Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Prediction of Obama "Dictatorship?"
We've discussed Barack Obama's apparent sympathies for Marxism on this blog, as have many other blogs and media. Now we get this. And from a Georgia Congressman, no less.
Fascism. Socialism. Marxism. Lots of labels. In a nutshell, they're all horrible.
It's interesting that we look at Hitler and the Nazis, calling them "right wing." But when you look at what "Nazi" stands for, it's "national socialism." Hitler railed against the communists, but really the only difference between them was that Hitler did allow for private industry under government constraint. The average Joe was in bondage and terror. Communism -- statists that they are -- also had a lust for killing as many people as possible. In the end, does the label matter if the end result is the same -- American citizens losing their freedom and their country?
I honestly don't know what Barack Obama and his supporters will do. I hope all of this is just the usual "awfulizing" by interested parties. Perhaps -- I hope -- that Obama will indeed govern from the center. But I have my doubts, if only because of the statements made by Obama and his supporters in their own writings and in public. If only because I have studied Marxists and radical socialists, and understand their modus operandi.
On the other end of the spectrum, we hear comparisons with Hitler along with the usual howls of outrage. But there is a historical picture to look at here. Hitler won in a democratic election with a minority of the vote. He announced ahead of time what he planned to do in "Mein Kampf," but no one paid attention.
Let's face it. Populaces can be very, very mind-numbed, ignorant and stupid. The term "bread and circuses" has a meaning.
If the worst is true about Obama and his incoming administration, will they get away with it? Will the moderates within and outside of his administration in the Democratic Party oppose such moves? Will the Republicans and independents have enough of a backbone to stand in opposition?
What about the rest of us? Should there be a real meltdown in this country, and the government -- of whatever stripe or political party -- tries to finally trash the Constitution and impose a dictatorship, is there enough of the Spirit of 1776 left in the people of this nation to oppose it? I don't know. I doubt it, for several reasons.
I'll explain in another post. For now, pray for America.
Late addendum: Tonight on Fox News' "Special Report," anchor Brit Hume referred to the above story and suggested that the Congressman was part of "Obama Derangement Syndrome," much as there was a "Bush Derangement Syndrome" on the left. I like Brit, so I find his remark unfortunate. I would remind him that if there are concerns about Obama's ultimate political philosophy, the seeds of the concern are in Obama's own writings, statements, history and associates. I would refer him to dig around in there for a while, and then reassess things.
There might well be a "derangement syndrome" with some eventually, especially if the concerns are proven groundless. But until we reach that point, I'd say the jury is out.