My nightmare: BHO as Hugo Chavez

Senator Obama recently said: "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." I'm serious, here's the citation. What would a “Civilian National Security Force” secure against? In Jonah Goldberg's new book Liberal Fascism, he defines fascism as “a mass movement that combines different classes but is prevalently of the middle classes, which sees itself as having a mission of national regeneration, is in a state of war with its adversaries and seeks a monopoly power using terror, parliamentary tactics and compromise to create a new regime, destroying democracy."

One can imagine the end of our traditional democracy all too clearly. Obama and the progressives sweep the Presidency and both houses of Congress. Before long, the “Civilian National Security Force" becomes Obama's “Red Guard” to intimidate and sweep away any vestige of opposition. The opposition would be defined as “the rich," “the polluters," “loony right- wing Christians”, or “big business" -- in other words, the productive members of society.

The army, the only institution that could save the democracy, is paralyzed by its adherence to the rule of law. This would give Obama time to replace the officer corps with party hacks loyal to his “new revolution”. Red Army style of indoctrination and control would soon follow.

It's possible to envision President Obama declaring a "constitutional crisis” and demand passage of laws giving him “emergency powers”. That would be the end of our 220-year experiment in liberty and prosperity. President Obama would become the Hugo Chavez of America, nationalizing businesses and assets, establishing and filling concentration camps with the “reactionary elements” and “non-believers," plunging the country into chaos and poverty.

The history of the United States would be given a Marxist rewrite. The genius of our founding Fathers and our Constitution would be buried and misconstrued as a government of old fogies who protected polluters and oppressors of the people.

But if the truth were to survive somehow in some latter-day Dead Sea scroll, it would say the fatal flaw was to fail to teach the young about true self-government. If the writings of Lincoln, Jefferson, and the other architects of liberty were revered, the young would not have been swept away by the “Obama Revolution”, a return to a tyranny of darkness.