Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama's Vision For America

“…generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you. But it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.” ~ Barack Hussein Obama

As I promised in my previous post, here is a brief history of Communism, and it‘s negative effect on the citizenry who have had to live under it’s oppression. It is vital to understand how dangerous it would be to allow any form of Marxism to attain a foothold in The United States of America.

Let us be clear here, lest some take exception to my characterization of the Soviet Union’s governmental system as Communism. Communism, Socialism, and Marxism are varying extremes of the same concept.

A rose, by any other name…

If you know of anyone who needs to be educated about this evil, please share this post with them. Edit it accordingly if you feel the need.

In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published “The Communist Manifesto”, a book which has since become more or less the Socialist’s Bible. In it, Marx and Engels envisioned a society which would be, for all intents and purposes, truly equal.

This profoundly idealistic system of government is best encapsulated in the famous quotation by Marx, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

The society which Marx and Engels advocated proposed to eliminate the “divide” between the bourgeois and the proletariat, that is, the ruling class and the labor class. According to the Manifesto, capitalism creates classes among the citizens, and leads to the oppression and exploitation of the lower classes.

Communism, and socialism in general, is designed to cultivate a classless society in which everyone is truly equal, and such social problems as racism, sexism and oppression are eliminated.

The core belief of Socialism hinges upon the idea that no man should be independent, but instead part of a “cooperative” group that wholly depends upon each other to accomplish the goals of the “Collective“.

Let me add here, also, that God has no place in Marx’s concept of Communism. Communism is a necessarily atheistic system.

It is a noble idea, and, were it possible, would be a Utopian form of Government. A Government in which all citizens would have equal opportunity to become self sufficient. However, as was soon discovered, the Utopia of Socialism proved to be, and always will be, virtually impossible. Indeed, it was self sufficiency itself that was most problematic to this Utopian ideology.

In 1917, Vladimir I. Lenin took the basic principles of the Communist Manifesto, and bastardized them, creating through force, a Socialist government in Russia.

This emergence of Communism, as a “legitimate” government, was accomplished during what is known as the Bolshevik Revolution, in which Lenin led a revolution against the czar, Queen Alexandra, catching the monarchy off guard during World War One. After three years of struggle, Lenin finally took control.

The revolution itself costs thousands of lives, but the following years proved to be much more deadly to Russia’s citizens.

During the ensuing years, an increasingly paranoid Lenin instigated what is known as “The Purge”, in which thousands of Russian citizens were rounded up and placed in gulags (also known as “re-education camps“) in Siberia, where they were tortured, sometimes for decades and often resulting in a painful and prolonged death. Others were lucky by comparison. They were simply executed, often times without the formality of a trial, or even any evidence of wrong doing. People were routinely executed and tortured for very minor offenses.

Naturally, what misgivings the Russian people may have had about this new system of government were effectively squelched. It became life threatening to complain about the government’s policies.

In all, it has been estimated that Lenin and his successor, Josef Stalin, exterminated 20 million or more Russian citizens, often for the crime of merely thinking negative thoughts about the ruling Politburo, which was by that time, a devastatingly repressive dictatorship.

The Communist government was characterized by repression, oppression, and depression, both economic and physical.

In the schools, students were indoctrinated into the Socialist theory of Government, and were instructed not to doubt the party’s stated intentions. Eventually, any student that departed from the party line could have been punished, often by torture or death, depending on the severity of the perceived offense.

In an effort to eliminate any possible dissent, citizens were encouraged to report any suspicious talk or activity by their neighbors and friends to the police, and were rewarded if they did, and often punished if there were any suspicions by the Government police that they knew about said offense but failed to report them.

Newspapers were expressly forbidden to write about anything without approval of the state, under penalty of law. Citizens were forbidden to listen to radio and television programs that originated outside the Soviet union, and if discovered, were subject to be sentenced to abnormally long prison sentences.

National Elections did not offer a choice of candidates. The only choice citizens had was between yes, do you affirm this candidate or no, you don’t. Ballots were open so election officials knew how one voted. Voting was potentially dangerous.

Children were trained for whatever occupation the ruling party deemed appropriate, regardless of the child’s aptitude or desire. For instance, a child may be blessed with a talent for art, but if the party decided the child should be a bricklayer, the child’s aspiration to art would be squelched in favor of creating a career as a productive bricklayer.

Citizens were told what to do, what not to do, how much they were allowed to earn, where they could or could not go, and in many cases, with whom they could associate. And they were threatened with punishment if they failed to comply.

Every aspect of life in Communist Russia was intensely monitored and scrutinized. One could not trust friends, neighbors, or even family to keep secret anything expressly forbidden by the Communist party.

No one was allowed to own property. No one was allowed to have more money than his neighbors. Anyone who was found to be hoarding any money, food, or goods not approved by the state had their money or property confiscated, and were often imprisoned.

The people of Russia soon became ensconced in poverty, mostly because the Government leaders took more money from them through excessive taxation than they could afford to part with, and used the ill gotten gains to lead exceedingly extravagant lifestyles. Each person, whether educated or not, skilled or not, lived on a limited income. All people earned the same amount of income regardless of their abilities. And this income was not adequate to live comfortably. Meanwhile, the Russian leaders lived sumptuously off the labor of the ordinary citizens.

Karl Marx's concept of equality was ignored by those in power.

This resulted in a lack of incentive and an apathetic attitude towards industriousness.

And a pervading feeling of hopelessness.

In short, freedoms were limited to the point of absurdity in the interest of maintaining order.

Other repressive Socialist systems of government, some better, some worse, still exist in some countries in the world, such as China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, and Venezuela. Like the USSR, all have failed to create a successful working model of Marx’s idealistic vision of Utopia.

In China there is currently mandatory abortion. That's not choice.

None can duplicate, or even come close to the freedoms we enjoy as free Americans.

There are several schools of thought on the eventual cause of the failure of Socialism to live up to the ideals proposed by Karl Marx, but in the end, I would have to say that the root cause of Socialism’s failure is the fact that people are simply not wired to be equal. It is unfortunate, but true. While some people are ambitious, others are complacent. While some are hard working, others are lazy. Some people are content with things as they are, while others are continually striving for bigger and better opportunities.

All men are created equal, but no man can be coerced into equality. It is not the government’s right to dictate the dispersal of wealth to the people. Nor is it their right to deny basic human rights to any individual based on class distinctions and level of wealth.

Man has the inherent right to be what he can be, and no entity, regardless of intent, may usurp that right.

And yet, this type of Government is exactly the type of government Barack Hussein Obama has in mind for the people of the United States of America. The words and phrases he himself has used in his speeches and interviews are damning evidence of his true vision for an American utopia.

Words such as “redistribution” and “middle class” and phrases such as “Spreading the wealth” and “social and economic justice” are indicative of the kind of language employed by what I call “closeted Socialists“.

Those are Obama’s words.

He may win the election for President, and if he has the benefit of a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in Congress, many of the freedoms we now take for granted may be suppressed. He desires control, above everything else. He places utmost importance on personal power, rather than the power of a free society. Indeed, a free society is in direct juxtaposition to Obama‘s aspirations.

He wants you to be subservient to the state. The state, according to the typical Marxist, is to be your God.

Mr. Obama may try to control our people, but he cannot control our minds. He may break our backs, but he will never break our spirit.

Regardless, whatever transpires in the coming Presidential election, one positive remains:

Americans will rise to the occasion. Despite being bruised, battered, and bloody, tyranny shall be defeated, and this nation, under God, will emerge victorious.

45 comments:

Always On Watch said...

The film Animal Farm, the version with Patrick Stewart's voice, is appropriate viewing for this election year. I've been using the film with one of my adult students so as to bring the book alive for him. Talk about a young man making comparisons with Obama!

Mark, thank you for alerting me to this posting of yours. It's excellent!

Trader Rick said...

I don't want to spend my old age living in a camp in the hills, with my .303 Enfield and a bunch of snot-nosed young revolutionaries waging a bloody revolution against Tyranny if Obama suspends the Constitution. But I will. I will.

Mark said...

I might add here, that many of the first to be executed or banished to Siberia were those who had most fervently clamored for a revolution. The rationalization was, if they would incite revolution against the previous order, they would likely turn on the new one. For that reason and that reason alone, they were punished. Not for anything they did, but for their demonstrated proclivity to revolt.

Liberals should keep that fact in mind when they throw their support behind Obama. If Obama gains the power of the presidency and if he has a majority in the Congress, you Libs may be the first to suffer.

Dan Trabue said...

Wow, for a while there, Mark, you were doing pretty well.

I thought this would just be some mindless hatchet job, but you did a decent job of covering (briefly) the history of socialism as it evolved in the USSR, which was mixed with fascism and was a horrifying thing.

However, you lost your credibility when you got down to the end...

"this type of Government is exactly the type of government Barack Hussein Obama has in mind for the people of the United States of America..."

You had a whole series of strings of fairly factual statements going for most of your blog then you go all crazed there at the end.

If you have evidence (beyond the fact that Obama uses words like "economic justice" - ooh! the horror!) that Obama wants to institute a Marxist gov't, provide it. Otherwise, you just come across as insane, as if you were engaging in a bit of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Y'all may not like Obama's policies and that's fine. But if you're concerned at all about the future of a conservative voice in this country, you'd do well to learn from the successes of his campaign.

And one thing that you should learn is that you can't win based on spreading lies and disinformation.

The more one spreads tripe like "He's a commie! He's a fascist! She wants to eat babies!!", the more one sounds insane and distances one's cause from the majority of people - especially that middle moderate group that you have to win over in order to win an election.

Just a helpful suggestion. Take it or not.

Mark said...

Dan, the evidence that Obama is a Marxist is overwhelming. Only people who have already had their mind warped by Obama's platitudes without thinking them through logically still don't understand.

This post is offered as an educational tool so you Libs will finally understand the potential danger of Obama. You've been warned. When you are freezing in the Gulag remember. You have been warned.

Feodor said...

Marx: "Religion is the opiate of the masses."

Obama: "Our God is an awesome God."

Mark: no!!no!naseogosaoiweg!1!!!!ndvnszo;en!

Wade Moline said...

Dan is like most liberals, he can't show evidence to support his view so he calls us insane, yet here on this site is a well put together example of what an Obama state would be like. Dan is the type of people that allowed those mentioned in the article to take power in the first place, they simply closed their eyes to the truth in hope that all their needs would be fulfilled by government.

My mother and her family fled Hitler's Nazi Germany and came to the US to avoid certain death. Had they not, I wouldn't be here.

Gayle said...

I will be tempted to join Trader Rick. I sure hope it never has to come to that!

Excellent work here, Mark. Yes, it has been proven without a shred of doubt that Obama is a Marxist, but I was thinking as I read it that liberals will deny it. *sigh* You can only try to lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. It's an old saw but evidently it's the truth!

No... wait a minute! Obama's been doing a real good job of it, hasn't he?

Father Gregori said...

Mark, you are right on in everything in this post. There is one thing that Obama had said in a 2001 radio interview he gave when he was still a state senator: During that interview, he said that "if given the chance I would like to nullify the safe-guards that the founding fathers put into the Constitution, because they limit the power of the government." This was a very frightening statement for him to make, yet I haven't heard any of MSM, including fair and balanced Fox News Channel, mention it. Yesterday, Shepherd Smith, on his 'Studio B' program on Fox News, argued with a guest that there was NO evidence that Obama would turn his back on Israel. All Shepherd has to do is read Obama's book "Faith of my Father," where he states: "If the political winds turn nasty, I will side with the Palestinians."

If that man wins, I would like to be one of the first to lead a revolution against him.

Mark said...

Yes, Abouna, I posted the audio from that interview in the post below. In fact, that audio is the reason I decided to write this one in the first place.

Dan Trabue said...

Wade said:

Dan is like most liberals, he can't show evidence to support his view so he calls us insane, yet here on this site is a well put together example of what an Obama state would be like.

Wade, you don't know me, so I don't know where you get off saying what I'm like. Beyond that, do you even know how ridiculous your statement is? "Here on this site" what Mark has done was did a decent job of describing socialism as it happened in fascist USSR. No one is disputing that.

But then Mark makes the leap - without benefit of any evidence other than it's what Mark thinks - to say that THIS is what Obama will do in the US. Same leap you just made.

No one is disputing the first part of Mark's essay. What I'm disputing is the leap to, "THEREFORE, this is what Obama will do here!!! HE'S A MARXIST AND A FASCIST, LIKE LENIN!!! AAAGGGGGHHH!!!!"

Says who?

Mark has not offered the first "proof" of his ridiculous goofyass charge. He offers only the ruminations of a mind sick from fear of what MIGHT BE, it would seem.

And then you come on and charge that I have offered no evidence to support my claim that Obama is not a Marxist. How about this: He has not said he is a Marxist. His planks are not Marxist planks. There is no evidence in the real world that Obama is a Marxist. There's evidence.

If Mark wants to seriously suggest otherwise, the burden is on him to provide some shred of evidence beyond, "He once said the word, 'share.'" By that definition, we're all Marxists.

Get serious fellas.

President Obama. President Obama. Get used to it. He's not the antichrist. He's not satan. He's not a Marxist, a socialist, a communist or a fascist.

He is the man who will be president elect come this time next week and he'll do his best to lead this country in a difficult time. And at the end of his second term, the US will still be a free, capitalist nation - hopefully a little better off than we are today.

President Obama will do his best to do that much. Give him a chance.

Or hide in fear in your little closets with your little guns for protection. The rest of us will manage without you.

Mark said...

Wade, thanks for the comment. I just visited your blog, and I must say, it is very impressie. Guess I'm going to have to add another blog to my already too long list of favorite sites.

Dan Trabue said...

Gregori said:

If that man wins, I would like to be one of the first to lead a revolution against him.

A little treason, so soon? Are you advocating assassination, "father"? Violent overthrow of the nation? What does your revolution look like, "father"?

Mark said...

Dan, where have you been, man? For the last several weeks I've been offering evidence of Obama's Marxism. In almost every post concerning him. I can't help it if you read my blog with blinders on.

Any more stupid comments like that and you know what will happen.

Mark said...

But thanks for the half assed back door compliment.

Dan Trabue said...

where have you been, man? For the last several weeks I've been offering evidence of Obama's Marxism

Mark, I don't think that word (evidence) means what you think it means.

Mary said...

If Obama is elected, I think there will be a revolution -- not with guns but with ideas.

I think Obama's election would resuscitate the conservative movement. It certainly needs some new life.

I'm sure even some of Obama's supporters will rise up against him if the Dems try to push an extreme socialist agenda. Their eyes will be opened.

We aren't going to give up our freedom.

I still have faith in the American people.

Dan Trabue said...

If Obama is elected, I think there will be a revolution -- not with guns but with ideas.

I'd suggest that there has been a revolution of ideas already - Obama's new approach vs Bush/McCain's old approach. If/when Obama wins next week, it will be the victory of that revolution away from the NeoCon ways and towards a more responsible, moral, adult way.

Feodor said...

While Mary throws in the towel, sets it on fire, and yells, "he did it!" I'll just celebrate a return to the robust expansion of Clinton economics that made America strong and competitive.

As most of you are not yet 60 and don't keep up with history anyway, the last four years of Reagan and the four years of GHW Bush was a pink slip parade of lost jobs.

It was the economy, stupid, and Obama is simply bringing in the same smarts.

Anonymous said...

father g said:

During that interview, he said that "if given the chance I would like to nullify the safe-guards that the founding fathers put into the Constitution, because they limit the power of the government."

Provide a citation for this or stop lying.

Jennifer said...

Great post Mark! I'm glad you pointed me over from...(crap, I can't remember where)! Anyway, thanks.

When people look at Obama they see what they want to see, not who he truly is. His plan will supposedly help 95% of people, but what will happen when he raises the taxes so high on the 5% that they can't afford to pay their employees. There will be lay off's and then even more people collecting governments handouts. That they can't see this is truly frightening!

DAKOTARANGER said...

Mary said:

If Obama is elected, I think there will be a revolution -- not with guns but with ideas.

There's one small problem: the 'bitter Americans' will probably be dead. There's an old saying a man will tell you his bad intentions if you listen close enough. If you listen to his bitter comments it mirrors what happened at Wounded Knee Creek December 28, 1890.

Since Second Amendment guys tend to be the strongest supporters of the entire constitution what happens if Senator barry tries to confiscate, how many will be left to stand against his disimbowelment of the constitution? I don't know.

Lone Ranger said...

It was another liberal icon -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (oops, am I racist for using his middle name?) whose own lefty leanings kept the Soviet Union propped up FAR longer than it should have been. In 1933, Stalin's Soviet Union was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The country was an international pariah. About 25,000 people a day were being deliberately starved to death in the Ukraine. And along comes the United States, under its new president, to formally recognize Stalin's Communist government and also negotiate a sweeping new trade agreement. Then, of course, we went to Stalin's defense against Hitler. Patton was right. After we stomped Berlin, we should have just kept right on rolling into Moscow. BUT, there was a Democrat in the White House, who wouldn't allow it. And in the 65 years since FDR first bailed out the Soviet Union, the Democrats have never seen a commie regime they didn't like.

I keep thinking of what the history of this country and of the world would have been if the Democrat Party had been dismantled after the Civil War the way the Nazi party was broken up after WWII. EVERY time there has ever been a moral decision to be made in this country, the Democrats have come down on exactly the wrong side of the fence.

Lone Ranger said...

I guess the only evidence Tribue would accept is a firing squad.

Mark said...

Thanks, LR. I appreciate the history lesson. I wrote this post relying only on my memory about how things were during the Soviet regime. Although, I admit to going to one web site to get the correct spelling of Engels' first name. While there, I also was able to learn what the Czarina's name was.

Anyway, you tied the link from Obama and the Democratic Party to Communism together very nicely with the revelation about FDR. I didn't know that FDR gave recognition to Russia, thus strengthening their economy. I also knew, but forgot about the thousands that starved due to Stalin's policies.

Now that Obama is talking about raising taxes and increased spending programs. If his supporters would simply analyze the taxing and spending together, they would see they don't compute. There isn't enough money in the treasury to spend that much on Government handouts and social programs. What he's promising can't be done. Not without sending millions of Americans into poverty. Will we see breadlines in America again? If one believes Obama, I don't see any way around that scenario.

Trader Rick said...

This Dan Trabue fellow is doing us a great service by providing an insight into the thinking of the ultra left anti-nationalists. It would be a great mistake to underestimate them and just put them off by considering them to be insane loonies with no perception of reality. While they may seem that way on a superficial reading, if you listen closely you can see the vile agenda of Marxism and Totalitarianism oozing out.

While their lies may be obvious to to us, remember the vast waves of Obamists are not sophisticated enough to recognize them. Told often enuff, they become part of the legend. And as long as the checks keep rolling the sheeples don't care.
No, no, don't defend them by giving them credit for being naive or ignorant or brainwashed; They know what they are doing.

To discount Dan's ravings or those of his ilk as that of a lunatic is very dangerous. The collectivist/Totalitarian position represents a clear and present danger to our republic. Let's not underestimate their power or their very real agenda. Or their ability to deny, deny, deny.

Wade Moline said...

Dan says no proof, yet Obama has stated time and again he wants to spread the wealth around, he has said the constitution doesn't give government enough power, he has said this country is fundamentally flawed because the constitution is fundamentally flawed.

I could go on and on, but Dan please visit my site and read my latest posts. His speech in Germany earlier this year says it all, and his "vision" is very scary. Obama also subscribes in part to the Black Liberation Theology which was taught by the church he attended for 20 years, despite his denials that he ever heard that stuff there. I have attended the same church for nearly 40 years, I know exactly where my church stands on all issues.

There is evidence after evidence of Obama's views, all most all of them are from his own lips that you can see on YouTube. What more evidence than that do you need? The words directly from Obama himself aren't enough?

Mark said...

Feodor. I will not allow comments that insult my preferred commenters. It's as simple as that.

Father Gregori said...

Dan Trabue :

A Revolution against a leader or leaders who go against the Constitution is NOT TREASON.You want treason, how about Bill Clinton who allowed the sale of a super computer to the Communist Chinese, (a computer that was formerly used by the Pentagon and still contained very top secret info). That is Treason.

Also, I never mentioned assassination, you did. Even the founding fathers said that we have the right to overthrow any leader who becomes tyrannical and when a Presidential candidate makes statements about how he wants to nullify safe-guards in the Constitution that were put there to protect the rights of the people and the rights of the individual states, that smacks of tyranny. Also, when a presidential candidate makes statements about how he wants to tax the hell out of the rich so that he can spread their wealth around, and how he wants the federal government to pay for health care (and even make that health care available to illegal immigrants), and how he wants the federal government to pay for everyone's college education, and how out of one side of his mouth, he claims to be for the second amendment, but votes to place even more restrictions on those wishing to buy guns, IS SOCIALISTIC/COMMUNISTIC, and if you can't see that, you are blind.

Arthurstone said...

Whew.

Of course Obama relies heavily on the advice of that most notorious of Marxist collectivists, Warren Buffett.

Sorry Mark, the graduated income tax is here to stay.

Eric Ashley said...

"The core belief of Socialism hinges upon the idea that no man should be independent, but instead part of a “cooperative” group that wholly depends upon each other to accomplish the goals of the “Collective“."


We are Obama. You will be assimilated.


Excellent Post, Mark.

Mark said...

Arthur Stoned:

I don't believe I said a thing about a graduated Income tax. Or a Progressive one for that matter.

Dan Trabue said...

but votes to place even more restrictions on those wishing to buy guns, IS SOCIALISTIC/COMMUNISTIC, and if you can't see that, you are blind.

Gentlemen, please, take a minute to at least wipe the froth from your mouths.

Get a grip. President Obama WILL be here for a while and if you try to overthrow a democratically elected official, you WILL be arrested and hopefully put away for a good long time to think about your attempts to undermine our great nation. Shame on you.

Marshall Art said...

Wade makes an excellent point when he says, "...he has said the constitution doesn't give government enough power, he has said this country is fundamentally flawed because the constitution is fundamentally flawed."

Where are all those libs who decried Bush's interpretations of the Constitution when he was trying to protect us from terrorists, when he was trying to glean info from phone calls and such, when he sought to incarcerate suspected terrorists at Gitmo? Here, we have taped evidence of Barry Obumble's desire to overhaul the Constitution (by virtue of his displeasure with its stated purpose). What a stark contrast! Worthy of a brief post of it's own. I must cite your words, Wade.

In addition, perhaps someone not as lazy as I am about such tasks, can find the speech Michelle Obama gave speaking for her hubby regarding how we'll have to get used to doing things differently. It alluded to a very "socialist-like" alternative. Very much like working for the "collective".

Anonymous said...

>Where are all those libs who decried Bush's interpretations of the Constitution when he was trying to protect us from terrorists, when he was trying to glean info from phone calls and such, when he sought to incarcerate suspected terrorists at Gitmo?

Right here, knowing the difference between an action and your interpretation of words. Where were you when Bush was suspending habeas corpus and tapping phone calls?

Arthurstone said...

Mark typed:

"I don't believe I said a thing about a graduated Income tax. Or a Progressive one for that matter.

You didn't Mark but you should have done."

It's what we're actually talking about.

The "Marxist' stuff is a complete exaggeration/fabrication/invention of what Obama represents. Red-baiting is back in fashion as the 'surrender' of America to 'Islamo-Fascism' seems not to have happened after all. Surprise.

As radical as Obama gets is supporting a graduated/progressive income tax. Of course if you're ready to tackle one of Obama's key economic advisors, the sage of Omaha himself, I will be interested in how you evoke Warren's 'collectivist' street creds.

Cheers!

Mark said...

"Where were you when Bush was suspending habeas corpus and tapping phone calls?"

Right here, understanding the need to keep an eye on the terrorists.

Ms.Green said...

"about your attempts to undermine our great nation. Shame on you."

It is Obama and extremist left wingers who are undermining our great nation. Libs are either too proud to admit that Obama has a socialist agenda, or they are under his "yes we can" spell due to their unnatural hate toward George Bush. If Obama wins this thing (and I don't think this race is over yet), within six months he'll prove all his naysayers right. But it will be too late then. And Trader, we might just join you in the hills.

Joe said...

dan trabue: You probably have never read The Declaration of Independence.

RC said...

Very heavy duty assessment. I wish J. M. Keynes was here to help make some sense of it all....because Bush is acting a little socialist himself.

The populist conversations and has vs. has not that Obama is running on is certainly scary & marxist.

Tapline said...

Casting Perls, This was an outstanding read....Right on target, but from reading some of the comments, I can see the cult is wide spread. The Government owes me and it is my right, and I am entitled. BS, the only thing they are entitled to is life liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. All others takes responsibility, Something that is lacking or brushed over with the liberal mind. It is taught in the schools and has been for years. 'All we like sheep" and although many liberals buy into this cultish behavior, "they know not what they do"....After they wake up and smell the coffee . They will see what they have bought, An empty suit with a Socialist blend. A man is judged by the company he keeps.....Read and comprehend....

Michael Follon said...

The following are definitions from the 'Concise Oxford Dictionary' (Tenth Edition) -

communism - a theory or system of social organization in which all property is vested in the community and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs - a theory or system of this kind derived from Marxism and established in the Soviet Union, China and elsewhere.
ORIGIN: from Fr. communisme

Marxism - the political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, later developed by their followers to form the basis for the theory and practice of communism.

Marxism-Leninism - the doctrines of Marx as interpreted and put into effect by Lenin in the Soviet Union and (at first) by Mao Zedong in China.

Socialism - a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. - (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.

In your 'brief history of Communism' you start with the publication of "The Communist Manifesto" in 1848 and then jump to the Russian Revolution in 1917 but fail to mention the 'communards' of the Paris Commune in 1871. Although you write that 'Communism, Socialism and Marxism are varying extremes of the same concept' neither are they the same as one another. This misinterpretation and misunderstanding was mostly a result of the use in the name of the USSR of the word 'socialist'. There has never been a country on this planet which has been governed by socialist principles. I am sure you would agree that the former East Germany was anything but democratic yet the formal name of that country was the German Democratic Republic. With regard to elections in the former USSR it is my understanding that a choice of candidates was possible, HOWEVER any candidates all had to be members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and be approved by it.

Here in Scotland there is a political party called Liberal Democrats - they are neither liberal or democrats. "Saying and doing are two different things".

The 'Sanitization' of Scottish History - http://follonblogs.blogspot.com/

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