February 2, 2012
How Obamaism works
In Greek mythology, a three-headed dog, Cerberus, guarded the gates of Hades so that no one could get out.
In Japanese movies, Ghidra the Three-headed Monster trashed Tokyo and gave Godzilla fits.
In America we have a new three-headed monster to afflict us. It’s called Obamaism.
Some concepts in political science are so easy to explain, they can be stated as simple arithmetical equations. For example:
Government + Crony Capitalists = Fascism
Government + Unions = Peronism
Back in the golden years of the Great Depression, Benito Mussolini offered a panacea: get the government and the big corporations working together on everything, and presto—the trains run on time, everyone goes back to work, and all the intellectuals in Europe hail you as a genius for inventing a new way of doing things: fascism.
In Argentina—a country blessed with a pleasant climate, a great wealth of natural resources, and a well-educated, hard-working population—Juan Peron’s predatory government welded itself to powerful unions to crush opposition and render the country perpetually incompetent. Still toiling under the legacy of Peronism, Argentina to this day has yet to get its act together.
Today in America, we have a new equation:
Government + Crony Capitalists + Unions = Obamaism
That’s the recipe. Garnish it with idle, high-flown rhetoric, spike it with class warfare, wash it down with empty promises… and you’ve got a banquet fit for a serf.
Everybody but college graduates and bowling pins knows that government in America is suicidally too big and costly. Every politician with a pulse-beat pays lip service to cutting the cost of government. But what do they do? Cut the cost? Merciful heavens, no! They raise the debt limit, pass stimulus packages, and pour money into “green” companies that couldn’t sell lifeboat tickets on a sinking ship. They know the whole flaming circus is going broke, but that doesn’t even slow them down.
Our government is run by a professional political class of people who want to stay in power forever and live like maharajas. For their purposes, government must keep on growing, not get smaller.
That’s where the crony capitalists come in. In Washington, D.C., everything is up for sale, as long as you can pay the price. The crony capitalists can and do pay it, every day. They understand that Occupy Wall Street is just a dog and pony show. They fund the political class and the political class protects them: not only protects them, but favors them at the expense of their competitors. The housing market may implode, energy prices may skyrocket; but whatever happens, the crony capitalists will get rich on it. Their friends in Washington make sure they do.
The oarsmen of this gilded pleasure-barge are union members. Those who belong to public sector unions row with golden oars, on fur-lined benches.
Unions, like the crony capitalists, fund the political class. Take away the teachers’ union dues, and the Democrat Party dies for lack of nourishment. But the union members’ votes are almost as important as their dues.
Now look at the equation as a living thing.
Government grows and grows and grows, requiring more and more money to sustain it. Even the most confiscatory taxes can’t possibly pay for its excesses.
It grows by hiring more and more public sector workers, who join public employee unions. In return for their dues and their votes, they get job security, high pay, fantastic benefits, early retirement, and pensions that will set them up for life.
Meanwhile, favored business titans, from whose ventures a friendly government has removed the element of risk—if you’re too big to fail, Washington will bail you out with other people’s money—make sure that government officials continue to enjoy a lavish lifestyle. Along with union dues, their largesse foots the bill for eternal re-election.
There you have Obamaism—a living, breathing monster with an insatiable appetite for money. It’s a new model for government, the love-child of Mussolini and Peron. Its genius lies in uniting unions and crony capitalists, awakening them to their common interest. There’s always so much more to be gained from collusion than from conflict!
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This is Obamaism, and it will only end either when America runs out of money, or when the American people humble themselves before God, repent, and turn from their wicked ways. An immoral people will never have an honest government. Self-absorbed, stupidly covetous citizens can sustain neither a free market economy nor republican institutions: they are fit only for dictatorship.
When the country runs out of money, it’ll be too late to repent.
© 2012 Lee Duigon - All Rights Reserved
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com