"Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?"I've gotten the impression that it's considered gauche in some circles, to cite Chancellor Hitler's social programs and methods of persuasion. I'll grant that using "fascist!" as an epithet has given references to Nazi Germany the same tacky feel as crying "commie!"
Thomas Sowell, Investors.com (Investor's Business Daily (IBD)) (June 21, 2010)
"When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.
"Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler's rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.
" 'Useful idiots' was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.
"Put differently, a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive.
"In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.
"The president's poll numbers are going down because increasing numbers of people disagree with particular policies of his, but the damage being done to the fundamental structure of this nation goes far beyond particular counterproductive policies.
"Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere...."
That said, I think Thomas Sowell may have a point.
I am not "against" President Obama. I've discussed this before. (June 21, 2009) Some of his programs and policies, however, I cannot support. At all.
I think - and hope - that President Obama lacks the sort of drive and hate which led Chancellor Hitler to actively promote practical applications of eugenic principles and other 'advanced' policies which had been favorably discussed in the decades before WWII.
I also think that reading the rest of Mr. Sowell's op-ed piece is a good idea. He may be right. Either way, the next few years of America's history will probably be very interesting.
- "News Stories You're Not Supposed to Know About"
(December 31, 2009)
- "Who Needs Facts? Cultural Assumptions and Politics"
(July 24, 2009)
- "Of President Obama, Politics, and the Another War-on-Terror Blog"
(June 21, 2009)
- "Department of Homeland Security No Longer Fears American Veterans?"
(May 14, 2009)
- "Homeland Security Report: American Veterans are Potential Terrorists - I am Not Making This Up"
(April 15, 2009)
- "The 90% Solution: American Guns, Mexican Raids, and Common Sense"
(April 2, 2009)
- "No More 'War on Terror' - Officially?"
(March 30, 2009)
- "Missouri Focus Group MIAC: Ron Paul Supporters May Be Terrorists"
(March 23, 2009)
“Freedom of thought and expression is still a slogan in our part of the world. If the Pakistani, American, British and allied governments, partners in fighting global terrorism, want to win the war, then they must address intellectual terrorism first.”
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In general, I'm inclined to agree. At least, with the assumption that ideas are at least as powerful - and potentially dangerous - as physical things.
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