Is America Becoming Communist?

communismBy Ted Quick

There has not been a time in my life when America has been as divided as it is today. In fact, we are possibly more divided now than at any time in our history other than during Abraham Lincoln’s term. But Lincoln ended slavery while Obama is creating it. Yes, Obama is trying to enslave those of us who are working by taking even more of that which we produce to be redistributed to those who produce very little or nothing.

$10 trillion dollars has been spent on “the poor” in the last 50 years and to what avail? And the left screams about how unfair it is that those of us who work have so much more than those who don’t. Let’s stipulate that there are those, some estimates suggest around 10% of us, who actually really do need our help and they should get it. But there is a vastly larger number who are dependent upon us makers and who are upset that we have so much more than their comparative little non-working selves. The difference is that we work to create ours while they work to take ours away.

A few days ago I got a map showing that 11 states now have more people on welfare than are actually working. In other words over 20% of our states have more takers now than they have makers. While those of us who are working are frustrating over more of our freedoms and assets being ripped away the left demands ever more for those who are undeserving.

While many will deny this, there has been a concerted effort in this country, at least since 1919, to turn us into a communist nation. The left-leaning Snopes.com says the following is “false”, while others have pointed out that because it was “captured” nearly 100 years ago, absolute proof is difficult to obtain. I have found that this piece was printed as recent or as late as 1946.  So, whether it is an actual list or a made-up list of rules, I offer for your consideration the following: this comes from an Iowa newspaper article printed sometime around the 1950s (which I’ve retyped for the sake of clarity);

Communist Aims

Communist rules for Revolution:

  1.  Corrupt the young, get them away from religion.  Get them interested in sex.  Make them superficial, destroy their ruggedness.
  2. Get control of all means of publicity and thereby:
    1. Get people’s minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and plays and other trivialities.
    2. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.
    3. Destroy the people’s faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, ridicule and obloquy.
    4. Always preach true democracy but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.
    5. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit, produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.
    6. Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward such disorders.
    7. By specious argument cause the breakdown of the old moral virtues honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.
    8.  Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with a view to confiscating them and leaving them helpless.

(The above rules were captured in Dusseldorf May 1919 by the Allied Forces).

“They were secured by the State Attorney’s Office from a known member of the Communist Party, who acknowledged it to be still a part of the Communist program for overthrowing our Government”  –MRS. BERTHA S. KEMPF, 524 Summer.

As a good friend of mine just commented: “Wow . . . . . . that is the democratic party”. And so it is.

Again, whether it is a legitimate list or not, doesn’t it very clearly represent that which is happening today and doesn’t it logically spell the end to a free country?

In any case, you be the judge. We already live in an oligarchy, and unless quickly reversed, we will soon living under a dictatorship. Even though the roots of this started generations ago, I’m not sure in the history of the world that there has been a quicker end to a “free” nation than that which we are seeing being orchestrated against America right now and most particularly in the last four years.

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13 comments

  1. Sasha says:

    Who the heck is Ted Quick and where are his meds? We live in a democracy not a communist state. How misleading.

  2. Drew says:

    The problem with such information is it plays to the politics of paranoia. There are plenty other sources to cite about the Soviet Union feeding political opposition in the USA without having to refer to such information.

    Also, in the past, the Democrat Party was influenced by intelligent Marxists who were not so much interested in power as in changing policies. Today’s Democrat Party is influenced by fascists who have little interest in policy unless it enhances their power. If you want to know when they change took place, it started when Al Gore was defeated in 2000.

  3. Joe Herring says:

    I can’t speak directly to the veracity of this particular set of goals Ted cited, however it does appear to be similar, (if not identical) to the aims discussed in Curtis Bower’s film “Agenda: Grinding America Down.” As Ted points out however, the provenance of the list is overshadowed by the applicability of the list to present day events. These things are undeniably occurring, and the net effect to our republic is the functional equivalent of a termite infestation in a house’s foundation. That’s why I speak so often about our messaging deficiencies on the right. We attempt to describe principles to people assuming they understand the value, rather than illustrating it through stories and circumstances which require no prerequisite learning. Stories are accessible to anyone, regardless of educational background or political acumen. As I repeat endlessly, “Don’t sell an Air Conditioning unit, sell cool air on a hot night so your family can sleep.” I have to say, I am embarrassed that our side is so “communication-impaired” as to make us unable to sell freedom to a people begging for it.

  4. Actually, Sasha, we don’t live in a democracy. This country has never been a democracy. That is one huge problem with the left– an obsession with the disaster of democracy. Please read your history, at least skim it briefly. Figure out the structural nature of our government. It has never been a democracy.

  5. Peter L. Puffer says:

    Balack Obama is a socialist / communist. C’mon Sasha, wake up you liberal hippie.

  6. The word “communist” is no longer meaningful, I am afraid. The left has rewritten and revised history so often, people hardly know what “ism” is which. Consider, the Peoples Republic of China is run by the Communist party, but far more closely resembles Nazi Germany than China of fifty years ago.

    About a century ago, the progressive movement rose to power. First espoused by a Republican president– Theodore Roosevelt– it was heavily implemented by Woodrow Wilson in WW1, replete with anti-sedition laws and the imprisonment of journalists who dared criticize government.

    Also fair to note, those progressives were enamoured with Mussolini’s Fascism. He was a hero to them, and he in turn was inspired by them. Even the American Legion was originally a fascist organization, by design.

    Then Stalin decided Hitler was a bad guy and suddenly nazism– synonymous with fascism– was “right wing”. Despite communism and fascism both being slightly variant versions of socialism, the left suddenly decried fascism and nazism were products of “the right”.

    And the label has stuck. I have long maintained that communism (international socialism) is essentially the same as fascism (national socialism), only differing in implementation details.

    If you allow “private” ownership of industry, but retain the right to confiscate by dictate, then the term “private” is meaningless. You still have state control of the ostensible private sector. How does communism, say in the former Soviet Union, differ? It does not. China today? Same same.

    So, is Obama leading us to communism? Or is it really fascism? In the words of Hillary, “What difference does it make?”

    We live in a day where the very notion of freedom is under attack. We are being assured by Democrats in power that our rights are unimportant. That the Constitution is antiquated and irrelevant. That freedom is highly overrated. That we ought to give up our rights in the interest of “safety”. Second Amendment today, First Amendment tomorrow. Could the Fourteenth and Fifteenth be far behind?

    How does that differ from Germany in the 1930s? Or China in the 1950s? Or the Soviet Union at any time of its existence?

    Call it what you like. It’s loss of freedom, nothing more.

  7. Bob Finkenbiner says:

    progress socialist and National Socialist are terms that come to mind. Granted there are some severe negative connotations with those labels, deservedly. but given that some people are too ignorant to even know that we have a representative republic form of government, it’s forgivable. just pay your taxes, reproduce, and consume… hey wasn’t that the guidelines of that Austrian corporal with global aspirations?

  8. Drew says:

    Roger, I have to disagree with one aspect. While communism and fascism are both totalitarian and play to paranoid politics, the Marxists often were more logical and exploited legitimate grievances. This is why many Marxists simply got voted out of power or dissolved. With fascists, their desire for power overrides everything else and the end result is bloody.

  9. Drew– if Marxist grievances were “legitimate” and those of the Nazis were not, then how was Hitler able to whip up such an anti-Semitic frenzy?

    After all, Hitler was voted into power in a constitutional republic. No real revolution necessary, just a succession of contrived emergencies.

    Moreover, in Russia the government was already becoming more representative when the revolution occurred. And the country less feudal and more free. The grievances were contrived, just as they were by the Nazis a few years later.

    The grievances by Marxist were no different than those of today’s progressives. Inequality of wealth and income distribution, which only became worse after the communists took over.

    It was as logical– or illogical– as objecting to some attribute of human nature. “Some people are more hard working, ambitious and successful than others. Let’s kill them!”

    As I said, the differences are implementation details, nothing more.

  10. Drew says:

    Roger,
    The key difference is identity politics. With Hitler, there is the Fatherland and Aryan race. It is impossible to find someone who loves Hitler and says Hitler was wrong to kill the Jews because both are essential to identity politics.

    Communists and Marxists on the other hand often advance concerns about workers and when they disagreed, they would quickly part company. This is why it was common to find Marxists and Communists who were anti-Stalin. Still, these types of socialists are blind to the appeal and allure of power their socialist desires provide to a fascist.

    Furthermore, when someone leaves the communists, they are often the more articulate opponents of socialism. For example David Horowitz and George Orwell.

  11. Cherie Clark says:

    @Roger, I have to chuckle. I am 68 years old and the progressives I grew up around were all Republicans in fact moderate and progressive Republicans were the rule of the day. @Ted As for all the money we spend on fighting poverty, there is an old saying when it comes to the social safety net and welfare; The Republicans don’t get it and the Democrats don’t get it right.” What we need are jobs and education. Those deep pockets of poverty persist because of inadequate jobs and inadequate educational opportunities to give a leg up and a way out. I was happy to see Pell Grants increased and the President pushing for single mothers to go back to school and get training for a good job. Pell Grants are a very effective program for lifting people up. I can understand why people don’t want to pay more taxes, but I have never made over 40K a year and paid taxes each of those years I worked. I’ve never minded paying taxes to help those who need assistance, but I DO mind paying taxes to support food stamps and healthcare for Walmart employees because the Walton family is not only cheap and thieves but a perfect example of what is wrong with this country.

  12. No, we are NOT becoming a Communist country. Turn Fox news off! Do Americans feel such a sense of entitlement that with every direction the POTUS takes that they don’t like, somehow equates to dictatorship? Workers collectively bargaining for better pay is not Communist, the corporate CEO lobby collectively bargains for money from the government. Ensuring all Americans get the Healthcare they need is not Communist, its common sense. Protecting consumers from the abuses of business is not Communist, its common sense, its what the public wants. Raising the minimum wage is not Communist, its common sense, its what the public needs! CEO’s and shareholders get raises and bonuses with every tax credit they get from the government. America seems to be getting more Corporatist, because its all about giving rich companies more taxpayers to subsidize their own bonuses and already overblown salaries. What we should be asking “Is America becoming more Fascist?” Benito Mussolini said it best, “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” And he would know!

  13. Ted Quick says:

    Progressive Oasis — whether it’s socialism, communism or fascism the power lies somewhere other than in the hands of the creators, the innovators, the entrepreneurs and the risk takers. It was capitalism that built our country not government. It was the free-market system that allowed us to become the greatest country that the world has ever seen (or ever will for that matter). That system was the engine that made America the wealthiest and most profitable nation in the world. That capitalism that free-market ability is what also made our poorest the wealthiest “poor” in the world. Clichéomatically (humor me here, please) speaking, “a rising tide raises all ships”. (I dislike clichés but that one is so applicable). And that’s what happened in America. While fabulous wealth was created, anyone ANYONE who made an honest effort also ended up doing better, even our poorest — that is, those who made an effort.

    While I understand the “feel good” idea of your progressive oasis & liberalism and while I understand that in theory it sounds good, reality has proven that it does not work. Explain to all of us how every social program in our country today, and now put Obamacare into the mix, is going to be paid for. Don’t give me theory. Give me a rational, thought-out approach that explains how our bankrupt nation can pay for everything. And your POTUS wants cap & trade, 11 million+ more illegal aliens draining our nation’s coffers, doesn’t allow us to become energy independent, yet sent billions to foreign countries so they could drill off our shores and then we’ll have to pay for what should be our oil and you say we feel “entitled”? You bet we feel entitled, we feel entitled to what we created. How in the world can you feel entitled to take it from us? Remember something; government creates nothing (other than a black hole for the money that we generate). Business and industry create all the income in our country. Government takes away from the producers and redistributes as it sees fit to the non-producers. Government simply could not exist without business and industry. It is 100% dependent upon those of us who are working and producing.

    By the way, fascism is when the state is in control not when business is in control. It was either today or perhaps yesterday that someone in Treasury “allowed” either bonuses or pay increases to some of the top level executives in AIG, GM and Ally Financial. Looks to me like your POTUS and his czars are in control instead of those who are taking the risk.

    We will all await your explanation on how America’s social programs are going to be paid for. Once Ive seen it, I’ll forward it to Washington and our budget situation will have been resolved. Our entire nation and I will thank you and you will become our national hero. I’ll be the first in line to thank you.

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