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August 28, 2009

Year Zeroists

President Obama and his fellow travelers are bent on the destruction of the West, a stepping stone - they hope - for some new global order, an unending pinch-faced celebration of lock-step agreement. Their revolutionary state socialist ideology sees nothing in the military, the church or the family but a giant reset button (and a source of plunder) (and more sport for their nothingist pleasures) (I could go on but you get the idea).

Next to go: Strategic missile defence and, with it, a body blow to Poland and the Czech Republic, two of the last bastions of our civilization.

The US plans for building elements of the missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic are virtually certain to be abandoned, say Gazeta's sources in Washington.

'The signals that the generals in the Pentagon are sending are absolutely clear: as far as missile defence is concerned, the current US administration is searching for other solutions than the previously bases in Poland and the Czech Republic,' Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance, a Washington-based lobby group.

Note to Eastern Europe: Thanks for the arrow but the Oath of Eorl is canceled.

If you wish to keep your Republic, understand the following: The combination of Obama's well-to-do, intellectual, romantic and utopian followers - much like al Qaeda, "discontented but not destitute" - and his Chicagoist union brown shirt street enforcers is a potent cocktail with a fascist potential. Roger Abbott and Iain Murray describe the combination as "a radical, divisive, mass movement on the march - on the left."

In his seminal work on mob behavior, β€œThe True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements,” Eric Hoffer provides a compelling analysis of the conditions necessary for a revolutionary movement to attract a mass following. He writes:

β€œFor men to plunge headlong into an undertaking of vast change, they must be intensely discontented yet not destitute, and they must have the feeling that by the possession of some potent doctrine, infallible leader or some new technique they have access to a source of irresistible power. They must also have an extravagant conception of the prospects and potentialities of the future. Finally, they must be wholly ignorant of the difficulties involved in their vast undertaking. Experience is a handicap. The men who started the French Revolution were wholly without political experience. The experienced man of affairs is a latecomer. He enters the movement when it is already a going concern.”

The overwhelming majority of those who voted for Obama in the general election had no clue, of course. Most of them pay no attention to politics and vote purely on sentiment. It was Hilary Clinton's supporters who understood first. I am glad to see Glenn Beck has somewhat belatedly arrived at the party. But this fascist potential was obvious to the shoutier parts of the dextrosphere well before Obama gained the Democratic nomination, let alone the Presidency.

Something fascinating to me is how close representative government is to the knife edge in any age almost without regard to the previous longevity of the Republic. Obama's mentors lost the skirmishes of the 1960s only to find shelter in the education system from whence they have spent decades undermining civics, the rule of law and the rule of God. Yes, America, it is a tall oak tree. But the termites have long been at work and I fear for the mighty wind your new President is trying to draw down from a glowering sky.

Less of a downer than I am: American Thinker sees two futures.

If President Obama and his supporters are right -- that what confronts us isn't a war but merely a complex international law-enforcement problem -- in the coming years not much will happen. We'll see the occasional bombing here or there, every so often an airliner will inexplicably fall out of the sky, and in a half-dozen or so countries most of us cannot even find on a map some previously unheard-of groups of thugs will seize power. But with the exception of those few of us unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, life will go on.

But if President Bush and those of us who supported him are right -- that we are in the midst of a global war on whose outcome rests the survival of Western civilization -- the future will unfold in a different and much less pleasant way. The forces of radical Islam will surge, our "allies" will cave in to pressure and cut deals with our mortal enemies, and at some point down the road -- seven years from now, three years from now, or perhaps next Tuesday -- something ghastly will happen.

I only see one future. Sauve qui peut.

For example: "Bill would give president emergency control of Internet."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 28, 2009 08:54 AM


"his Chicagoist union brown shirt street enforcers"

Socialism with Chicago characteristics?

Posted by: pst314 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 28, 2009 01:35 PM

I decided to froth at the mouth a bit this morning.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 28, 2009 01:43 PM

Qui bono?

Posted by: OregonGuy [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 28, 2009 03:01 PM

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