So for years now, I’ve been listening to the panic-mongering about our atheist Komminiss devout Muslim Nazi President and his imminent seizure of power and imposition of a Stalinist atheist police Sharia radical Islamic state:
But when he actually *does* do the stuff that lawless tyrants in fact do (such as inaugurate lawless secret kill lists and start blowing up innocent men, women and children), the GOP standard bearer and Prolife Paladin thinks that’s great and “prolife” conservatives and “antiwar” Lefties clasp hands to celebrate his tough stand against four year Pakistani girls surviving to adulthood to join Al Quaida:
One can be forgiven for wondering how postmodern conservatives can simultaneously believe that Obama is a) a dangerous reincarnation of Hitler, Stalin and Mao *and* that b) he should be entrusted with secret, unilateral power to murder whoever he likes without any accountability *and* that c) he is both incredibly weak, d) too dangerously addicted to Nazi Stalin atheist Islamic tyranny and e) the model for Romney’s future Just and Wise Foreign Policy.
However, all confusion vanishes when we recall that the Postmodern Right, as much as the Postmodern Left, is in the service of an increasingly fascist and magical vision of reality untethered from Truth (that is, God) and increasingly enslaved to the will to power (i.e, pride). As a reader recently commented:
One critical error people make in contemplating fascism is to believe that fascism is about ideas, dogmas, or programmatic solutions to human problems. Fascism is none of those things. First and above all, fascism is a belief in the state as the supreme human achievement. Or, as the Party recently said, the state is the only thing we all belong to. This gives the fascist state a flexibility unknown to most totalitarian movements, notably socialism, which are bound by dogmatic commitments and the corresponding need to pretend that the dogmas are productive.
Put another way, the magical thinking of socialism is like fan fiction — it’s limited by a background story. So Pope John Paul II, when he was a cardinal in socialist Poland, could upbraid the socialist utopia for failing in its constitutional promise to respect religion. In contrast, the magical thinking of fascism is unlimited, which makes fascism a much more potent and insidious form of evil. So Eduard Milch could rise to the rank of Field Marshal, and head Luftwaffe fighter production, even though his father was Jewish, qualifying Milch for death in a concentration camp. As Herman Goering said, “I decide who is a Jew.”
We see this on the Left as well as the Right. That’s why both “antiwar” Lefties and “prolife” Righties clasp hands in ardent support for the Dear Leader when the Dear Leader conducts Oceania’s war with Eurasia by blowing up civilians and the Ministry of Truth conducts an entire “debate” in which that fact is never once discussed. At present, the illusion of “change” is about to be engineered for us again (when Romney wins). Yet the “change” will consist of a new President who will continue the policies of the old President while the postmodern Right celebrates the refreshing “change”.
The Left at least has the excuse of having been spoonfed an anti-Catholic and anti-Christian ideology for 50 years in the academy, rendering it intellectually clever and morally depraved. What is the “conservative Catholic” excuse for this incoherent fealty to whatever FOX happens to be saying this minute? Him to whom much is given, much will be required. Who is in graver danger?: the pagan who says “What is truth?” or the Christian who says, “Jesus is the truth” and who then sets about acting just like a pagan with continued secret, unilateral attacks on civilian men, women, and children and a renewed program of torture?