Comrades flocked to New York City two weeks ago for the 29th national convention of the Communist Party USA. While reviewing materials from the event, we had a sudden sense of déjà vu: the feeling that we had heard these talking points before. Maybe you have as well — they’re espoused, in near identical form, by the president and his fellow Democrats. Take the quiz below, and try to determine which quotes were uttered by Democratic leadership, and which are excerpts from the communists’ recent convention.
The point isn’t that Obama’s a communist… (though it’s amusing to watch Sam Webb, chairman of the CPUSA, deny such a charge while arguing with Glenn Beck about the redistribution of marshmallow peeps). It’s useful, though, to compare the substance of Democratic and communist rhetoric, which differs mainly in degree. You may conclude — especially if you lean left — that the Communist Party USA is more moderate and mainstream than you thought. Or something.
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“The point isn’t that Obama’s a communist” of course it is. You hate Obama and are calling him and most Democrats communists because you’re a hateful bigoted person. That is the only point. If you can convince enough people of that, then they’ll line up in droves to vote against him.
10. “I think the American people have to make a judgment about the obstructionism of the Republican senators.”
Read that. That is a perfectly straight forward and fair partisan arrow. It’s partisan because it uses the word “obstructionism” (with negative connotations) to depict Republican voting patterns. But when you have two parties, the loser is supposed to prevent the winner from taking everything, and the winner is supposed to try and achieve as much as they can. That’s how a two party system works. The Democrats obstructed Republicans when the roles were reversed, in future years, the Democrats will obstruct again. What exactly does that have to do with Communism? Do you know what a communist is? It seems to me that your definition of Communist is “Doesn’t like Republicans.” If that’s how you define Communism, then you’re a hateful idiot.
9. “The Tea Party was birthed by media extremists and racist elements to break up the unity of 2008. They were able to change the debate and peel off some Democratic votes, but they were not able to stop the legislation.”
Again, what does this have to do with Communism? Using this quote suggests that anyone who doesn’t like the Tea Party is a communist. That’s not just stupid, it’s dangerously stupid. You’re proving that your definition of “Communist” is “anyone who disagrees with me.”
8. “Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential and discover the role that you’ll play in writing the next great chapter in the American story.”
Ever hear: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?” That was said by both a Democrat, and a guy that invaded a Communist country and took America right to the brink of Nuclear war with another. Kennedy was no Communist. McCain once said “Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.” Was the Republican Presidential candidate of 2008 a commie?
4. “Only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy — where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending.”
What’s being described here is Keynesian Economics 101, government intervention to lessen economic cycles. Was Keynes a Commie? Hell no! He was the foremost capitalist Economist of his day. But much as America filters Democracy with a Constitutional Republic, Keynes wanted to filter the Free Market with intelligent government intervention. (Quick aside, regardless of whether or not you agree with Keynes’ theories, what can’t be denied is they were theories regarding a capitalist free market, Keynesian economics requires a free and open capitalist market). But I’ll let him defend himself:
“How can I accept the Communist doctrine, which sets up as its bible, above and beyond criticism, an obsolete textbook which I know not only to be scientifically erroneous but without interest or application to the modern world? How can I adopt a creed which, preferring the mud to the fish, exalts the boorish proletariat above the bourgeoisie and the intelligentsia, who with all their faults, are the quality of life and surely carry the seeds of all human achievement? Even if we need a religion, how can we find it in the turbid rubbish of the red bookshop? It is hard for an educated, decent, intelligent son of Western Europe to find his ideals here, unless he has first suffered some strange and horrid process of conversion which has changed all his values.” Source >>
Lastly, as a whole, all those quotes, with the exception of number 2 are rhetorical, not policy. Rhetorics don’t matter. Rhetorics can be twisted to fit any doctrine. Take that Tea Party quote and replace them with Code Pink. Take the Party of No quote and swap the party names around. Number 6 could be said by anyone of any political leaning trying to get the middle class vote. Number 2 is the only policy-quote that discusses an actual path forward. And unless you think hiring Americans to build roads is a communist plot, there’s nothing communistic about number 2 either.
Taking those quotes and attempting to use them to prove that the Democrats are Communists is just stupid. More, it’s hateful, and the DailyCaller should be ashamed of putting out something so foolish.