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[COMMENT: Fair question. This piece below is an astonishing admission, from Obama's own camp, of what many of us have been saying, that Obama is a not-so-crypto totalitarian.
I heartily encourage you, dear reader, to look at both
original articles (see url's in first paragraph) before making your conclusion
about the matter. When I read Leonhardt's article, I thought he
might have a point -- until I read Huston's rebuttal. I have been
comparing Obama to Hitler for some time, due to his passion for centralizing
government. Leonhardt's defense of Obama by use of Hitler's policies, is
at least stupid, begging for a comeback such as Huston's, and maybe subtlely
By Frances Rice
"NYTimes: Obama's Economic Ideas Great... Just Like Hitler's Were?" by Warner Todd Huston provides an analysis of the stunning comparison of President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler made by David Leonhardt in "The New York Times" which is owned by a Jewish family. Huston's article can be found on the Internet at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2009/04/03/nytimes-obamas-economic-ideas-great-just-hitlers-were . Leonhardt's article "Times Topics: Economic Stimulus" is on the Internet at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/business/economy/01leonhardt.html?_r=4&ref=business
In his article, Huston expresses amazement over two equally astonishing facts. First, Leonhardt's admission that Obama is just like Hitler, and second, Leonhardt didn't mean it as an insult. Leonhardt, Huston points out, was saying that it was a good thing that, in an economic sense, Obama was being like Hitler. Huston explains how Leonhardt encourages Americans to ignore World War II and the Holocaust and just focus on how Hitler's polices were good for Germany because Hitler, in essence, made the trains run on time.
With a level of hubris reserved only for Democrats, Leonhardt wrote approvingly about how Obama is emulating Hitler's economic policies with massive "stimulus" spending and the take over of private industry.
Obama, incredibly, provided credence to Leonhardt’s assessment of Obama as being Hitler-like when, with a straight face, Obama looked Americans straight in the eye during his New Hampshire town hall meeting and declared that he has never favored a single-payer health insurance plan. Yet, there is a video of Obama stating, unequivocally, that he does favor a single-payer health insurance plan. That video can be found on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAyan1fXCE .
Just as deceptive was Obama’s declaration that Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia was the author of the “end-of-life” language, but Isakson later publicly stated that he had nothing to do with the Democrat-devised legislation.
Democrats expressed no outrage over Lenohardt's favorable comparison of Obama to Hitler. Yet, Democrats reflexively use Hitler references to denigrate average Americans who oppose Obama's government-run health care scheme.
The reason Americans do not want ObamaCare are clearly explained in a video by the Cato Institute on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-1ZfFBMf8s .
Details about ObamaCare can be found in the
article "Physicians speak out on health care bill - Many say the costly plan
won't fix problems" by Cindy Horswell on the Internet at:
The Democrat’s 1,000-page health care scheme would:
Average Americans are alarmed by the $1 trillion increase in entitlement spending. They are incensed by the failure by Democrats to explain legislation that would cause 119 million people to lose their private health care insurance and socialize 17 percent of the economy, while leaving 36 million Americans uninsured. Americans understand that what is truly “un-American” is the very idea that 300 million Americans should place their personal health care decisions in the hands of a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Seniors are opposed to the $500 billion cut in
medicare and the Government having the right to decide if health care for
seniors is worth the cost. Those seniors exercising their freedom of speech at
town hall meetings are accused by Democrats of being the kind of people,
according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who go around "carrying swastikas."
Closer to the truth is Leonhardt's analysis of Obama's socialist actions, since
the word "Nazi" is an acronym for National German Socialist Workers' Party.
In his article "Obama's Authoritarian Style" found on the Internet at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204251404574341111401651266.html James Taranto writes about how one of Obama's special assistants urged supporters on the White House Web site of ObamaCare to report dissent: "If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org ".
If ever there was an example of a totalitarian tactic and an assault on our civil liberties, that White House website is it. Texas Sen. John Cornyn accused the White House of compiling an "enemies list" and asked Obama to halt the collection of information on Americans who are merely exercising their constitutional right to seek from the Government a redress of grievances. A video of Sen. Cornyn can be found on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QLpErbWGLA and an article at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/DN-cornynflag_06nat.ART.State.Edition1.4bb4d44.html
Part of the Democrats' orchestrated effort to silence opposition includes accusing protestors of being "un-American" and an "angry mob". An even more troubling aspect is the deployment of union thugs to intimidate and attack protestors. Goons from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) physically assaulted a black Conservative, Kenneth Gladney, who was handing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags after a town hall meeting in Missouri.
According to "The St. Louis Post-Dispatch", six people were arrested by the St. Louis County police after the Gladney beating -- two on suspicion of assault, one for resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances. There was no media uproar over the racial slurs, including calling him the “N-word”, hurled at Gladney by the angry mob of liberal Democrats. Thuggish Democrats stomped Gladney, time and again, sending him to the emergency room of the St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face. The video of the Gladney beating can be found on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqpfU_AC7Ls .
An interview of Gladney is on the Internet at:
The assault on Gladney calls to mind the fact that during the 1960's, Democrats physically attacked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Republican, and bombed his home several times because he dared to protest peacefully against the Democrats who were denying civil rights to blacks. Democrat Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Conner in Alabama let loose vicious dogs and turned skin-burning fire hoses on black civil rights protestors. In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a "trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. For more details, see the article "Democrats Smeared MLK in the 1960's" at: http://cache.trustedpartner.com/docs/library/NationalBlackRepublicanAssociation2009/Democrats%20Smeared%20MLK%20in%20the%201960's.pdf
"You Are Terrifying Us - Voters send a message to Washington, and get an ugly response" by Peggy Noonan shows how attacking American citizens is a desperate move by Democrats. That article is on the Internet at:
When President George W. Bush was in office, Democrats and their leftist groups, such as ACORN, ANSWER, Code Pink, USAction and MoveOn.Org, are famous for declaring that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism" as is demonstrated by Glenn Harlan Reynolds in his article "Remember when protest was patriotic?" which is on the Internet at:
Hypocritically, when left-wing groups protest, Democrats call it "community organizing," but when conservative groups protest, Democrats call it phony "astroturfing", that is conservative protestors are fake grassroots, just like astroturf is fake grass. Obama encouraged leftist groups to "argue with neighbors and get in their face", and that video showing Obama is urging his supporters to act like an angry mob is on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMDur9CDZ4 . Even more chilling is the video of Obama stating his intention to set up a civilian national security force that is on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwaAVJITx1Y&feature=related
"Mr. President, Americans are not an 'angry mob'" is an Washington Examiner editorial which shows how the Obama Administration is turning America into a country that is at war with its own people and can be found on the Internet at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Mr_-President_-Americans-are-not-an-_angry-mob_-8076144-52674832.html
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
– George Orwell
The truth about how Americans gave of their lives and treasure to gain freedom for ourselves and others around the globe was not learned by Obama at the feet of his childhood mentor and avowed communist, Frank Marshall Davis, nor in college where Obama was taught by Marxist professors, nor in the church of his anti-American pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama's failure to understand that Americans are freedom-loving people is the reason he is blind to the depth of opposition to the universal, single-payer health care scheme that will result in expanded government and a loss of freedom.
”When the people fear their government,
there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” –
In The Declaration of Independence, our founders wrote:
"In every stage of these Oppressions We have
Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have
been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked
by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free
Showing his passion for freedom on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke on behalf of all who love liberty.
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak --
unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger?
Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally
disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we
gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of
effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive
phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
"Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"
– Patrick Henry
Frances Rice is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and Chairman of the National Black Republican Association. She may be contacted at: www.NBRA.info
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