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Playing the fascist card

Published: Mon, June 25, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Playing the fascist card

At long last Thomas Sowell has figured out President Obama’s political philosophy. Obama is a fascist ( “Obama Isn’t a Socialist, He’s Worse: a Fascist” 6/13/12). Sowell pretends for a couple of paragraphs to confine this deep insight to “economic fascism,” a system of co-management through extensive government regulation and selective support of private business. Sowell explains that in this way the deviously clever Obama can take credit for success (thanks to government involvement) and attribute failure to the private owners. Despite the shock at discovering our president to be a fascist (fascist!) there is some sense in this reasoning.

Unfortunately, Sowell wanders way beyond economics and into the familiar and tiresome slander comparing president Obama to Hitler and hints that if Hitler and Mussolini were alive today they would be enthusiastic Democrats. At this point it becomes difficult to take Sowell seriously, so perhaps we should back up and look more carefully at his original accusation that Obama is a fascist in the economic sense of the word.

In evaluating the president’s fascism Sowell uses the word “disastrous” three times. His one and only example of such regulatory disaster is the requirement under Obamacare that “arbitrarily forces insurance companies to cover the children of their customers until the children are 26 years old.” Looking around we can find many examples of such economic fascism. In fact, it’s the way all advanced economies work. Technological development, wars, recessions, and international competition have forced our country toward ever greater central government power, crafted by innumerable Supreme Court decisions establishing the right and obligation of the federal government to effectively manage the modern economy.

Sowell insists on applying a dirty word to this inevitable development. There will be a lot more of this kind of stuff thrown at us before the election.

Clyde Morris, Liberty


1Ianacek(908 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Leaving aside the personalities , truth is always the first casualty in any war . There are parallels between present day Western political rhetoric & that of Hitler & other leaders of the 1930's . In both , we see politicians constantly appealing to base human emotions in their populations of fear , pity & outrage to justify aggression or curtailment of freedom that would otherwise horrify them .

When Hitler spoke to the German people , he didn't portray himself to them as a screaming fanatic . ( It took untiol 1944 for that realisation to sink in, by which stage it was too late ) He would portray Germany as seeking peace , of merely taking back the homelands which had been wrongfully taken from the "German people" , of being forced to mobilise troops only in Germany's self defence , of his achievements only being possible because the "German people" supported him so much.

After invading Czechoslovakia , he said Germany was forced to do so , that the Czech people cheered the German liberators & that he was shocked at the deplorable conditions in which many Czechs had been forced to live . On the Russian invasion , he said Bolshevikism threatened all countries & Germany was therefor merely acting nobly in the name of international peace .

He convinced them they were under threat from hostile outside forces in concert with local Jews .Any dissenters were dealt with by the Gestapo , who were exempted from judicial oversight in 1936 . Dissenters quickly learnt to shut up , or , like Albert Einstein , leave the country . Here are some of Hitler's speeches .


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2walter_sobchak(1905 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

You obviously flunked civics in school. The federal governmant has no rights, only powers and duties bestowed upon it by our wonderful legal document, The Constitution. You may remember that document. It's the document that dictates the executive, Barack Hussein Obama, to enforce the laws enacted by the Congress, like the immigration laws and the duty to patrol our borders. But, hey, maybe you are happy that the executive chooses the winners and losers in our economy.

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3fd6636(255 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

fascists........ read hitlers rants? listen to kasichs speeches............ hum........

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