I think nearly everyone on the right is becoming increasingly concerned with the way Obama and the Democrats are seeking to radically alter the face of this country into their own image. I know I for one got a chill down my spine when I saw this. (And for the record, no, we’re not!). To date, I have not read an article that has gotten to the heart of what’s at stake better than Michael Ledeen, inspired by Tocqueville:
Most of us imagine the transformation of a free society to a tyrannical state in Hollywood terms, as a melodramatic act of violence like a military coup or an armed insurrection. Tocqueville knows better. He foresees a slow death of freedom. The power of the centralized government will gradually expand, meddling in every area of our lives until, like a lobster in a slowly heated pot, we are cooked without ever realizing what has happened. The ultimate horror of Tocqueville’s vision is that we will welcome it, and even convince ourselves that we control it.
There is no single dramatic event in Tocqueville’s scenario, no storming of the Bastille, no assault on the Winter Palace, no March on Rome, no Kristallnacht. We are to be immobilized, Gulliver-like, by myriad rules and regulations, annoying little restrictions that become more and more binding until they eventually paralyze us.Subjection in minor affairs breaks out every day and is felt by the whole community indiscriminately. It does not drive men to resistance, but it crosses them at every turn, till they are led to surrender the exercise of their own will. Thus their spirit is gradually broken and their character enervated…
The whole article is a must-read, and I felt like I should share. Fascism should not be defined as Hitlerism, but as the merger of the state with corporations, with the church, and with every minute aspect of our lives. I fear this is the destination we will arrive at very soon, but I am becoming increasingly fearful that we will lack the character to return to our founding principles when the pendulum inevitably swings back. I guess I have to put Democracy in America in my book queue now.