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USA – Rectification of Names: Let’s Call Obama Era What It Is; Liberal Fascism; Great Degeneration; Reign of Error; more.. / Plus: Under a New Left President, All Politics Is National!

September 30, 2014 By Christopher Chantrill
Conservative author Jonah Goldberg has come up with a great idea for his next book. It’s the Confucian idea of “The Rectification of the Names.” He illustrates his epiphany with a long Confucian quote:

A superior man, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve. If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success. When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.

Don’t look now, Jonah, but you already wrote two books on the rectification of the names. The first was called Liberal Fascism, about the idea that, really, liberalism/progressivism is a form of fascism. The second was The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.

The point is unassailable. When you are in a mess, the first thing to do is to get the names right, and call a spade a spade. Usually, the reason you are in a mess is exactly because you have been in denial and have been hiding from the truth.

That is what “Islam is a religion of peace” and the Fort Hood shooting as “workplace violence” are all about. Our ruling class cannot bring itself to confront the truth, because if it did it would have to do something.

Our ruling class, like any ruling class, lies its head off. Usually We the People put up with it because a) we don’t want to end up in reeducation camp like Dinesh D’Souza or b) we shrink from confronting the truth of our time, just like the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot. But when things get really bad, then some people start to say that it is time to take a stand, and they do.

Last week I penned a brilliant blog post on the necessary U.S. grand strategy to combat the Islamic upsurge: contain them, divide them, and frack, baby, frack, I wrote. But I forgot the most important item without which victory is impossible: the euthanasia of the PC class. Which is another way of calling for the rectification of the names.

Let’s do some rectification. The whole point of economic Marxism is to divide industrial society on economic lines, between worker and employer, to say that the Farmer and the Cowman can’t be friends, because exploitation. The whole point of cultural Marxism is to divide modern society with political correctness, to say that the White Man and the Black Man can’t be friends, because marginalization.

Economic Marxism orders everyone around in Five Year Plans; we know where that ended up. Cultural Marxism needs an army of social justice warriors bullying people around for deficiencies in diversity and inclusion. Yeah! And Apple is run by a bunch of white guys!

But it’s all a lie. Marxism of any flavor is just an excuse for the ruling class to grow its power.

Meanwhile people are shocked, shocked that the Federal Reserve’s regulators at Goldman Sachs are timid time-servers. What planet are people on? Why would a lifer bureaucrat at the Fed ever match the cojones of a Master of the Universe at Goldman, or ever want to? The real action is in bullying the NFL about domestic violence and teaching men not to rape.

I stepped out for a moment to Third Place Books, and ran into Niall Ferguson’s Great Degeneration. The problem, says the author of The Rothschilds and the husband of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is elite rent-seeking, public debt that lets seniors live at the expense of the young, pervasive but ineffective regulation, and lawyers. And the Economist‘s Micklethwait and Wooldridge are calling for The Fourth Revolution to solve our problems.

Allow me to rectify, gentlemen. The problem is injustice. All government creates injustice because government is force, but big government spawns big injustice. Even liberals get this when they advocate for the rights of criminal defendants.

Really, if the ISIS chaps didn’t exist, we’d have to invent them. Otherwise political correctness would go on and on and oppress us more and more, forever. ISIS reminds us that our ruling class lives in Cloud Cuckoo Land, and needs to get back to reality.

Meanwhile in Barack Obama’s America it’s beginning to seem that “affairs cannot be carried on to success.” And even the suburban moms are starting to notice.

As we begin the labor of the Rectification of Names and send them in to Jonah, we should start with the right name for the Obama years. How about Reign of Error?

Christopher Chantrill @chrischantrill runs the go-to site on US government finances, usgovernmentspending.com. Also see his American Manifesto and get his Road to the Middle Class.

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Under a New Left President, All Politics Is National

Hence all his fundraising to control the federal judiciary via the Senate.

By 10.14.14

Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery.

In 1860, some abolitionists split the anti-slavery vote by running their own candidate — who had no chance of winning — instead of supporting Abraham Lincoln, who was not pure enough for some abolitionists. Lincoln got just 40 percent of the vote, though that turned out to be enough to win in a crowded field.

But what a gamble with the fate of millions of human beings held as slaves! And for what? Symbolic political purity?

This year as well, there are third-party candidates complicating elections that can decide the fate of this nation for years to come. No candidate that irresponsible deserves any vote. With all the cross-currents of political controversies raging today, what is the overriding national issue that makes this year’s Congressional elections so crucial?

That issue is whether, despite all the lawless edicts of President Obama, threatening one-man rule, we can still salvage enough of the Constitution to remain a free, democratic nation.

Barack Obama will be on his way out in two years but, if he can appoint enough federal judges who share his contempt for the Constitution’s limits on federal government power in general, and presidential powers in particular, then the United States of America can continue on the path to becoming another banana republic, even after Obama has left the White House.

President Obama understands how high the stakes are, which is why he is out fundraising all across the country — seemingly all the time — even though he has no more elections to face himself. Obama came to power saying that he was going to fundamentally change the United States of America — and he intends to do it, even after he is gone, by giving lifetime appointments as federal judges to people who share his view that this country’s institutions and values are fundamentally wrong, and need to be scrapped and replaced by his far left vision.

If only Obama’s critics and opponents understood this momentous issue as clearly as he does!

The issue is whether “we the people,” as designated by the Constitution, continue free to live our own lives as we see fit, and to determine what laws and policies we want to live under.

President Obama’s vision is very different. In his vision, our betters in Washington shall simply order us to live as they want us to live — telling us what medical insurance we can have, what doctors we can go to, what political groups shall be favored by the Internal Revenue Service, with more of the same coming in the years ahead, long after Obama has left the White House.

Critics who deplore President Obama’s foreign policies in general, and his weak response to the ISIS threat in particular, as showing incompetence — and who see his incessant fundraising as just a weird distraction — fail to understand how different his priorities are from theirs.

Barack Obama understands clearly that his ability to fundamentally remake what he has long seen as a deeply defective and corrupt America in the image of his far left vision depends crucially on having control of the Senate that has the power to confirm his appointments of federal judges with lifetime tenure. His fundraising is key to maintaining the Democrats’ Senate majority.

Foreign policy is subordinated to Obama’s overriding ideological vision. The president will not risk losing this year’s Congressional elections by taking military actions that will alienate his political base. Token military actions can minimize the political losses from other voters.

That people will die while he stalls on military action is a price he is willing to pay. His ordering thousands of American troops into Ebola-infested Liberia shows the same ideologically driven callousness.

The big question is whether those who wish to preserve a free America see the issue and the stakes equally as clearly as Barack Obama does — and see that this is the overriding national issue of our time, with our votes for Senators not to be confused by local issues.

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Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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