Posted on 27 October 2011.
To say that Obama is a Bolshevik may sound extreme, but as someone who grew up in the former Soviet Union, and holds a degree of economics and political science from the University of Marxism – Leninism, viewing the American political landscape through red communist glasses reveals a scary reality: the United States elected a Radical Socialist Government. The government committed to the transformation of the American capitalist – free enterprise system into an egalitarian society with state controlled political economy.
As Patrick Henry said, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.”
To this observer, judging by the past, Obama’s and his comrades objectives, strategy and tactics bear a mirror resemblance to the Bolsheviks who seized power in Russia in 1917 to establish a totalitarian communist rule. I recognize familiar patterns and appreciate their irresistible inducements.
The great historical irony is that unlike the Russian people who understood the perils of socialism and fought the Bolsheviks in a bloody three year civil war that by some estimates took fifteen million lives, the freedom loving Americans simply voted themselves into socialism. The communist leaders from Lenin to Brezhnev are turning in their graves watching what proved impossible for the Soviet Union to accomplish with all its military might and nuclear arsenal could be achieved by duly elected American president with the support of American voters.
Obama’s came at the right time: the lack of education, historical perspective, and political illiteracy turned the American electorate into what Bolshevik Trotsky called the “Voting herd.” The combination of impending economic crisis and the weak candidacy on the Republican side created fertile ground for a talented demagogue to seduce the nation.
His playbook reads as if it comes straight out of the University of Marxism-Leninism. There is nothing new here but the striking parallels between the Russian Bolsheviks and the Obama’s government: both utterly convinced in their own righteousness and fanatically believe in economic equality, and obsessed with power and control.
In order to control the masses, as the Bolsheviks’ teaching goes, the leader should instill fear and hope.
There is plenty of hope in the “Audacity of Hope” and plenty of fear being peddled in the president’s speeches and actions. He has been frightening the country with the threat of such enemies as Wall Street, and the undue influence of big corporations, special interest groups and the so-called extremists of the Tea Party.
The other important criterion for the socialist egalitarian dream to succeed the government needs to take control of the economy and dominate everyday life by making the people dependent on the government. The Bolsheviks’ promise of a social paradise was a lure to make Russia’s citizens dependent on government handouts. “To accomplish this”, Lenin said, “Debauch the currency and you debauch the nation”. The Bolsheviks created hyper-inflation that made the currency, the Russian ruble, worthless thereby destroying personal wealth. Russia’s economy was paralyzed and the Bolshevik government was able to solidify their control over all aspects of their citizens’ life.
Obama is clearly following Lenin’s script, spending and printing money at unprecedented levels. The plan is simple: replace American self-reliance with government dependency. Increasing government spending in ever growing numbers, be it for bail outs, stimulus plans, health care, manure management, tattoo removal, condoms or solar energy is the program – the area doesn’t really matter. The objective is to spend until the country is in such debt as to result in default or hyper-inflation causing the destruction of our currency and the obliteration of wealth. The more the American people are indebted to government, the more they will turn to the government to save them, assuring Democratic one-party rule for the future.
In a sense, Obama is taking a page from FDR’s playbook who successfully exploited economic difficulties to ensure the Democratic Party continues domination and appoint himself president for life.
Historically, democracies failed as a permanent form of government. As soon as politicians discover that they can buy votes offering the voters largesse from the state treasury the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits. Eventually the situation becomes unsustainable and a democracy collapses followed by dictatorship.
The slogan of the original Tea Party was “No taxation without representation.” The objection at the time was to being taxed and not having a say in their governance. Today, we face a different and more subtle problem “Representation without taxation”. And, now when almost 50% of Americans do not pay the income tax, they are voting to spend other’s people money. The Democratic Party has successfully corralled these voters with promises of a better life, a socialist paradise if you will, of free health care for all, better job benefits for workers, stronger unions, and a government that will pass laws to pay for all of this out of our own treasury. De facto almost half of our population is already getting according their needs without much of ability and/ or desire to contribute to the society.
For this segment of the population, who is on the receiving end of the CHANGE, it will be perfectly OK if Obama makes us who are unequally rich equally poor. This should explain why even in an economy with an unlimited deficit, where jobs have ground to a halt and the future is bleak the President still enjoys a 47% approval rating.
If the Grand Plan succeeds this great tragedy will run its course: the course is reasonable predictable. It results in high taxation, hyperinflation, depleting savings and devaluation of the dollar; prolonged economic stagnation, destruction of our democracy culminating in one party rule. The fellow Americans would be invited to join social-democratic Obama era. For many, a better life awaits in the short run. In the long run, however, as we well know, history usually repeats itself; first as a tragedy and second, as a farce.
As a Russian journalist recently wrote, “The proud American will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is.”
The Russian could be proven wrong and Obama turn to be the best thing that happened to this country. The 2008 elections could be a political wake up call for this nation like Pearl Harbor or 9/11. In the elections next week, and in those in 2012, Americans will choose whether to pursue the utopian Karl Marx working people paradise and equality in poverty or to face the reality and regain their democracy so that the country can thrive and prosper for another 200 or so years.
This is the history turning point.