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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What Would Jesus Forward?

Also called "No Forwards, Just Lattes."

More on the Obama Hitler forward. Get the scissors and forceps. Time to dissect. Obviously, my comments are in another color. I think it will be orange, unless this thing has a mind of its own again.

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I am a student of history. (You know this is true because I mention Hitler later... ;) ) Professionally, I have written 15 books on history that have been published in six languages, and I have studied history all my life. I have come to think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is simply a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus..

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten to fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

(Curious thing this "something afoot". It has been brewing for 10-15 years. Indeed, the author later tells us everything has been getting worse for decades even. But of course it is Obama's fault- alas- it has quickened in the last 2 years. And not quickened a little. Dramatically!)

We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why?

We learned just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has "loaned" two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the $700 billion we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of "we the people," who loaned our powers to our elected leaders. Apparently not.

(I'm glad something was done. I am not among those who say the market would have ironed itself out in time had we done the correct thing, which is nothing. The markets are perfect and capitalism is our religion. I disagree. De-regulation wasn't the answer.)

We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy... Why?
We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

(Why are you blaming Obama?)

We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it simply wants marriage to remain defined as between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?) (Protesting every close election isn't Obama's fault; that strategically placed gay marriage bit will strike the intended target, though) We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, (Didn't that happen with Bush?? Or any President? And as for gay marriage, how does that change my life??) and then mainstream Marxist (??? Honestly!) groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic (Helping people register to vote. Banana republic. Not following.). To what purpose?

Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and I know precisely what I am talking about) - the list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth.. It is potentially 1929 x ten... (This stuff- not Obama's fault. Sorry. He inherited quite a mess, yes. And you expect to fix it with tax cuts?) And we are at war with an enemy we cannot even name for fear of offending people of the same religion, who, in turn, cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so. (Now this is outrageous. Maybe it's just bad grammar. It looks like they are saying the people with the same religion as the terrorists will slit your throat. That is a(n) big, fat offensive lie. It's not even the offense or political correctness that conservatives love to hate that is the issue, though. It's the spreading of lies and half truths and ignorance- which fuel hate- about other human beings. What does the Bible have to say about that? After making generalizations and assumptions based on stereotypes, do you then expect them to be so impressed by your Christian attitude that they convert immediately?)

And finally, we have elected a man that no one really knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla , Alaska .. (Again with the Obama Palin comaprison! The election's over. Palin will never be in the running again. McCain would be the one you would compare Obama with. Or Bush. Whoever. No one knows anything about Obama? After that election, we know quite a bit. He wrote two books, there might be something in there. Did I miss something, was McCain mayor of something? Oh, that's right. That's why they used Palin's "experience". As I recall, McCain never ran any Dairy Queens either. Not that that has anything to do with the Presidency. My local Dairy Queen sells (sold) moldy bread. Don't want them to be President!) All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment (I think you can find my posts on these so-called radicals and associations. Most are quite a stretch.), and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? (I heard him speak of mandatory service like Peace Corps, community service, etc. I think that is a brilliant idea. I don't think it was ever implied that it would replace the military like this seems to...) No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. (Jeremiah Wright anyone? Among others.) Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe are more important.) (Irresponsibility and contradictions are kind of relevant. I believe Palin used her daughter quite a bit, too- remember the 'we've got morals because she didn't get an abortion.' The media didn't do all the damage. Palin herself helped.)

Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change. Why?
(It was good. McCain wished he'd thought of it and tried to steal it: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/05/uselections2008.johnmccain2 Obama is a welcome change from Bush. I don't like it when Presidents look for reasons to go to war and when they don't find one, they go anyway. I happen to think that's wrong. )

I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.
(Again, that was Bush. Making enemies right and left. Ditching diplomacy and allies.)

This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. (???) In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again. (Same old, same old. We hear this from the opposing side every election. Bush actually did this quite well. We turned from diplomacy and made enemies where we need not have. That's not the same nation. From Powell doctrine to Bush doctrine. From having the world behind us after 9/11 to acting alone in Iraq. From moral authority to embracing torture. From defense to preemptive strike.)

And that is only the beginning..

As a serious student of history, I thought I would never come to experience what the ordinary, moral German must have felt (Love how this goes from election rumors to moral Germans are American conservative Christians today and Obama is Hitler. (???) Is Obama gassing Jews? What??? REALLY PEOPLE!) in the mid-1930s In those times, the "savior" (A nod to the conservative accusation that liberals think Obama is Jesus. Also ridiculous. Light years better than Bush, absolutely. Obama as Jesus is as crazy as Obama as Hitler, honestly. Obama is a man- fallible, yes; dictator, no.) was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets (Is Obama from the streets? I didn't think so. And if he were, would that make him a bloodthirsty dictator? Obama a rabble-rouser? Bush was the party animal. Still doesn't make them dictators.), about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they should have known was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed (Which groups like this is Obama associated? I got nothing. But take a look at how the Bush admin dealt with opposition- see manual.); he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory. (Ooooh. That's Obama, for sure! He is Hitler reincarnated! All politicians have an "in" like this. Maybe they are a great speaker. Maybe they are folksy. They know what the public wants and they make us think they can deliver. It's the nature of politics, not
necessarily just dictatorship.) Conservative "losers" read it right now. (And you thought this Hitler piece in red letters had nothing to do with Obama. Just a history lesson from a student of history.)

And there were the promises. Economic times were tough (oooh, like now), people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and frowned and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his "brown shirts" would bully and beat them into submission. Which they did - regularly. (Where are Obama's brown shirts? Are people being beaten? Can we not still dissent? How did this letter get out? Did you get beaten for writing it? If you're wondering why people object when you call Obama Hitler and Mao and the US a dictatorship, this isn't proof Obama's got us under his thumb and we can't say otherwise, it's because they think you're crazy to think we don't live in a democracy anymore.) And then, he was duly elected to office, while a full-throttled economic crisis bloomed at hand - the Great Depression. (Totally now. Recession. Depression. Same thing. I apologize to anyone who lived during that time for even joking about that.) Slowly, but surely he seized the controls of government power, person by person, department by department, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The children of German citizens were at first, encouraged to join a Youth Movement in his name where they were taught exactly what to think. (Is this the fear of community service??? Sad. Sooo, if you work in soup kitchen or teach for America, you are a communist? Or maybe they are confusing Obama with the Georgian President?) Later, they were required to do so. No Jews of course, (Does Obama hate Jews?? I missed that. He's pretty nice to Israel. He said he would talk tough, but we are still funding their ethnic cleansing of Palestine, occupation, and illegal settlements. They've got a few Jews there. And Rahm Emanuel. Would Hitler have hired him? I just don't see the evidence for the Jew hating thing.)

How did he get people on his side? He did it by promising jobs to the jobless, money to the money-less, and rewards for the military-industrial complex. (This is what politicians do. As a student of history, perhaps you have studied more campaigns than 2008's? Or listened to other politicians speak, other than Obama?) He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control (Gun control! Communist for sure! Conveniently, this is a Democratic plank.), health care for all (Ooooh, that's just evil!), better wages (Who would want or promise such a thing?), better jobs (No, not better jobs!), and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe , and across the world (Anything but that. Certainly no President of ours would say such things! All of them promise that and people want that.). He did it with a compliant media - did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and .... . ... change. And the people surely got what they voted for. (No, they didn't! They got murder. That's clearly not happening with Obama. He is nothing like Hitler except that they are politicians and politicians tend to promise such general things for the general welfare as the above, minus indoctrinating children.)

If you think I am exaggerating, look it up. It's all there in the history books. (I don't want to read the history book you read. Or maybe I do. It'd probably be a hoot.)

So read your history books. Many people of conscience objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and ridiculed. (Like people who opposed the Iraq invasion and occupation or like people who oppose Israel's occupation, or like people who say Islam is peaceful? It happens on both sides. It's not an Obama conspiracy. Not to mention, people calling Obama Hitler are not equivalent to people objecting to Hitler's massive extermination of Jews and others he felt were unfit.) When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. And the world came to regret that he was not listened to.

Do not forget that Germany was the most educated, the most cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And yet, in less than six years (a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency) it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors. (After 9/11 there was a period where I was a bit fearful for my husband because of the backlash against Arabs and people who "look Arab". In the back of my mind I thought they could be rounded up and sent to internment camps like we did to our Japanese citizens. Thankfully, it didn't happen, but with the hysteria, fear, hate, and Bush's policies I thought it wasn't crazy.) All with the best of intentions, of course. (Best intentions being killing Jews? No offense to the others who died in the Holocaust. That was just wrong.) The road to Hell is paved with them.

As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions (I disagree with both points given the charged language and tone in this thing. He's not hysterical, but you know which way he leans and that this is neither objective or logical like he thinks. Or historically accurate.), I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me. (You' be better off with the latte, trust me. No forwards, just lattes.)

I choose to believe the evidence. (If there was some presented, perhaps we could evaluate it. Why are people "scared"? Why do they think America is on the verge of becoming communist or that Obama is a dictator? I would still like to know. The reasons listed here can't be it. It makes no sense. Hitler and Obama are good orators, so they are both communists??? Does not compute.) No doubt some people will scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. To some degree, perhaps I am (Thank you! The most sane thing I've heard in this screed.). But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe-and why I believe it. (Can't object to that. Not that typing is looking people in the eye, which is why I like it. Typed or face to face, I do like that quality. No beating around the bush. I still think he's crazy.)

I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am. Perhaps the only hope is our vote in the next elections.

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