Maybe I’m not so amused anymore….

This post is prompted by my good friend and frequent commenter BTM. She has lived under fascism in Russia, escaped it, and now recognizes its new form here in the U.S. with a dread that most of our countrymen are too complacent to feel.

No, I haven’t lost my sense of humor or my general joie de vivre, but it is hard for me to look at our current political situation and find much of anything to be sardonic, ironic, or facetious about, which was kind of what kept this blog going over the years. Hope this post doesn’t get too navel-gazy.

I first started it (the blog) years ago when I had been kicked off a popular college admissions web site for disrupting the site’s political zeitgeist with mockery–the best weapon. One of my many cyber-friends from those days said that she admired my “amused cynicism” and didn’t know how I could keep doing it, when so much of what she was reading just incensed or depressed her. Hence the name for this site. And I did keep it going for five years or so, and I’m not giving it up just yet. But I am not quite the happy-go-lucky warrior I once was. These are serious, grim times.

I became aware of this article through The Anchoress (written by Dorothy Thompson, and published in Harper’s in 1941. While I think that the political maxim “he who throws the ‘Nazi’ slur first, loses” is correct (unless the thrower is a liberal Democrat), I do think that the Obama regime is showing definite fascist tendencies, and I’ll never back down from that statement. I would have titled this post “Who Goes Obama?” but it would have been too provocative, even for an agent provocateur like me. But what is, is.

I’ve used the analogy before, but I’ll use it again: This is feeling very much like what it must feel like to be in a hijacked plane. The crazies are barricaded in the cockpit, in control of your very life. The only thing that will save your life is taking control back. Or we might just all crash together.

It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times–in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.

It is preposterous to think that they are divided by any racial characteristics. Germans may be more susceptible to Nazism than most people, but I doubt it. Jews are barred out, but it is an arbitrary ruling. I know lots of Jews who are born Nazis and many others who would heil Hitler tomorrow morning if given a chance. There are Jews who have repudiated their own ancestors in order to become “Honorary Aryans and Nazis”; there are full-blooded Jews who have enthusiastically entered Hitler’s secret service. Nazism has nothing to do with race and nationality. It appeals to a certain type of mind.

It is also, to an immense extent, the disease of a generation–the
generation which was either young or unborn at the end of the last war. This is as true of Englishmen, Frenchmen, and Americans as of Germans. It is the disease of the so-called “lost generation.”

I keep thinking of Smokey Robinson’s songs when I see and hear all the regrets expressed by the clowns that voted for this political disaster. Dupes, morons. It was so obvious.

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17 Responses to Maybe I’m not so amused anymore….

  1. ld says:

    I’ve been pretty navel-gazy myself driver. Once again you’re putting words to what’s buggin’ me.

    btw…I absolutely, with not one doubt in my mind, expected Obama to go Nazi, though I admit to being shocked at how quickly and brazenly he made the conversion from centrist to fascist. After all, just look at who adored him at that college admissions web site you mentioned. The commentary at that site easily matched the most depraved of that by Journolisters in their secret clubhouse. That was the first clue. The things people said and did in the name of Obama still turns my stomach.

  2. driver says:

    Hey compadre! Nice to hear from you, been a while. I have a little more traveling to do this month, but when that’s over I will end my self-indulgent navel-gazing and get back to work here. November 2 is coming, and we can be heroes, just for one day. Let’s roll.

  3. ld says:

    I’m ready. I have fight in me yet. ldgirl has inspired me.

  4. driver says:

    Excellent! Fill me in. What has ldgirl been up to, that rascal?

  5. Woodwork says:

    Driver, great to see that at any political partay, you can still be counted on to bring the plow shears to the rhetorical fight. I could not agree more that mischievous evil knows no limits, either in their nationality or religion (or lack thereof), I completely get it, but my leitmotif for the mischievous Obama crew would be drawn more from Stalinism & Leninism, then Nazism.

    Ironically, both despots admired each other but only Hitler was a nationalist. Like Obama, Stalin fancied himself an international man, above the petty interests of one people or his own “backward” nation (‘bitter-clingers’): The man of the future in the progressive dialectic of history. Remind you of anyone? Hitler was an opportunistic moral and social cripple; Stalin, a calculated amoral agent of change. Hitler was supported by little more than his own party propaganda machine but Stalin was beloved and excused by those that otherwise had no national interest in him in the world press. Which is to say the Nazis had no ‘fellow-travelers’ to speak of. Obama is a new world man, or perhaps universal man.

    I’ve been rereading George Orwell’s 4 vol. collected essays and letters, I keep it next to my bed–perhaps the greatest and most overlooked prose writer of the past century–and I continually come away with the impression that whereas Orwell, writing in the 40’s, considered Hitler and Nazism an act of violence against man, he considered Stalinism an enduring act of violence against civilization.

    Of course, all three of these gremlins are socialists, if socialist means anything nowadays (George Bush was hardly a laissez faire capitalist), but the fellow-traveler part alone is enough to make me draw the parallel with the shifty Marxist conspirators rather than the dim-witted thugs in the Nazis party.

    And a great BIG shout out to Idmom. Nice to see you in print, as well!

  6. magnolia says:

    Hey there, welcome back. I’ve moved from Limerick to Mississippi but you’re still a favorite, so I’m glad you haven’t given up the blog! Keep going at least until November 2nd, and maybe then you’ll be newly inspired. I hope so, anyway :)

  7. ld says:

    She’s now a bona fide Republican operative….ha! Actually… she spent the summer after graduation in Washington DC working for the CRNC and is now working the Tampa to Naples area as their Central Florida field rep. They gave her a pretty decent challenge too….help Rubio win on Charlie Crist’s home turf. But if there is anyone who can do it, it’s ldgirl. She is relentless. Charlie Crist should seriously watch out.

    I was a little perturbed at first…wanted her come home and start preparing for law school. But we realized we’re only young and free to roam a short while in this life…and never have the stakes been so high. So we put her in a new car and sent her off to change the world with our blessings. Law school will be there when she’s finished. And in the meantime, I get a vicarious thrill!

  8. ld says:

    Hey Woody! Nice to read you too.

    And speaking of books, I’m whipping through a really nifty little book “The Starfish and the Spider” right now. Great read…recommend it highly. …explains the power of leaderless ‘starfish’ organizations over top heavy ‘spider’ organizations. Tear a leg off a spider and you end up with a crippled spider. Tear a leg off a starfish and you end up with two starfish. Rip the head off a spider (I like to think Soviet Union) and the creature shrivels up and dies. But, the starfish is capable of reproducing its head and every other part of its being. If you can imagine big, totalitarian government as a spider organization, you can see why the book is the Tea Party Bible.

    driver… you, especially, would love it…opens with the defeat of the ‘spider’ Spaniards by the ‘starfish’ Apaches. In this fight, WE are the APACHES!

  9. driver says:

    And I meant to ask Magnolia…what are you doing in Mississippi, my friend? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I have plenty of relatives in and around Jackson.)

  10. magnolia says:

    My family is here in Mississippi. I’m a Southern girl who was up north for too long! I am in the Jackson burbs and I love it here. I brought you with me, of course!

  11. StickerShock says:

    I completely understand your absence from posting. I’ve had to take a break from obsesively following the decline and fall Obama is orchestrating. I don’t think he converted from centrist to fascist; he just dropped the centrist charade because he knew he could. His sycophants would provide all the cover and excuses he needed.

  12. driver says:

    I’ve had a wonderful summer, and I miss you guys! I just can’t stand thinking about Obama anymore.

  13. Hindoo says:

    Earth to driver. Are you still with us? You don’t have to talk about Obama if it’s too upsetting. Just tell us about your dog … and your music. Or whatever. Even the libs miss you. :(

  14. catahoula says:

    No more, driver?

    I doubt you’ve run out of things to say but you seem to have given up sharing them.

  15. Woodwork says:

    Just wanted to say, Hello!

  16. Andy says:

    After tonight you should be amused again. Harry Reid is heading home with his omnibus bill crammed down his throat; the Bush tax cuts are about to be extended: ObamaCare and it’s IRS army of enforcers did not get the funding they need (and no way they will ever get it now); and the Republicans have provided the first evidence that they really did learn the lesson of Nov. 2010.

    All this on the anniversary of the very first tea party. Who could have scripted this two years ago?

  17. ld says:

    WHERE are you??? :-)

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