Monday, November 30, 2015

Is America on Its Way to Fascism?

Finally, Ebenstein notes that "since dogmatism robs truth of its vigor and vitality, and is more likely to destroy truth than keep it alive," it is obligatory that "truth needs to be fully, frequently and fearlessly discussed," especially since "fascist movements must make the most contradictory promises to satisfy all their adherents."
While utopian dreams promulgated by the likes of Obama and others promise everlasting happiness, "this artificial [utopian] calm builds up tremendous resources of hatred."  For "when the lid comes off, the accumulated frustrations break out into open violence."  Is this one reason for the increase in anger in communities where Obama's hope and change has resulted only in greater misery, even though the messiah promised otherwise?
In 1916, the Rev. William J.H. Boetcker, in a leaflet entitled "Lincoln on private property," wrote the following:
  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
Perhaps more important are the "Seven National Crimes," also attributed to Boetcker.
  • I don't think.
  • I don't know.
  • I don't care.
  • I am too busy.
  • I leave well enough alone.
  • I have no time to read and find out.
  • I am not interested.
Americans need to tremble at the stealth totalitarian forces that are encircling the nation – and be reminded that "[t]hose willing to repress individual liberty for the sake of a strong state" create a citizenry of "docile instruments."