Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today Wall Street, Tomorrow the World!

I’m facing a dilemma. Is Barack Obama more like Adolph Hitler or more like Josef Stalin?

Today, our supreme leader BO, after stating no one should begrudge our good business leaders from trying to earn the most they can, immediately begrudged our good business leaders for trying to earn the most they can. It seems he doesn’t believe these people work hard enough.

Let’s see, these people, over the past 12 months, did everything possible, including convincing the government to give them money, to keep their companies afloat. In most cases, they’ve succeeded.

Apparently, BO feels they didn’t have to work too hard for their success.

This from the man who actually had the audacity to accept a Nobel Peace Prize when he admitted he did nothing to earn it?

It’s double-speak of this sort that inspired George Orwell to lampoon Josef Stalin in 1984. The scary thing, though, is BO’s blatant strategy to divide and conquer evokes the cultural tactics of Adolph Hitler. First it’s the seven companies that received TARP. After all, they took government money, so aren’t they beholden to the government anyway? But, wait! What about companies the government regulates? Aren’t they beholden to the government, too? And what about any company that has to – or doesn’t have to – pay taxes? Since the government decides who does and doesn’t pay taxes, aren’t these companies also beholden to the government?

Once we’ve established all businesses must bow to the King, then it’s a relatively short hop to acknowledge other organizations and even individuals also have no rights that supersede those of the government.

Freedom of religion? Not if it violates government policy since, as government decreed tax exempt organizations, they are beholden to the government.

Freedom of speech? Not if BO thinks you’re “talk radio.” Obama told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie: “…if media is operating basically as a talk radio format then that's one thing, and if it's operating as a news outlet that's another…” (“Obama suggests Fox News is like ‘talk radio’,” The Hill, October 22, 2009)

Freedom to associate? Not if you’re a certain individual who wants to buy an NFL team.

The right to bear arms? Let’s not even go there.

So, I hope you can appreciate my dilemma. On one hand, Barack Obama wants to implement totalitarian policies only Stalin would be proud of. On the other hand, he’s using a strategy not unlike that of Hitler.

When he campaigned on the promise of giving us a choice, little did we know…

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