Back in the Barry Goldwater era the Liberal punditry of the day collectively recoiled in horror at the possibility that Goldwater might become America’s President. It was Pat Brown, then Democrat governor of California, who somehow detected “the stench of Fascism in the air” when Goldwater received the 1964 Republican nomination for president. Then, as now, the term Fascism described Benito Mussolini’s militant socialist dictatorship reviled as it was for its repressive totalitarianism. The fact that the conservative Republican Goldwater differed from Mussolini in personality and political philosophy as day differs from night never fazed liberal demagogues of the day. But then, liberals have never let facts or the truth intrude on their fantasies. One such fantasy is the demi-god status which they have christened Barack Obama and blessed his increasingly militant Presidency. Obama as savior. But reality continues to smuge his image.
Consider recent news of four SEIU union thugs physically assaulting a bystander outside an Obama-initiated town hall meeting called to consider the needless rush to ram through Obama's dubious health care reform bill:
Two union members yell racial slurs at a black man and then punch him in the face, and so far neither President Obama, nor Rep. Carnahan or the SEIU has condemned the union thugs for ‘acting stupidly.’
Such assaults are redolent of the tough-guy “action squads” or squadristi employed by Mussolini’s fascisti to harass and intimidate political opponents. Hitler’s National Socialist (Nazi) regime used the notorious SA (sturmarbtreilung) “Brownshirts” in the same way and for the same reasons.
Yes, there is a real “stench of Fascism in the air” but it goes ignored by the Obama Left which would have otherwise gone ballistic by now had the same events unfolded under a Republican administration. Another instance of the notorious "double standard” hypocrisy and deviousness of the, dishonest, the-ends-justify-the-means revolutionary left.
Tags: Fascism, Obama, SEIU thugs, Kenneth Gladney, left wing violence
Pity poor Congressman John Conyers (D, MI) who is apparently in over his head as a member of the House of Representatives. Conyers is overwhelmed by the prospect of having to read and understand the pending health care legislation before signing off on it. From the Heritage Foundation blog:
At the National Press Club this week, Congressman Conyers said: “I love these members that get up and say, ‘read the bill.’ What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages, and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
Whether it’s John Conyers or Alfred E. Neuman wouldn’t much matter it seems. As Congressmen they will retain their existing cushy, expansive, taxpayer-subsidized health care. Only the rest of us will need lawyers to find out what a ball-of-snakes health care program Conyers et. al. will have ignorantly foisted upon us.
Another individual freedom to be sacrificed on the suffocating altar of coercive Collectivism.
Tags: Conyers, Health Care, Coercion, Socialized Medicine
General Motors under UAW domination directed by inept Government bureaucracy is the perfect metaphor for Mussolini-style Fascism. A mini-dictatorship of the proletariat. More coming in the Trojan Horses of contrived "crises" (e.g.; Global Warming; Cap & Trade Enviromentalism; Health Care Reform) "demanding" more government by fiat (e.g.;1000-page Congressional "porkulus" bills voted into law without being read by anyone but affecting everyone). Who was it that said "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste"? (Rahm Emanual. Obama's Chief of Staff). We have a Fascist revolution by Crisis Management. Socialism is everybody equally miserable. Fascism is socialism with whips.
Recent polling shows Obama’s Presidency steadily losing favor with the electorate. Not surprising considering rising unemployment, among other negatives, sobering-up some of the formerly enraptured Obama voters. Obama is either blundering badly or is in the midst of a deliberate process of growing ever bigger government. The eager complicity of the Democrat Congress in support of Obama suggests the latter.
We already have an inflation latent, un-stimulating stimulus program with another on the drawing boards. Massive expenditures of taxpayer dollars by government have gone into costly bailouts with more on the way:
Congress continues to churn out even more popular new scripts: bailouts for for dying auto companies, regulating carbon based on crackpot climate change theories, and now nationalizing health care. Viewers can hardly wait for the California Goes Bankrupt and the Here Comes Inflation Again episodes.
These events all represent extraordinary intrusions of government into the manipulation and control of both the public and private sectors. This all smells like so-called Third Way “progressivism” which is the term given to a conveniently ill-defined mix of socialism and capitalism with emphasis on the former.
In fact, “Third Way” is simply a delicately deodorized pseudonym for Fascism coined to avoid otherwise historically odious connotations.
Fascism itself came about under Benito Mussolini in Italy ca 1925. Mussolini, an ardent socialist,  understood that socialism alone could not sustain itself economically and so devised a blend of a minimal, highly regulated, militantly unionized industry, obedient to a socialist command economy. This mix no doubt looked good on paper but ultimately failed in practice. It failed for the same reason that you can’t breed a lamb and a tiger: they’re two different animals. Competitive, pragmatic, efficiency-driven capitalism doesn’t work when run by theory-obsessed, intuitive, abstract-minded, socialists.
But the Left, unfazed by history and beguiled by the prospect of union voter enabled, perpetual political power, presses on. A preview of where we’re headed nationally may be seen in the financial disaster that is now California. The Democrat dominated legislature of that state has long-since sold out to the teacher’s; state-employee; and other unions in return for their unflagging support at the ballot box. The state is now cannibalizing itself as its productive, tax-raped citizenry flees to saner pastures.
Ultimately, California will be “bailed out” by the Federal government but there will be no one to bail out the country as a whole when it inevitably crashes and burns. Fascism redux.
 Goldberg, Jonah, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, Doubleday, N.Y., 2007, 25-52
Tags: Third Way, Fascism, Obama, Cap and Trade, Stimulus
Liberalism/Progressivism always brings to my mind the parable of the kindly old man out for a stroll in the woods. On his walk he spots a fish in a nearby pond. “Oh my!”, exclaims the man, “let me help you out or surely you will drown!” So saying, the well-intentioned man lifts the fish from the water and places it safely in a nearby tree. The old man continues his stroll feeling quite good about his act of mercy.
It seems to me that liberals spend too much of their lives ignorantly putting fish up in trees. Are they that blind to their actions or is it just a pressing need to feel good about themselves that drives their actions?
The current left-wing crusade to demolish our current health care system and replace it with a “single-payer” plan (i.e.; socialized medicine) is a case in point. Putting a huge government bureaucracy in charge of such a program is a guaranteed path to cost overruns, rationed care and gross inefficiencies. To paraphrase P. J. O’Rourke, it’s like giving teenagers a bottle of whisky and your car keys.
For a preview of what’s in store for government-run health care one need look no further than the U.S. Postal Service: 
The federal government has a monopoly on the delivery of first-class mail; as a result, the Postal Service is the country's third-largest employer. Like all monopolies, the postal monopoly is abused, as the government forces people to accept increasingly worse service at ever higher prices.
Despite ever-increasing postage fees, the Post Office runs growing deficits year after year and is now proposing to cut services  to stanch the flow of red ink. None but the willfully blind could believe that the necessarily massive federal bureaucracy of socialized medicine won’t suffer the same fate. Perennial cost overruns and late or lost mail deliveries are one thing but delayed, rationed, and shoddy health care is quite another.
Socialized medicine cannot be about providing health care for the poor and indigent who already have no-payment access to medical services. Just ask the thousands of illegal immigrants who flood our ER's every day. No, the liberal do-gooder is happy to replace the good for the imagined better, but eventually far worse, system of care: another act of attempted self-solace masquerading as compassion.
Meanwhile our congenitally guilt-racked liberal friends will be bleeding about some other manufactured crisis that "demands" immediate attention and soaring taxes to fix.