This is important – this election. We have a president who treats the Constitution like a disposable placemat and who believes that when someone talks about the rule of law, they’re talking about him. This is a president who truly believes that he is there to fulfill the role of a ruler – not a leader – a president who’s own transition chief told the nation “We will be ready to rule from day one.” Phrases like that aren’t accidental.
Now listen closely to Obama’s rhetoric as he tries to extricate himself from the “you didn’t build that” comment 12 days ago. Don’t just listen to his comments. Don’t just read over them with mild curiosity. Absorb them … digest them. He’s displaying an underlying philosophy with nearly every utterance – an underlying philosophy of anti-individualism. YOU didn’t build that! WE did! Just listen ….
I’ve told you before that liberalism is a philosophy of anti-individualism. It’s there if you just listen for it. Actions of the individual are diminished … “You didn’t build that!” … while actions of the collective are praised.
About 15 years ago I developed an interest in collecting quotes from liberals slamming the idea of individualism and praising the idea of the collective. I’m listing those quotes below. Read them .. and tell me whether or not in your mind you can hear these words coming from Barack Obama. If you can – and I certainly can – then maybe you will have a better understanding of the threat that this man poses to our Republic and to our freedoms and liberty.
“The main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the liberalistic concept of the individual and the Marxist concept of humanity and to substitute for them the folk community, rooted in the soil and bound together by the bond of its common blood.” (Adolph Hitler, quoted in Hitler, A Study in Tyranny, by Alan Bullock (Harper Collins, NY))
“It is thus necessary that the individual should come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation; that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole … that above all the unity of a nation’s spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual. …. This state of mind, which subordinates the interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the first premise for every truly human culture …. we understand only the individual’s capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow man.” (Adolph Hitler, 1933)
There is the great, silent, continuous struggle: the struggle between the State and the Individual; between the State which demands and the individual who attempts to evade such demands. Because the individual, left to himself, unless he be a saint or hero, always refuses to pay taxes, obey laws, or go to war. (Benito Mussolini)
Fascist ethics begin … with the acknowledgment that it is not the individual who confers a meaning upon society, but it is, instead, the existence of a human society which determines the human character of the individual. According to Fascism, a true, a great spiritual life cannot take place unless the State has risen to a position of pre-eminence in the world of man. The curtailment of liberty thus becomes justified at once, and this need of rising the State to its rightful position. (Mario Palmieri, “The Philosophy of Fascism” 1936)
“Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.” (Nikita Khrushchev , February 25, 1956 20th Congress of the Communist Party)
“All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all.” (Vladimir Lenin, as quoted in “Not by Politics Alone.)
“We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society.” (Hillary Clinton, 1993)
“We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.” …” (President Bill Clinton, USA Today, March 11, 1993, Page 2A)
And while we’re at it, I thought I would throw in just a few quotes that you would NEVER hear from the mouth of our Dear Ruler.
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” (Ayn Rand)
When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man? (Henry David Thoreau)