On March 6, 2013, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul filibustered Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan for 13 hours. It took 13 hours because the White House refused to answer Paul’s simple question: Can the President assassinate U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism without due process, who are not actively involved in combat? Silence, in this case, speaks volumes. Why would an executive want to reserve that power?
As a self-identified collectivist (advocates wealth redistribution), President Obama regards individual rights as subordinate to the “public good” or the “needs of others.” This much, at least, is abundantly clear from his views on individual property rights.
You might be wondering “what’s wrong with collectivism, and public good?” In order to survive and thrive as a human being, an individual must be free to acquire and keep values which support his/her life, by his/her own judgment and action. Such is the nature of the human organism. Birds fly, cheetahs sprint, and humans think. Without the freedom to act on independent judgment without interference, an individual may survive by the charity (or mutual enslavement) of others, such as under socialism or communism, but without the freedom to act upon his best judgement, the individual is not the owner of his own life, because he is not free to sustain it.
The right to life being irrefutably linked to the right to property (values required for survival) — which the President has demonstrated zero regard for — gives us insight into Obama’s views on individual rights to life and liberty. Whether he is aware of the connection between the right to property and the right to life and self-ownership or not is irrelevant, and is only that much more dangerous, if he is not aware of it.
Were there not limitations placed on him by the constitutional republic which he has been elected to represent, it would be difficult to make the argument that the President would not have already stripped Americans of most, if not all property rights, given his rhetoric on the issue, and already have executed non-combatant Americans without process of law on American soil. (He has already executed Americans abroad extra judicially). Why would it be difficult to make that argument?
Because it is not reasonable to expect him to respect the lives of individuals, given his complete disregard for the property and autonomy of individuals — both of which are integral and essential to a rewarding and productive human life.
Historically speaking, the “public good” has been the justification for the slaughter and enslavement of more than a hundred and fifty million people according to some estimates. And that’s just the 20th century. It continues to be the justification for ever-increasing rights-violations by all governments of the world today.
We should all be grateful for the effort put forth by Mr Paul to preserve Americans’ right to life and liberty.
This is the unavoidable truth of leftist philosophy. Violence and coercion is the only means to implement it. It requires the support of those who don’t voluntarily offer their support, and force is the only means to achieve it.
There are only two essential political choices: voluntary interaction(Capitalism), and everything else, which, while slightly different in their implementation, require violence to enforce. These leftist variations of totalitarian statism include, but are not limited to, communism, socialism, and fascism.
While I’m on the subject, it is inaccurate of me to refer to Obama as a socialist. Socialism means state ownership of industry and business. Fascism is something more insidious and destructive, because it allows failed government policy to be passed off as a failure of private enterprise. Under fascism, private ownership may be retained, but all business and industry is controlled and centrally regulated by the state. Obama is, more accurately, a fascist. To be clear, I am not demagoguing or appealing to emotion — by his own policy advocacy, and the definition of fascism, Obama is a fascist. That is fact. Bush was a fascist. Each and every President for the last 100 years has been a fascist to some degree, although none as ideologically or purposefully as Obama.
I think this is actually an Obama quote. Oh, no, it’s Hitler, never mind. Hard to tell the difference sometimes, them both being extreme leftists. This is called ‘collectivism’ and it is the method by which all tyrants in history have justified the enslavement and genocide of millions. The same collectivism that liberals are teaching in our schools and universities. The same collectivism that Obama is attempting to institutionalize right now. Hitler and Obama share a philosophy — is it really any wonder people don’t want to give him their guns?
For everyone thinking “how dare you compare Obama with Hitler!” I’m drawing parallels where they exist — these two men are both collectivists. I am certainly not equating the two morally(it would be very, very difficult for anyone to achieve as much evil as Hitler did), BUT I am definitely equating them in terms of their collectivist/altruist ideals. Actually I’m equating O with every tyrannical dictator ever, in terms of their political and moral ideals.
…is still Fascism.
They will try to dumb you down, they will try to steal and corrupt language for their own purposes, they will try to erode the level of discourse down to where they need it to be — don’t let them do it. Professional leftists and progressives, big-government types, the academe, the media, union leaders, whose livelihoods depend upon the huge machinery of the state, will confuse corporatism(or “cronyism”) with Capitalism, and they do it on purpose. They do it to destroy the impeccable record of the free market for creating vast amounts of wealth, for raising the standard of living of all those in economically and politically free nations(to the degree that Capitalism exists anywhere), for civilizing the planet, even greatly benefiting those not living under it.
Let’s be crystal clear in defining the terms we’re working with. Laissez-faire Capitalism(real Capitalism) necessarily requires the complete and total separation of state and economics — which makes corporatism impossible in the literal sense of the word. One of the preferred strategies of opponents of Capitalism is the straw-man technique described above, whereby they criticize cronyism/corporatism(which is, strictly speaking, Fascism), while framing it as Capitalism. The most ironic part being that they are advocating for more of the fascist/socialist policies that actually caused whatever ailment they are blaming Capitalism for.
Among other, totalitarian social aspects, for which fascism is known for, is perhaps the most important aspect of it: the economic posture of fascism makes it perhaps more insidious and destructive than socialism or communism, which requires state ownership of all industry and business, while fascism only requires state control. Private ownership is retained, but totalitarian centralized control is achieved through regulation by the state, which allows failures of policy to be blamed on private ownership and free markets, and which allows them to demand more government regulation and control. This process may be repeated until the inevitable collapse of the entire facade, as has been the result of all nations who progress to achieve complete statist/leftist tyranny.
A quote, from Benito Mussolini himself: “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” He is describing two different types of power — corporate power(economic), and political power(guns, force, violence, coercion). The two could not be more different in nature. But that’s another discussion.
The most succinct description of statism ever. And often they’re not in your pocket just for your wealth — it’s often for your freedom. Same M.O — call attention to a crisis(sometimes one that they created or helped create), while offering “solutions” that requires that you give up your rights, freedoms, and your cash. After the financial crisis of ’08, which any economist worth a lick will tell us was caused by government policy(more specifically Democrat policy), the calls for more restrictions on financial freedom were widespread and vigorous. After the 9/11 attacks, the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and warrantless wiretaps. This has been the trend for over 100 yrs, and there is little left of Americans’ once-cherished freedom.