Thursday, August 2, 2012

The American Totalist party

By Donald Sensing

One of these is not like the other
As has been well documented around the internet, several Democrat politicians in northern cities and California have threatened to withhold business permits from Chick-fil-A or take other punitive measures because the fast-food company does not ascribe to the current Democrat party line regarding marriage and family and homosexuality. See here, for example, and here. Even a Washington Post blogger had to admit,
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), along with the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco have warned that the chain is not welcome and the company should not bother pursuing new franchises in their towns. Gray has also accused the chain of serving up “hate chicken.”
I'll not belabor the unconstitutionality of the politicians' actions nor their hypocrisy -- they never once spoke out against President Obama, who never supported and usually opposed gay "marriage" until being painted into a corner by his vice president and a few others.

But the fascist Left's war against Chick-fil-A began long ago - in February 2011. And the American fascist Left's political war against orthodox Christianity long predates the present Chick-fil-A brewup.

Yesterday was the latest notch in the handle of the fascist Left because it was "The Day Freedom of Conscience Died in America." (Well, it didn't "die." It was murdered.)
As of July 31, 2012 a business owner who objects to abortion had the freedom of conscience to make sure that her company’s insurance policies did not pay to facilitate the practice. But as of today, August 1, she no longer has that freedom. The ObamaCare contraceptive and abortifacient mandates take effect today, hailed by the Obama regime as a great and wonderful thing.

According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “President Obama is moving our country forward by giving women control over their health care. This law puts women and their doctors, not insurance companies or the government, in charge of health care decisions.”

What about pro-life women? Do they not exist?

In reality, what this law does is force millions of Americans to abide by the radical edge of the sexual revolution. It forces millions of Americans to violate their own consciences, and it prohibits the free exercise of their religion.
It has already been noted that the fascist Left's idea of "freedom of religion" is continually narrowed.

By now you may be wondering why I am calling the Left fascists, when "everybody knows" that fascism was a product of the far right. Right? Wrong. Fascism in the 20th century was a product of the Left, of the "progressive" movements that swept politically across Europe and the United States. Though there was no direct connection or coordination between Euro progressives and American ones, their political agendas were remarkably similar.

Fascism is a child of the Left. Benito Mussolini, the century's preeminent fascist, invented the word to describe his national political system. As a young man, Mussolini was politically groomed and nurtured by Marxists. He became an active member the Communist International. He corresponded with Vladimir Lenin almost until Lenin died. Mussolini broke from the Comintern for two main reasons. First, he saw little chance of it succeeding in bringing forth international communist revolutions. Second, he rejected the "international" part because he realized that what that really meant was "Russian controlled." Benito was an ardent Italian nationalist and opposed subordinating Italian socialism to Russian oversight.

In 1932, Mussolini wrote this definition of fascism:
The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State. The conception of the Liberal State is not that of a directing force, guiding the play and development, both material and spiritual, of a collective body, but merely a force limited to the function of recording results: on the other hand, the Fascist State is itself conscious and has itself a will and a personality -- thus it may be called the "ethic" State....

..The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone ... .
Back to the Democrats and Chick-fil-A. Of particular interest is the authority fascism holds over private business. Unlike communism, fascism does not as principle confiscate and nationalize private business, but it reserves the right to do so. Generally, businesses may operate as they please as long as they do not offend the ideology of the state. Wikipedia explains (boldface added):
An inherent aspect of fascist economies was economic dirigisme,[4] meaning an economy where the government exerts strong directive influence, and effectively controls production and allocation of resources. In general, apart from the nationalizations of some industries, fascist economies were based on private property and private initiative, but these were contingent upon service to the state.[5] ...

Once in power, fascists usually adopted whatever economic program they believed to be most suitable for their political goals. ... Stanley Payne argues that while fascist movements defended the principle of private property ... a common aim of all fascist movements was elimination of the autonomy [of private businesses]. 
This almost perfectly describes the modus operandi of the Democrat party today. In essence, they are telling Chick-fil-A to cower before the authority of the State and support its political ideology if they want to do business.

It is time for plain speaking: true to its Leftist, "progressive" nature, the Democrat party is the American proto-fascist party, pure and simple, on this as on most every other public matter.

An apt description of fascism is that is it one variant of what psychiatrist and historian Robert Lifton called “totalism.” Professor Anna Geifman explains the Totalist political world view:
... Its devotees — anarchists, Marxists, or Islamists — want to impose a new order based on an “all-or-nothing claim to truth.” They operate within distinctive parameters of a “theology of Armageddon — a final battle between good and evil” –  in which the stakes are nothing less than universal salvation. As outlined in Eric Hoffer’s classic, The True Believer, such movements have mastered the art of “religiofication,” that is, converting political grievances into messianic aspirations and “practical purposes into holy causes.” [HT: American Digest]
Of course there are "Totalists" on the Right, too. IMO, Rick Santorum isn't far from it. But such men or women are uncommon among the Right; most on the Right mainly want to be left alone and are content to leave others alone, too. However, Totalists are practically all that the Left has. No one gravitates to the Left in order to let others live their lives as they see fit.

The beating heart of Totalism in all its forms is power and control over others. This has become the raison d'etre of the Democrat party.

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