Individualism vs. Obama

The cacophony of irrational anti-Semitism from all quarters of the world is breathtaking.  It is increasing so rapidly that pundits from all walks of life are indicating that what is happening in the world today shows "eerie parallels to 1913, the year [the] 20th century began to unravel." 

In fact, "continental peace had prevailed.  Globalization and new technology – the telephone, the steamship, the train – had knitted the world together" by 1913.  But "within a year, the world was embroiled in a most horrific war."  According to the December 21, 2013 issue of the Economist:

The driving force behind the catastrophe that befell the world a century ago was Germany, which was looking for an excuse for a war that would allow it to dominate Europe. Yet complacency was also to blame.

In Fascism in Britain: A History, 1918-1935, author Richard Thurlow explains that the "use of political anti-Semitism" within the British Union of Fascists (BUF) during 1932-1939 "represented the mature form of the fascist phenomenon in British society[.]"  Formed by Sir Oswald Mosley, the BUF was a "response to the failure of the British parliamentary system of government to adopt radical reform to cure unemployment, and to prevent the continued economic and political decline of Britain" (92).  Radical voices within the movement maintained that in order to revive the BUF, "political anti-Semitism" was necessary.  Thus, the "use of open anti-Semitism [was seen as a means] to stimulate popular response" (104).

While at the official leadership, anti-Semitism was forbidden, "double standards were used and attacks on the 'alien menace' in the fascist press used many anti-Semitic stereotypes long before it was accepted as an official weapon."  Thus, Jews who "attacked fascism were likened to a cancer in the body politic" (104).

Yet how many Americans connect the dots today?  There are still far too many Americans who simply refuse to understand the inherent dangers of socialism, succinctly explained here by Daniel Hannan.  They do not know and are unwilling to acknowledge the "abhorrent shape of fascism."  Dariusz Gawin wonders "how come prosperous, liberal and civilised nations that for over 40 years were living in peace, [decided] in August of 1914 [to] set out with wild enthusiasm on mass and meaningless slaughter, which in retrospect served only to enable Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler to rise to power[.]"

Ultimately, "the lie of Communism did not stem from the mere contempt for ... Enlightenment ideals but resulted from a striking ... contradiction between theory and practice, between a bright vision of the future and brutal methods of its realisation."  On the other hand, "National Socialism, ... could despise all those whom it considered to be the 'submen'. It was not tormented by an inner conflict between practice and ideological theory. As it placed itself beyond good and evil, it could be radically, brazenly, and frankly evil."

Obama and his followers are too clever by far to be so blatantly obvious in their ultimate intentions.  Consequently, their euphemistic language constantly morphs.  Obama never actually makes any outrageous comments about Jews and Christians; no Hitler is he.  He will simply ignore their plight around the world and support those factions – e.g., Muslim Brotherhood who commit atrocities against these respective groups.  Obama hides behind his "useful idiots" who do the bidding for him, and that way he remains aloof and untouched.

But one parameter is abundantly clear: the "belief in the radical transformability of human beings[.]"  Eventually, if Americans don't come out of their fog, there will be a voluntary acceptance of whatever ruthless consequences this transformation will entail.

Totalitarianism is "essentially undemocratic or essentially illiberal."  Totalitarian states are violent and oppressive.  Consider Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea as prime examples.  But Kenneth Minogue asserts that the true indicator of totalitarianism is actually the destruction of individualism.  With this in mind, recall that our trajectory toward totalitarianism has only begun, and already we can see the diminution of our rights and individual decision-making options.  Thus, Obama and the Democrats maintain a constant assault on capitalism, which has allowed the middle class to be so successful.  Constant stonewalling of the flow of information was the first indicator of their true evil intentions.

Those who do not see through the veil of Obama's designs accept that "a future purified of selfishness and the lust for profit [is] the culmination of mankind's search for a better tomorrow."  It is exceptionally disturbing how many historically illiterate and naive individuals are snookered by the "remarkable combination of high ideals and low cunning" evident in Obama's constant reiterations about income redistribution and allegedly free health care.  As Obama continues to diminish Americans, we are "being turned into instruments of a political purpose."

Individualism as the opposite of totalitarianism is the bane of people like Obama.  Consequently, the IRS scandals are meant to squash any self-determined thought.  The standoff with Bundy is indicative of the true intent of Obama as he intimidates as many Americans as possible.  Obama hates "inner directed" individuals.  They represent independent thinking and genuine choices.  Thus, individualism represents:

... a world where individuals enjoy a certain freedom to make their own decisions (about marriage, career, dress and perhaps above all, religion) on condition that they abide by the consequences of those decisions.

Individuals are recognised to have the right to make some crucial decisions for themselves. That is not to say that customs, rules, and expectations are lacking; merely, that individuals have space to innovate within them. The moral life in this world consists in sustaining the coherence of the commitments individuals enter into – ranging from marriages to commercial contracts, from joining clubs to arranging to meet friends.  

Obama despises this notion.  ObamaCare is all about limiting choice.  The entire "green" economy rests on obsessive intrusions into our lives.  Via capitalism, most people want to pursue "their own projects in the hope of profiting from them."  Those once admired as "middle class" or "rugged individualists" are accused of pursuing self-interest at the expense of workers and other oppressed groups.  Often this hostility has focused on specific groups, such as Jews.  We saw shades of it in the Occupy Wall Street movement, where a protestor stated that she thought "the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks ... need to be run out of this country."  This echoes the recent article entitled "al Qaeda – a Zionist Product," which maintains that Jews are behind all confrontations worldwide.

Obama is strangely mute concerning the heinous attacks on Jewish entrepreneurs, architects, and inventors via the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  He makes no mention of the threats to pro-Israel students on American universities.  He has no problem with terrorists entering America but is hell bent on denying visas to visiting Israelis.  Furthermore:

A US official close to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said both men are disturbed over what is being perceived in their inner circle as 'Jewish activism' in Congress that they think is being encouraged by the Israeli government.

Seth Mandel explains that the phrase “Jewish activism in Congress” is especially clumsy, because it’s so obvious and appalling and insulting."  Mandel is "thankful" that the U.S. official managed not to use the word “elders.”  Hence, "[e]veryone needs to get in line, lest any unapproved thought escape someone’s lips and influence others, unleashing the dreaded 'Jewish activism.' When people are permitted to speak freely, who knows what the Congress will do? Better to not find out, according to the Obama administration."  Thus, legitimate political speech is chilled, and the age-old charge of a dual loyalty rears its ugly head.

Obama is constantly working towards making us willing instruments of a grander social purpose.  This is because "totalitarianism is a form of twisted idealism" since it thwarts basic human and individual instincts.  It has never succeeded in bringing happiness – only in producing abject misery.  Obama admires a system which is the opposite of individualism – otherwise known as American exceptionalism – because "individualism cannot really be faked."   

Moral courage and conscience are sorely needed against this relentless onslaught.  Are there enough of us still remaining who will stand up for the individual rights that are the hallmark of our country?

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com.

The cacophony of irrational anti-Semitism from all quarters of the world is breathtaking.  It is increasing so rapidly that pundits from all walks of life are indicating that what is happening in the world today shows "eerie parallels to 1913, the year [the] 20th century began to unravel." 

In fact, "continental peace had prevailed.  Globalization and new technology – the telephone, the steamship, the train – had knitted the world together" by 1913.  But "within a year, the world was embroiled in a most horrific war."  According to the December 21, 2013 issue of the Economist:

The driving force behind the catastrophe that befell the world a century ago was Germany, which was looking for an excuse for a war that would allow it to dominate Europe. Yet complacency was also to blame.

In Fascism in Britain: A History, 1918-1935, author Richard Thurlow explains that the "use of political anti-Semitism" within the British Union of Fascists (BUF) during 1932-1939 "represented the mature form of the fascist phenomenon in British society[.]"  Formed by Sir Oswald Mosley, the BUF was a "response to the failure of the British parliamentary system of government to adopt radical reform to cure unemployment, and to prevent the continued economic and political decline of Britain" (92).  Radical voices within the movement maintained that in order to revive the BUF, "political anti-Semitism" was necessary.  Thus, the "use of open anti-Semitism [was seen as a means] to stimulate popular response" (104).

While at the official leadership, anti-Semitism was forbidden, "double standards were used and attacks on the 'alien menace' in the fascist press used many anti-Semitic stereotypes long before it was accepted as an official weapon."  Thus, Jews who "attacked fascism were likened to a cancer in the body politic" (104).

Yet how many Americans connect the dots today?  There are still far too many Americans who simply refuse to understand the inherent dangers of socialism, succinctly explained here by Daniel Hannan.  They do not know and are unwilling to acknowledge the "abhorrent shape of fascism."  Dariusz Gawin wonders "how come prosperous, liberal and civilised nations that for over 40 years were living in peace, [decided] in August of 1914 [to] set out with wild enthusiasm on mass and meaningless slaughter, which in retrospect served only to enable Lenin, Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler to rise to power[.]"

Ultimately, "the lie of Communism did not stem from the mere contempt for ... Enlightenment ideals but resulted from a striking ... contradiction between theory and practice, between a bright vision of the future and brutal methods of its realisation."  On the other hand, "National Socialism, ... could despise all those whom it considered to be the 'submen'. It was not tormented by an inner conflict between practice and ideological theory. As it placed itself beyond good and evil, it could be radically, brazenly, and frankly evil."

Obama and his followers are too clever by far to be so blatantly obvious in their ultimate intentions.  Consequently, their euphemistic language constantly morphs.  Obama never actually makes any outrageous comments about Jews and Christians; no Hitler is he.  He will simply ignore their plight around the world and support those factions – e.g., Muslim Brotherhood who commit atrocities against these respective groups.  Obama hides behind his "useful idiots" who do the bidding for him, and that way he remains aloof and untouched.

But one parameter is abundantly clear: the "belief in the radical transformability of human beings[.]"  Eventually, if Americans don't come out of their fog, there will be a voluntary acceptance of whatever ruthless consequences this transformation will entail.

Totalitarianism is "essentially undemocratic or essentially illiberal."  Totalitarian states are violent and oppressive.  Consider Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea as prime examples.  But Kenneth Minogue asserts that the true indicator of totalitarianism is actually the destruction of individualism.  With this in mind, recall that our trajectory toward totalitarianism has only begun, and already we can see the diminution of our rights and individual decision-making options.  Thus, Obama and the Democrats maintain a constant assault on capitalism, which has allowed the middle class to be so successful.  Constant stonewalling of the flow of information was the first indicator of their true evil intentions.

Those who do not see through the veil of Obama's designs accept that "a future purified of selfishness and the lust for profit [is] the culmination of mankind's search for a better tomorrow."  It is exceptionally disturbing how many historically illiterate and naive individuals are snookered by the "remarkable combination of high ideals and low cunning" evident in Obama's constant reiterations about income redistribution and allegedly free health care.  As Obama continues to diminish Americans, we are "being turned into instruments of a political purpose."

Individualism as the opposite of totalitarianism is the bane of people like Obama.  Consequently, the IRS scandals are meant to squash any self-determined thought.  The standoff with Bundy is indicative of the true intent of Obama as he intimidates as many Americans as possible.  Obama hates "inner directed" individuals.  They represent independent thinking and genuine choices.  Thus, individualism represents:

... a world where individuals enjoy a certain freedom to make their own decisions (about marriage, career, dress and perhaps above all, religion) on condition that they abide by the consequences of those decisions.

Individuals are recognised to have the right to make some crucial decisions for themselves. That is not to say that customs, rules, and expectations are lacking; merely, that individuals have space to innovate within them. The moral life in this world consists in sustaining the coherence of the commitments individuals enter into – ranging from marriages to commercial contracts, from joining clubs to arranging to meet friends.  

Obama despises this notion.  ObamaCare is all about limiting choice.  The entire "green" economy rests on obsessive intrusions into our lives.  Via capitalism, most people want to pursue "their own projects in the hope of profiting from them."  Those once admired as "middle class" or "rugged individualists" are accused of pursuing self-interest at the expense of workers and other oppressed groups.  Often this hostility has focused on specific groups, such as Jews.  We saw shades of it in the Occupy Wall Street movement, where a protestor stated that she thought "the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks ... need to be run out of this country."  This echoes the recent article entitled "al Qaeda – a Zionist Product," which maintains that Jews are behind all confrontations worldwide.

Obama is strangely mute concerning the heinous attacks on Jewish entrepreneurs, architects, and inventors via the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  He makes no mention of the threats to pro-Israel students on American universities.  He has no problem with terrorists entering America but is hell bent on denying visas to visiting Israelis.  Furthermore:

A US official close to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said both men are disturbed over what is being perceived in their inner circle as 'Jewish activism' in Congress that they think is being encouraged by the Israeli government.

Seth Mandel explains that the phrase “Jewish activism in Congress” is especially clumsy, because it’s so obvious and appalling and insulting."  Mandel is "thankful" that the U.S. official managed not to use the word “elders.”  Hence, "[e]veryone needs to get in line, lest any unapproved thought escape someone’s lips and influence others, unleashing the dreaded 'Jewish activism.' When people are permitted to speak freely, who knows what the Congress will do? Better to not find out, according to the Obama administration."  Thus, legitimate political speech is chilled, and the age-old charge of a dual loyalty rears its ugly head.

Obama is constantly working towards making us willing instruments of a grander social purpose.  This is because "totalitarianism is a form of twisted idealism" since it thwarts basic human and individual instincts.  It has never succeeded in bringing happiness – only in producing abject misery.  Obama admires a system which is the opposite of individualism – otherwise known as American exceptionalism – because "individualism cannot really be faked."   

Moral courage and conscience are sorely needed against this relentless onslaught.  Are there enough of us still remaining who will stand up for the individual rights that are the hallmark of our country?

Eileen can be reached at middlemarch18@gmail.com.

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