The New York Times recently carried a profile of Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The piece discloses what goes through not only the mind of a dictator but also the minds of the U.S. officials who continue to support him with money and armaments.
The article begins with a promise by Sisi to install energy-efficient bulbs in every home even it that entails sending government officials into people’s home to install them. He thinks that that will help revitalize Egyptian society. Consider what he said: “I’m not leaving a chance for people to act on their own. My program will be mandatory.”
Sound familiar? Isn’t that also the mindset of President Obama, especially with respect to his Obamacare program? Like Sisi, he doesn’t want to leave a chance for people to act on their own when it comes to healthcare. That’s why Obama made the program mandatory.
As the Times’ article points out, “Mr. Sisi has shown that he, too, sees himself as a morally superior father figure responsible for directing and correcting the nation, with a firm hand if needed.”
Isn’t that the mindset of U.S. officials, one that views the federal government as a parent and the American people as children? Isn’t that what Social Security is all about—forcing people to take care of the elderly? Indeed, isn’t that what the entire welfare state is all about, with the income-tax and welfare-state system forcibly taking people’s money from them to help the “poor, needy, and disadvantaged,” while permitting the adult-children of the nation to have an allowance from what is supposed to be their income?
Sisi told fellow officers in a secret briefing that the military is “like the very big brother, the very big father who has a son who is a bit of a failure and does not understand the facts.”
Aren’t the U.S. military, CIA, and NSA viewed as big brother here in the United States? Doesn’t the U.S. national-security state apparatus operate in secret, arresting, incarcerating, torturing, executing, renditioning, spying on, or assassinating people, all with the aim of protecting “the security of the nation”?