everything important to know about them that forms who they are and what they might be about.

ITK many times centers around rumors, whether founded or unfounded is not the discussion. What I see swirling around Romney are quickly shown to be unfounded but Obama wants to double down and keep using lies as truth. That's pathological so I understand Obama regarding that trait.

Another Case Of 'ITK"

So lets stir the pot a bit for the birthers. It's impossible to know (ITK) if what Obama released as his long form birth certificate is a forgery or not. That's because the actual birth certificate, if it exists, is still hidden from public view by the state of Hawaii. Forgery experts contend that what Obama finally released, after first releasing a Photoshopped copy of a "certificate of live birth," is a forgery. It's impossible to know when things remain top secret about the President of the United States himself. And here I was thinking that when you ran for the highest office in this land that your life became an open book.

But the questions are still there surrounding the "ITK." Why did he wait so long to release a long form? Why was a photoshopped copy of a certificate of live birth originally released if Obama had the long form in his possession all along? So is he a felon, a liar or both? . Forgery is a felony so take it away from there.

See How This Obama Tactic Works?

I can't prove this yet but "it's impossible to know" if Obama committed a felony by accepting federal student aid as a "foreign student" while receiving his higher education. I suspect that is exactly how he financed his education but "ITK" because all of his academic records are sealed tighter than a drum containing a caustic acid. Using the Obama standard something smells fishy about not releasing such information. What is he hiding there that he doesn't want anyone to see? Did he commit a felony by committing fraud against the federal government?

Then we have the bundlers question. The campaign is crying foul because the Romney camp won't release the names of campaign contributors and bundlers. Oh my! And here Obama is receiving big bucks from foreign sources including money laundered through various sources for the Saudi royals. It could be possible and is probably feasible but it's impossible to know since the Obama camp isn't releasing that information. If that is occurring it is a crime. Is Obama engaging in felonious campaign financing? ITK.

ITK But...

And what about Uncle George Obama supporters? You know, as in Uncle George Soros? He's a billionaire many times over and known to have close ties to Obama. So lets apply ITK and guilt by association. He has been a currency manipulator, commodity market manipulator and has been known to crash at least one country's economy and has publicly stated thatv he wants to bring the United States of America down a notch. He collaborated with the Nazi in WWII and is unrepentant about that role. So what about that?

Delve further into his financial dealings with Media Matters and MoveOn,org. Then connect the dots between all of them and Barack Obama's White House and all the sudden it's ITK time concerning the question of whether Obama is in cahoots with Uncle George to crash the US economy. Obama's reckless treatment of the nation's economy can give rise to such questions being asked. It's just impossible to know for sure...

I could go on and on citing instances where the ITK principle can be applied to Obama but maybe you can cite a few examples yourself. It's just "impossible to know" unless you give it a whirl. That's what the Obama campaign is doing. It's called changing the subject.

In yesterday's article I mentioned people in glass houses who start to throw stones. It's always best to be careful about doing that, especially early on an any political campaign. What I am observing is the Romney campaign attacking Obama's policies and failure to lead and Team Obama conducting personal attacks against Mitt Romney. That is "possible to know" just by observation. Why?

NOTABLE QUOTE: "Apparently I'm supposed to be more angry about what Mitt Romney does with his money than what Obama does with mine."

As Always,

The Frog Prince


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    • tsadjatko profile image

      TSAD 5 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      I could picture him as a political pedophile - "hey little boy, you come over here I have some "candy" for you"...or Pelosi, "children, you have to come here and get in the car if you want to see what is in it"....and of course Reid, "oh, oh now I went too far, where can I get rid of this body?...I know I'll just take credit for finding it!"

      A sick bunch they are, above the law and political perverts all.

      (for those who live in Rio Linda, that was satire)

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      tsadjatko - Don't forget Chuckie "Cheese" Schumer.

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      TSAD 5 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      Thanks Ghost! Would make a good hubpage wouldn't it? - we could have "The Hubpages Poltical Pedophile Registry" Obama would be at the top of the list followed by Reid and Pelosi, and the rest of the bums who lie and manipulate the politically innocent of the electorate to get (rape) votes! Vote the BUMS out, 'cause we can't put them in jail!

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      You know, I was wearily trudging through yet another of Frog's most excellent treatises on the FOO (Follies Of Obama), trying to figure out what I could say that hasn't already been said by either Jim or one of his readers...when tsadjatko's comment caught my eye.

      Political pedophile. That really does sound about right.

      Voted Up Plus.

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      FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      We had another word for "ITK" when I was growing up - 'slander'. I was also raised to the tenet that rumor and innuendo regarding another person was equivalent to 'bearing false witness'. In days gone by, 'bearing false witness' was subject to the penalties of the Old Testament. Those found to accuse falsely in a court of law were to suffer on themselves the penalty for the crime they had accused.

      What a more upright world we would have if people were held responsible for their lies, rather than rewarded.

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      TSAD 5 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      The best way I have found to describe Obama, and I might add the only way I can find that comes close to being as despicable, dishonest and maniplative as he is! is to label him a Political Pedophile. That's right, he is to his supporters what a pedophile is to children.

      Pedophiles work to master their manipulative skills and often unleash them on troubled children by first becoming their friend, building the the child's self esteem. They may refer to the child as special or mature, appealing to their need to be heard and understood then entice them with adult type activities that are often sexual in content such as x-rated movies or pictures. They offer them alcohol or drugs to hamper their ability to resist activities or recall events that occurred.

      A political pedophile works to master their manipulative skills and often unleashes them on troubled poor by first becoming their friend, building their self esteem (sound like a community organizer?). He uses class warfare to make his supporters feel special or disadvantaged, appealing to their need to be heard and understood then entices them with giveaways, special deals, crony capitalism, whatever it takes to manipulate them to do what he wants - vote for him (that is the sex act of a political pedophile), among other things. A political pedophile offers them all sorts of entitlements to hamper their ability to resist going onto the public dole or develop self respect and character or to think for themselves and will use blatant lies to manipulate the politically innocent to vote how he wants them to... like claiming no one builds a business - the government makes it all possible so that you can....when political adults know the businesses that are created by entrepreneurs are what makes anything the Government does possible...but the target, the politically innocent, buy into the political pedophile's manipulation long enough to vote for him. Then years later they realize they were raped (manipulated to vote for hm) in their innocence but it's too late then to do anything about it. And like child pedophiles political pedophiles are incurable and should be locked up forever. Do you know who your children are voting for and why?

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Let me be brief. Obama is the consummate liar... Up, interesting, useful and awesome.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I really like that last line. I think Obama figures if he stays in the attack mode that will stop people from looking at his track record. He doesn't care if what he says is the truth. Fact check has already cleared Romney, yet Obama and his cronies keep on playing the game. Obama has hidden a lot more of his past than Romney's tax records. Awesome hub.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Davesworld - Many have seen and too many will refuse to believe they were duped by this con artist.

      Angela - Many times if you try to connect the Obama dots they just won't convey a true picture. That's the beauty of being a pathological iar like he is.

      drbj - Many times "intelligent" and "voter" don't seem to connect.

      Sassy - I'm not sure how many times I've been labeled a racist or a bigot since Obama started seeking national office. It's okay because those who usually use those labels are describing themselves. They just can't understand how anyone doesn't accept Obama's upside down policies and theories like they do. I shrug off accusations like a duck sheds water.

      jim - It's all good. I'm finding time to write here and there again myself. Good to see you chime in.

      Wayne - The wife question is sure to come. I'm growing fond of saying what a nice guy Romney is. I would have leveled Obama with certain ads by now myself but it may prove interesting to see what is to come. It's all there on video and audio now. Obama now has a visible record albeit not a good one.

      The Frog

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      Stu 5 years ago

      Is Obama a Constitutionally ineligible, lazy, worthless, criminal, transnational, socialist, narcissistic, dictatorial, sociopathic imbecile? PTK!!!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Why not just toss Romney the old question, "Are you still beating your wife?" In effect, those items the Obama camp raises questions on fall under the heading of "disproving a negative" and amazingly the media jumps right on top of it. Honestly, I think the strategy is to get Romney so angry that he loses control and lashes out...which they will cite as signs of instability for a presidential type. In my opinion, Romney is not speaking loud enough or long enough regarding Obama's miserable record in the first term or the potential costs to American taxpayers of ObamaCare once implemented. No doubt, that is the message and Romney must stay on it and he must speak loudly when he speaks and speak often of it...every opportunity. The key here is to make Obama defend his positions as opposed to creating distractions..,.that is the last place he wants to go...his performance. This is Romney's election to lose and what a shame to lose to a loser. WB

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      TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Sassy nailed it on the racist thing. Sorry I've been away from the Hub lately Jim. I've writen two Hubs in 3 months. I'm busier than a cat with fleas with "the Housefire Project".

      I don't get into my personal opinions regarding these matters very often as I'm, of course, involved with fixing the entire corrupted system itself. But! This dick for brains community organizer is nothing more than a slick puppet being manipulated by the most socialists group of politicians in our history, and the Republicans are the weakest group of conservatives I've ever had the misfortune of seeing in my years on the planet. That's why I started the Housefire Project. As always, great job of putting this together, Jim. Voted up, useful, and awesome!

      ~ jim

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      SassySue1963 5 years ago

      They do not see through it though. If you question this President on anything you are immediately labeled a racist or a bigot. The kool-aid is free-flowing with this Administration and they are drinking it by the gallon.

      It's kind of funny that I have never seen that school ID before that labeled him a foreign student. Has that been examined to see if it is a forgery? I like to be fair in such cases.

      Either way, it is basically almost a moot point now. Everything is sealed so I can't fault Romney for keeping private matters private either. What is good for one, is good for the other.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You nailed it and him with this one, Jim. The ITK principle is a mainstay of Obama and his campaign advisors. Sooner or later, hopefully sooner, intelligent voters will realize that Obummy attacking Mitt personally is all he can do. There are no positive accomplishments he can possibly boast of. Except being a pro at spending taxpayer money on failed projects. The notable quote ending your hub sums it up perfectly.

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      It's amazing that even when one attempts to connect the dots they all go off track -- coming up with something positive about this POTUS is damned near impossible -- and the beat goes on! Good one! Best/Sis

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      Davesworld 5 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      Obama simply cannot stand on his record so he must go elsewhere for campaign fodder. People will see through it.


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