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Saturday, November 30, 2013

 

Residents of East Germany would recognize Obama's efforts to turn holidays and celebrations into political events.

But the first floor of the Stasi Museum is not about spying. Instead, it is devoted to the propaganda that East German bureaucrats used to foster socialist consciousness in an unwilling public. One display explains the GDR's efforts in the 1950s to politicize what in the past had been family and religious occasions. The state sought to transform weddings, confirmations, and other personal events into "socialist celebrations," to be "committed collectively and aimed at a confession to socialism," according to the awkward English translation of the exhibit.

The exhibition informs visitors that the project "did not gain popular acceptance." Amazingly enough, people didn't want to turn their family holidays into socialist celebrations.

Here at home, this Thanksgiving brings an effort by the Obama administration to turn a day of giving thanks into a day of discussion about the virtues of national health care. On Wednesday afternoon, just hours before Thanksgiving, President Obama's Twitter account -- which has more than 40 million followers -- sent out this message: "Make sure everyone who sits down with you for #Thanksgivukkah dinner is covered." ("Thanksgivukkah" refers to this year's rare overlap of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.)

The president's tweet linked to a photo of a young man sitting at a table with a turkey and a menorah. The accompanying text: "Celebrating Thanksgiving. Lighting the Hanukkah candles. Talking about health insurance. Gotta love dinners like these."
What is with this cult of personality? Remember Obama's attempt to turn your family celebration into fund raisers for his campaign?

... the Obama 2012 re-election campaign urged Americans to turn their most personal holidays into celebrations of the president.

"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?" the campaign asked. "Let your friends know how important this election is to you — register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It's a great way to support the president on your big day."

This is not just bizarre, it's creepily Fascistic.  What kind of American thinks this is a good idea?  What kind of person gathers these kind of people around himself?  This is a kind of Hitlerism.

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