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Audacity of Dopes: Give Us A Socialist President! August 5, 2008

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“Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted ‘present’ nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.” —Charles Krauthammer

Narcissism is a poor quality for any would-be leader. But, it may not be nearly as bad as a socialistic world view juxtaposition on the USA. For those unclear about Barack Obama’s social and economic intentions, let’s look at a definition of socialism:

A general term for the political and economic theory that advocates a system of collective or government ownership and management of the means of production and distribution of goods. Because of the collective nature of socialism, it is to be contrasted to the doctrine of the sanctity of private property that characterizes capitalism. Where capitalism stresses competition and profit, socialism calls for cooperation and social service. — The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, 2001-2007

Or, you can go with what all the kids like to read, Wikipedia, and see what they say:

“In a Marxist or labor-movement definition of the term, socialism is a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done with the goal of creating a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community. [2] This control may be exercised on behalf of the state, through a market, or through popular collectives such as workers’ councils and cooperatives. As an economic system, socialism is often characterized by state, cooperative, or worker ownership of the means of production, goals which have been attributed to, and claimed by, a number of political parties and governments…

Some socialists have championed the complete nationalization of the means of production, while social democrats have proposed selective nationalization of key industries within the framework of mixed economies, while libertarian socialists advocate cooperative worker ownership of the means of production. Some Marxists, including those inspired by the Soviet model of economic development, have advocated the creation of centrally planned economies directed by a state that controls all the means of production.”

How about Change Obama can believe in: Socialism? By Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media, Feb. 14, 2008:

“Campaign workers for Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama are under fire for displaying a flag featuring communist hero Che Guevara.

But Obama has his own controversial connections. He is, in fact, an associate of a Chicago-based socialist group with ties to the Socialist International, access to millions of labor union dollars and connections to expert political consultants, including a convicted swindler.

Obama’s socialist backing goes back at least to 1996, when he received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for an Illinois state senate seat. Later, the Chicago DSA newsletter reported that Obama, as a state senator, showed up to eulogize Saul Mendelson, one of the “champions” of “Chicago’s democratic left” and a long-time socialist activist. Obama’s stint as a “community organizer” in Chicago has gotten some attention, but his relationship with the DSA socialists, who groomed and backed him, has been generally ignored.”

Stop me if you’ve heard any of this sort of thing come from the mouth of Mr. Obama, Nancy (I only want to save the planet) Pelosi, or Harry Reid, et al. Whether you are too disingenuous to admit it or not, you have. And don’t think Mr. Obama’s questionable associations begin and end with Rev. Jerimiah Wright:

“Obama could run into further difficulties over his relationship with William Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois and former member of the Weather Underground, a left-wing terrorist group that planted bombs in the Capitol and the Pentagon in the 1970s.

Ayers told The New York Times on the day of the September 11 attacks: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” It emerged last week that Ayers served with Obama on the board of the Woods Fund, an antipoverty group, from 1999 to 2002, and donated $200 towards his Illinois state Senate campaign in 2001” — Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times (London)

Finally, from AmericaWantsTo Know.com, Feb. 3, 2007:

“Four thousand supporters turned out for a rally with Senator Barack Obama in Durham, North Carolina, on Thursday. The Democratic presidential candidate said he would not take any questions, but he relented when a five-year-old girl named Hadassah Jones broke into tears. She was there as a correspondent for brandnewz.com.

According to the Associated Press story, Senator Obama gave the little girl a brief explanation of his plan for universal health insurance coverage and improved education. Then he explained his view that the wealthy should pay the expenses of people who are not wealthy:

“We’ve got to make sure that people who have more money help the people who have less money,” Sen. Obama said. “If you had a whole pizza, and your friend had no pizza, would you give him a slice?”

Oh, my. He should have stuck to his plan to take no questions.

Senator Obama glossed right over the difference between a moral imperative to be kind to people and government force that throws people in jail if they refuse to pay up.

When a presidential candidate says “We’ve got to make sure,” that is the language of government force.

Maybe the senator should have explained it to Hadassah this way:

“If you had a whole pizza, and your friend had no pizza, should you be expelled from school if you refuse to give him a slice?”

Or maybe he should have explained it this way:

“If your mommy and daddy worked very hard at their jobs and went to school at night so they could make enough money to give you everything you need, should they have to give that money to all the parents who dropped out of school and wasted their time, and to all the parents who spent their money on things that your parents passed up so they could support you?”

Or maybe he could have explained it this way:

“If you build a lemonade stand and buy lemons and sugar and pitchers and cups and stand out in the hot sun all day selling lemonade, and at the end of the day you have fifteen dollars, whose money is that? Is the answer the same if it’s only two dollars? What if it’s fifty dollars?”

This is not an argument over giving away a slice of pizza. This is an argument about the morality of collectivism. When Senator Obama, and almost all other politicians, make their arguments for fairness and compassion, they are advocating not voluntary charitable giving, but government confiscation of some people’s property for the benefit of other people, chosen by the government on the basis of need, or perhaps voting record.

Do the fruits of your labor belong to you, or do they belong to the people who most need them?

And if they belong to the people who most need them, are you a slave to the needs of people you don’t know and can’t control?

Collectivism is not the opposite of capitalism. It’s the opposite of freedom.

Even a five-year-old should know that.”

And if you didn’t know it before, you know now how Mr. Obama vision for the United States. He’s an old world socialist wrapped around a fresh-faced novice. You can’t be seriously considering this man as leader of the free world.

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