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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Obamacare Is Fascist and Then Some


Fascism is variously defined, but in essence it is close rule by the state over business and industry and citizen activity. Fascism hates self interest and capitalism and insists on citizen participation at the expense of self interest, and corporatism by which the state controls, if not takes title to, the main industries of the nation. Following this form, President Obama (like all the radical leftists) greatly disdains the private sector, and the wealthy who have had commercial success. Their wealth and income are fair game for confiscatory taxation in the interest of redistributing the wealth, mostly to the government. The laws of economics cause these methods to lead not to national prosperity, but instead toward poverty and want, but that is considered less important than getting the program established and persuading (or coercing) people to get on board with it. We’ll worry about jobs, etc., later, perhaps.

From this fascist mindset, we get the Obamacare proposed legislation. Never mind that the people do not want this law, which was attempted to be passed under cover of darkness without public scrutiny (only public pressure prevented that and allowed public debate and discussion). Never mind that people are satisfied with their admittedly imperfect insurance coverage and health care. Obama and the Democrats are determined to ram socialized medicine down the throats of the American people. The proposed plan requires virtually universal participation. People know that the so-called “myths” the Administration claims to be fighting reflect the realities of their plan, assuming it resembles the House bill.

Obama has great distaste for the private sector (but a taste for acquiring or directly controlling major parts of it), in this case the insurance industry, health care providers, and drug manufacturers, whom he proposes to punish with this legislation. His political allies, the trial lawyers and unions will be rewarded. But beyond all the political paybacks, the Obamacare concept contains well-known and soundly rejected (by the public) provisions, and, as we are seeing, less well-known provisions that add even more to its offensiveness in terms of lost liberty.

A CBS News blog called Taking Liberties has an article by Declan McCullagh, that points out some features of the 1,000-plus-page bill (HR 3200), such as

“Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and ‘other information as is prescribed by’ regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for ‘affordability credits.’” [1]

Other sections provide that the IRS must disclose tax return information and the Social Security Administration may obtain tax return information for purposes of the plan. So it’s good-bye to income tax privacy within the health care system. [2]

Also, despite the Administration’s protestations to the contrary, death panels or their equivalent will be part of Obamacare. Government-rationed care cannot be avoided under this type of plan. One of Obama’s top advisors on health care is Rahm Emanuel’s brother Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who, as I have previously cited, is an advocate of doctors considering “the community,” instead of the patient first, and stop providing so much costly care to elderly or disabled people. This is nothing other than eugenics. This goes beyond mere fascism to something even more sinister.

Almost as an afterthought, there is also $10 billion additional bailout cash for the UAW to pay for early retirees’ union-backed health insurance claims. Again, Obama rewards his political allies. U.S. Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) says the amount will have to be supplemented. Already, the Federal bailout of the auto industry has cost $110 billion. How much more bailout money do they think we need to provide? This money is not primarily about health care, it’s more about a political payoff.

Benito Mussolini’s motto was “Everything in the State; nothing outside the State; nothing against the State.”

Mussolini wrote, for example:
“We were the first to state, in the face of demo liberal individualism, that the individual exists only in so far as he is within the State and subjected to the requirements of the state and that, as civilization assumes aspects which grow more and more complicated, individual freedom becomes more and more restricted.” (To the General staff Conference of Fascism, in Discorsi del 1929, Milano, Alpes, 1930, p. 280). [3]


This mirrors Obama’s attitude toward government power and his disdain for individual self interest and anyone or any organization that opposes expanding government power and controls. Thus it is not hard to understand Obama’s affinity for dictators like Chavez and Ortega. He wants to exercise that kind of power, only on, of course, a much larger scale. He wants everyone devoted to his fascist program and not their own individual interests. He talks about protecting and improving life for the middle class, but his plan will destroy the middle class through unemployment, taxation, and fiscal recklessness. He adds insult to injury by apologizing for America at every opportunity and trying to give the impression that before he came along, America was always the bad guy in the world.

Can his charisma hypnotize enough people long enough for him to accomplish his agenda? So far, we’re still America. We won’t be the same America if Obamacare, cap and trade, and other statist (and unconstitutional) laws are implemented. And it will take generations to restore what will have been lost.


[1] Declan McCullagh, “Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data,” 08/26/09, found at
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/08/26/taking_liberties/entry5268079.shtml
(cited at http://www.drudgereport.com).
[2] Ibid.
[3] Benito Mussolini, “The Doctrine of Fascism,” Appendix 7. Co-written with Giovanni Gentile. Found at http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/Germany/mussolini.htm.
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Illustration: Book cover found at http://specialcollections.library.wisc.edu/exhibits/Fascism/Images/FRY05.html

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