Conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley says that President Barack Obama supports policies that can most accurately be described as “economic fascism.”
“Obama doesn’t run around wearing a Carrie Bradshaw-esque nameplate necklace that says ‘Socialist,’” Crowley told The Daily Caller while defending her description of the president as a socialist in her new book, “What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback,” which was released Tuesday. “But his policies, actions, words, background and associations speak louder than any ID necklace ever could.”
“As a technical matter,” she continued, “economic fascism (government control of the means of production without ownership) more accurately describes what Obama is carrying out than socialism (government ownership of those means of production), but ‘fascism’ and ‘socialism’ are highly charged words — and arguments over the labels often obfuscate the reality of the policies.”
Crowley, who holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University, worked for Richard Nixon in the 1990s and considers the late president “brilliant” and “visionary.” But didn’t he institute economic policies — such as price controls — that were in some ways more left-wing than Obama’s?
“Unlike President Obama, President Nixon was a capitalist who did not believe in ‘remaking’ the very character of America,” Crowley replied, admitting that Nixon “did institute some wildly progressive policies.” Nixon came “to regret most of those initiatives,” she added.
Check out the full interview with Crowley about her new book, her work for Nixon and what her Ph.D. thesis focused on:
What’s the “bleep” stand for in the title of your book? The Daily Caller’s readership can take it.
I was going to call it Fifty Shades of Obama but then thought better of it.
One day last summer, I was having dinner with a good friend. I told her that I wanted to write another book but wasn’t quite sure as to what its focus should be. We then started talking about how epically weird the last few years under Obama have been. Every day, we were getting hit with a new piece of insane, leftist social engineering or some new policy to take down American power or prestige abroad — a rapid-fire assault I call “Barack-a-mole.” Our enemies were getting olive branches, our allies were getting dissed, and millions of Americans were being moved into government dependency at home. “What the (bleep) just happened?” I sighed. She looked at me and said, “That’s your title.” And so it came to be. Of course, I used an actual unprintable word. I thought I’d let each reader supply his or her own favorite profanity.
What are the attributes of the Reaganesque happy warrior you seek to revive?
In the book, I list the ten keys to the happy warrior. The first is that we recognize that we are, in fact, in a war: We’re in an ideological war against leftism, an economic war against the forces of radical redistributionism, and a war with Islamism in all its forms. The happy warrior understands that we must fight these wars, because our opponents are certainly waging the battle relentlessly, and that fighting them will require some pain and dislocation as a necessary consequence.
But above all, the happy warrior is, in fact, happy. Two famous happy warriors — Reagan and his political soulmate, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — knew they were fighting their own ideological and external wars. But they did so with the sunny dispositions and positive outlooks of those who knew they were on the right side of history. And so it must be with us.
We must take the Reaganesque happy warrior brand, revive and update it, and turn it into our political and attitudinal anthem for bringing America back.