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Orson Scott Card's Game...

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Orson Scott Card: Historical lies have great persistence. There are still people who think that Winston Churchill "failed" at Gallipoli; who believe that Richard III murdered his nephews, though the only person with a motive to kill them was Henry Tudor; who believe that George W. Bush lied about WMDs in Iraq….

The only reason people were taken by surprise was that they simply refused to believe (a) what Hitler himself said he would do, and (b) the previous related examples from history.So today we have a president whose faith in the good will of Muslim leaders is touching but groundless, whose threats and promises mean nothing, and whose ignorance of history is terrifying…. The real question is whether Obama would actually do anything in the event of a nuclear attack on Israel -- or on anybody. From Benghazi to Boston, his policy is to pretend that Muslims never do anything bad. So he chums about with Islamist Turks, his "red line" on war crimes in Syria meant nothing, he is funding the Christian-killing Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and when our consulate in Benghazi was under attack and we had the means to stop it, he did absolutely nothing…. Obama would certainly respond to a nuclear strike on Tel Aviv and Haifa with a call for negotiations and a complete abandonment of whatever part of Israel survived….

Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator…. He circumvented Congress as soon as he got into office by appointing "czars" who didn't need Senate approval. His own party hasn't passed a budget…. Obama already acts as if the Constitution were just for show…. Is there any plausible way for him to remain as president for life, like the dictators he so admires and envies in Russia, China, and the Muslim world? … The national media have never challenged Obama on anything. His lies and mistakes are unreported or quickly forgotten or explicitly denied; his critics are demonized…. Having been anointed from the start of his career because he was that magical combination -- a black man who talks like a white man…. he has never had to work for a living, and he has never had to struggle to accomplish goals. He despises ordinary people, is hostile to any religion that doesn't have Obama as its deity, and his contempt for the military is complete…. Hillary Clinton is being set up as the fall guy on Benghazi. Her lies under oath will destroy her in the run-up to the 2016 election, while the press will never hold Obama's feet to the fire….

Michelle Obama is going to be Barack's Lurleen Wallace…. Any Democrat who seriously opposes her will be destroyed in the media the way everyone who contested Obama's run for the Democratic nomination in 2008 was destroyed…. Barack Obama, like Hitler and the Iranian dictators, announced his plan, though the media (as with Hitler) has "forgotten" it…. Obama called for a "national police force" in 2008…. He needs Brown Shirts -- thugs who will do his bidding without any reference to law. Obama will claim we need a national police force in order to fight terrorism and crime. The Boston bombing is a useful start, especially when combined with random shootings by crazy people. Where will he get his "national police"? The NaPo will be recruited from "young out-of-work urban men" and it will be hailed as a cure for the economic malaise of the inner cities. In other words, Obama will put a thin veneer of training and military structure on urban gangs, and send them out to channel their violence against Obama's enemies.

Instead of doing drive-by shootings in their own neighborhoods, these young thugs will do beatings and murders of people "trying to escape" -- people who all seem to be leaders and members of groups that oppose Obama. Already the thugs who serve the far left agenda of Obama's team do systematic character assassination as a means of intimidating their opponents into silence. But physical beatings and "legal" disappearances will be even more effective…. All the abuses of the Patriot Act that Bush was accused of, but never actually did, will be the standard operating procedure of Obama's personal army, the NaPo. But the media will cover all the actions of the NaPo as if it were merely a full-employment program for unemployed urban youth…. The armed forces are largely recruited from among the half of American society that doesn't vote for Barack Obama. So they will be relentlessly underfunded and disarmed; prominent generals who might become foci of resistance to Obama will be destroyed as Petraeus was.

As for gun control, it will hardly be necessary. Obama already has his program of ammunition control. Guns without bullets are decorative. And he will have armored cars for the NaPo, precisely so that right-wing militia types can't use snipers against them. These are simple steps, but they have worked for every dictator ruthless enough to use them. Most people want only to be left alone; Obama will leave them alone as long as they shut up and do what they're told. But it won't be just the NaPo. Once the government has firm control of health care, we'll find that the families of his opponents don't qualify for expensive medical care. Their children and parents will be medical-care hostages. Once we get the clear idea that people or groups -- or even regions -- that oppose Obama simply don't get any medical care, it will rarely be necessary to send in the NaPo armored cars. By the election of 2018, both parties will only field candidates approved by Obama's people….

The Supreme Court justices who might oppose him will retire, or suffer medical accidents, and be replaced by judges who think the Constitution means whatever politically correct opinion needs it to mean. And if some brave congressmen or local governments try to oppose him, they will be put on trial on trumped-up charges -- to which they will usually plead guilty, in exchange for continuing medical care (or employment) for their families. By the time Michelle has served her two terms, the Constitution will have been amended to allow Presidents to run for reelection forever. Obama will win by 98 percent every time. That's how it works in Nigeria and Zimbabwe; that's how it worked in Hitler's Germany.

And you can be sure that those unionized teachers who spewed venom and hatred in Wisconsin will be ready to brainwash America's children about the glories of Obama-style "freedom." Any teachers who don't follow the union program will be fired. Almost all the mechanisms are already in place. It just takes a tweak here and there, and America is ready to be the country that is worthy of a Beloved Leader like Barack Obama.

All right, the game is over. We don't seriously think any such thing will happen. But… anything can happen. American democracy, already a pale shadow of what it once was, is only a couple of centuries old…. The editorial writers at the New York Times and Washington Post are ready right now to talk warmly about "post-democratic America" and explain why it's about time we eliminated the ability of primitive Republicans, with their neanderthal reliance on "guns and religion," to obstruct the onward march of Enlightened government. They already hate democracy. They already demonize anyone who opposes them, and believe that their opponents have no right to be heard, and that courts should force their program on the ignorant masses…. Hitler came to absolute power because the military and businessmen of Germany saw him as the one to put their opponents in their place. That's how the American elites -- the educational establishment, the unions, the media -- already see Obama. Like Hitler's allies, they won't understand what a monster they've created until his power is so entrenched that he can turn it against them. And then it will be too late…. Just keep your head down, and you'll be OK. Unless your children repeat at school things you said in the privacy of your home. Unless an Obama crony wants your house or your job. Unless you tell the wrong joke to the wrong people. Unless you have already written or said dangerous things that will come back to get you shot trying to avoid arrest…

Just kidding. Because if I really believed this stuff, would I actually write this essay?