Sunday, August 16, 2009

Quin Hillyer on Fascist Parallels

Quin Hillyer of American Spectator, one of today's finest political commentators if not the best, explains the similarities between the policies of the U.S. Federal Government and that of Mussolini in 1920's Italy. (From an April 2, 2009 column):
Just as Mussolini did (in slightly different words), Obama repeatedly talks about using government to "leverage" private investment for the greater good. And now, as of this week, he actually dared to force a private corporation, General Motors, to fire its CEO. Meanwhile, his close ally Barney Frank introduced a bill to give the Treasury Secretary the power to set all salary levels for all employees of any companies in which the government has a capital stake.
Meanwhile, in Congress's rush to pass a huge expansion of "national service" programs, almost exactly as outlined by Obama in a 2007 speech, few congressman likely realized that the details included "campuses" with "superintendents" of uniformed youth, formed into "cadres," and indoctrinated even in math and science classes in the ideals of "service learning" financed through a "social innovation fund" funneled through favored "community organizations." (ACORN, anyone?) Even elementary school students would be recruited for these government-sponsored efforts.

As the Washington Examiner editorialized, it all sounds like a "creepy authoritarianism" on the loose. (See these examples just from last year's campaign.)

Again and again, Obama has called not just for a change of policies, but to "change America" or to "remake" this nation. And here, from his national convention speech last August, is his notion, his collectivist notion, of change: "That's the promise of America — the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper."

Well, no, not when it comes to state power. Government should have no authority to make us be our brothers' "keepers," lest the state itself become Big Brother. [emphasis mine]
Naturally, he was accused in short order by The Economist, the New York Times, and others of speaking the truth exaggeration or worse.

A final excerpt:
All of this economic intervention and government expansion, all of this use of collectivist language and collectivist goals, combined with the first big steps towards Obama's goal of "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the American military, is straight out of Mussolini's playbook.
Here, here.

A final note: This was all written last April. It's August - a seeming lifetime later - and things have only gotten worse. Fortunately, the tide is turning. Keep those sails taut.

1 comment:

VH said...

Yes, hopefully the tide is turning for good. Democrats and the O-bots (Obama followers) are discovering that America isn't as Progressive as they thought.