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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Liberal Fascism on Display in Obama

Have been reading Jonah's Liberal Fascism and it's quite interesting - especially for those of us who are knowledgeable enough about 20th century fascism and who scoff at the notion that fascism is some right-wing phenomenon. Jonah's book is well researched and makes a credible case which provides "progressives" with the single defense of pointing out that the mustachioed smiley face on the cover is over the top.

Anyway, this post isn't a review of Jonah's book (that's for later). No, this post is to point out that Obama's speeches are more fascistic than the cheering audiences realize. From the Campaign Spot at NRO:

"Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual."

Last night I appeared on Hugh's show, and his producer Duane mentioned a Michelle Obama speech at UCLA. Captain Ed talked about this a bit, but I hadn't seen anyone transcribe the part of the speech where it gets a little... unnerving. It starts at about 8:41 in the audio.
Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

I'm sorry, nowhere in the Constitution does it authorize the President of the United States to demand anyone shed their cynicism. And I'm all for people pushing themselves to be better, but I don't think the President demanding it is the way to go about it.

And what if we kind of like our lives as usual? What about Americans' freedom to be uninvolved and uninformed?

Darleen at Protein Wisdom transcribed what follows:
"You have to stay at the seat at the table of democracy with a man like Barack Obama not just on Tuesday but in a year from now, in four years from now, in eights years from now, you will have to be engaged."
Ah. Apparently apathy will be criminalized, then?

Does anybody on the left side of the aisle find this rhetoric a little creepy? Isn't this describing an authoritarian presidency way beyond anything George W. Bush has done or proposed?

Do the powers of the presidency really encompass everything Michelle says Obama wants and plans to do? Based on this rhetoric, isn't he actually running for messiah?

UPDATE: A great line from reader Mike: "That tingle going up Chris Matthews' leg is a shiver going down my spine."

I suppose that Arbeit macht Frei is more sinister because it's in German, but much of the Third Way and post-partisan bullsh!t that Obama is spouting is similar to that offered by Adolf and Il Duce back in the 20s and 30s. The current system is broken and we have to get beyond the internal divisions and unite for the common good.

No one really knows what Obama stands for - other than other people's rhetoric and other people's policies. But, all of his supporters trust in Him and know that he will provide for them.

The increasing tendency for Progressives to trust in the State - or to trust in the ability of the State to regulate and reign in business to achieve the social policy goals of the State - is exactly the fascist ideology that was implemented in Italy and Germany. Sure, Progressive policies don't have a racist or Anti-Semitic bent to them, but racism and anti-Semitism don't encompass the entirety of fascist ideology.

Meanwhile, the libertarian insistence on individual freedom to choose and "dogmatic individualism" is laughably viewed by Progressives as fascistic.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler