Monday, July 20, 2015

The Rise of Right Wing Socialism and Scott Walker's vision to Rule the World with "Steel in the face of our enemies."

History is dotted by little men overcompensating with grandiose dreams of world conquests and political dominance. Scott Walker thinks he's next in line, even saying the public doesn't matter:

Are we witnessing a new rising threat from, guess who, Scott Walker? In the words of Han Solo, "I've got a bad feeling about this..."
Reuters-Scott Walker on Iran: "This is not a country we should be doing business with ... The United States needs a foreign policy that puts steel in the face of our enemies."
"Steel in the face of our enemies?" Who says that, seriously, except maybe comic book super-villains like Magneto, Red Skull and Doctor Doom.

Jeb Bush criticized Walker, saying "That sounds great, but maybe you ought to check in with your allies first. You might want to have your team in place before you take an act like that."

Walker's campaign foreign policy adviser Robert C. O'Brien passed along Walker's dark threatening knee-jerk foreign policy vision for world conquest:
"We don’t need more information, we don’t need to wait to confirm the next Secretary of State, we need decisive leadership and we need it now. This won’t be easy, but when America leads, and has a strong president with clear priorities who believes in American strength, the rest of the world will follow." 
Holy crap. Was Walker's adviser exaggerating? In Walker's own words...:
"I believe that a president shouldn’t wait to act until they put a cabinet together or an extended period of time. I believe they should be prepared to act on the very first day they take office. It’s very possible – God forbid, but it’s very possible – that the next president could be called to take aggressive actions, including military action, on the first day in office. And I don’t want a president who is not prepared to act on day one. So, as far as me, as far as my position, I’m going to be prepared to be president on day one.”
CNN's Dana Bash even out debated Walker on his ridiculous plan to dump out of the Iran deal. Walker was a deer in headlights, surprised and stumped: 

Warning to the Rest of the Country: From what we've seen in Wisconsin, it's what Walker isn't telling you that you should be afraid of, like when he "dropped the bomb," Act 10. People have noticed, as reported by Paul Fanlund in the Cap Times:
Only Walker's favorite union gets raise!
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi (said), "I think (Wisconsin Republicans) made a deliberate decision that their main goal, despite the stated goal of creating jobs, was to destroy their enemies."  Ah, but Republicans hate Dane County for the way we vote. And for them, politics, not the good of Wisconsin constituents, always comes first.
Walker knows only one strategy; "divide and conquer," an actual comment he made about breaking up labor. But the tactic worked so well that it ended up not just dividing the unions but also every citizen in the state, politically and socially. He even thinks having a divided state is healthy, which is why he no problem doing the same thing for the rest of the country...and the world apparently:
Walker would also be more confrontational with both Russia over its aggression against Ukraine and against China, for the territorial pressures Beijing is putting on U.S. allies in the South China Sea.
Scarier still? Among conservative voters, Walker is a moderate?
Republican pollster Frank Luntz, placed Walker's views on national security in the middle of conservative thinking.
History is littered with authoritarian leaders like Scott Walker. Out of curiosity I did a search and came across an article in Scholastic, a news magazine for teens, that laid this all out in the simplest of terms. The first point about paralyzing government mirrors the GOP strategy today; also see what tough sanctions on Germany eventually produced (spoiler alert). Sorry to get a little conspiratorial: 
The National Socialists party had enough power to effectively paralyze Germany's democratic government, which had been in place since 1919. Ian Kershaw, a history professor at Sheffield University in England said: "Indeed, with the world now facing great tensions and instability, the question of whether such a monstrous dictator could again come to power and threaten the world seems more relevant than ever ... around the globe, skilled politicians have been able to manipulate populist, nationalist, or racist feelings to advance authoritarian rule." In recent years, President Vladimir Putin has gradually moved Russia in an authoritarian direction, "Whether you're looking at the Soviet Union or Germany, the move toward authoritarian dictatorship doesn't necessarily make the country more secure, and the cost to the population is very, very high." According to Kershaw, around the globe, skilled politicians have been able to manipulate populist, nationalist, or racist feelings to advance authoritarian rule.
Right Wing Socialism: What we're seeing from Republicans: disdain for business that isn't a part of the party plan or power structure; a powerful undercurrent of politicized religion; like-thinking on marriage; gay and minority vilification; nationalism; income disparity that puts a powerful chosen few in charge of everything. It's a "right wing socialist" agenda. To be honest, I didn't even know right wing socialism existed until I looked up the concept, and the tell-tale signs were all there.
The term used by right-wing movements and politicians to describe support for social solidarity and paternalism … The fundamental objective of “right-wing socialism" is to maintain the status quo by preventing the free exercise of entrepreneurship and creative human action from disrupting the pre-established framework of social organization. It supports social hierarchy and certain people and groups to hold higher status in such a hierarchy. Military socialism, guild socialism, agrarian socialism, and some forms of Christian socialism are also termed "right-wing socialism" by various authors. Fascism has been described by historian Ze'ev Sternhell as a nationalist socialism associated with anti-bourgeois, anti-democratic, anti-liberal, and anti-Marxist views … the rise of a "National Socialism" formed the basis of Nazism (who) subscribed to theories of racial hierarchy and social Darwinism, excluding those deemed either to be community aliens or of a foreign race. It rejected the Marxist concept of class struggle, opposed ideas of class equality and international solidarity, and sought to defend private property and businesses.

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