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Obama’s Tribal Warfare Agenda

In my recent post, “The
Transparency of Obama’s Malignity
” (November 24th), I wrote that the man is
evil incarnate. He is a nihilist. He revels in the destruction he contemplates
and initiates. He disguises his nihilism, not very effectively, behind one or
another kind of verbal and behavioral public mask: a jihadist/terrorist
wrap-around mask revealing only his eyes, a Venetian carnival mask
to express his practiced insouciance, and a bandit’s bandanna over his muzzle
the better to render his words unintelligible. But, like Mickey Mouse
attempting the same deception, his true intentions and ends have always been
obvious to the keen observer.  I’m not
talking about Mickey’s or Obama’s ears.
Dr. Leonard Peikoff has published a new book, The
Cause of Hitler’s Germany
, which is a distillation of his 1983 opus, The
Ominous Parallels
: The End of Freedom in America.  The Cause
focuses on the philosophical
roots of Nazism, going all the way back to Plato, up through Augustine,
Immanuel Kant, Georg Hegel, and sundry philosophers and intellectuals in the
present time. In a copacetic relationship, Nazism benefited mightily from
Marxist ideology, and vice versa, vis-à-vis the principles and practice of
totalitarian rule. I left this
comment
on the Amazon listing of The
Cause
.
If
you want to understand the phenomena of Barack Obama and his continual grabs
for power, his indifference to Congress, and his hostility to America and to Americans,
Dr. Peikoff’s book would be an essential, necessary place to start. Obama,
however, is merely the end product of over a century and a half of political
and moral thought in the United States. He is merely the practicing heir of
Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel from the 18th and 19th
centuries. His predecessors in office, Republican and Democratic, subscribed to
some of his agenda; the Republicans, to preserve the status quo, whatever it
happened to be at the moment; the Democrats, to advance the Progressive,
collectivist agenda of transforming the nation to a thoroughly regulated one from
top to bottom.
Dr.
Peikoff explains in clear terms how America is “progressing” to an end similar
to that of Nazi Germany’s. The visible accoutrements may differ between
Germany’s Nazism and our own – jackboots and kepis vs. tennis shoes and
baseball caps – but the ideology and consequences are the same. It was logical
that Hitler hated America and regarded it as a mortal enemy; and it is only
logical that Obama express his undisguised hatred for America, as well, and
seek to advance its destruction more blatantly.
Someday, hopefully, when reason is reestablished in
this country, and the nihilists now in charge of its dissolution have been
disenfranchised, a documentary will be produced showing the highlights of
Obama’s own “Triumph of
the Wil
l,” not as a a propaganda film, but as an instructional exposé.
In The Cause
of Hitler’s
Germany, Dr. Peikoff makes little reference to how the progress
to Nazism or to our own brand of totalitarianism is paralleled in America. That
daunting task he performs in The Ominous
Parallels
. The text of the latter is updated in The Cause to include the turmoil in the Middle East. When The Ominous Parallels was published in
1982/1983, the fundamental essence of Islam, a totalitarian ideology garbed in
religious vestments, had not yet been comprehended by very many observers who
based their assessments on any ideology’s essential characteristics.
On November 24th, President Barack Obama gave a speech
to a Chicago
audience on the subject of his executive amnesty for 12
million illegal immigrants, the majority of them from Mexico and Central
America. It is the same folksy, patronizing rhetorical equivocation that has
characterized all his political speeches, one that sought to capitalize on a
subject he has, on one hand, been ambiguous about, but on the other quite
clear: He is going to do it in spite of the probable illegality of his action,
in spite of his failed programs, in spite of his growing unpopularity even
among his now luke-warm supporters.
Neil Munro of The Daily Caller, in his November
25th column, “Obama:
Americans Have No Right to Favor Americans
,” remarked:
The
only Americans who can legitimately object to immigration are native
Indian-Americans, President Barack Obama told his Chicago audience Nov. 24, as
he made an impassioned ideological plea for endless immigration, cultural
diversity and a big government to manage the resulting multicultural society.
“There
have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I
don’t want those folks,’ even though the only people who have the right to say
that are some Native Americans,” Obama said, rhetorically dismissing the
right of 300 million actual Americans to decide who can live in their homeland.
Americans should not favor other Americans over foreigners, Obama demanded.
“Sometimes we get attached to our particular tribe, our particular race, our
particular religion, and then we start treating other folks
differently… that, sometimes, has been a bottleneck to how we think about
immigration,” he said in the face of many
polls
 showing rising opposition to his immigration agenda.
Obama promises that he will step-by-step grant
no-strings-attached amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants who he says will
boost an economy he has already wreaked with Obamacare and all his other wealth
and income sapping policies. It is burdened with an unemployment rate of nearly
13%
among Americans and legalized immigrants already here. Neil Munro
highlights Obama’s “compassion” for people he wants to swamp the country with:
Deportations
of illegals who have children in the United States “breaks up families… it is
heartbreaking, it is not right,” he said. “We’re not a nation that kicks
out strivers… we find ways to welcome people, fellow human beings, children of
God, into the fold, and harness their talents.”
The
Statue of Liberty doesn’t have its back to the world, he said, trying to
portray the monument as a colossal invitation to migrants. In fact, the statue
was designed as a “Light to the World” that would show foreigners how Americans
use their constitution and liberty to govern themselves without kings or
emperors. The many immigrants who arrive have to be treated equally under the
law, Obama said, segueing into his progressive agenda.
To “show foreigners how Americans use their constitution
and liberty to govern themselves without kings or emperors”? Or an
authoritarian – “Do as I say, not as I do” – usurper of the constitution that
stands in his way?
James Taranto in his Wall Street Journal article of
November 25th, “Policy?
What Policy?
” pondered the apparent contradictions in Obama’s Chicago
speech:
Simply
put, the president offers no explanation for why he is ordering these changes
only for 5 million of the nearly 12 million illegals in the United States.
Everything he said in his speech about the value of immigrants, and the need to
show kindness to the stranger, ought in theory to apply to any illegal [alien]
but a criminal. But Obama has limited its reach to people who have been here
for several years and have children who are American citizens. This means
either his arguments are disingenuous, or he doesn’t have the courage of his
convictions, or he’s calibrating his responses to satisfy a political
constituency without causing a wholesale eruption inside the country. Or all
three.
It’s Obama’s version of the Three-Card-Monte scam. Taranto
ends his column with:
The
administration is playing a double game. Plainly Obama believes his political
objectives are best served by striking a bold and confrontational pose (which
further suggests that arriving at a legislative compromise is not among those
objectives). But in formulating a legal argument, it is in the administration’s
interest to present the action as modestly as possible—a minor change in policy
that doesn’t amount to a “general policy” at all.
It’s
not the first time we’ve seen such an approach from the administration. During
the political debate over ObamaCare, the president insisted that the bill’s
proposed penalty for not having insurance was not a tax. When it came time to
defend the law in court, the solicitor general argued in the alternative that
it is a tax. In that case, at least, the double game was successful. We’ll see
if they can pull it off again.   
If Taranto bothered to peel the onion of Obama’s
immigration policy layer after layer down to its bud, he’d be crying a river of
tears. He might better understand the nature of the monster he is assessing. Consistency
is not a hallmark of a dictator or even a wannabe dictator such as Obama. Dr.
Peikoff stresses that Obama, emulating Hitler, plays the ultimate pragmatist,
claiming that an action was absolutely imperative one day, but change his mind
the next day and propose or enforce another kind of action. Since nothing was
real in Hitler’s universe, he could pose as a paragon of consistency while at
the same time waffle between contradictory policies and persuade Germans that
he was “staying the course.”
From Obama’s November 25th remarks in Chicago
which “don’t” mention the Ferguson riots or the Grand Jury decision:
 As many of you know, a verdict came down — or
a grand jury made a decision yesterday that upset a lot of people.  And as
I said last night, the frustrations that we’ve seen are not just about a
particular incident.  They have deep roots in many communities of color
who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly…. 
“Communities of color”? “White” isn’t a color? Are
Asians lumped together with “whites” in Obama’s universe, but Latinos or
Hispanics comprise another “community of color”? Obama is fixated on race. As are
his supporters, and the MSM.
But
what we also saw — although it didn’t get as much attention in the media —
was people gathering in overwhelmingly peaceful protest — here in Chicago, in
New York, in Los Angeles, other cities.  We’ve seen young people who were
organizing, and people beginning to have real conversations about how do we
change the situation so that there’s more trust between law enforcement and
some of these communities.  And those are necessary conversations to have….
“Peaceful protests”? Such as mostly white
protesters
staging Ferguson “die-ins” in shopping malls, or or trying to
stop Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, or disrupting public Christmas events, such as
Christmas tree lightings? And I can’t help but recall actor Morgan Freeman’s
2005 retort to Mike
Wallace
who asked him to comment on America’s alleged “race problem.” Freeman
said: “Stop talking about it!” Implying that skin color is important only if it’s
an issue to you.
So
my message to those people who are constructively moving forward, trying to
organize, mobilize, and ask hard, important questions about how we improve the
situation — I want all those folks to know that their President is going to
work with them.  (Applause.)  Separate and apart from the particular
circumstances in Ferguson, which I am careful not to speak to because it’s not
my job as President to comment on ongoing investigations and specific cases, but
the frustrations people have generally — those are rooted in some hard truths
that have to be addressed.
And
so those who are prepared to work constructively, your President will work with
you.  And a lot of folks, I believe, in law enforcement and a lot of folks
in city halls and governor’s offices across the country want to work with you
as well. 
So
as part of that, I’ve instructed Attorney General Eric Holder not just to
investigate what happened in Ferguson, but also identify specific steps we can take
together to set up a series of regional meetings focused on building trust in
our communities. 
He isn’t going to comment on Ferguson, but does
anyway. The boy can’t help himself.
But Peikoff’s chief point is that the Germans were
conditioned by two centuries of imbibing Kant and Hegel and could no longer
tell what was real and what wasn’t. This is Obama’s policy, as well.  “I’m against racism and violence and property
destruction,” he’ll say with faux sincerity on one hand. But his policies and
actions say something else. On December 1st he convened a
“civil rights” conference
of the leading
racists
in the country that included Al Sharpton, the president of La Raza,
and other preeminent race-baiters and race exploiters to discuss how to fix
America’s “race problem,” which Obama has done more to exacerbate than the KKK.
Imagine Hitler calling a meeting of the top Nazis
to deliberate on how to combat anti-Semitism. Further, the participants at the
White House meeting have “suffered” from racism like Paris Hilton and Miley
Cyrus have suffered from “sexism.” Obama’s race conference seems more like a
rap session between non-rival gangs. Think the Bloods and the Crypts trading
jive-talk and planning their own jihad
against the American public (as in Ferguson “protesters” invading malls,
ruining public Christmas events), supervised by a government appointed maven for
community-organizing outreach.
My own point here is that Obama wants a “race war,” or tribal warfare.
He’ll do everything in his “executive power to encourage it.   There’s
money in it, there’s political capital in it, there’s Progressive “social
justice” in it.
If you think this column is “too intellectual,” then
there’s nothing I can do for you. You must be a tribalist.

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5 Comments

  1. madmax

    I haven't read Peikoff's 'Ominous Parallels' in years. But since then I have read a lot about Nazi Germany and I have read a lot of Reactionary Right Wing political thought. I don't like the idea of comparing Obama and today's left with the Nazis or fascists. Yes, both Marxists and Fascists are authoritarian, but there are big differences.

    The Nazis hated the Marxists and one of the reasons for the rise of Hitler was the Soviet systematic killing of over 10 million Ukranians. And many of the top Russian Communists were Jews; which also helped fuel German anti-Semitism. But even deeper, today's Left is militantly anti-White and anti-Male. Modern Liberalism is a sick, twisted collection of sub-ideologies that demonizes everything essential to Western Civilization: Europeans, Men, strong nuclear families, fathers, heterosexuality, monogamy, healthy marriages, beautiful art, moral virtue, civic virtue, etc.

    Fascists actually believe in all of those things. So much so that they want to mandate them through law and authoritarianism. Now you argue against that and say that liberty would protect those things without authoritarianism. But the point is that fascism is a right wing political system which can sustain a society, especially if it does not go down the right-socialism path. For example, Pinochet's free-er market fascism versus Hitler's stupid white people socialism.

    Obama is not Hitler and he is not Franco and he sure as hell isn't Pinochet. He's like a white-hating Stalin (if he had the power). Bottom line is I don't like when Objectivism and even Conservatives focus on Hitler and the Nazis when analyzing the Left (ie Jonnah Goldberg's "liberal fascism"). Leftists are cultural Marxists. They are out to destroy Whites, to geld men, to crush families and eventually to breed out Europeans. Their evil. Leftist evil.

    I hate to say it, but on my darker days I would almost welcome a Reactionary or Authoritarian Right wing ruler; one that would punish the Left and make it so we wouldn't have to deal with Obamas or Clintons or Reids or Pelosis, etc. Yes, I would like to see a Randian Minarchism field tested, but sadly I don't think we will get to see that. But if there was some pro-European authoritarian Right Wing uprising, I'd welcome that to Leftist rule any day of the week.

    I know, not exactly in line with Objectivist sentiments but there's only so many Fergusons and Rotherhams and evil "white Hispanic" "teen killer" and "gentle giant being executed by evil racist white cop" and GamerGate and black-on-white lynchings, etc that I can take. If the pro-liberty movements can't deal with the Left then maybe a neo-fascist American Pinochet can. I guess something to ponder.

  2. Edward Cline

    MadMax: I never said Obama was Hitler. I simply noted that he is heir to the same philosophical disintegration that Germany (and much of Europe) underwent. Obama would like to see a race war: blacks against whites (we're seeing isolated episodes of it now), whites against blacks, Latinos against whites (and even Asians), attacks on Jews. Also, if you re-read Ominous Parallels, or its condensed version, The Cause of Hitler's Germany, you'd probably refresh your memory of the philosophical Nazi-Communist connection. Then Obama can pontificate on how horrible race relations are in this country, and issue more executive orders and mini-Enabling Acts. I might do a separate review of Peikoff's new book later.

  3. Michael Neibel

    "Obama is fixated on race. As are his supporters, and the MSM."

    You are so right. I wrote briefly on this on my blog Mikeseyes.blogspot.com in a post entitled "Bad advice to Republicans." I've decided to write another on the same subject in more detail. Coming soon.

  4. Michael Neibel

    Oops. That title was supposed to be "Advice to Republicans" Not Bad advice.

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