Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!
It’s pretty common nowadays to compare politicians you don’t like, especially presidents, to Adolph Hitler. It’s not often that the politician does it for you by repeating two-thirds of the Nazi’s favorite slogan of “one people, one nation, one leader.”
From Barry’s inaugural speech on his collectivist, statist aims of more spending, more entitlements and more regulation: “Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.”
But, as PJMedia’s Michael Ledeen says, neither Barry nor many other American politicians today fit the old Fascist mold of charismatic old warriors leading anew:
“Fascists don’t change the world by ‘leading from behind.’ They take charge in front of the troops….we are a long way from the cult of personality that dominated Italy and Germany in the fascist epoch.”
Taking charge in front of the troops is one thing we’ll likely never see Barry do, not even in rhetoric, much less in practice. Could you imagine him in Patton’s movie uniform of shiny helmet and jodhpurs? Of course not.
He likes his speeches pedestrian, his socialism comfortable, and lots of expensive vacations and time for golf. Which is why, as Ledeen says, the jihadis consider him “a weakling, a loser and a pushover.”
For us, however, Barry’s inherent laziness and refusal to negotiate for what he wants might well be his most redeeming qualities.