Jack Wakeland

Obama's crowds

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With the market crash, the whole focus and mood of the electorate has dramatically shifted. Like a jackals sensing possible weakness in the practical reputation that private property and free markets have earned over the past 25 years, the leadership of the Democratic Party (and the Main Stream Media) have declared all-out war on Wall Street and the entire "investor class." They crow even more loudly about how capitalism has failed as they crowed about how the war in Iraq was already lost.

Citing the fact that a Republican president, and his appointees at the Treasury and at the Fed – as well as the main body of the Republican leadership in congress – have engineered the largest “emergency” government intervention in the economy since Nixon’s wage and price controls, the leadership of the Democratic Party now threatens to subject the nation to a revival of Roosevelt’s "New Deal."

In response, libertarian-leaning Conservatives in the Republican Party woke from their slumber and have attempted to recast the campaign as a referendum on economic liberty. These capitalist sympathizers -- including literal passers by like Joe the plumber and Tito the construction contractor -- have taken over the McCain campaign and temporarily drowned out Sen John McCain's statist “me-too” condemnations of greed on Wall Street. The conservatives are trying to put Barack Obama on the spot for supporting a wholesale expansion in government schemes to redistribute wealth and income.

And Barack Obama is not backing down. He answers the conservatives' charges with ridicule, dishonestly pretending that he does not want to re-install the Johnson-era regime of steeply-graduated income tax and large-scale “transfer payments” to the listless, the lazy, and the unemployable....while simultaneously advocating exactly the expansion of income re-distribution that the libertarian-leaning Conservatives accuse him of.

In addition to the government’s forced purchase of shares of investment banks, counting the votes of those shares as controlling regardless of their number, and de-capitating the leadership of America’s financial institutions with executive salary caps – socialist programs sponsored by Democrats and centrist Republicans, the Democratic Party leadership is looking for more power. Yielding to their deepest philosophical impulses the Democratic Party leadership is experimenting with the idea of open political warfare against America’s “investor class," the 50% of American households that own corporate stock. After all, the Democratic leadership appears to feel, if those who seek personal financial independence don’t vote to perpetuate Democratic Party in power, why not prune their numbers by…say…converting our private 401K accounts into a program that “invests” in the U.S. government?

The market crash has loosed the jackals of statism. The malcontented mood of the majority in our majority-rule nation is likely to deliver an Obama win and a general Democratic Party sweep of the congressional, gubernatorial, and state house elections. It is likely that Democratic Caucus the Senate will increase to 56 or 57 seats…enough to sustain most votes for cloture.

And at the center of this cultural spectacle is Barack Obama and his crowds. It is not a good philosophical recommendation for a leader that he speaks of shared feelings for an hour at a time to the rapt attention of crowds of 35,000, 50,000, 75,000 and 100,000 people at a time. No shared political policy, no shared philosophical vision for the future of the nation…no, all that this demi-god offers the people in those crowds is the opportunity to be there, in person, to see the first black man in America get elected president. (In case you haven’t already done it, for an excellent tongue-in-cheek presentation of the totalitarian-cult-of-personality moments that keep cropping up in his campaign, go to Obama Messiah.)

The strangest moment for Barack Obama and his crowds was when he decided to take his world-historical campaign to…Germany…to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. When a confused German government refused that venue to Sen. Obama, they offered him another from which eventually addressed a world-historical crowd of 200,000 Germans and wowed them as the the first black president in a recently racist America …woops, did I say he was already president just then?…

Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech for the Democratic Party nomination to a crowd of 84,000 complete with a classical (world-historical-style) backdrop. What will be the backdrop to his final…and inevitable…victory speech? And how many people will be required to fulfill the vision of president-elect Obama’s world-historical achievement? Chicago’s Grand Park and a crowd of 100,000s will transfigure. Chicago’s lakefront.

In the midst of this wave of Hegelian emotion over the end of racism in America, one conservative wonders if the presumption that Sen. Obama is “secretly sensible" might actually be a rationalization for accepting a leader who is, at his root, a neo-Marxist?

Should a rational individualist sit this election out? Not on your life.

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n response, libertarian-leaning Conservatives in the Republican Party woke from their slumber and have attempted to recast the campaign as a referendum on economic liberty. These capitalist sympathizers -- including literal passers by like Joe the plumber and Tito the construction contractor -- have taken over the McCain campaign and temporarily drowned out Sen John McCain's statist “me-too” condemnations of greed on Wall Street.

That pretty much sums it up. It's as if McCain has become a bystander in his own campaign as he watches the moral outrage against Obama, then goes along with it the best he can himself in what is a dramatic change from his original campaign.

... the Democratic Party leadership is experimenting with the idea of open political warfare against America’s “investor class," the 50% of American households that own corporate stock. After all, the Democratic leadership appears to feel, if those who seek personal financial independence don’t vote to perpetuate Democratic Party in power, why not prune their numbers by…say…converting our private 401K accounts into a program that “invests” in the U.S. government?

-- which illustrates how their attack on "Wall Street investors" is only a convenient demagogic symbol for a malicious attack on all of us. The progressive left has never been able to tolerate an independent middle class, despite the phony appeals by Obama to the "middle class", which phrase has become a substitute for the old Marxist appeals to "the People". They didn't care about real people then either.

In the midst of this wave of Hegelian emotion over the end of racism in America, one conservative wonders if the presumption that Sen. Obama is “secretly sensible" might actually be a rationalization for accepting a leader who is, at his root, a neo-Marxist?

That article is actually reporting on wishful thinking by others. The author documents reasons for not believing it. If Obama is hiding something that can be expected to come out once he is in power, it is precisely his radical background and alliances; being somehow vaguely "sensible" is the imagery served up to a gullible public as part of the sales pitch.

Should a rational individualist sit this election out? Not on your life.

Nor should he ignore what is at stake with contemptuous dismissal and intellectual hooliganism making snide wisecracks such as Sarah Palin is "struggling to learn how to become a moron, a phony and a windbag". Discouragement with the political climate and the choices now available is understandable, but the threat from Obama and the radical New Left progressives poised to take over the government is so extreme that it is almost unbelievable. It deserves more serious responses than the smuggly self-satisfying evasions we have seen from some Objectivists.

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