John Ray, one of the STACLU contributors, has for the last couple weeks been hot on proving that Barack Obama is a fascist in the tradition of Adolf Hitler. Seriously. And you’re gonna love his arguments. Like in this post, where he declares that by calling for America to be more unified, Obama is clearly the “heir to fascism.” Seriously:
In fact, with his constant inspirational calls for national unity, Obama is eerily reminiscent of the Fascists. If he spoke German he might well be inclined to adopt as his slogan Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer — as Hitler did (“One nation, one government, one leader”).
Oh, of course. Because only a fascist would call for Americans to focus on our common goals and interests and set aside the petty infighting. It’s not like such calls aren’t an ever-present part of the political rhetoric of both parties. In fact, I seem to recall George W. Bush talking about his desire to be “a uniter” during the 2000 campaign. Somehow I doubt Ray was comparing him to Hitler as a result.
But wait, not only does Obama’s call for unity show that he’s a fascist, so does his talk moderation and seeking a “middle way”:
And presenting oneself as the man of the “middle way” — which Obama does — is also of course classic Fascism.
Of course it is, John. And everyone who ever invoked such a vague thing is obviously the next Mussolini.
Ray then finds an example of someone gushing far too fervently about Obama’s ability to inspire and quotes them:
Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair.
The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us toward a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.
Yes, that’s silly and over the top of course, the kind of emotional word salad that is far too common today. And of course, this is more proof that Obama is the “heir to fascism” because – gasp! – someone once gushed about Hitler’s ability to inspire too:
Hitler’s speeches had a similar effect. As Elie Wiesel noted:
“The fact is that Hitler was beloved by his people — not the military, at least not in the beginning, but by the average Germans who pledged to him an affection, a tenderness and a fidelity that bordered on the irrational. It was idolatry on a national scale. One had to see the crowds who acclaimed him. And the women who were attracted to him. And the young who in his presence went into ecstasy.”
Oh my god! Obama calls for unity, Hitler called for unity! Obama is a charismatic speaker, Hitler was a charismatic speaker! Still not convinced? Oh ye of too much logic. He’s saved the best for last: Obama calls for change….and so did Hitler!
And as far as Obama’s “change” religion is concerned, see the quote at the head of this post and also note the following policy description:
A declaration of war against the order of things which exist, against the state of things which exist, in a word, against the structure of the world which presently exists” — again the words of Adolf Hitler, from the “Philosophy and Organization” chapter of Mein Kampf
And Hitler also described his movement as having a ‘revolutionary creative will’ which had ‘no fixed aim, no permanency, only eternal change’
As convincing as Ray’s arguments are, he missed so many other obvious similarities. Barack Obama is a bipedal mammal; so was Hitler. Hitler was a painter; Obama has paintings in his house. Hitler demanded that his followers raise their arms out straight in a salute to his rule; Obama has arms. We rest our case.