Monday, October 27, 2008

Obama and the proletariat

Mark Levin has an outstanding "must read" article on the National Review Online. Below is a short exerpt but please read the entire article when you get a chance (hat tip: John W).
Obama's entire campaign is built on class warfare and human envy. The "change" he peddles is not new. We've seen it before. It is change that diminishes individual liberty for the soft authoritarianism of socialism. It is a populist appeal that disguises government mandated wealth redistribution as tax cuts for the middle class, falsely blames capitalism for the social policies and government corruption (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) that led to the current turmoil in our financial markets, fuels contempt for commerce and trade by stigmatizing those who run successful small and large businesses, and exploits human imperfection as a justification for a massive expansion of centralized government. Obama's appeal to the middle class is an appeal to the "the proletariat," as an infamous philosopher once described it, about which a
mythology has been created. Rather than pursue the American Dream, he insists that the American Dream has arbitrary limits, limits Obama would set for the rest of us — today it's $250,000 for businesses and even less for individuals. If the individual dares to succeed beyond the limits set by Obama, he is punished for he's now officially "rich." The value of his physical and intellectual labor must be confiscated in greater amounts for the good of the proletariat (the middle class). And so it is that the middle class, the birth-child of capitalism, is both celebrated and enslaved — for its own good and the greater good. The "hope" Obama represents, therefore, is not hope at all. It is the misery of his utopianism imposed on the individual.


professor ed said...

A very provocative article, to say the least. As I watch the Obama machine moving in high gear across the land, I cannot help but wonder if we are throwing our concerns at the wrong target. Given his extreme lack of national political experience, I am beginning to wonder if an Obama presidency would be nothing more than a "front" for the likes of Pelosi, Reed, et al. While the "mighty Obama" would occupy the Oval Office, in reality the afore-mentioned "string pullers" would run the government. I also suspect some of Obama's "friends" from the Chicago area would be activly pulling strings, as well. In essence, I wonder just how much real influence/power an Obama administration, in and of itself, would have.

Dennis said...

Professor ed,

I think you may be right. It seems very strange that a virtual unknown could rise from a part-time state senate job to candidate for President of the United States so quickly without some very wealthy, powerful people pulling the strings.

If our media weren't so busy campaigning for Obama, maybe they would have time to check into questions like this.

knowitall said...

Obama is the leader of the socialist illuminati who want to take our wealth and spread it.