"The American people will never adopt Socialism. But under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every fragment of the socialistic program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. We can't expect the American people to jump from Capatalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until one day they awaken on a day to find that they have Communism." Those are the words of Norman Thomas, American Socialist, pacifist, and six time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. Think about that.... The Socialist Party of America. It's one of the little hiccups in our Constitution under the umbrella of freedom of speech and freedom of peaceful assembly. Almost on the level of freedom of speech and assembly that lets you protest a soldiers funeral like the Westboro Babtist Church does, or burn the flag. You can assemble a political organization that is the antithisis of our Social and Economic system and in many cases hostile to our government, and it's completely legal. Socialism, Communism, Fascism, and other totalitarian systems of government are the opposite of our Capitalist Free Market Republic. But we believe our system is so strong, our Constitution so beautifully written that it can withstand organizations such as the Communist Party USA, or the Socialist Party of America. But we have to stay vigilant.
My grandfather god bless his soul, fought in two wars (WWII, Korea) raised me with great values and set a great example as a man. He raised me as a Democrat but I am now a solid Conservative. To premise, as the saying goes today's Democratic Party is not your grandfather's Democratic Party. Today's Democratic Party is full of 60's and 70's New leftits who channeled Timothy Leary's "Turn on, tune in, dropout" edict. This is so important for people to understand, you need to know who encompasses the Democratic Party today. Fully induced by LSD and other mind "enhancing" drugs, they read Marx and Engles, had a lot of unmeaningful sex, and started the moral erosion of this great experiment we call America. They had enhanced visions of a world with no nuclear weapons, sex with no consequences, free health care, free food, housing, clothing, etc. Utopia on earth. Well it didn't work out. The summer of love turned into the summer of assault, rape, and murder, ending with a free concert given by the Stones at Altamont, California where four people died along with the New Left's dreams of a socialist utopia and the overthrow of the U.S. government. Some went on the lamb such as Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn of the Weather Underground, after blowing up government facilities only to come back to become Professors of Education, high ranking attorneys (check the backgrounds of ACLU lawyers), and close friends with our new president. As their parents before them crushed by the Khrushchev Report the New Left was crushed by drugs and more importantly the ideas of socialism and communism. The reincarnation of the Marxist today is fueled by the children of the New Left who learned to hide their leftist roots and weave themselves into our government systems, from education, law, school boards, city councils, and now to the Presidency. What's sad is that my grandfather risked his life at the age of 17 he signed up for WWII, he needed a signature from his mother to join. When I asked him why, he stated with ease and without hesitation, "It was wartime." He fought for his country to beat back the ideas that now govern the party he assocciates himself with.
My grandfather and I speak about once a week and I try to stay off the topic of politics since I "came out" to him about 5-6 yrs. ago. You see in my family politics were fair game at any setting. Over dinner, Thanksgiving, Christmas, whenever. My uncle is a true man of the left, I spoke to him for the first time in some years a couple months ago, and I told him I was a Conservative. His reaction was to call me a Reactionary, which in and of itself is a reactionary name the left calls Conservatives, you can see the irony there, I hope. Now it's different, my grandfather wasn't the most vocal about politics in our family but definitely had his opinion. He's all about the "Big Oil" thing, from Bechtel Oil and Ronald Reagan to the Bush/Cheney Haliburton connection. But one conversation floored me. He said, "If Communism were run by Angels it would be great." Here's a man who fought totalitarian regimes, one facist, one imperialist, and one communist, saying communism was just run by the wrong people. That's the problem our new President has, he's a true believer and just thinks Marxism hasn't been deployed by the right people. In my Grandfather's defense he spent 22 years of his life working for the government. From the age of 17 to basically 40 he was taken care of by the government and really the only part of government that works, the military. He now has his SSI and retirement from his service in the Marines, so all his income basically comes from government. His health-care has been provided by the government, for life. So to me his view is a tad skewed.
The irony of my grandfather's comment is that Communism was never intended to have religion in it, quite the opposite. It was never intended to help all of the people it was intented to control the people and inslave the people. Think of our system with all of our govenment employees and their cronies but with no CEO of a business being richer than the President, no upper class, no middle class, no lower middle class where I come from, and no lower class. It's just the Government employees who live in the best homes and palaces and the poor who stand in line for bread, milk, and the preverbial government cheese, literlally starving millions to death. While Communism has been responsible for over a hundred million deaths since the late 1800's. Stalin and his successors roughly 62 million, Mao Tse Tung roughly 76 million, North Korea 3.1 million, Cambodia/Vietnam around 4 million in 12 years, while Hitler and the Nazis 20 million. Far from Angelic. So why so many deaths due to Communism? Contrarty to many opinions it's my opinion that Communism attracks dictators not create them. Let us not forget that Nazi stands for the National Socialist Party, so you can throw in the 20 million murders commited by Hitler to the Communist total since Socialism is a movement of the left not the right, and is basically the farm system for Communists. The father of Facism Benito Mussolini was a member of the Italian socialist party and never failed to make clear that his inspirational and spiritual home was on the left. Mussolini stated, "It was utterly foolish to believe that class conciousness could ever trump the call of a nation and culture. Communism wasn't working in Italy so Mussolini tapped into that sentiment of nationality. This is what the left always does. They just take the same old failed policies repackage them and call it something else, this is what Mussolini did, Communism is just Facism with an international bent.
"Communism begins where atheism begins." That's a quote from Karl Marx co-author of the Communist Manifesto. Atheism is a pillar of Communism and Facism. The administers of these totalitarian forms of governments wanted all religion and religious symbols removed from schools, government institiusions, and the public square. They shut down churches and made them into schools of indoctrination for their youth. Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler would be the new Gods. If people believed in God then they would model their lives after the gospel and not these false idols, circumventing the power of government as the ultimate authority. America is the exact opposite. Our unalienable rights are given to us by God not man. Not lost on our new President, Obama has left out the word "Creator" while invoking words from the Declaration of Independence in three speeches President Obama has omitted the word "Creator." One to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute two days before Constitution Day on the 15th of Sept. then 7 days later at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City during a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees on the 22nd, and finally at another fundraiser for Senatorial Democrats in Rockville MD. It's not that our President doesn't know the Constitution he was a Constitutional lecturer (Senior) at the University of Chicago school of law, it's that he is a Marxist. I digress. Our Constitution is based on the ten commandments and in every way our government was set up to give the least amount of power to our politicians. Our founders had been all over the world and saw totalitarians, despots, kings, and all types of governments to devise ours and eliminate all the misplaced ideas of these other regimes. Our constitution is the most beautiful written document ever devised. It's simple but not simplistic.
Communists and Facists wanted to create a "New Man," to shed mans natural instincts given by God. French revolutionaries talked about a civil religion enforced by the all powerful God-State. For these ideologies to take hold religion had to be eradicated especially Christianity. "Facism is religion," Mussolini pontificated with vigor and often. "Karl Marx had the Devil's view of the world and the Devil's malignity. Sometimes he seemed to know that he was accomplishing the works of evil." Close friend of Karl Marx Robert Payne commented on this champion of the people.
A government directive from the Soviet Parliment to school educators titled, "Atheistic education in the school," outlined how to seperate god from human society.
The opening paragraph is very revealing. "The Soviet school, as an instrument for the Communist education of rising generations, can as a matter of principle, take up no other attitiude towards religion than one of irreconcilably hostile opposition. For communist education has at it's philosophical basis Marxism and Marxism is irreconsilably hostile towards religion. Nazi's are always referred to as Christians but they were Pagans. They took over churches and turned them into schools of indoctrination or burned them to the ground.
Communists promise utopian societies where there are no classes. That is to say engineers, scientists, doctors are the same as dishwashers, garbage men, landscapers, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with the latter of examples, because each one of those people in a Free Market Society such as America can become a doctor, engineer, scientist, or become the owner of a landscaping business or own the Restaurant that he or she washed dishes in. Not so in a Communist society, you are assigned a career where the government decides they need it or thinks that you're qualified to do. "To each according to their needs from each according to their abilities." Obama has just taken over all student loans, can we be guaranteed that there will be no conditions in the future on what career path we choose if we get a loan from the government? We had the best arts, craftsmanship, carpentry, technology, engineering, sports, writing, and just plain imagination in general before this creeping socialism has been injected into our government and more importantly our psyche. Every kid gets a trophy, don't grade papers with red ink, or don't have grades at all. Those are just some of the policies the left has tried to employ. We now have 40% of Americans that pay no federal income tax at all. How can you care about something if you don't have any 'skin in the game' as our President likes to say. The figures are slightly different depending on who you go by but from what I've been able to research the top 1% of wage earners pay about 40% of all taxes collected by the federal government, the top 5% of wage earners pay about 59%. Alexis de Tocqueville said, "There exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery than inequality in freedom."
The Germans had been building their war machine for years while we hadn't. As soon as we entered the war we produced military ships, weapons, tanks, and supplies at a record pace, because we created strong individuals so in a time of national crisis we could all come together and triumph. We know the result. The French started the Panama Canal and after many deaths, sub-standard equipment, and insufficient funds guess who came in and completed it, America. NASA, electricty, T.V., books, etc. I could go on and on. What have countries ruled by Communism or Facism offered the world except doped up women athletes that actually have to take gender tests to compete.
The Conservative or the Classic Liberal knows and understands that life is unfair, that man is flawed and has certain instincts. Also understood is that there are no utopias on earth or to be created by man on earth, the only utopia awiats us in the next life. Stalin, Lenin, Marx, Hitler, Mao, and Mussolini knew this. I don't know if to a man these men didn't believe in God, but I do know they removed God and Religion from their respective societies, so they could become the almighty and create a civil religion.
In many acedemic circles especially the circles with a liberal bent Communism and Socialism are not given the same stature in the horrific terms that Nazism is given. Even in some Conservative circles Communists and Socialists are given a pass as people who truly believe what they're doing is good and nobel, but just adhere to a misguided ideology. My take is different. I believe Communism especially attracts dictators not create them. Most all of these despots have checkered pasts with some having mental health issues being bastards in the true definition, and in Marx's case a self loathing Jew. They were all little dictators in the making and knew what they were offering was fraudulent. These were the so-called intellectuals of their time and as such were able to manipulate a certain amount of population with lofty rhetoric while using violent coercion to reign in the rest. Communism, Socialism, Fascism are just the most conducive forms of government for someone who wants to become a dictator. Take a look at Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. Cuba pre-Castro was one of the wealthiest latin countries in the world surpassing the GDP of places like Taiwan, Singapore, and close to Hong Kong and Tokyo. Venezuela under Chavez has increased it's oil revenue, recently spending 5 billion in military arms from Russia while the GDP has 4 consecutive quarters of negative G.D.P. growth, risking Zimbabwe-like hyper-inflation with a ending projection of a -3.8% G.D.P. growth in 2010. 80% of his revenue comes from oil so any if any oil crisis unfolds Venezula could become a failed state such as Nicaragua. He has shut down oppisition T.V. stations, Newspapers, imprisoned political advesaries, and tried to change the constitution so he could remain President indefinitely. Guess who supports him? Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Oliver Stone, and Kevin Spacey to name a few. While these same people hammered Bush for all his years as President as being Hitleresque, spying on his own citizens, and going after people who disagree with him, they support a Tin Pot Dictator like Chavez who has actually done the things they say they hate about America.
History has shown that Communism and these other totalitarian regimes are failures economically and socially, but what's really disturbing is that you have so many Americans who still believe in these ideologies like the ones I described in the paragraph before this (a problem I will address in another column) that have always lead to unprecedented misery and murder. Throughout our universities we have so-called professors teaching 20 somethings that we are imperialists, occupiers, and oppressors, (Cornell West, David Green, Ward Churchill) to name a few. When I went to college they taught us how to think and disseminate information not what to think, that concept has been inverted.
I will give you a few quotes from Communist leaders and few Capatilist leaders. You can decide for yourself what rings true, what inspires you, what sounds evil and what sounds moral.
Vladimir Lenin talking about the "Takeover" stage of Communism.
Lenin: Do you really believe that we can be victorious without the cruelest revolutionary terror?
I.N. Steinberg: Then why do we bother with a Commisssiart of Justice? Let's call it frankly the Commissariat for Social Extermination and be done with it!
Lenin: Well put....that's exactly what should be ...But we can't say that.
Here's a diddy from Mao Tse Tung.
"Administer a powerful shock to the patient and yell at him, you're ill! So that he breaks out all over in a sweat. Then we will get hem to take the treatmeant." Remember, I said they want to create a "New Man" in their own image, not in God's.
Latin Hero Che Guevara in his own words.
While fomenting revolution in Guatemala he wrote to his mother on many occasions.
In one correspondence he wrote, "It was a lot of fun, what with the bombs, speeches and other distractions to break the monoty I was living in. His motto was "if in doubt kill him." What's great about Che there is no disputing how evil he was, he wrote it all in his diaries. How many who wear his image on a t-shirt understand that if you didn't support the Communist government of the Castro brothers Che would personally execute you. That he was in charge of "La Cabana" the prison where all dissidents were taken for forced labor or to be executed. From the second floor Che had his office but he had to modify it. You see the normal configuration of the office didn't allow him to see the courtyard where the executions were taking place so he had a big hole knocked out of a wall to serve as a viewing window to executions he couldn't partake in. Che vowed to make individualism dissapear from Cuba! "It's criminal to think of individuals!" I saw Jay-Z wearing a Che t-shirt in a performance on MTV. It was sad to see how a black man who makes millions on individualism and Capitalism and inspires millions of young black kids be so ignorant. The most obvious reason he was just like the Hollywood sheep that bashed President Bush. At Obama's inauguration week Jay-Z performed and bashed Bush. In one his more recent hits "99 problems" he changed the words from "I got 99 problems but a bitch aint one." In his revised version it goes "I got 99 problems but a Bush aint one." He has also said he agreed with Kanye West's expert analysis, that Bush is a racist. Well time to educate Mr. Carter on his hero Che. In Che's words "The Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities and booze, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent." Che wrote in his diaries when asked at a press conference what his revolution would do for blacks, Che sneered, "We'll do for balcks exactly what blacks did for the Cuban Revolution, which I mean: nothing!" So here's Jay-Z multi-millionaire bashing a President that had more minorities in his administration than any before it and wearing a Che t-shirt on MTV a organization that would be shut down much less have any blacks represented on it. In todays Cuba the Afro-Cuban cannot hold jobs in tourism, are made to live in certain areas, poorer access to health-care (how could it get much poorer), excluded from managerial position, and more likely to be imprisioned. Carlos Moore a Afro-Cuban activist who lives in Brazil says there can be no civil rights protests because the first time you had a protest there would be 10,000 dead blacks. By the way Jigga man President Bush did more for the fight of AIDS and Malaryia in Africa than any President before him, Bono said so, jackass.
Now contrast that with a couple quotes from our founders and a couple of my favorite Presidents.
Thomas Jefferson: "God who gave us life gave us librety."
JFK: Communism has never come to power in a country that wasn't disrupted by war or corruption.
JFK: Geography has made neighbors, history has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and neccessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
JFK: Let every nation know, wether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Reagan: Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
Reagan: If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Reagan: Without God Democracy will not and cannot endure, "our nation is chosen by God and commissioned by history to be the model of the world.
Reagan: I have updated this part of Reagan's farewell speech to coinside with the population numbers of today but the rest remains the same. "We are a nation of over 300 million people with a pedigree that includes bloodlines from every corner of the world. We have shed the American melting-pot-blood in every corner of the world, usually in defense of someone's freeedom. Those who remained of that remarkable band we call our Founding Fathers tied up some of the loose ends about a dozen years after the revolution. It had been the first revolution in all man's history that did not just exchange one set of rulers for another. This had been a philosophical revolution the culmination of mans's dreams for 6,000 years were formilized with the constitution, probably the most unique document ever drawn in the long history of man's relation to man. I know there have been other constitutuons, new ones are being drawn today by newly emerging nations most of them, even the one of the one of the Soviet Union contains many of the same guarantees as our own Constitution, and still there is a difference. The difference is so subtle that we often over-look it, but is so great that it tells the whole story. Those other Constitiutions say, "Government grants you these rights" and ours says, "you are born with these rights, they are yours by the grace of God, and no government on earth cna take them from you."
The American Trinity. "In God we Trust, "Liberty," and " E Pluribus Unum." The left has undermined all three of these, substituting secularism for God and religion in as much of American life as possible: Substituting equality (of result) for liberty and multiculturalism as the opposite of "E Pluribus Unum," meaning out many into one. "Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, it's inherent virtue is equal sharing of misery." Churchill.