Vol: 103 Issue: 22 Thursday, April 22, 2010
The legislative assault on America started in 2007 with Nancy Pelosi’s “First 100 Days” pledge to “drain the GOP swamp” in Congress.
She made good on that promise when she became Speaker, draining the GOP swamp and replacing it with fresh Democratic alligators.
She also made good on her promise to “break the link” between GOP lobbyists and legislators, replacing them with lobbyists of her own.
Fully two years before America handed over the keys to the front door to Barack Obama, Pelosi had already begun the legislative process of socialist wealth redistribution as she had promised during the ’06 Congressional campaign.
Pelosi contrasted her vision for America with that of the GOP, saying of the GOP:
“They have only rewarded wealth, not work. . . . We must share the benefits of our wealth beyond the privileged few.”
The assault on ‘the rich’ was more than simply an assault on their wealth. Thanks to Bernie Madoff’s massive theft — and the resultant cascading economic collapse, the Democrats were able to paint a great big bull’s eye on anybody who wasn’t either a union member or on the government dole.
The economic collapse was another gift to the Left’s socialist agenda – Barack Obama rode it into the White House like a surfer rides a wave.
When the wave receded, exposing the wreckage left behind, shell-shocked Americans were too stunned to react to the onslaught of financial and social legislation that followed.
By the time the dust settled, the administration had racked up more debt than had all the rest of his predecessors from 2007 back to George Washington combined.
And ‘the rich’ now means anybody who makes $55,000.00 per year, has a better-than-high-school education that is white, male, married and over forty-five.
And not coincidentally, that is also the profile for a right-wing extremist who may be plotting to blow up buildings.
The demonization of the Tea Party activists is among the most openly fascist techniques espoused by this administration, but the Tea Partiers are by no means the Left’s only target – just the most dangerous to their agenda.
The administration had already begun the policy of demonizing its enemies within weeks of Obama’s inauguration.
In March, 2009 the Department of Homeland Security put out an eleven-page memo entitled “Domestic Extremist Lexicon” (note: PDF document, Adobe reader required) that identified pro-life advocates as “right wing extremists” and “violent” claiming that “they employ racist overtones while engaging in criminal actions.
Here is how the DHS memo described the pro-life movement. (Remember, this is a movement dedicated to protecting the unborn from dissection in the name of convenience.)
The definition reads: “A movement of groups or individuals who are virulently antiabortion and advocate violence against providers of abortion-related services, their employees, and their facilities. Some cite various racist and anti-Semitic beliefs to justify their criminal activities.”
According to the document’s introduction:
“This product provides definitions for key terms and phrases that often appear in DHS analysis that addresses the nature and scope of the threat that domestic, non-Islamic extremism poses to the United States. Definitions were derived from a variety of open source materials and unclassified information, then further developed during facilitated workshops with DHS intelligence analysts knowledgeable about domestic, non-Islamic extremism in the United States.”
Last April, the DHS produced a “right wing extremist report” (also PDF format) warning that returning American veterans were prime targets for right-wing extremist ‘radicalization’ since they were already trained for violent attacks by the ‘right-wing.’
The April memo identified right wing extremist causes, including anti-abortion, anti-immigration, animal rights, black separatism, anti-technology extremism, Cuban independence activism, tax resistors, and religious extremism of various faiths – but specifically excluding Islam.
Demonizing one’s enemies is part and parcel of Politics 101. In America, the politics of demonization used to be used primarily against external enemies.
During WWI the German Hun was portrayed as a brutal monster that ravished women and murdered children for their supper.
During WWII the Japanese soldier was portrayed as a heartless, bucktoothed, weak-eyed but brutal killer – as well as a ravisher of women and murderer of children.
But the demonization of one’s own population belongs to a different class of politics.
Hitler used demonization of his political enemies to consolidate his power. Hitler rose to power as the leader of what was primarily a labor movement. ( NAZI = National Socialist Worker’s Party)
Once in power, however, Hitler turned on the labor unions, demonizing them before banning them altogether. Then he began to demonize the “brownshirts” that helped him to seize power – before ultimately dispatching them during the infamous “Night of the Long Knives” Massacre.
Hitler’s demonization of the Jews was a precursor to the launch of “Kristallnacht” – the event that historians view as the kickoff to the Holocaust.
Stalin demonized his domestic enemies as “capitalist enemies of the state” before ‘purging’ them at various times during what is still remembered in Russia as “The Great Terror.”
Chairman Mao demonized his enemies “old ways of thinking” before launching his “Cultural Revolution” that ultimately resulted in at least thirty million deaths from famine.
The demonization of one’s own citizens by a government is the first step towards a fascist dictatorship. Demonization of one’s opponents is the first step in an action plan that is expected to meet popular resistance.
Those that opposed Obamacare were demonized as selfish, heartless proponents of the status quo that would deny affordable healthcare to millions of their fellow citizens.
Those that oppose the cap-and-trade plan are demonized as greedy oil profiteers dedicated to propping up oil-rich dictatorships to rack up huge profits for themselves.
Those that oppose the government’s financial reform proposals are demonized as wanting to maintain the status quo for their own ends.
Those that oppose disproportionate tax increases on “the rich” are demonized as corporate fat-cats trying to protect their outrageous profits.
And of course, there are the Tea Partiers, who are regularly demonized as domestic terrorists-in-waiting for the next opportunity to do something terroristic. They favor private gun ownership because they harbor violent, anti-government tendencies.
About the only tea party protest to get national media attention this year were the ones at which gun-rights activists openly carried guns.
Suddenly, the previously uninterested mainstream media was shocked into wakefulness! Google retrieved more than 530 articles, many like this ominously worded LA Times report summary:
Although only two paragraphs long, the LA Times was able to squeeze in this quote:
“It’s paid for in blood and, if necessary, we’ll defend it in blood!” said Bob Wright, speaking of the Constitution, as he and other protesters gathered at Gravelly Point Park, a national park just across the Potomac River from Washington.”
(“Blood!” That’s what the Tea Partiers want! “Give us BLOOD!!!!!!!)
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. The Left is launching wave after wave of assaults against at various segments of the population, as if there is no looming election in November.
Given the circumstances, it is more than counterproductive to their agenda – it is an almost suicidal attack.
If the Right regains majority control of both Houses, Obama becomes a lame duck and the Left’s entire socialist agenda is dead in the water.
It makes no sense in the natural — and that is what bears watching. When it comes to the supernatural, everything gets turned around backwards.
The Bible says it is the foolish things that confound the wise, that one gains victory through surrender, that it is through death that one passes into life eternal, and that while the things of the Spirit are foolishness to the world, to those who are saved it is the power of God.
Everything about the supernatural is backwards from the natural order.
The first qualification for being a Christian is that you must first be a sinner, which in the natural, would seem to disqualify you for salvation. It is by weakness that we are strong.
“For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.”
When Paul besought the Lord to remove from him an unspecified ‘messenger of Satan sent to buffet him,” the Lord gave him what, in the natural, would seem to be the exact opposite of the expected reply.
“And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
The enemy also operates from the supernatural. From a place where it does make sense for a politician to demonize his own electorate in defiance of all natural logic. Like he doesn’t expect it to matter by November.
Like he knows something that we don’t about why we won’t matter, come November.