Obama could soon overtake Chavez in race to socialist oblivion
By Rick Saunders
It should come as a surprise to no one that Hugo “In For Life Now, Comrades” Chavez now believes that the end of capitalism as a worldwide engine for the elevation of civilization’s standard of living is in sight. In other words, his light at the end of the tunnel is our oncoming train.
In fact, Venezuela’s bantam Il Duce spoke last Friday to a collection of “workers”–no doubt voluntarily attending the event–in the southern state of Bolivar when he publicly exhorted American President Barack Obama to “follow the path to socialism.”
Little wonder. The policies, proposed budgets and statements that have thus far emanated from Obama sound more like they are grounded in Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto and A Critique of the Gotha Programme than the United States Constitution. Funny . . . wasn’t it only a few weeks ago that Obama vowed, hand on the same bible used to swear in Abraham Lincoln, to support the Constitution of the United States of America?
In Marx’ crown jewel, The Communist Manifesto, he enunciated ten core planks of communism — two of which, coincidentally, are eerily relevant today: the principles of a heavy and graduated income tax and the centralization of credit in the state through a central national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly. Think about that, and then take a look at Ronald Glenn’s Ben Bernanke, Mob Boss post here at America’s Right post on March 5 and draw your own conclusions.
(Incidentally, that’s why I always talk about the “tenets” of conservatism. It’s awfully difficult to beat somebody with a “tenet.” Can’t say the same about a plank. — Jeff)
In the latter work, 1875′s Critique of the Gotha Programme, Marx formulated the incentive-sapping, toxic bromide: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” To the untrained ear, that sounds chillingly like “share the wealth” or “redistribute from the rich to the poor.” Let’s see, who said that before the election, McCain or Obama? Refresh my memory . . . what were the exact words again?
With the accelerating deterioration of the American financial system, beginning initially with the reckless “affirmative action mortgage” policies of the Carter and Clinton administrations through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, aided and abetted by ACORN operatives and liberal congressional Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank, and now carried forward in the catastrophic spending orgy ignited by Obama and his agents, coupled with calls for higher and higher taxes on individuals and businesses, the stock market has responded as would any rational capitalist: revulsion and unequivocal disapproval. At the closing bell last Friday, trading closed at 6,627, down nearly 2,700 points from election day in November 2008, when The Chosen One ascended to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on the promise that he would lead us out of the desert. That is a plunge of just under 30% in only 122 days–including non-trading days–or an average of over 22 points per day. Over two trillion dollars . . . gone.
But who’s counting? Certainly not the mainstream media, to which the phrase “fat, dumb and happy”–not to mention Obamacentric–fits like a glove. Say . . . is the destruction of the economy a “high crime or misdemeanor” under the Constitution? Let us review:
- Since November 4, 2008, the stock market has plunged some 2,700 points, losing approximately one-third of the value it possessed on election day;
- Since November 4, 2008, the unemployment rate has ballooned to over eight percent, roughly double what it was during the term of the Democrats’ “one-size-fits-all” demon, George W. Bush, with some 8,900,000 Americans now unemployed;
- Since November 4, 2008, consumer confidence has dropped to its lowest level (25.0 on a 1980 adjusted scale of 100.0) in the 42 years since the nonpartisan Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index first appeared in 1967.
Does anyone see a pattern here? Could the slide in the stock market, the stunning increase in unemployment, and the dramatic drop in consumer confidence have anything at all to do with the fact that the Guy from Chicago–the one who promised, above all, that “change” would come to Washington–got elected and is now implementing not only a drift to the left, but is executing a hard turn to port on the ship of state’s rudder and steering a course of “full ram ahead” on capitalism?
The real question is how long will the leftist Obots–in Congress, in academia, at Ben & Jerry’s and throughout the mainstream press–keep their eyes shut and their fingers in their ears while chanting “la-la-la-la-la-la” and falling back on their slogan that Bush and the evil Republicans were responsible for all of this? Memo to all Obots: that excuse is getting old. And the diversionary attacks on Limbaugh are–pardon the phrase–hopeless.
How long will CBS, NBC, CNBC, CNN and Pravda on the Hudson continue providing sycophantic cover for Obama as he accelerates the destruction of the stock market, the incineration of jobs and the demise of capitalism in America itself? How long will it be until a somnambulant nation comes to its senses, swigs a bunch of caffeine and realizes that the “change” President and Mrs. Obama had in mind on the campaign trail was socialism . . . or something worse? And if you think these are far-fetched questions, take a look at Glenn Beck’s interview last week of the Chairman of the Communist Party U.S.A., Sam Webb. Webb and communists worldwide are giddy over the election of Obama. And they should be. Their goals are his goals, and his ideology theirs.
So, Virginia, in the not too distant future, look for Hugo Chavez to change his tune and stop urging Obama to follow him and Venezuela on the path to socialism. Instead, Chavez will be shouting to Obama to wait while he and Venezuela catch up to us on the path to “something worse.”
Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.