I’ve sat back and watched the happenings of last week unfold, and it’s left me feeling very saddened for our country, and more than a little bit awed by the blindness of those who could look at it and see nothing wrong. Actually, that second part applies to a lot of things that have happened in the last 10 months.
Basically, if you can witness the outright libel of a private American citizen–left or right–and not be appalled by it, then you’re lost. If you can with a straight face watch the Anita Dunn clip praising Mao and conclude, in all seriousness, that she was joking, then you’re lost. No amount of argument or fact will make such a person sway their opinion, because blind ideology has taken root.
I hate to say the F-word, but I’ve got to wonder: Are we creeping into fascism? I know that the F-word was thrown around by the far left during the GWB years, and that’s why I hesitate to mention it now, but I finally feel emboldened enough to say it. No, it’s not some sudden takeover; it’s incrementalism, and it’s been happening for years. But be aware, Americans. Guard your liberty like you’d guard your child.
I’ve just got to excerpt a few lines from the Steyn column, and I suggest you read it entirely. He writes (my emphases in bold):
So if I understand correctly:
Rush Limbaugh is so “divisive” that to get him fired leftie agitators have to invent racist soundbites to put in his mouth.
But the White House communications director is so un-divisive that she can be invited along to recommend Chairman Mao as a role model for America’s young.
From my unscientific survey, U.S. school students are all but entirely unaware of Mao Tse-Tung, and the few that aren’t know him mainly as a T-shirt graphic or “agrarian reformer.” What else did he do? Here, from Jonathan Fenby’s book Modern China, is the great man in a nutshell:
“Mao’s responsibility for the extinction of anywhere from 40 to 70 million lives brands him as a mass killer greater than Hitler or Stalin.”
Twenty years ago this fall, the Iron Curtain was coming down in Europe. Across the Warsaw Pact, the jailers of the Communist prison states lost their nerve, and the cell walls crumbled. Matt Welch, the editor of Reason, wonders why the anniversary is going all but unobserved: Why aren’t we making more of the biggest mass liberation in history?
Well, because to celebrate it would involve recognizing it as a victory over Communism. And, after the Left’s long march through the institutions of the West, most are not willing to do that. There’s the bad totalitarianism (Nazism) and the good totalitarianism (Communism), whose apologists and, indeed, fetishists can still be found everywhere, even unto the White House.
Rush Limbaugh’s remarks are “divisive”; Anita Dunn’s are entirely normal. But don’t worry, the new Fairness Doctrine will take care of the problem.
For a little “humor,” I saw this yesterday at http://www.directorblue.blogspot.com/, and think serves as a nice illustration to the discussion at hand:
Wiktionary defines the word fascism as follows:
A political regime, usually totalitarian…
Too harsh? Too “right wing”? I just relayed the definition. Any conceptual linkages between the words and images are the responsibilities of the reader.