Obama has decided to unleash his hounds of war upon the productive class of this nation. We hear daily smears against us. They become more unhinged. Their shovel ready jobs plans are a joke. His economic policies are a disaster. Change is not working in America. So, we are witnessing Obama and his progressive/socialist allies unleash their shovel ready hate upon our heads. So why are they attacking ordinary Americans?
That’s because their economic plan doesn’t involve economics at all. Obama’s entire economic policy position is a social experiment, and we are the Guinea pigs.
We only need to go to Obama’s words to discover that his American Jobs Act is simply another social change program that intends to alter the power structure in this country through use of socio-economics means. Back in the 2008 campaign, there were a few key phrases Obama used, and continues to use, that signal the kind of social policy he intends to inflict on the American culture. He is still committed to “fundamentally transforming” America through a series of carrots and sticks. He’s seen the carrots haven’t worked so now he’s gonna use the stick.
From the Columbia Missourian, October 30, 2008, ‘Thousands cheer Obama at rally for change.’
“We are five days from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” Obama said. “If you’ll stand with me and fight beside me and cast your vote for me, we will not only win Missouri, we will win this general election.”
There has been a great deal of discussion on the right in regards to the extent and meaning of Obama’s ‘fundamentally transforming’ this nation. For quite a while it seemed he was just going to change our economic model through government direction and public/private partnerships. But, that doesn’t really encompass all he set out to do. Obama’s vision is far more breathtaking in scope. He isn’t just trying to set up a European-style socialist style economic policy. His intentions are far more frightening because we could always reverse an economic model. Setting up a European-style class structure was a necessary part of his vision.
From CNN, ‘Obama speech: “Yes, we can change.’
“The change we seek has always required great struggle and great sacrifice. And so this is a battle in our own hearts and minds about what kind of country we want and how hard we’re willing to work for it.
So let me remind you tonight that change will not be easy. Change will take time. There will be setbacks and false starts and sometimes we’ll make mistakes.
But as hard as it may seem, we cannot lose hope, because there are people all across this great nation who are counting on us, who can’t afford another four years without health care, that can’t afford another four years without good schools, that can’t afford another four years without decent wages because our leaders couldn’t come together and get it done.”
Notice in his words, all benefits and power flow from the ‘leaders.’ There is no room for social advancement in Obama’s worldview. Social status is a static thing and those without must look to ‘leaders’ and not to themselves for relief. He views ordinary people without health insurance or ‘decent wages’ as a necessarily dependent class that has been made so by an invisible ‘system.’ This is the viewpoint espoused by Marx and his subsequent followers. Social strata existed and remained exactly the same for hundreds of years. The only way to elevate the ‘lower classes’ was to smash the oppressive system and spread the socio-economic wealth evenly. To do so, Marx argued another class of intellectuals and bureaucrats would become the new class to effect that change.
Marx believed, as Obama does, that such a class would not take advantage of their position because of moral and intellectual superiority. He foolishly thought these people would be a kind of “philosopher-king” class who would benevolently, selflessly create a more equitable society. Obama suggests the same kind of arrangement only with a permenant government class who will objectively and ‘fairly’ distribute the socio-economic benefits upon all of society.
European-style socialism is the grandchild of this philosophic ideal. Since class strata existed already, European leaders simply imposed this centralized model with capitalistic ownership upon their citizens. It has remained largely peaceful because they haven’t had to defend themselves and their post-War populations afforded them ample workers to subsidize their redistributionist schemes. The United States has flirted with this economic model but we are a truly classless society and so individual initiative and social fluidity made us an economic powerhouse that helped subsidize our social experiments. But, we never adopted the entire ‘bread and circuses’ model the Europeans grew into naturally.
This socio-economic fluidity and individual initiative make for fantastic economic growth, but it interferes with central planning. If you plan so much grain grown and so many scarfs woven through tax and subsidy models, you can’t have bothersome individual actors messing up your forecasts with starting scarf factories and planting wheat. Prices for goods and services will swing wildly according to private decisions and these warp the public planners’ models. People in Europe are not so independent and flaky. They dutifully follow the central planners’ models and meekly accept their role.
That is why Obama must do two things to get the European-style socialist model to work here. He must tame the population from independent thinking and unplanned economic development. Plus, he must get people arranged into socio-economic strata to placidly accept their role in life. Only then can the European-style socialist model take root.
From Obama’s speech on September 9, 2009 before a joint session of Congress regarding Obamacare.
“It, too, is part of the American character — our ability to stand in other people’s shoes; a recognition that we are all in this together, and when fortune turns against one of us, others are there to lend a helping hand; a belief that in this country, hard work and responsibility should be rewarded by some measure of security and fair play; and an acknowledgment that sometimes government has to step in to help deliver on that promise.”
So, Obama argues government is the arbiter of all fairness. Government must decide who gets how much and when. Government, with its monopoly on force, is the only social institution that can insure we all have ‘fair’ shares. Government decides what is fair. Since all people are not equal contributors, government will decide from our ‘shared’ prosperity who is afforded what share. This necessarily requires bureaucratic divisions. We need to make lists and put people in niches. Government will be required to create classes in order to insure fair allowances. This flies in the very face of social fluidity and economic independence. Our very social compact is based on individual initiative and voluntary social interaction. Governmental economic ‘fairness’ cannot allow that. There will be some who have more than their fair share and others in like circumstances with less. Obama believes America is a land of equal outcomes. His government is committed to making that happen.
“I do not believe that government should stand in the way of innovation, or turn back the clock to an older era of regulation. But I do believe that government has a role to play in advancing our common prosperity: by providing stable macroeconomic and financial conditions for sustained growth; by demanding transparency; and by ensuring fair competition in the marketplace.” Text from Obama’s March 27, 2008 Cooper Union speech entitled, ‘Renewing the American economy.’
Finally, Obama will not stand for people getting in the way of his vision of a society stratified with government doling out benefits according to his moral imperatives. Government must become the great equalizer and ruler in the socio-economic realm. For those who oppose this dystopia, he only has contempt. It is our love of liberty and freedom of action that stymy him and his Marxist policies.
And that’s why his program to fight us is based on nothing more than shovel ready hate. Because we want freedom from his socio-economic caste system, we are the enemy. Like Khrushchev, Obama believes his radical allies can bury us.
Crossposted at Looktruenorth.com