Is Barack Obama’s goal the creation of a one-party system? They’re certainly popular these days. The Chinese are doing pretty well with one.
And Barack seems to be a one-party kind of guy. He prefers like-minded folks like Turkey’s Erdogan.
And ever since his reelection, he’s devoted almost all his time to one-party efforts, doing his best to excoriate the other side. In fact, that’s about all he does.
And he does it with an animus I have not experienced in my lifetime, as if he wanted to exterminate the opposition and stomp it into oblivion.
When he saw fit to reassure us he was not a dictator, many of us thought he really wanted to be. Otherwise, why bring it up?
Democracy is, well, you know, messy. You have to deal with others, to reason and compromise. And, as Sartre famously reminded us, “Hell is other people.”
For Barack that seems most especially so. Dealing with others is a dreadful inconvenience. After all, he knows best.
So he and his followers are doing their best, preparing the way for this one-party rule, making as many people as possible dependent on government.
According to a video I just viewed from a site with the colorful title www.governmentgonewild.org, private-sector jobs in our country grew only 1% in the last decade while government jobs grew 15%.
If this keeps up, who needs a revolution or Cloward-Piven or anything else? Before we know it, we will have an elite, top-down society much like China, a form of state capitalism, which, it now seems, is the natural evolution of Marxism (almost the reverse of the “withering away of the state” envisioned by Karl). Russia has something similar, if less successful.
We are not that far off ourselves. Solyndra and other bogus “green” enterprises are most likely harbingers of this state capitalism. This form of business management may soon be pervasive.
The only thing that is lacking for this to succeed is true “one-party rule.” The media – at least most of it – won’t object. Such leading MSM figures as Thomas Friedman have written approvingly of China, admiring the efficiency of their system. We could be the same.
We may indeed have been living in an odd bubble, one of the rare times in human history that a true democratic republic was functioning.
Obama then would be a genuine transitional figure, one who has brought us back to our natural state of elitist managerial oppression.
Benjamin Franklin would not have been surprised.