Never waste a good crisis
By Jack Ward
Never waste a good crisis has become the mantra of the Obama administration. This ideology was first echoed by President Obama's White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Less than ten days after Obama was elected president, Emanuel went on a Sunday morning talk show and said, "Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste. ... They are opportunities to do big things." The comment didn't receive a lot of attention but maybe it should.
Emanuel was echoing the Hegelian dialectic. The Hegelian dialectic is a framework for manipulating the masses into accepting a predetermined solution.
In short the Hegelian dialectic is:
First, create a problem of monumental proportions.
Second, stir up hysteria by every means possible.
Third, when people hysterically demand a solution – the solution offered will take away rights, cost considerable money, and put more power in the hands of the power-grabbing bureaucrats.
Like many presidents that preceded him, President Obama inherited a financial problem. How presidents deal with problems determines how successful the administration will be judged. So far Obama isn't faring well. You can expect opponents to be critical, but when big donors to the Democratic Party criticize Obama's fiscal policy you should listen. Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's Mad Money, was one such big donor and critic. After watching the stock market to fall about 40% since Obama was elected, Cramer recently called President Obama's budget a "radical agenda,"… "This is the greatest wealth destruction I've seen by a President." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs brushed off Cramer's remarks and said "… the President has to look out for the broader economy and the broader population." Virtually no one is unaffected by the stock market crash yet Gibbs says that Obama "… has to look out for the broader economy and the broader population." Either the administration is totally out of touch or they see it as the political opportunity that Emanuel mentioned.
Some might say that Emanuel's embrace of the Hegelian dielectric was misunderstood. But if that is true why did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echo a similar comment? While in Brussels Clinton told her audience, "never waste a good crisis". Two of the most important members of Obama's administration do not express the same philosophy by accident.
It is becoming clear that Obama wants to govern in an atmosphere of crisis. All the policies that he wants to implement will be wrapped in the blanket of solving the financial crisis. This is not an uncommon phenomenon and has become a standard in the left-wing playbook. Crisis has been the justification for governments to seize more power and control over individual liberties. Before you scoff at the notion that political leader's abuse their powers remember that FDR imprisoned Japanese – Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor and Hitler used the Reichstag Fire to justify abolishing the rights of German citizens.
We have seen Leftist revolutionaries use a crisis to promote social, economic, or political upheavals in order to impose their collectivist initiatives. We have already seen the federal government take a controlling share in some of the domestic automobile companies and financial institutions. Obama and his Democrat allies are already planning government controlled health care and many have signaled that they want to control talk radio. The energy sector is already under attack under the guise of preventing global warming. Does this administration want to follow Hugo Chavez and control all the sectors of our economy?
We know that President Obama promised change and we know that a crisis can provide an opportunity for change. The question is, will the crisis be fixed or will Obama exploit the crisis to implement a socialistic agenda?
© 2009, Jack Ward