I am particularly sensitive to signals that may foretell radical changes in our political system. First, I see that Obama has become a charismatic cult figure, much loved for who and what he is. His followers, including those in the media and schools, are devoted to him. He strokes this devotion with vague and comforting rhetoric that camouflages his lust for power. He will never admit to nationalizing health care. No, he will “reform our system by expanding coverage, improving quality, lowering costs, honoring patient choice and holding insurance companies accountable.” Who is going to oppose that?
Second, the Democratic Party, with Obama as its head, has a stranglehold on Congress. Hispanics, Blacks, gays, single and employed woman, unions, teachers, most foundations, thousands of lawyers, and the major media strongly support Democrats, in some cases by well over by 70-80% percent. Then there are the leftist groups and the very rich who provide many resources for the Democratic electoral campaigns. Need I mention ACORN?
Third, Democrats are blessed with an inept and hapless Republican Party which has been unable to provide meaningful and aggressive opposition. Republicans have no clear leader, being badly fractionated into supporters of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and perhaps a few others such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Despite what the Democrats in Congress have been doing to the country and on taxes, its generic poll average is 40 percent versus 35 for Republicans. This is a testament to the power of the Democrat’s organs, and the deceptive major media which hides and lies about the doings of Obama and the Democratic Congress.
It is possible that Democrats may further overreach for power, create an abominable scandal, alienate the media, and create a huge backlash. The Republicans may get their act together, and recover as they have in the past. But, the current power grab by Democrats has no precedent. We are seeing here not a trend line, but seizure of power by leaps and bounds.
The consequence may be an authoritarian political system—a one-party state.
We have a new state religion—secularism. Government suppresses free speech for the sake of political correctness, global warming, energy efficiency, and electoral fairness. Were I teaching now, I would be fired for speaking out on things I believe are true. Businessmen are not free to fire and hire, or now, even to pay workers what they wish. Big business is at the mercy of big government.
At the last count, Obama has created directly under his control, responsible to no one else, twenty-nine czars with far reaching power over our social and economic affairs, including compensation, energy, borders, drugs, intelligence, regulations, climate, urban affairs, health, cars, AIDS, green jobs, weather, and on and on and on. Even the courts, including the strict constructionists, have become statists. The federal government now thoroughly dominates the states. State sovereignty is a mirage. In effect, the balance of power, checks and balance system, created by the Constitution is a theory for political science courses, but no longer a reality.
If you think I exaggerate, ask yourself. Are you freer today than you were years ago, even six months ago?