Re-reading the Obama quote in my last post, this jumped out at me:
We must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.
While the whole paragraph containing that line is creepily collectivist, that line is two thirds of the infamous “ein volk, ein Reich, ein Furher” slogan, which is truly creepy-especially given the personality cult that surrounds Obama. A personality cult that was on grotesque display yesterday in what should have been a civic occasion celebrating the democratic process, rather than the individual selected through that process to hold (temporarily) executive authority.
Are he and his speechwriters so clueless not to understand the parallel? I certainly hope so, because the alternative would be truly disturbing.
But more generally, I reject the entire premise. We are not a herd of bovines that needs to be driven in a single direction. Indeed, the very attempt to do so is doomed to failure.
Again: people associating freely, in firms, private organizations, churches, or what have you-civil society-acting according to their own private lights and own private interests will be much more successful in achieving things great and small than they would be under some central direction.
It is doubly ironic that in that same paragraph Obama mentions Americans defeating fascism, because the fundamental theme of his speech has far more in common with fascism than it does with the traditions of the American Founding. Which is not surprising, because progressives (and Progressives) have always been deeply critical of the Founders’ Constitution, and because during the 1920s and early-1930s many progressives openly admired fascism, especially the Mussolini variant.
But it is deeply disturbing that Obama, likely ignorantly (for he is truly an ignorant man), explicitly adopts two thirds of a fascist formulation of a political philosophy.
As for the third part, that seems to be the province of the deed, rather than the word.