Professor Kaiser writes that Obama is Hitler reincarnate. My response.

May 14, 2009

History Unfolding

I am a student of history. Professionally, I have written 15 books on history that have been published in six languages, and I have studied history all my life. I have come to think there is something monumentally
large afoot, and I do not believe it is simply a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a
sharper focus.

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it.. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within
our country that has been evolving for about ten to fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why?

We learned just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has “loaned” two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom
or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the $700 billion we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms
unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of “we the people,” who loaned our powers to our elected leaders.
Apparently not.

We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?

We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically,
read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it simply wants marriage to remain defined as between one man and one woman.
Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?) We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist
groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is medicare and our entire
government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and I know precisely what I am talking about) – the list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth.. It is potentially 1929 x  ten… And we are at
war with an enemy we cannot even name for fear of offending people of the same religion, who, in turn, cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.

And finally, we have elected a man that no one really knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla , Alaska . All of his associations and alliances are with real
radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian
defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe
is more important.)

Mr. Obama’s winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change. Why? I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now. This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never,
ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when
it comes, you will never see the same nation again.

And that is only the beginning..

As a serious student of history,  I thought I would never come to experience what the ordinary, moral German must have felt in the mid-1930s. In those times, the “savior” was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the
streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they should have known was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way
onto the political stage through great oratory. Conservative “losers” read it right now.  And there were the promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and frowned and waved a lot.
And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his “brown shirts” would bully and beat them into submission. Which they did – regularly. And then, he was duly elected to office, while a full-throttled
economic crisis bloomed at hand – the Great Depression. Slowly, but surely he seized the controls of government power, person by person, department by department, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The children of German citizens were
at first, encouraged to join a Youth Movement in his name where they were taught exactly what to think. Later, they were required to do so. No Jews of course,

How did he get people on his side? He did it by promising jobs to the jobless, money to the money-less, and rewards for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control,
health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe , and across the world. He did it with a compliant media – did you know that? And he did this all in
the name of justice and …. . .. change. And the people surely got what they voted for  If you think I am exaggerating, look it up. It’s all there in the history books.

So read your history books. Many people of conscience objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and ridiculed. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the
House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though. And the world came to regret that he was not listened to.

Do not forget that Germany was the most educated, the most cultured country in Europe . It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And yet, in less than six years (a shorter time span than just
two terms of the U. S. presidency) it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors.. All with the best of intentions, of course.
The road to Hell is paved with them.

As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me..  I choose to believe the evidence. No doubt some people will scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. To some degree, perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them
exactly what I believe-and why I believe it.  I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am. Perhaps the only hope is our vote in the next elections.

David Kaiser
Jamestown , Rhode Island
United States

My response:

The good professor makes some compelling, thought-provoking points — we should all be rightly concerned with the trillions being spent without appropriate oversight.  I also agree that the media is generally “along for the ride” when it comes to Obamania.

However, in my opinion, he overstates his position.  He points out that among other things, Hitler “rewarded the military-industrial complex.”  If you take the time to check the president’s upcoming budget, you will perhaps be struck to learn that a majority of his “cuts” in the budget are coming from – the military!  Deep cuts are hardly a way to reward and curry favor with this powerful sector of our country. Also, unlike 1930’s Germany, America is armed to the teeth. So much so that American kids are routinely slaughtered by sick AK47 toting classmates on a regular basis.  Still, the abundance of guns in this gun-crazy country will make it a little more difficult (and louder) if the “brown shirts” were to come a-knocking on my front door of most Americans.

I am also a student of history.  And while I haven’t written any history books,  I do maintain my blog (bobhammack.com).  I would write books except that I am too busy running a business in the real world and employing to many real people to write the great American novel.  It is also noteworthy, that I am also employed only as long as I do good work for my clients (not tenured like the good professor with a bunch of graduate students to do my work).  I do fully realize that those who don’t know and understand the lessons of history are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.  However, alarmists in academia who are out to scare people just as troubling as those in power in the political world that are the source of so much anxiety.   It gets done to this question:  Are the fears espoused by the good professor unfounded?  Maybe?  Perhaps?  Yes? No?

I do know that somehow this country survived Carter (buffoon), Reagan (simplistic), Bush one (read my lips, oops just kidding), Clinton (immoral), Bush 2 (bumbler), Obama (charlatan).

Here is an equally chilling scenario.  Obamanomics leaves the country in economic turmoil. Our debt continues to grow at an unabated rate.  The sinks the dollar to historic lows.  Money owed to foreigners and foreign countries results in massive layoffs and dramatically increased taxes among those who are employed.

Taxes on business spectacularly escalate in a desperate attempt by the government to raise revenues.  This only exacerbates the problem and results in higher retail prices, inflation, declining sales, and hobble the ailing economy even more. Money with money flee the country in droves seeking refuge in Switzerland.

Out of the chaos, a reconstituted and emboldened Republican party unites behind a charismatic young leader.  He is a bold, hard-line candidate who skillfully plays on the economic turmoil.  He exploits the dangers created for this country by a weakened military.  The cuts in military spending had sent a tragic message of weakness to our enemies, which lead to several appalling terrorist attacks that make 911 seem like child’s play.
(See my blog for more on this.)

Finally, the inevitable class war breaks out as a result from the steady Democratic drumbeat for equality, you know like providing homes to those who can’t afford them (Out of work? No problem.  How about a 120% loan on that dream home?)  Remember, this perverted logic, which brought us the current sub prime fiasco, was due in no small part to those giants of class equality and financial insanity: Congressmen Franks, Conyers, Dingell and Waters.   Ed. Note. It is often the nameless, the faceless and those working under the radar screen that often do the real dirty work.

Playing on the resulting fear and hate, this audacious leader is swept into office after bloody gun battles among voters (rural vs. inner city/ have vs. have nots).  An outraged public cries out for “law and order.”  Eventually, the military intercedes as it has done countless times throughout history in countries when anarchy rules the streets. Soon, a military style dictatorship is formed in concert with the newly elected president. Critics of the administration begin to “disappear” and the government strictly controls the media.  Illegal aliens, homosexuals, union leaders, mentally challenged, physically handicapped and those deemed unemployable or rabble-rousers are also arrested. These “undesirables” are sent by rail to a large penal system, which was secretly created in Alaska. There are no pardons.

Sound implausible?  Sound too Hollywood?  Maybe?  Perhaps?  Yes? No?

It is always difficult to read the tealeaves and to predict the future.  My advice is turn off the shrill, hate-filled, spurious talking heads of the right and the left on TV/ radio.  Ignore the fear filled e-mails (political spam).  Instead, read a good novel or send more time with your family and friends.  Or, and here’s a fresh thought: run for public office and do something about the troubling problems that are outlined by the good professor.  Howling at the moon and promising the end of the world won’t accomplish a damn thing other than sell a few more books for those with time to write them.

Bob Hammack

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