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Mark Levin’s literary dynamite detonates in midst of GOP primaries.
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If you want to understand what’s really at work with the mentality that has produced everything from Obamacare to the EPA, campaign finance reform, Roe v. Wade, gay marriage, the controversy over Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, the New Deal, the Great Society and Fannie Mae — to name a small handful of historical political programs and controversies — Ameritopia is the “must read” of 2012. And beyond.
Plato as American political player in the 2012 campaign? While Levin notes that the famous Greek philosopher wasn’t, even way back in 380 BC, the first to enthuse about a utopian society, he is surely among the most prominent. Plato’s Republic was all about the construction of what Plato called an “ideal city” filled with “Guardians” — Guardians, Levin notes, who will decide who gets what.
Stop right here.
Remember this line from the 2008 campaign?
Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation…
In short, this is Obama as Plato. This vision is not the vision of the Founding Fathers. This is utopianism. Or, in its Americanized version, exactly what Levin calls it in his title: Ameritopia.
What Barack Obama is describing is a fantasy. A world where there is no imperfection. A world in which he personally — assuming the modern-day role of Plato’s Guardian — will see to it that every last one of a population of over 300 million has care when sick and always a good job. Like King Canute, Obama will be able to command the oceans when not busy healing the planet.
How will he do it? That’s right. Obamacare. The stimulus. The EPA. Withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan, cutting the military budget. And on… and on and on.
These are the modern signposts of utopia. If they are but done, Obamaites and statists insist, there will be utopia in America.
A concept Levin finds as laughable as it is dangerous, summing up the reality in Ameritopia’s subtitle: “The Unmaking of America.”
All of which makes the book Ameritopia not just a political player in 2012 but a very, very dangerous political player to Obama and his fellow statists.
Ameritopia rips the veil off of statism. In a precise, detailed, just-the-historical-facts ma’am fashion, Levin demonstrates that the Obama worldview — indeed the entire worldview of the American left — is now and has ever been nothing more than an ancient historical shell game. A sham from start to finish. Or, in the words of Plato, a “noble lie.” Except, of course, as Levin documents repeatedly, there’s nothing noble about the lie.
FROM PLATO, LEVIN MOVES on to Sir Thomas More’s famous novel from 1516. That’s right — 1516, some 496 years ago. What was the title of More’s novel? Right again. It was More’s novel Utopia that gave title to the concept of a world where, as Levin notes, a society exists “in which every need is answered and every want is either met or made results in near-perfect existence.”
Chillingly, More anticipated Obamacare by almost 500 years. In Thomas More’s Utopia there is — wait for it — free health care. Writes More:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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