The Train is On Time in Obamerica
phrolen | March 30, 2009 at 10:13 amby
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Who knew that two of the most self-admittedly godless men in American pop culture, for that moment, were actually right up there with the prophets of old? I have to disagree with Mr. Mahers smugness, however, fascism is not simply when corporations become the government. But I guess when you’re speaking to one of the most radical, dogmatic, pompous demographics in America, Maher’s ostentation can indeed pass for gospel. I’m sure to the complete disdain of many of my readers, I am not here to give Bill Maher a history lesson. Rather, I'm here to say to Bill that if he needs emotional support after the news sunday that President Obama effectively fired the CEO of a Fortune 500 company we are all here for him. We all know for sure that President Bush liked to torture puppies, but, for the life of me I can't find the part in the history of the Bush administration where the gun slinging Texan wandered into Bill Maher's definition of fascism. It is now the dawn of a new day and, welcome one and all to Obamerica. Italian fascism promoted itself as a third rail between capitalism and communism. The fascist political system centered on a form of corporatism where the nation's economy was collectively managed by employers, workers, and state officials through the mechanisms of the national bureaucracy. The ideological aim of fascists and national socialists, however, was the elimination of the power, autonomy, and in many cases the maintenance of globalized capitalism.
The Politico 5:23 EDT 3/29/09 states, "The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said. On Monday, President Barack Obama is to unveil his plans for the auto industry, including a response to a request for additional funds by GM and Chrysler. The plan is based on recommendations from the presidential task force on the auto industry, headed by the treasury department. The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government's behest after The Associated Press reported his immediate departure, without giving a reason. General Motors issued a vague statement Sunday night that did not officially confirm Wagoner's departure. "We are anticipating an announcement soon from the Administration regarding the restructuring of the U.S. auto industry. We continue to work closely with members of the task force and it would not be appropriate for us to speculate on the content of any announcement," the company said. The surprise announcement about the classically iconic American corporation is perhaps the most vivid sign yet of the tectonic change in the relationship between business and government in this era of subsidies and bailouts."
Before I begin calling for an underground resistance against the emergence of real American fascism let me also point out that this stunning news comes on the heels of the single largest period of corporate nationalization ever seen in contemporary America. You, me, and Uncle Sam are now the proud owners of the toxic assets formerly known as the American banking industry. But really, there is no need to be alarmed. As the late great Prophet Carlin said when fascism comes to America it won’t be the jackbooted Nazi thugs of old, but rather nice progressive acolytes in smiley face t-shirts and Nike sneakers shouting “Yes we can” and “No tax cuts for the rich.” I'll tell you all right out that I am no expert in Prophet Studies. I have only read through the Old Testament a couple of times and most of it just confuses me. I do know however, that many times prophets work through dreams and visions. In tribal cultures the shamans and holy men received prophecies from God after hours of smoke filled, drug induced rituals. Siddhartha Gautama, or as many of us lovingly know him just "Buddha" came into a prophetic vision of enlightenment after starving himself and sitting by a tree for 49 days. Whatever the means of the prophet (and I happen to believe that Carlin's was probably the shamanism method) the whole affair seems an awfully tiring and frequently imprecise ordeal. The internet is literally filled with exposes on the false prophecies of modern Christian leaders. So, it is probably safe to say that even the accuracies of Prophet Carlin are subject to some margin of error. I think that it is totally plausible to believe that in the midst of his prophetic ritual Carlin was so succumbed to the smoke and the haze and the fatigue that he mistakenly took the vision of a smiley face t-shirt for the enamored and venerated face of our dear leader plastered in Che Guevaraesque reverence on the front of a campaign 08 t-shirt.
Regardless of their ritualism methods, both Maher and Carlin seemed to be channeling from the same reality on that fateful 05 day. That reality is now our reality. In this strange new reality the President can, through means of corporate extortion, fire the sitting CEO of a major American corporation. The government now owns much of the nation's banking system. The sitting Secretary of the Treasury has indicated to internationalists that he is open to the formation of a new global currency. And also, in this reality the president can deficit spend nearly 30% of the nation’s gross domestic product and propose to expand the national debt more than all of the previous 43 president's combined and still have an approval rating of 60%. On a more positive note, at least the first lady has impeccably toned biceps and apparently a wonderful green thumb.
In Benito Mussolini's Italy the trains always ran on time. It now appears that in Obama's America we can strike the word “Trains” and insert the word ”Lines” as in assembly lines. Every single day now in this country we are presented with some massive government plan that is so audacious and so precocious that it is difficult to make an argument against them all without dwelling into an area that Americans have been culturally conditioned to write off as hyperbole. I for one will not sit idly. To quote the crusty old John McCain during his classically awful presidential campaign “I am an American and I choose to fight.” I simply refuse to accept a United States where reality lies somewhere between Karl Marx's "For each according to his ability, to each according to his need" and the proposed Obama/Emmanuel mandatory national volunteer force. Such an America would have terrified our Cold Warrior predecessors and overjoyed Americas enemies of old. But I can't say that now and garner any support in Obamerica can I? I can’t garner any support because the mainstream media is too occupied with their hot flash for the first family; and because, as you know, children always love smiley faces.
P.H. Rolen is a guest editor for NowPublic.com and the Author of "Liberty for All: A Patriot's Primer." He has been featured on the Worldnetdaily commentary page and in the Heartland Institute's Infotech and Telecom Newsletter. He writes from Billings, MT where he lives with his wife and three daughters.
Email P.H. Rolen: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.libertyforallusa.com
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