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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cornered Rats

The Obama regime has been saying very ugly things about Americans, telling outright lies, making inane arguments.
Nancy Pelosi and Stenny Hoyer said that protesters are un-American. Pelosi claimed that were the kind of people who wore swastikas and that they were all stooges or paid actors. Robert Gibbs claimed that the townhall protesters do not represent America, though they seem to have appeared by the thousands across the country in every state and polls show that they have growing support. Harry Reid said they are “evil-mongers.” An array of websites and blogs, all affiliated with the DNC or funded by billionaire George Soros, assert that the protesters are simply racists who do not like nationalization of medicine because it is being proposed by a black President.
Obama himself is off his game, in part because he has been speaking sans teleprompter. He has told two outright lies. First he said AARP has endorsed his “healthcare reform.” But AARP, faced with a revolt from its members, denies that is has endorsed any plan. Second, Obama, while trying to drum up envious class hatred, pulled some numbers out of the Executive Ass, and claimed that private medicine led to evil (but apparently not yet hook-nosed) doctors denying preventative care to patients so that they could amputate limbs and bill patients $50,000. The AMA had to point out that such amputations usually cost more like $500.
The President has also been making remarkably stupid analogies, at one point likening his “public option” of government health insurance to the USPS. During a week that the Post Service was announcing closings of hundreds of stations and massive debts. Even Obama’s fans must be beginning to wonder if they have backed a man out of his depth, a congenial B student, the product of a long process of social promotion. Which we could assay more easily if his transcripts and other records were not hidden.
And then there is the matter of the White House compiling an enemies list, after Obama asked people to email “fishy” emails they receive to “” When questioned by FOX News’s Meghan Kelly, WH Press person Bill Burton evaded the question of whether the White House maintains such a list for close to 5 minutes. And on Thursday, Fox News correspondent Major Garret asked Gibbs why people were receiving emails from the WH at email addresses the recipients had never given out (perhaps Axelrod had mistakenly sent emails to the enemies list?) and Gibbs could give no answer, though his first response suggested that such a list was being maintained, when he asked if Major Garret could give him the names so he could “check them” against his list.
Now these people are well known to be a mean and base group. Rahm Emanuel sends people dead fish as a threat. Pelosi exempts US territories where her wealthy husband has factories from minimum wage increases (but makes sure they apply to his competitors). Reid lobbies for zoning variances that create instant appreciation for worthless land he owns in Nevada. Etc.
How did such a stupid, hostile and dishonest cabal of name-calling, mud-slinging cretins end up attempting to take over a country with threats and smear tactics? The townhall protesters are concerned that we are taking a steeper path down toward totalitarianism than the one we had heretofore been on. But the answer to this question of how the rats came to rule our ship of state is that we are already far along the road to serfdom.
50 years ago, social philosopher and Nobel Laureate Frederich Hayek wrote “The Road to Serfdom,” in an attempt to understand the rise of totalitarianism in Italy, Germany and Russia. Hayek’s thesis was that socialism leads to dictatorship and totalitarianism, despite democratic window dressing. When the state controls the jobs, the printing presses, and the schools, opponents of the administration in power, not to say supporters of independent parties or factions that are rarely in power, find themselves more often jobless, promotionless, without a chance at publication or a scholarship, than supporters of the regime. With every percentage of GDP placed under government control, democracy and liberty diminish. But “The Road to Serfdom” explored other phenomena associated with the slippery slope to statism, including the question of “Why the Worst Get on Top.” Hayek’s words are prophetic and describe the Obama’s Presidency exactly. To quote Hayek on the rise of the worst:
“NO DOUBT an American “fascist” system would greatly differ from the Italian or German models; no doubt, if the transition were effected without violence, we might expect to get a better type of leader. Yet this does not mean that our fascist system would in the end prove very different or much less intolerable than its prototypes. There are strong reasons for believing that the worst features of the totalitarian systems are phenomena which totalitarianism is certain sooner or later to produce. Professor Frank H. Knight, notes that the authorities of a collectivist state “would have to do these things whether they wanted to or not: and the probability of the people in power being individuals who would dislike the possession and exercise of power is on a level with the probability that an extremely tenderhearted person would get the job of whipping master in a slave plantation.”
So the rats are now cornered, on their sinking ship — Obama endorsed candidates are down 14% in New Jersey and Virginia. What will be their next move? They were happy to watch government snipe shooters kill protesters in Tehran; White House Press Secretary Gibbs even said last week that President Ahmahdinajad is the “President Elect” of Iran. But how fast can they scrap the libertarian principles of our American Constitution, the “negative rights” that limit government power that Obama criticized earlier in his career, so that they can undertake the fascist moves they need to seize more control of our lives and livelihoods in the face of growing opposition?

Bruce Majors is an unpaid Tea Party community organizer in Washington, D.C. and has written for the American SpectatorLos Angeles TimesDes Moines Register, and Cleveland Plain Dealer. You can contact Bruce at