The Unselfaware Irony of Fascism

Eric Arthur Blair famously said “The word FASCISM has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies
“something not desirable.

In this he was referring (among other things) to the tendency of those on the left to call anything which restricted their tendencies or desires in any way fascists; which in such usage has been the preferred cavil of liberals and leftists since the 1940s.

Sadly, most of those making such imprecations don’t understand the true definition of fascism: a belief in the supremacy of the state and it’s leaders, over that of individuals; elevated to a level of blind enforced obedience and popular obeisance.

Fascism, for all intents and purposes, is the worship of the state, and of the “Dear leader”. Critically, when instituted it is always instituted by a majority, or a very strong minority, of willing subjects (I cannot call them citizens); who are looking for the government to “heal all their ills”.

Pledge of Allegiance Becomes Pledge to Obama

By Alan Gray, NewsBlaze

A parent in the Clark County School District of Las Vegas, Henderson area reported January 27th that his son, who is in 1st grade, came home yesterday saying that he didn’t want to go back to school anymore.

When asked why, the boy said that during the Pledge of Allegiance the teacher put up a large image of Obama next to the flag.

Thinking that the boy might be exaggerating, the man asked his son if he was sure, and suggested that by “large” he might mean an 8×10 photo of the president. The boy apparently said “No, it is a large picture of Obama and when we are done, the teacher turns off the image.”

The same thing was not done for President Bush last year.

After investigating this morning, the other parent reported that what the boy said was true.

At least three of the five classrooms have an overhead projector and as the children stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the teacher turns on the classroom overhead and a full body image of Obama, with six U.S. flags behind him, comes up about 4 feet away from the flag that hangs on the wall. The screen is apparently around five feet by six feet.

In the image, President Obama appears to be staring straight out with no facial expression, just a serious look. All of the kids in each class faced the President, instead of the flag that hangs in the corner.

15 years ago, I swore an oath to defend this country, and our constitution. Not our president, or our government; but our constitution. The president is our commander in chief; but our loyalty, our duty, our honor; is owed to the constitution, not to the president.

10 days ago, President Obama swore a similar oath; not to defend our government, or our leaders; but our nation, and our constitution.

America is an idea, not a man, or a government. That idea is expressed, however imperfectly, in our constitution; and those of us who chose to serve, be it in government, or the military; swear to defend that idea.

Isn’t it ironic, how the only serious proponents of fascism today are militant islamicists, and western leftists; the very people who, in form at least, rail against fascism… which they are most often accusing US of?

I am a cynically romantic optimistic pessimist. I am neither liberal, nor conservative. I am a (somewhat disgruntled) muscular minarchist… something like a constructive anarchist.

Basically what that means, is that I believe, all things being equal, responsible adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as nobody’s getting hurt, who isn’t paying extra

  • Peter

    Sickening, just sickening.

    Remember how the Nazi’s would put up big images of Hitler and their flag, and have all the children salute them?

    Remember how the Stalinist Russians would have big images of Stalin, along with their flag, and have their children salute them?

    I am not saying that Obama is like Hitler or Stalin (that will be for another post) but this is just absurd.

    The President of the United states, in my opinion, has been given too much power. Unfortunately, it appears that many people in the US are all too willing to give much more power up now, because there is “a crisis” and we need somebody to “fix it”.

  • chris

    i think the problem is that the media is focusing too much on the particularly overt displays of “affection” towards President Obama, and ignoring the fact that most of the people who voted for him (that I know at least) are nowhere near as “facist.”

    unfortunately, the media isn’t concerned with what the majority of Americans think, but rather what gets them the most ratings/page hits/comments.

  • Akston

    The very people who hate and fear potential abuse by corporate agents with what they see as too much power, too often see no problem with governmental agents having at least that much power, plus the power to draft law. People do not transcend personhood by becoming President any more than by becoming chairmen of the board or a film star.

    I can only recently appreciate the joy of finding a politician I would actively support. To have that politician then win the presidency must be quite a heady experience for his supporters. But that support should fall well short of inculcating first grade children with a pledge of allegiance to your favored politician. I’d call it an abuse of trust on the part of the teacher.

    Also, a couple points about commander in chief and the Constitution.

    The President is the commander in chief of the military only (“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States”). He or she is not the “commander in chief” of the citizenry.

    The exact oath President Obama eventually swore was:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    He did this because Article II, Section 1, Paragraphs 8 and 9 require him to do so.

    As Chris already wrote, there is nothing in there about the government or the people. He’s supposed to “preserve, protect, and defend” the design of the country. That design is explicitly written out in the Constitution.

  • Ed Darrell

    The Las Vegas story has too many elements of hoax in it — why do you spread such falsehoods?

    I hope Reagan was right, but you’re making a good case that the cynic’s statement is accurate instead, there is no limit to stupidity.

    Think, people, think!

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  • Chris

    Well Ed first of all, prove to me that it’s a hoax; as it’s being reported widely.

    Second, even if it is, would you like me to point out the literally hundreds of other instances around the country that will illustrate my point?

    The tens of thousands of youtube videos, with their gushing near worship of the man; and their breathless pronuncation that he will “heal” them (or that he has, merely by being elected).

    The tens of thousands, pledging to “server him” personally?

    There are none so blind as those who will not see Ed.

  • tarran

    I’m pretty sure it’s a hoax because it’s not being picked up by anyone that google uses as a news-feed – anyone that is, other than us.

    There are too many reputable journalists who would want to publicize this for this to remain a non-story for so long.

  • Ed Darrell

    So, this is a Soviet-style, guilty unless a miracle proves the accused innocent kind of event?

    Chris, ignoring rules of evidence, canons of journalism, and general customs of polite discussion said:

    Well Ed first of all, prove to me that it’s a hoax; as it’s being reported widely.

    It’s not been reported by any usual medium — no newspaper, no magazine, no television station. Do you know why? Because it can’t be corroborated.

    I dare you to provide a name of a school, or a name of a person involved. Clark County School District and others have been seeking some anchor of reality in the story for five days now. Nothing.

    It’s pure hoax, so far. Prove to you it’s not real? I can’t do that — the extraterrestrial aliens took away the kid, and the school. They are no longer on this planet, so I can’t interview them. Either that, or they are all wearing their magic tinfoil hats, the new ones with the Cloak of Invisibility feature.

    Sure, I’d like you to point out one, verifiable example that demonstrates some point — who knew you had a point?

    There are none blinder, nor more dangerous, than those who pluck out their own eyes, and then claim to see better than anyone else.

    Got a fact? Can it be corroborated? Bring it on.

  • Quincy

    I’m with Ed and tarran on this one. The story is just too perfect and has yet to be corroborated. While I can certainly believe something like this would happen, especially hearing the sickening Obama-worship from some here in the SF Bay Area, my gut tells me this story is a hoax.