Tuesday, August 25, 2009

 

Don't Call It Socialism

Fighting the Obama/Democrat health care "plan," many claim we are being lead into socialism. But, it's not socialism. It's totalitarianism.

Totalitarianism according to Wikipedia:
Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible
It attempts to mold the private life, soul, and morals of citizens to a dominant ideology. The officially proclaimed ideology penetrates into every nook and cranny of society; its ambition is total.
In a comment about the similarity of religion to totalitarianism Christopher Hitchens has said "the urge to ban and censor books, silence dissenters, condemn outsiders, invade the private sphere, and invoke an exclusive salvation is the very essence of the totalitarian".
A brief investigation easily shows that much of the Obama/Democrat agenda contains strong totalitarian features. One could argue that Republican policies also have totalitarian features. But, the presence of these features is fewer, although I would prefer they be even less.

the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible...

Looking at the implementation of the TARP program we see government reaching into private companies "too big to fail" and controlling salaries of upper management. The cap and trade bill along with the health care "reform" bill would allow the government to reach further into the daily lives of individuals, businesses and other entities. On state and local levels, government continually intrudes into the operation of businesses via smoking regulations and such. Red light cameras add an Orwellian touch. Smoking in your own home can cause you to lose custody of you children in a divorce. The food police are just over the hill with fatty, salty, sugary foods in their sights.

The type of light bulb we use, the characteristics of the cars we drive, how much water or electricity we use are becoming more regulated by government each day. You must watch your speech as you can easily be labeled racist or sexist. Opposing illegal immigration or certain health care proposals earn accusations from elected government "servants" that you are a Nazi, racist, etc. Ask the wrong question of a presidential candidate and government officials start investigating your records.

Indeed, we are seeing a great deal of action that resembles Christopher Hitchens' comment, "the urge to ban and censor books, silence dissenters, condemn outsiders, invade the private sphere, and invoke an exclusive salvation..." The White House email to report "fishy" reports regarding health care reform, the left wing boycott of Whole Foods, a company that should epitomize responsible corporations, because the CEO dare speak out against Obama's health care reform, the left wing campaign to get Glenn Beck's sponsors to abandon him. (If you even slightly think tea parties are organized by the Republican Party, you're a complete fool if you don't think the Democrats strongly support these actions. Look at the tax money they insure ACORN receives.) Indeed, Obama himself is using religion to promote his view of government as religion.

Of course, it's all for a noble cause. I'm reminded of the one Shakespearean speech we all had to memorize in high school.
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--
Yes, they are all, all honourable men. But, don't let that fool you.

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