Beware the Next Reichstag Fire
Back in February, I called attention to the 80th anniversary of the Reichstag fire. In summary, the German parliament building caught fire, a loopy perpetrator was captured, and the Nazi party managed to blame the whole thing on their political rivals (the Communists in particular) and seize government power. Their ensuing Holocaust and World War are still with us in all kinds of geopolitical tensions, from a Jewish state’s lightning rod status for Islamic terror to the proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world.
The American left probes for a Reichstag fire moment. There is a quest for an incident that will allow more centralization of emergency power in the federal government, the elimination of constitutional rights and, it would appear, the advent of a functionally single party state. Even the big government Republican “Bush 41” and the rather pragmatic liberal Bill Clinton kept poking around for that militant right wing movement to suppress, leading to the overkill operations at Ruby Ridge and Waco.
The current crazed chase for some gun control, any gun control, even laws that would have no impact on the kinds of crimes used to justify the crusade, culminated in a presidential tantrum last night. Screaming advocates in the Senate chamber, an angry president on TV, parades of white, suburban shooting victims (rather than the actual face of most gun crime, which is black and from a Democrat run urban area with strict gun laws), all put the weight on single, horrific events rather than the broader social problems contributing to American violence today. In other words, the search is for that Reichstag fire, to which only a strong, national party can respond.
While that approach fails for the moment, the left’s communications agencies are at work on the Boston Marathon bombing. Faster than the lawyers lining up to sue the city and the Marathon itself, liberal media voices expressed hope that a right wing white guy could be identified as the bomber. Despite Massachusett’s liberal leanings, breathless newspeople found possibilities in the Bay State’s “Patriots’ Day” celebrations. The bomber must be some self-styled new Minuteman, firing the new shot heard ‘round the world, the agent of a national conspiracy that requires consolidation of federal power to save us all.
Then there were the murders of several court officers in Texas. The media announced “white supremacist prison gangs” as the culprits almost before the blood was dry. Turns out it was a former employee in the system - a nutcase who had been fired for bad conduct - and his wife. But the “right wing conspiracy” angle is what’s left echoing in public ears.
A crazy guy sent toxic letters to government officials, including the President. The nut even put his own initials on the notes. But he’s white and from the South. So the right wing, anti-government angle will be the news, even though one letter went to a more conservative Congressman and the sender claims to be a Democrat.
Now there’s a lethal factory explosion - in Waco, of all places - and I’m sure the conjecture will point to “domestic right wing terror.”
Beware. That’s all I can say. It is obvious that Rahm Emmanuel’s “Never let a crisis go to waste” dictum isn’t just his eccentric opinion; it is a front and center strategy of the Democratic Party and the interest groups it represents. They want their Reichstag fire.
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