Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eco-Socialism, the Left, and the Path to Tyranny

     For decades, a struggle has been waged over the proper role of government and the rights of its citizens. I have referred to statements made as far back as 1927 by politicians referring to the resistance of citizenry to direct socialism and prophesied future acceptance of it through a gradual liberalism. Over time the euphemisms may have changed, but the struggle still continues.

     It is interesting to note that Eco-socialism is a movement or philosophy that sees capitalism as the root of class warfare and harm to the environment and seeks to replace capitalism through "collective ownership of the means of production." The numerous bailouts of the private sector and health care by the federal government with taxpayer funding is a prime example of this philosophy in action, and their plan to transform the current economy into a new green economy fit within the tennants of socialism and eco-socialism.

     Particularly troubling, is the propensity of Obama and the Left to stifle opposing views and expressions of ideas.  The most recent example of this, comes with the case of private companies like Humana Corp., which provide services to medicare recipients, being placed under a gag order by the government after attempting to inform their customers of the effects of pending legislation on the current care they receive. Those who fail to abide by the gag order have been threatened with being forced to pay a fine or going to jail. This is a perfect example of the tyranny that comes with the progressive left's socialization of America. In order for them to enact their agenda, they must start with a passive tyranny that comes in the form of intimidation and less than forceful methods of silencing opposition, and as history shows, leads to an agressive form of tyranny, such as that perpetrated in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." History clearly shows the path that other leaders and nations have taken down the path to tyranny.  Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler all campaigned on populist agendas appealing to the labor forces of their nations in their rise to power, and they all started gradually suppressing their opposition until they were a force that could not be stopped. They, also, ran very successful propaganda campaigns aimed at the working class emphasizing class warfare and targeted youth recruitment for their agendas (a topic we may explore at another time).

     We are clearly seeing an attempt by the Obama administration and the left to impose a larger federal government with expanded power beyond the scope of the founding fathers and the Constitution, even larger than even Franklin Roosevelt imagined it. We are witnessing their attempt to marginalize, demean, and intimidate all opposition into silence. We know from the lessons taught by history the path of tyranny that follows, and we know that path threatens the framework of our very nation. Finally, we may have but one chance left to reclaim what remains of our republic. We must continue to expose the agenda for the threat to our civil liberties that it is, and we must reclaim our republic in 2010 and 2012.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Obama and General Electric: Pay to Play

     Growing up in the state of Illinois, I've watched countless scandals unfold, from voter fraud to pay-to-play schemes. I grew up with the stories of dirty politics and the iron grip of the Chicago political machine. Both of the last two governors have been involved in corruption, and they were both from different political parties and tied to Chicago politics.  The latest and most famous scandal involved former Gov. Blagojevich in a pay-to-play scheme.

     In the last election cycle, many questions were raised about Obama from the obsurd Muslim extremist theories to questions about his citizenship status. There were, however, some legitimate questions raised (a topic for a future post) that were never fully vetted, due to the failure of the media to give a proper hearing to the evidence behind the questions.

     One of the most obtuse examples of the media biase, was MSNBC, who refused to air the mention of some of the stories that might negatively impact Barack Obama. When they did give a story airtime, it was almost always after every other network had aired it, but it was always portrayed with their pro-Obama spin. At least one member of the network publicly pledged their support in helping Obama.

    No doubt, the question is now raised as to what this might have to do with Obama and a pay-to-play type of scenario involving General Electric. Well, GE just happens to own MSNBC, and the CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt, is a key advisor to the President on the Economic Recovery Board. In addition, GE has lobbied for a large portion of the climate change legislation spending $18.66 million last year, and spent 2.9 million supporting democrats in last years election, much of it going to Obama.

     GE stands to benefit from the Obama budget according to an article in the Washington Examiner, for which I have provided a link. Here's a quote from the article.
"Obama’s budget includes the payoff, promising to start a multibillion-dollar greenhouse gas industry by 2012. In a letter this week, GE’S Immelt told shareholders that current events present an “opportunity of a lifetime,” because “capitalism will be ‘reset.’ ”
Immelt wrote: “The interaction between government and business will change forever. In a reset economy, the government will be a regulator; and also an industry policy champion, a financier, and a key partner.”

     In another article, regarding Obama's sudden shift in policy on missile defense, a program aimed at reigning in Iran's Nuclear Missile Program and one that had raised tensions with Russia, the article points out that GE stands to benefit from the immediate effects of this decision as demonstrated by Putin's announcement that he will meet with execs from GE and two financial companies. GE stands to benefit from this sudden change in national security policy through an opportunity to expand its operations into strategic parts of the Russian economy.

      This raises a lot of questions about the politics of the Obama administration.  Does this relationship and the relationships of the administration with organizations like ACORN (which will require another post to examine), equate to a large-scale pay-to-play scheme? At the least it appears that there are some serious ethical problems within the Obama administration and some definite abuses of power. And here we Bernie Madoff was a huge scandal. This looks like Watergate compared to Madoff.

Mike Nadeau

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Bell Tolls for Thee

My father raised my siblings and I with the belief that there is no greater cause than these three: Faith, Family, and Country, particularly the freedoms bought and paid for by the blood, sweat, and tears of patriots who gave all for it. I grew up hearing my father warn about the evils of liberalism as the mask of socialism, and vehemently argued with him over the notion that we would face the fate of the Roman Empire and every other great empire throughout history that lost the will to preserve itself. Then, on one particular night, in which I found myself unable to sleep, I found myself watching the History Channel show a program laying out the rise and the fall of the Roman Empire. I was stunned at the parallels I found, and am even more stunned today at the course of recent events that threaten the very foundations of this country, particularly the Health Care Reform debate.
Perhaps, many of you may disagree with some of my political views, or what you presume to be my political views, but this isn't about politics. It is about basic American principles and ideals. You don't have to read what I say or even participate in the process, but a free people who refuse to defend their freedoms are doomed to lose them. It is for you that the bell tolls.
Now, it wasn't just my father who warned of the events that have led us to this point. Many others have warned us along the way, and even history sounds a warning bell in our ears. Ronald Reagan, back in 1961, warned us that the simplest way to bring about socialism was through medicine, and specifically the portrayal of nationalized health care as a moral obligation. He, also, spoke of Norman Thomas six time Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party, who in 1927 stated that Americans would never adopt direct socialism but would through the path of liberalism be brought to bear every aspect of socialism in its fullness.
The liberals just like Nero of ancient Rome are watching as Rome (the American economy) burns to the ground. Rahm Emanuel chief adviser to the Obama administration in his response to the catastrophe, advises that the President do much like Nero and "not waste a good crisis." Do they really believe that the only way is to allow the entire system to collapse so that they may rebuild it in their image.
The nationalization of health care in this country is but the final bend in the road on the path toward socialism. We have nationalized the auto industry, our financial system through the banks, and now, health care is next. This will be followed by (and it has been publicly advocated by members of the administration) a Chavez style takeover of the airways, effectively silencing all opposition and ensuring that we go beyond socialism and adopt a totalitarian state.
However, though the portrayal painted is black, such is not the case. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are standing up and saying a resounding, "NO." They are demanding that the powers that be recognize that "We the People" give them power, and we take it away. Not through violence of force, but through the safeguards put in place by the founding fathers. It is through the democratic process and an enlightened electorate. Don't vote for Repubs or Dems. Vote for individuals. Vote for the guy who will defend liberty at all costs whether he be Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, White, Black, Yellow, or Purple. Stand up and be heard by your elected officials and let them know that free market solutions are the only solutions, that government is the problem, and that you vote. In the words of Ronald Reagan, "If you don’t, this program I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow, and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until, one day, as Normal Thomas said we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

Source: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum