October 27, 2009
Thomas Sowell: Obama Isn't UnAmerican, He's Anti-American
During the Bush administration, liberals relentlessly equated Bush and his administration with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. It was always a ridiculous comparison of course; liberals seem to think that Hitlerism simply means militarism or conservatism or being religious (which is a joke, as Hitler was an atheist) -- but that's par for the liberal course. Dafydd calls this tactic "Argument by Tendentious Redefinition": They expand the definition of a word to include so many other unrelated situations that the original meaning of the word disappears into a black hole.
So I do not make the comparison between the Barack H. Obama administration and actual fascism lightly. Please understand, Obama is not like Hitler; nobody is, nobody else ever was. Hitler was uniquely insane and evil: others like Stalin and Mao were as evil, but they didn't have the almost inhuman hatreds that drove der Führer.
Obama is neither crazy nor evil, not in the cosmic sense of the Nazis; so by "fascism," I do not mean "Naziism." The "brilliant genius" Obamacle may in reality be as thick as a brick, but he's not clinically insane.
With that disclaimer, I look at the policies and style coming out of his administration -- its thuggish behavior, the desperate need to control everyone and everything, the demonization of a huge laundry list of "enemies," and the constant demand that everybody (except the party leaders) sacrifice for the collective -- and I cannot help but compare it to the early stages of fascism. Not Naziism, a less demonic version of fascism... the fascism of Oogo Chavez, for example, or even the original fascism of Benito Mussolini.
And now I feel justified, because one of our greatest conservative intellects, Thomas Sowell feels the same way. In a column published in Jewish World Review titled Dismantling America, Sowell criticizes the Obama administration's dismantling of American values (all emphasis added):
Just one year ago, would you have believed that an unelected government official, not even a Cabinet member confirmed by the Senate but simply one of the many "czars" appointed by the President, could arbitrarily cut the pay of executives in private businesses by 50 percent or 90 percent?
Did you think that another "czar" would be talking about restricting talk radio? That there would be plans afloat to subsidize newspapers -- that is, to create a situation where some newspapers' survival would depend on the government liking what they publish?
Did you imagine that anyone would even be talking about having a panel of so-called "experts" deciding who could and could not get life-saving medical treatments?
Does any of this sound like America...?
President Obama has already floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries.... What would be the role of a national police force created by Barack Obama, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brown shirts of dictators than like anything American.
Obama's repeated appointment of extremists is no accident, Sowell writes:
Nothing is more consistent with his lifelong patterns than putting such people in government -- people who reject American values, resent Americans in general and successful Americans in particular, as well as resenting America's influence in the world.
Sowell concludes with an indictment that has never been made so starkly by such a leading intellectual against a sitting president, particularly during a time of war; but I think Sowell is justified in making this accusation:
Nothing so epitomizes President Obama's own contempt for American values and traditions like trying to ram two bills through Congress in his first year -- each bill more than a thousand pages long -- too fast for either of them to be read, much less discussed. That he succeeded only the first time says that some people are starting to wake up. Whether enough people will wake up in time to keep America from being dismantled, piece by piece, is another question -- and the biggest question for this generation.
America must heed the fire alarm, get out of bed, and stop Obama from torching the America we know, so he can build on its ashes the America he and his liberal-fascist cronies long to see.
Hatched by Sachi on this day, October 27, 2009, at the time of 1:19 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Davod
I agree with you and Sowell.
I wrote this in response to a Daily Pundit entry suggesting Obama has no plan:
No plan for anything!
The Administration seems to be doing prettty well for having no plan. You make the same mistake others have done throughout history. You do not take into consideration Obama’s words and background, nor the words and background of his advisors.
With foreign affairs He seems to be pretty much on schedule to isolate allies and enable antagonists.
At home the Administration and its allies both in and out of government have demonstrated a desire to adopt the thuggish tactics of a third world government.
Lets see - Bullied the Congress into passing a $789 billion recovery plan. A plan that included forty years worth of Democratic wish lists.
Turned the bankruptcy law on its head to satisfy one union at the expense of others (The long term effect of this is incalculable).
Used the bully pullpit, and the power of the government to attack anyone considered a US enemy of the administration.
Moved around the world denigrating the USA and US exceptionalism. Embraced antagonists and distanced us from allies.
The following hissed in response by: Zelsdorf2
I would say the thing to do is to elect a republican congress, let them investigate the actions of this President then impeach the bum.
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