10 months, 3 weeks ago
Things have been going from bad to worse as the Obama adminstration advances its agenda, but totalitarians will be what they are, and in the end they aren’t interested in liberty, and they aren’t content with the status quo. Matt weighs in at WRSA.
Will Obama Stop the Music This November?
The current “shutdown” of 17% of the federal government has primed America for chaos with constant left-wing rhetoric and news media reports couched in apocalyptic terms such as crisis, brink, catastrophe, hostage, arsonist and terrorist. But a catastrophe is useful to a would-be tyrant only as long as it can be blamed on a hated enemy. In 1933 Hitler’s agents burned the Reichstag, not just to sow fear and confusion, but primarily in order to charge his Communist enemies with treason as an excuse to obliterate them. The German “mainstream media” dutifully parroted the Nazi Party line, without investigating the true source of the arson.
A similar pattern of scapegoating has been followed in the United States throughout the term of President Obama. For example, leading Democrats and their shills in the mainstream media have long been salivating at the prospect of a “Tea Party” conservative going on a violent rampage. We saw this in Tucson immediately after the Gabby Giffords shooting, after the Aurora, Colorado, theater attack, and after the recent Washington Navy Yard shooting, when Democrats and their media allies rushed to blame “Tea Party terrorists” in early reports based upon zero evidence. As far as we know, all of these attacks were carried out by deranged individuals following the orders of inner demons, but still the left hopes for a violent response by right-wing “bitter clingers,” so named by President Obama himself during a private fund raiser.
The current “government shutdown” seems to be designed to provoke a violent right-wing reaction. War memorials have been barricaded, even iconic national parks such as those at Valley Forge, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore have been closed to the American public that purportedly owns them and undoubtedly funds them. At Yellowstone, senior citizens and foreign tourists have been rousted from paid private hotel rooms by armed federal agents and forcibly bused out of the park. Around the closed Mount Rushmore National Park, cones have been set along public highways to prevent tourists even from stopping to take photographs. Meanwhile, a demonstration on the otherwise “closed” National Mall by illegal aliens demanding amnesty was welcomed by the Obama administration with open arms.
In my opinion, the intention of these selected park closures is not only to inflict psychological pain upon the administration’s perceived “enemies” but also to provoke a violent response by fed-up constitutional conservatives. Thus far, none has risen to the bait; so what will the regime do next? I believe that President Obama may be planning to up the ante by orders of magnitude. How might this happen? The “government shutdown” over the continuing resolution bill has turned on the Democrats’ demand for a “clean” CR, but the real battle will come next week when the national debt limit is reached.
What will happen if President Obama and the Democrats in Congress demand a “clean” debt extension, with no upper limits and no attached conditions, just as they have demanded a “clean CR” to fund current government operations?
Great question Matt. Read the rest at WRSA. I have a few rather pedestrian observations to make about federal government control over lands, and then some more global observations on Matt’s thoughts and Obama.
First, I’ve never been a fan or advocate of federal control or ownership of land in the U.S. You can thank collectivist Teddy Roosevelt for that one. In fact, they are the largest land owner in America, as well as the largest employer in America. I have vowed never again to go into Pisgah National Forest territory. I won’t be told by lawyers inside the beltway (who write the code of federal regulations) whether I can build a fire ring and fire, or whether I can take by dog along.
But what’s even more poignant since this National Park shutdown is that not only have federal employees stayed on the job, they have done so in order to piss in the face of law abiding citizens who pay their salary. They have surpassed overbearing and elitist. They have shown themselves to be like the creepy old man who stares at little children too much. It tells you that something isn’t quite right. And if you’re a federal employee and this is uncomfortable to you, I’m not sorry. A hit dog always yelps. You work for a creepy man and enforce creepy rules, and most of you (I’m trying to be gracious here) are just creepy people.
Now to the more global observations. Yes, I agree with Matt. Obama is doing these things intentionally. He doesn’t fear disaster – he welcomes it. Instability will only be the catalyst for saying that we need “stability operations.” Emergency will be his pretext for “emergency powers.” He is a divider, and he is gaming out of Saul Alinsky’s play book. Catastrophy plays into his hands.
Until … he can no longer control what happens. Saul Alinsky didn’t prepare Obama for that eventuality. Not all of the American people are a paper tiger, although many will go along to get along. Free bread and circuses will pacify many (or most), but there is a thread that runs through history that Obama has not considered. That thread will seek liberty at the cost of everything. Obama seeks control at the cost of everything, including his reputation, the reputations of his people, and the very soul of America. He will soon meet up with others who are willing to invest everything.
But even before that Obama cannot control events. The evil witchcraft of Keynesian economics superimposed over a massive entitlement state will soon come to an end because it cannot be sustained. It doesn’t matter who the chairman of the Fed is, it doesn’t matter what policy decisions are made, and it doesn’t matter what the markets are doing. We owe too much, our money is worthless and the entitlement state too large to repair. It will not continue.
No amount of collectivist control can prevent the hives from splitting apart at the seams (I have a planned piece on developments in twenty first century counterinsurgency theory coming soon that will help explain this pregnant comment). Obama thinks he is in control, but the “King’s heart is in the hands of The Lord,” even when he is an evil king. It isn’t given to us to be fearful or trepid. There are larger things going on, and while we aren’t in control, our reactions both mold us and define us.