Let there be no mistake that the Obamanauts, in and out of government, are the direct descendants of the war time fascists of Woodrow Wilson, straight down through to the second generation Wilsonians of the FDR's New Dealers.
The War Industries Board under the direction of Bernard Baruch, from America's entry into the First World War in 1917 until the end, was without a doubt a fascistic manipulation of the economy by the US government reminiscent of Mussolini's corporativism. The board instituted production quotas and actively manipulated salaries of labor in an effort to smooth out and speed up war time production. In the process some industrialists became wealthy from their cooperation with the government.
Hugh Johnson, "Time Man of the Year" (1933), soon to head of the National Recovery Administration during the New Deal, cut his teeth in government manipulation of the economy as part of the War Industries Board. General Johnson had an affinity for Mussolini's fascist tactics, passing out copies of "The Corporate State" written by a Mussolini economist to members of FDR's cabinet. He brought that ensthusiasm with him to the top of FDR's NRA, an organization that was roundly condemned for its storm trooper tactics while enforcing government economic codes.
During his March 30, 2009 speech the president disavowed any desire to run GM. This during a speech in which he acknowledged firing GM CEO Wagoner and advised the company that it must come up with a business model that meets his specifications in order to receive additional bailout money. The president also advised Chrysler that they must merge with Fiat, a car company well known for manufacturing junk. Of course, I guess we should take the president at his word that he has no desire to run car companies. Oh and by the way, your warranties are good, the president guaranteed them. I wonder when he'll start making commercials for the companies.
The topper is the president manufactured (sorry) a new position with the Orwellian title of DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY FOR AUTO COMMUNITIES AND WORKERS, headed by Ed Montgomery and Labor Secretary Solis, as part of the AUTO TASK FORCE. Wilson and FDR would be proud. It bears watching how Montgomery and Solis are going to direct the recovery of the auto communities and workers.
With the already amply proven propensity this administration has for absolute transparency and the presidents promise to let the public see and comment on any legislation for five days prior to congressional action, we have nothing to worry about. Now that that promise has already been broken several times, only because the legislation was an emergency mind you, we have a right to be a little skeptical.
I suggest a reading of Jonah Goldberg's book "Liberal Fascism" for a very well laid out and documented history of fascism under Wilson and FDR. Wilson's Sedition Act of 1918 was used to squelch dissent to the participation of the U.S. in the very unpopular First World War. The law was used to prosecute and imprison dissidents including Eugene Debs and many socialists/Marxists in the labor organization International Workers of the World (IWW) or "wobblies." Any good fascist must stifle dissent in order to implement an unpopular government filled with draconian measures that are "for the common good."
For the lefties that may stop by and accuse me of being part of the VRWC, one of the heroes of the left, Howard Zinn wasn't very complimentary to Wilson or the New Deal in his book "A People's History of the United States." Just trying to be fair and balanced.
I'll end with this quote from historian Clarence B. Carson:
"At this remove in time from the early days of the New Deal, it is difficult to recapture, even in imagination, the heady enthusiasm among a goodly number of intellectuals for a government planned economy. So far as can now be told, they believed that a bright new day was dawning, that national planning would result in an organically integrated economy in which everyone would joyfully work for the common good, and that American society would be freed at last from those antagonisms arising, as General Hugh Johnson put it, from “the murderous doctrine of savage and wolfish individualism, looking to dog-eat-dog and devil take the hindmost."
Listen, you can almost hear the marching troops.