Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Pretext for Oppression

I've tried to express to some friends my concern of how bad Barack Obama's administration could be. I have been shocked over these last months to see the personality cult that has grown around him. I have been saddened over the massive movements he has made towards European style socialism. I have been distressed by comments he, Rahm Emmanuel, and other Democrats have made that reveal their lust for power as they drive my beloved country towards another failed experiment with statism. The question of "Where will this end?" fuels the saddest parts of my imagination.

I fight my darkest fears by trying to convince myself that this will all blow over in a few years. They will overreach and economic liberty will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes of our future years of economic malaise. I quell my worst fears because I can not see any reason that we are moving towards anything, but slightly bigger government and higher taxes.

Then, I see comments like this from Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton:
Make no mistake: Angry right-wing populism lurks just below the surface of the terrible American economy, ready to be launched not only at Obama but also at liberals, intellectuals, gays, blacks, Jews, the mainstream media, coastal elites, crypto socialists, and any other potential target of paranoid opportunity.
If someone this powerful and this influential is building the case that the opposition is filled with Nazis, where does this end?

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