Since I didn’t watch the SOTU (I think Taft delivered the last one I watched), I missed Obama’s call for popular fascism.
But Jonah Goldberg didn’t:
The president began with a moving tribute to the armed forces and their accomplishments. But as he has done many times now, he celebrated martial virtues not to rally support for the military, but to cover himself in glory — he killed Osama bin Laden! — and to convince the American people that they should fall in line and march in lockstep.
He said of the military: “At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They’re not consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together. Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach.”
That is disgusting.
What Obama is saying, quite plainly, is that America would be better off if it wasn’t America any longer. He’s making the case not for American exceptionalism, but for Spartan exceptionalism.
It’s far worse than anything George W. Bush, the supposed warmonger, ever said. Bush, the alleged fascist, didn’t want to militarize our free country; he tried to use our military to make militarized countries free.
Indeed, Obama is upending the very point of a military in a free society. We have a military to keep our society free. We do not have a military to teach us the best way to give up our freedom. Our warriors surrender their liberties and risk their lives to protect ours. The promise of American life for Obama is that if we all try our best and work our hardest, we can be like a military unit striving for a single goal. I’ve seen pictures of that from North Korea. No thank you, Mr. President.
You say North Korea, I say Nazi Germany.
You say “work together”, I say indentured servitude.
Maybe I don’t believe in the things you believe in: ObamaCare, unsustainable debt, socialism. Maybe I don’t want to accomplish those goals. I don’t want that America; I don’t even want to think about it.
Why isn’t he working toward my ideas? Why doesn’t he reach for an America with a drastically smaller government and greater reliance on the individual? Why doesn’t he focus on economic and personal liberty? Imagine what we could accomplish.
This is Pelosi-speak: pure liberal fascism. If you disagree with me, you’re not just wrong. You’re bad, evil, hateful. I’m old enough to remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism. (Yes, I’m that old.)
What offends me about Obama’s speech, beyond the militarism and anti-democratic yearnings, is his continued belief that this is a lofty, compelling or interesting form of argumentation. I think the key to understanding this running theme in Obama’s rhetoric is not that he secretly yearns to be a strongman (he doesn’t) it’s that he has a basic contempt for the intelligence of the American people who don’t already love him and believes that the only way to break through to the bitter clingers is to speak in martial metaphors. “Maybe if I explain it using Navy Seals, they’ll shut up and let me do my job.” In other words, it’s disgusting if he believes this garbage and it’s insulting if he doesn’t.
Dude, you won one election, 53-47. You’re not Caesar. And we’re not your conscripts.