Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Welcome to th New World Order : Bush the Uber-Parent

Welcome to the New World Order: Bush the Uber-Parent

In an earlier post (Kissing the Whip) I pondered the question of why some Americans would vote against their own material interests. I speculated that there must be an overriding emotional imperative, so strong that it eclipsed rational considerations. My conclusion was that Bush supporters do not, in fact want the responsibility that participating in a democracy entails, that they are seeking the comfort of an Uber-parent.It turns out that this is exactly how Bush sees himself: White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card said yesterday that President Bush views America as a ''10-year-old child" in need
of the sort of protection provided by a parent.Reports Boston.com
This scares the hell out of me. The relationship between a parent and a child is not a democratic relationship, it is a dictatorship. It is not an appropriate model for a democratic society. It is a relationship that says Do as I say, I make the decisions, I decide what freedoms you may access, what friends you may have, I know best. Hitler, Tito, Stalin, Mao - History is littered with examples of dictators casting themselves as ‘Father of the people’: In Iraq children were encouraged to refer to Saddam Hussein as 'Father Saddam' or 'Uncle Saddam'. After the death of Stalin, people wept for the man they called "father" Tito was a considered a benevolent Father

‘In rural China Mao looms larger as a flawed emperor who yet remains a father figure
Dictators have always cast themselves as the father of the people, that is why Hitler's Germany was an authoritarian 'Fatherland' not a nurturing Motherland, why and how he went one step further and sought to interpose himself in the relationship between biological parent and child through the mechanism of the Hitler youth movement, to supplant the role of the actual parent: When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side, 'I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already...What are you?
You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing but this new community. (Hitler, Nov 6th, 1933)
Religion is the model from which dictatorships derive their structure, irrespective of whether the individual regimes profess to be religious or atheistic in themselves. That decision rests on whether the regime in question finds it expedient to conflate themselves with a religion, thus co-opting its followers (as Franco did) or whether they seek to cut to the chase and supplant God himself, like Mao and Stalin. The dictator demands that the people have an uncritical faith in him. To do otherwise becomes heresy. Hitler was well aware of this:

I have followed [the Church] in giving our party program the character of unalterable finality, like the Creed. The Church has never allowed the Creed to be interfered with. It is fifteen hundred years since it was formulated, but every suggestion for its amendment, every logical criticism, or attack on it, has been rejected. The Church has realized that anything and everything can be built up on a document of that sort, no matter how contradictory or irreconcilable with it. The faithful will swallow it whole, so long as logical reasoning is never allowed to be brought to bear on it. [Adolf Hitler from Rauschning, _The Voice of Destruction_, pp. 239-40]

Nazi officials like Reichorganisationsleiter (Reich Organization Leader) Dr. Robert Ley gave speeches with quasi-religious overtones, attacking intellectualism as un-German and calling on the people to treat Hitler as an all knowing father:
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