Calling Obamaism by its Rightful Name
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So let’s not pull any punches. In spite of President Barack Obama’s lack of willingness to admit it, he is now America’s leading advocate of an economic and political philosophy that was once anathema to most Americans — socialism.
In the days of my youth, most American doctors (before they became addicted to the multibillion-dollar public trough of Medicare/Medicaid) rightfully feared an end to freedom for themselves and their patients. This fear was regularly used to denounce the threat of “socialized medicine.”
Nutty Leftist Ideas Were Once Ridiculed
Back then, the nutty leftist ideas of perennial U.S. Socialist Party candidate, Norman Thomas, were ridiculed by middle-of-the-road and conservative politicians. Wherever he may be now, Norman Thomas should be smiling. Because today, both Republicans and Democrats alike have swallowed his socialist nostrums and made them their own.
Yes indeed, in those days, when most Americans were not totally ignorant about their history and government, we were taught (in what was quaintly called civics class) that socialism was not only a dirty word — it was just one step away from communism!
That was also the view of communism’s chief theoretician, Karl Marx. Old Karl saw socialism as a sort of gateway drug, the stage that follows the welcome destruction of capitalism, all part of the inevitable transition to communism. In 1875, Marx put it this way: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
Nowadays, Obama and company call that “redistribution” and “equalizing” wealth.
When he was a first-time presidential candidate in 2008, Obama let his socialist views slip in an encounter with Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, Ohio’s Joe the Plumber: “I just want to spread the wealth around,” the future president said.
That revealing lapse of the carefully scripted Obama game plan opened the then little-known candidate to charges that he advocated socialism. At the time, Obama not only denied he was a socialist (Heaven forbid!), he made jokes about it, saying that such a charge was just plain silly.
His left-wing defenders insisted that Barack Obama was never the Che Guevara in pinstripes that right-wingers alleged. But Senator John McCain summed up Obama’s record on Capitol Hill as “more liberal than a Senator who calls himself a socialist [Vermont’s Bernie Sanders].” In fact, Obama’s Senate-voting record was the most left-liberal of all the 100 senators.
The president’s record of advocacy and policies during his first term confirmed his socialistic beliefs. It began with the $15 billion auto bailout. This was the first installment of many anti-capitalist policies, avoiding the orderly route of bankruptcy and handing the auto unions everything they wanted, making government a major stockholder.
Compounding the irony and confirming bi-partisan support for socialism, then President George Bush first signed the auto plan into law – a fitting coda to the reckless government power expansion and deficit spending that marked his unprincipled legacy.
With Obama in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress, there followed trillions in big-bank and insurance-company bailouts, trillions more in so-called stimulus spending, and the center piece of Obama socialism, a federal takeover of one-fifth the nation’s economy – Obamacare.
Just last week, Obama again demanded more trillions in “stimulus” so he can play Santa Claus for his “give-me-more-from-government” supporters, especially government employees.
Throughout his first term, and repeated ad nauseum during the recent campaign, the president made “wealthy people” straw-man villains, stirring up class warfare to a degree rarely seen recently in American politics. The last example may have been the 1948 campaign of Henry Wallace, who openly advocated socialism and praised Russian communists.
So there is no need to wonder. In Obama’s Washington, socialism is the “in” philosophy.
And the standard definition of socialism is pretty clear.
Socialism is an economic theory and system of social organization that advocates government taking ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land and private property, and giving it to the community (the people) as a whole.
But every thinking person knows that “the people” cannot collectively manage such a system, so (you guessed it), the production and distribution of goods are controlled by “the government” – meaning overpaid bureaucrats, not dissimilar to the apparachiks who ran the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and the rest. Private enterprise is out. Government-imposed planning and cooperation, rather than free market competition, guides all economic activity in socialism.
So go back and consider: “Government taking ownership and control of the means of production and distribution” and “government guides all economic activity.”
Sound familiar? Government ownership and control of banks, auto companies, insurance companies, real estate and health care.
Socialism Has Been Imposed on Once-Free Americans
That’s what Obama and the U.S. Congress (both parties) have imposed on once-free Americans (and on our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren ad infinitum).
That’s the essence of those multi-trillion dollar bailouts. And there’s more to come in Obama Act II — more nationalized health care, nationalized education at all levels, increased taxes, increased inflation — inevitable and sustained economic misery and lost liberties.
I mentioned Senator Bernie Saunders who just got re-elected in the Peoples Republic of Vermont. At least he is honest in his open espousal of socialism.
Hoodwinking the American people by claiming that they do not advocate socialism is the game played by President Obama, many Democrats and too many Republicans. All these disingenuous pygmy politicians, who are mainly interested in retaining their pitiful powers, are guiding this once great country down the failed road of socialism.
I say: A plague on all your houses!
This New Year 2012 is one more chance for you and I to join in fighting government oppression and show others the way to a freer society. Make your resolution to join us in the continuing struggle for liberty.
And never has there been a more appropriate time to consider obtaining a second passport and possible expatriation.
Over the next four years, you can expect more nationalization, higher taxes and fewer liberties than the Founding Fathers of this nation ever dreamed possible.
The dark night of socialism is now an American reality and fully upon us. The Sovereign Society recommends a number of expatriation strategies as well as offshore havens for your hard-earned savings.
I urge you to consider a Plan B before it is too late.
Mr. Bauman is a former member of the House of Representatives.
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