January 31, 2010
The past is rapidly becoming the present
Those who will not learn from the past are destined to repeat it.
The cornerstone of National Socialism was the assumption that some classes of people are more worthy of life than others. Their goal was to bring about a socialist utopia by eliminating non-productive, non-participatory groups such as Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and those with deformities. Near the pinnacle of their power, anyone who could not demonstrate Aryan ancestory was considered suspect.
Anyone who builds their life on the assumption that their individual tastes, talents, and ideals are inherently superior to everyone else's is a philosophical descendent of the Nazis. If you draw distinctions between "good people" and "the masses", you are close enough it would take Occam's Razor to split the difference.
When Nancy Pelosi uses military transport to shuttle her family between coasts, when Orin Hatch uses the authority of Congress to dictate college football qualifications, when Barrack Obama demands a tax on anyone unwilling to conform to his healthcare "reform", they are acting from exactly the same frame of reference as Hilter and his allies. They might call themselves "progressives", but they are still attempting to force their personal concept of utopia down the throats of the rest of us, and that makes them philosophically identical to the National Socialist Party and its dream of an Aryan nation.
This is exactly the kind of administration the Constitution was designed to protect us from. Bush was bad, very bad, especially with the Patriot Act. But then, in a very real sense, there is little philosophical difference between Bush and Obama, and this is the real tragedy of modern American politics.
Where are the candidates whose first priority is protecting the Republic? Have we come so far down the final road that there is no saving us?
I read Faye Porter-Arenzon's life story and it brought tears to my eyes. I read the headlines of today's paper and saw far too many parallels between the decade prior to the loss of her family and the decade we are in now for my liking. Far too many indeed.