I've said it several times now that the Obama campaign reminds me of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany. I wasn't there, but I saw Cabaret a bunch of times.
The most memorable scene for me was in the beer garden when a beautiful young man starts singing, and more and more of the crowd joins in as his "patriotic" song stokes their fire. Older people mostly stare in confusion about all the fuss. And as the lad finishes, he raises his hand in the the now menacingly familiar salute which reveals the Nazi armband.
Our heroes, Liza and Co, leave that scene understanding the ominous implications of it all, but even they don't grasp the scope. And at the end of Cabaret, theres a pan of the Cabaret audience that repeats the opening scene with a notable difference. In the beginning, it's just an audience that's there to be entertained. In the end, the audience is laced with individuals sporting that same armband.
That wasn't just a reflection of the changing scene, it was the result of Nazis having beaten the owner of the cabaret to a pulp for having expelled one of their members earlier.
Up to now, my comparisons to Germany were based on the mindless support for a vacuous individual who promises hope and change but who offers neither the details nor the experience nor the competence to support his "movement." That's changed. The intimidation has started. Earlier this week, Obama tried to sic the Justice Department on a guy from Texas who produced an ad Bobo doesn't like, and he has demanded that stations and channels not carry it.
And they aren't.
Thank God for the Internet.
Those in the media aren't all in the pocket of the Obama campaign, but they aren't fools either. The ad is valid. It's not a baseless attack, but owners and managers know that a President Obama won't forget, and that things can get mighty ugly, the threat of the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine being just the beginning of it.
And now Obama has turned his focus on a talk show host at WGN radio in Chicago whom he is trying to silence because the host is apparently relentlessly critical of the Obama-Ayers connection, something that, at the very least, hasn't been fully explored. Obama had his supporters bombard the station with calls and emails, and is likely employing other methods of intimidation. Even though he's been invited to appear on the show to state his side of things, Obama and his campaign staff have refused to appear.
This isn't just an incident or two, this is central to what an Obama Presidency will be. Bill Clinton used intimidation and investigation, most notable the IRS, in his attempts to stifle the opposition, but that was after he became President, and it was relatively benign in comparison to what candidate Obama has already done. We've seen too many third world Messiahs employ similar tactics (think Hugo Chavez), but they have always been "over there." Thugs and bullies have never risen above State government in America.
When I say that Obama is The Rottenest Man Who Ever Ran, some may think I'm joking or exaggerating. If anything, I'm understating. What we've seen is more than enough to make that assessment of Obama, but it's what's to come that's unimaginable, and if you disagree or don't understand… or you subscribe to Obama's approach, then you're the rottenest citizen there ever was.