What is President Obama? What is his “ism”? After the revelation of his questionable birth certificate and social security card, many have been asking, “Who is President Obama?” But that is another question for another day. Today we want to pursue just what he is, politically speaking.
Of course he is a Muslim. That’s a foregone conclusion since under Shari’ah law, the son of a Muslim father is automatically a Muslim, whether it is politically expedient to admit it or not. And the record that his late father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., was Muslim is not disputed. But what about Barack, Jr.? There is certainly much evidence to indicate that he is ideologically faithful to his spiritual legacy. He denies it. Someday the truth may be acknowledged.
But back to the subject at hand. What about his political ideology? There are those who say our President embraces Socialism, since his avowed purpose is to level the economic playing field… tax the rich, re-distribute the wealth, and all of that. (Just ask Joe the Plumber!)
History has experienced many different types of wealth re-distribution, Socialism being just one of them. The most generally accepted version of Socialism is the Marxist variety in which the government theoretically takes from each according to his ability, and re-distributes to each according to his need — after a little skimming off the top, naturally. Political scientists look upon Socialism as merely an intermediate phase that displaces Capitalism and precedes Communism, with perhaps other interim steps in between. But the end result is the same — universal misery. Just take a look at modern day Europe, or Russia, or China. With the current Administration, It would appear the interim step we currently embrace may be best described as “Fascism.”
When we think of Fascism, we generally think of the militaristic WW II Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. I believe his last photo-op showed him being hanged upside-down from an olive tree, or something like that. The current variety of Fascism is much more subtle.
Socialism/Marxism seeks direct control of a society’s economy through complete government regulation of the means of production and income. Fascism seeks that same control, but indirectly, by the domination of private ownership and the control of individual income and wealth through taxation and regulation. Where Socialism abolishes all market relations outright, Fascism pretends that free enterprise still exists while it controls the monetary system and sets all prices and wages politically. In other words, the Fascist government lets us think we still control our destiny as our liberties are being sacrificed one by one on the altar of the “nanny” state.
Our road down the Fascist trail began with FDR, and his creation of the National Labor Relations Board as the final arbiter in labor issues, the National Recovery Act that governed all aspects of manufacturing and commerce, and the Agricultural Adjustment Act which introduced central planning to agriculture. But his “New Deal” was only the beginning.
We now have nearly 200,000 pages of federal regulations that intrude into all aspects of the day-to-day life of every American, with more being added daily. Our lives are now controlled by the EPA, the EEOC, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture — on and on, with many too many more to list here. We are often in violation of one or more of these rules or regulations that we never even knew existed, and which can be used expeditiously to reward or penalize, according to the current political agenda.
Our government, true to its Fascist leanings, and through its many official agencies, now controls all areas of manufacturing, commerce, finance, and agriculture; undertaking massive public-works programs financed by steep taxes, and by borrowing and printing more money, while we experience its obligatory inflationary spiral. Levels of wealth are being dictated, and “excessive” accumulations; over $250,000 of income per year, as an example, are to being heavily taxed as a “fair share.” Beginning to sound familiar?
ObamaCare is not about health care, rather it is an effort to control nearly 20% of our entire economy by dictating to businesses, the medical community, and to the individual what insurance he must buy, what health care he is allowed to access, and ultimately what behavior is acceptable. Presidential candidate Herman Cain made a forceful point in a recent televised “debate” in recounting his personal experience, and concluding that had he been forced to rely on the ObamaCare treatment schedule, rather than his own, he would not have survived his battle with cancer.
The Dodd-Frank Bill firmly establishes the concept of determining which financial institutions are permitted to exist, and which must fail, subject to the absolute control of Big Government. The Obama administration has behaved exactly as many Fascist regimes in the past, governing through groups of friends and associates (Czars) who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority for self enrichment, and protection for themselves and their friends from accountability.
So whether you call it Progressivism, Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, or Fascism, they are all contrary to the American tradition of individual pursuit of happiness through the liberation of the human spirit! It’s not too late to reverse this destructive trend, but time to do so is getting critically short!