Writing Is on the Wall for Obama

brlnwlThe fall of the Berlin Wall is one of the most significant events of our time and in early November leaders from many nations went to Germany to mark the 25th anniversary. President of the United States Barack Obama did not attend, and that is hardly accidental.

The Berlin Wall was a project of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), a one-party Communist totalitarian dictatorship and the most slavish ally of the Soviet Union, which under Joseph Stalin grabbed half of Germany in the wake of World War II. The November 7 White House statement on the 25th anniversary, however, did not mention the USSR, Communism, or totalitarianism, and even failed to name the German Democratic Republic.

The GDR erected the wall in 1961 as the Antifaschistischer Schutzwall, the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart,” a familiar inversion of reality. As the late American leftist writer Susan Sontag observed during the 1980s, “Communism is fascism.” The GDR was the fascist state, with goose-stepping troops decked out very much like those of the National Socialist regime under the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, also known as Nazis.

The White House statement says the wall separated Germans “from family and friends” and that Germans were “trying to escape to freedom.” But the president gives no detail on what conditions the brave Germans sought to escape.

The GDR had nothing resembling the private sector in Western democracies. The state ran everything, and its command economy guaranteed that the GDR would be an economic basket case, less consequential to the world economy than Hong Kong. The GDR’s crowning industrial achievement was the Trabant, doubtless the worst automobile ever made.

Aware of all this, President Obama remains shrink-wrapped in statist superstition, primarily the belief that government always knows best. In fact, he is on record as having said that the government deserves credit for building businesses, not the actual people who started businesses on their own initiative.

Obama’s signature program, Obamacare, passed by only the president’s party, represents a takeover of one-sixth of the American economy. The president sold it with lies – “if you like your plan, you can keep it” – and Obamacare stripped Americans of their freedom to choose their own healthcare.

The White House’s Berlin Wall statement refers to “oppressive regimes” but gives no detail of how oppressive the GDR actually was. That emerged in John Koehler’s 1999 book, Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police. This “Red Gestapo” maintained massive surveillance on all German citizens and served as the strike force of state oppression.

In similar style, Obama has tasked the National Security Agency to conduct mass surveillance against American citizens. The president has deployed the Internal Revenue Service against groups less than worshipful of big government and high taxes. And he has mounted a surge against even the old-line establishment media, as investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson contends in Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.

None of this should come as a surprise. Obama’s mentors include Frank Marshall Davis, an old-line Stalinist; Weather Underground vet Bill Ayres; and left-wing strategist Saul Alinsky. Even a threefold cord is not easily broken.

Still, after six years in office, Americans know less about Barack Obama than any U.S. president. Should that be doubted, google “what we don’t know about Barack Obama.” A book that answers those questions might sell a few copies. In the meantime, the writing is pretty much on the wall.


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