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"Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demand for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."
- Ayn Rand, "America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business" (1961)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Open Letter to the GOP: Obama Candidacy as an American Crisis, i.e., Failure is Not an Option

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Perhaps this post is superfluous in that McCain/Palin's numbers have seen a dramatic and consistent late-campaign surge in polls - even when filtered through the stunningly biased media that sponsor and report them. At any rate, I think it's worthwhile to reiterate the vast, crisis-level threat to core Americanism that the Obama candidacy and the political context in which it has appeared represent. For the knee-jerk types not in the habit of listening to reasoned discussion nor of reading earlier posts, you can drop the "fear of a black candidate" race-baiting pretty much any time now. I don't give a damn if the candidate is orange, blue or purple with aquamarine polka-dots. This is about ideology. If you want "proof of color-blindness," you can take note of the fact that Janice Rogers Brown stands foremost in my mind as the single figure within D.C. government who really gets it, all the way down the philosophic line to First Principles - something of which the GOP "leadership" currently have no clue.

On the other hand, what we have in Obama, in hard factual evidence, is a candidate that:

- Openly advocates the transformation of America's semi-free, semi-capitalist system into a full-blown socialist state with all its noxious and deadly trimmings: obliteration of property rights under "redistribution" or "spreading the wealth around," massive expansion of the size, scope, expense and power of the State over individuals, and by extrapolation of his chosen ideological and personal associations, the subjugation of any and all who dare disagree;

- Openly advocates moral capitulation to the absolute worst of the world's butchers, thugs and tinhorn dictators - to basically the Who's Who of Worldwide Tyranny - concurrent with a policy of gutting America's defense, which defense is the first obligation of government under the Constitution...;

- Openly advocates, along with his ideological clones in Reid, Pelosi, et al., the shredding of the First Amendment, the censorship of his/their prime political opposition via the corruptly misnamed "fairness doctrine";

- Considers the United States Constitution, that precious, indispensible lifeline to individual liberty, to be "fundamentally flawed" - which given the Obama "change" mantra one can only assume to mean: something to be obliterated in favor of some other (i.e., collectivist and therefore deadly) credo;

- Openly advocates the complete reversal of the Founder's magnificent, historically-unprecedented achievement: Their subordination of the collective to the individual, their subordination of might to right, their subordination of "nations of men" to a "nation of laws";

- Openly advocates writing into binding law a catastrophic logical contradiction that philosopher Ayn Rand identified explicitly a full forty-five years ago: the notion that one can establish "rights" that depend by their very nature on the violation of the legitimate rights of others - i.e., a "right to violate rights," i.e., slavery. For the first time in a generation a Presidential candidate and his Party are, once again, openly advocating not just confiscatory taxation, but the establishment of "rights" to goods and services produced by other people, to be confiscated by brute force for the purpose;

- Openly acknowledges - rather, brags about - having worked with militant Marxist "Weather Underground" terrorist William Ayers on education "reform" in Chicago - which "reform" involves transforming the education of American children into a neo-Leninist indoctrination in "revolution";

- Not-so-openly chooses as friends and mentors frothing, racist, America-hating black supremecists; Marxist professors; who remains curiously silent while those chosen mentors heap praise and awards on the "Nation of Islam's" virulent racist Louis Farrakhan, etc. ad nauseam.

Folks, over its 232 years America has seen its share of gutter-evil haters of humanity; its bloodthirsty killers; its fascist, socialist and other collectivist-variant killers and killer-wannabes; its domestic terrorists and its mass murderers. And always, they were ultimately acknowledged as outlaws acting in defiance of America's core principles of reason and ethically-inalienable individual rights.

But never has America had a Presidential candidate who has, at various times throughout his life, made ideological common cause with elements from all of those groups, in "unity" against the most moral, decent, demonstrably good civilization in human history: America and, by extension, the whole of that Western Civilization.

* It is time for the GOP to wake up - though I think it finally has - and mobilize to defeat the Obama machine;

* Time to stop complaining about media that are monolithically in the pocket of the Obama campaign, and rather to perform an all-out last minute voter mobilization drive and get this election won, decisively;

* Time to network geometrically with any and all who value liberty, to persuade any on-the-fence "undecided" voters that their very lives and the very civilization in which they live and thrive are at stake here.

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=> Above all, it is time for the GOP to wake itself up to its most catastrophic of defaults: Its de facto relinquishment of American education into the hands of these selfsame militant collectivist thugs.

See, there is a reason for this seemingly bizarre Obama phenomenon - an obscure politician with next to zero political experience who's suddenly propelled into the limelight, then to within reach of the most powerful office in the semi-free world, in the space of a decade.

That reason is: A generation of new voters who've just completed 12+ years of education under militant Leftwing academics.

The reason for that, in turn and to complete the circle, is: Republican "leadership" that's long since jettisoned its grasp of its ostensible First Principles (see the essays Man's Rights and The Nature of Government by Rand,) and allowed the education of their children to be carried out by people with, at best, a sneering contempt for the best within America, and at worst with an open desire to repeat Hitler's bloodbath four times over, right here in America.

As Rand said again and again: It is ideas, not people, that determine the course of history and the fate of nations. It was not Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Guevara, Pol Pot, Kim Jong-Il, Milosevic, Ceauceascu and the like who created their respective barbarities by themselves or even via their cliques of like-minded killers, it was the people-at-large who put them in power and thereby enabled them to murder on a massive scale.

It is my own opinion that the frothing, goose-stepping collectivist ideologue is not motivated primarily by his/her warped, misanthropic worldview, but rather by a core-level bloodlust, a simple desire to... murder on a massive scale.

The ideology is just an enabling mechanism.

The choice of the wrong ideology, therefore, and to paraphrase John Ridpath, is as deadly as the choice of poison over food. If the population are allowed to be maleducated and/or intentionally miseducated with such poison, to expect some result other than disaster is irrational.

As philosopher Leonard Peikoff put it in his disturbing, landmark work The Ominous Parallels, we have come dangerously close to the point of no return.

So it is imperative that from this point forward the number one priority of the Republican establishment, as well as the libertarians and every other non-Democrat-Socialist organization in this country, should be to take back education from the intellectual killers who by their own admission seek to manufacture their future enablers via the replacement of education with collectivist indoctrination.

No, we can't know in advance if Obama's ideology, either stated or strenuously-concealed, is merely the rhetoric of a benign Leftwing radical (if such a thing can be posited with a straight face,) and we won't know until next Tuesday if the American population have become so intellectually corrupt, so historically vacuous, and so divorced from their valuation of even their own liberty that they will vote that liberty away in the manner of a collective/collectivist suicide.

What we can know with certainty is that if mankind is to have a future that does not involve a descent into the barbarity and raw evil of another collectivist "experiment," if mankind is instead to reclaim civilization's intellectual bedrock and spark another Renaissance and Enlightenment, then we must take back the whole of our educational establishment from the intellectual child molesters who have been allowed to set up shop right in front of America's young people.



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