Deep within the recesses of Barack Hussein Obama’s mind, shambling among moldering tomes lying scattered amid the fetid remains of an Ivy League education, moves a specter with indistinct form. In the shadow other shapes dissemble; the wraith-like presence of the Reverend Wright; the hunched William Ayers, scribbling with malevolent intent. But larger and more ominous still, slouches a form that flees from the light to find solace in inky shadow. Close scrutiny resolves the form and reveals the bearded visage of Karl Marx.
During a rally on Sunday, Obama said, “I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody.” This statement may seem innocuous to some. It may sound like a good idea to play Robin Hood and steal from the rich to give to the poor. However, there is a price to pay for this brand of largess. Karl Marx, in The Communist Manifesto, looked forward to a world in which "the proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralise [sic] all instruments of production in the hands of the state." Marx also proposed the imposition of "a heavy progressive or graduated income tax" to accomplish his vision of wealth redistribution.
Do I think that Barack Hussein Obama is a Communist? No. However, based on his statements, I believe that Obama's economic policies are heavily influenced by Marxist principals. These principals are antithetical to our Capitalist tradition. A tradition of private property ownership and of private control of capital resources. Obama's policies would undermine the economic principles which make our political freedoms possible. Republics do not long survive under the weight of collectivist ideas. Obama will lead us down the road, by degrees, toward an Americanized version of Marxism. It's a friendly brand of socialism but no less a betrayal of our national heritage. Obama's tax and spend policies are cut from the same old cloth that Democrats have used for decades. The change that Obama proposes is a change that Karl Marx would have approved.
"Let me put it this way: no serious person can deny that Marxist ideas had a profound impact on what we call liberalism. To point this out doesn't mean that one is calling, say, Barack Obama a Stalinist or a communist." (Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism)
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