Jonah Goldberg hits a nice shot out of the rough

The subject is a rant against the Tea Party movement by Ron Rosenbaum:

[N]otice how Rosenbaum capitalizes Socialists. It’s true that the National Socialists weren’t Socialists. But they were socialists. They believed in economic policies that intelligent and informed people everywhere recognize as, well, socialistic (redistribution of wealth, state control of capital, universal healthcare, universal education etc etc). Rosenbaum deliberately uses Socialist as a team name rather than a worldview, hoping that no one will know the difference. It’s akin to saying American conservatives don’t like democracy because they feud with the Democrats.

I disagree with Goldberg that we are not headed toward a form of dictatorship. As he amply demonstrates in his own book, Liberal Fascism, American governments can shift very rapidly into a form of proto-dictatorship, but also have a tendency to revert to “normalcy” after a spell. But I don’t think he would disagree that the structures of state control have now accumulated to the point where it’s very difficult to turn around without running into one form of state compulsion or the other. Unfortunately, the reductio ad Hitlerum argument so often used to express the sensation that accompanies these facts is an easy reach on the shelf of polemics and has been used into uselessness. Although, I must say, if you read the racialist “theology” of James Cone, you could be tempted to think the old reductio not so useless after all.

I might be the last person in America to be arguing that Obama’s twenty years in a “black theology” church should have disqualified him from consideration for the presidency, or even his seat in the Senate, but that’s because I hold the unusual and odd belief that you don’t belong to a church like that for the bulk of your adult life without knowing exactly where you are.

So, Goldberg might want to rethink his reset position on this sort of thing in the light of, oh, say, Cone’s teaching that whites are manifestations of Satan. And, of course, it is Cone’s teachings that are the foundation of the teaching of Obama’s church.

I’m unhappy to be seemingly alone in continuing to point that out, but I’m happy not to have the common fear of race that compels most writers to look away from these unpleasant facts.

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