Monday, October 13, 2008

Dear Leader or Pied Piper of Hyde Park? Obama is the wrong man no matter which

Barack Obama presents an interesting yet risky choice for president. To the average citizen, he may indeed represent positive change, and to anyone with a pulse rate would say he does represent change in some way, shape or form.

My thesis has been that Obama represents not only a socialist, but also a charismatic one that is poised to set the tone and direction of the United States in the 21st century. The direction at best is a socialist democracy, at worst a socialism like that of Denmark or Sweden. To many Americans, their eyes glaze over at such statements. The word “socialism” is not a dirty word anymore, most likely through ignorance. They are ignorant of the forces, values, philosophies and the vision on which this country was founded. They are also enculturated to accept a level of nanny-statism that would have been anathema to most Americans not long ago.

Obama makes no bones about his socialist ideals. Answering a question about taxation from a plumber who said he felt tax burdened, Obama said, "It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success too." This is redistribution of wealth and by that definition, is part of a socialist agenda. So you have to ask why?

You can dig into Obama’s upbringing if you like, but I’d rather focus on Obama as an adult. According to Dick Morris, we have “a man whose spiritual adviser is Wright, whose financial backer is Tony Rezko, and whose first major employer was William Ayers might not be a good choice for president. We all have heard the hate Wright has spewed forth from his filthy mouth, we know of the corruption of Tony Rezko through his trial, we know that Bill Ayers tried to blow up the pentagon and the only reason he never went to jail is that he got off on a technicality. To add insult to injury, he offers no apostasy, offers no regret, he is an unabashed communist and hates what America has stood for. Add to this the money that flowed with Ayers, the CAC, Acorn, Obama and the phony votes, and it leaves more questions than answers. Why aren't people asking more questions and still flocking to his message?

It's a Cabala of forces, actions and reasons that are behind this. One thing to consider is the overload of information that people have to deal with today. People are very connected and they have to parse what is important and what isn't. The news, both new media and traditional media have served as the de facto PR arm of the Obama campaign. Part of this is on Obama's part and most is that 9 out of 10 journalists are left wing. Obama knows he's playing to the choir and someone once said something to the effect that journalists are like children in that you can do anything you like as long as you play with them. I wouldn't say it's a conspiracy, but they all read the same talking points, so journalists have gone from observers to participants. 

With the economy being weak, and 8 years of Bush, the war in Iraq,  and the war on terror, people have become weary and suspicious. Also, never underestimate the public's ability to blame the person in charge. The problem is Obama has defined a McCain presidency as more of Bush, I digress, but you get the point. At this point, it's the economy, and Obama is on point, and people don't care if the message is socialist because they want results, and as I said above, people, through our left wing educational indoctrination system, have become enculturated to socialism. Point in case, my parents were born before the great depression. Their generation considered handouts from the government below them and disgusting. Today we have farmers taking every kind of subsidy, abortion being funded by the government, unemployment insurance, welfare, social security, medicaid, and medicare, to name just a few. With entitlements, people lose the link between work and earning something. The value of work is diminished. 

So we are left with the question of Obama, is he the charismatic socialist (or fascist) leader, like Hitler, Mussolini, Castro, or Chavez, or is he a pied piper like the socialist pedagogue equivalent of Don Quixote, leading us down the road of socialism? At first blush, one might assume the latter at worst, as he does come across like he cares, but one must remember what and who he is. Like the turtle and the snake, we do not want to learn the lesson too late. One, Obama is the product of the Chicago political machine, which is among the most corrupt in the country. Consider the sources of his money, his home, how he started his political career, and his spiritual advisor. Couple this with what we see in terms of youth groups for Obama that eerily resemble Hitler youth, and pledge allegiance to obama. We have Michelle Obama pining "Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism, that you put down your division, 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..." (Speech in February 2008). My interpretation us that Obama is going to tell you what to say, how to think, what you are going to do. 

Consider this statement: "I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors...I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face." This is nothing more that intimidation, taken from straight from the Hitler Youth handbook. He wants to stifle dissent, to shut people up, t punish those that dare speak against him. Take Stanley Kurtz' appearance on Milt Rosenberg's WGN radio program. Obama supporters tried to get the radio host fired and in Missouri, according to Michael Barone,  St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce warned citizens that they would bring criminal libel prosecutions against anyone who made statements against Mr. Obama that were "false." See here. Obama will not come out himself and promulgate these tactics, as he is pusillanimous and non-confrontational. John R. Lott, the free market economist and best selling author worked with Obama at the University of Chicago Law School. Dr. Lott tried to engage Obama in discussions of the second amendment, and Obama turned his back every time and walked away. Speaking of the second amendment, Barack Obama went after the NRA because of an ad they ran. See my blog post here. Further evidence is the talk of a new Fairness Doctrine and according to Michael Barone,  "the Democrats' "card check" legislation that would abolish secret ballot elections in determining whether employees are represented by unions". The effect of this is intimidation and censure. 

My intuition is that an Obama presidency would start out more the pied piper, and end up dear leader. It also depends on the opposition he faces. With a democrat majority in congress, he would be free to pass whatever legislation he wishes and he will. But the center right in this country, which is most people, could rise up and force Obama to either moderate, or start a campaign of stifling opposition. I would bet the latter would be the case. He is too much of an elitist and crusader to moderate his agenda. Look back at his wife's words above. She has always been the the true marker of where he stands and it has been to his advantage to shut her up for the last several months in order to appear center left, which he is not. Right now, this is Obama's election to lose. McCain can win, but he needs to get a pair of balls, turn Palin lose and trash the talking points. It's not the war, its' the economy. Stupid. If he doesn't get this, look forward to at least 4 years of socialist hell. The only good that will come out of that is that one, the republican party will have to go through a rebirth if it is to survive, and two, I'll have plenty to write about. 

Thank you for reading this blog. 

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