"The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never
under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects - his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity."
The above has a very uncomfortable familiarity. It was written by American economist and philosopher Henry Hazlitt. Hazlitt understood Socialism and its evil foundations.
As we read, “Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts,” our thoughts turn toward Barack Obama. Obama’s Presidential campaign is focused on creating envy and hatred for those who have worked hard, sacrificed much, and have achieved middle class incomes of $200,000 or more.
Saul Alinsky said of his book Rules for Radicals,
“The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”
Alinsky is considered the founder of the modern Community Organizing movement. Alinsky offered Miss Hillary Rodham a job before she became Mrs. Bill Clinton. Alinsky’s successors gave young Barack Obama a job working as a community organizer in Chicago.
The Presidential Campaign of President Barack Obama is centered on blaming the current financial problems of the United States on “the rich,” “the millionaires,” and “the billionaires.” According to Barack Obama, those with the highest incomes are not yet paying “their fair share” in taxes. Obama does not mention that the proposed Obama tax increases will also adversely impact the tax burdens almost all of the middle class.
“You Didn’t Build This” is the most famous statement of President Barack Obama’s Presidency. Obama claims the government gets credit for all successes and is therefore entitled to confiscate as much money as Washington politicians want from citizens and corporations alike because the government really owns everything.
Dr. Walter E. Williams has written a column, “Liberals, Progressives and Socialists,” that needs to be read by all the American people. Dr. Williams puts the two parts of Socialism, Marxism and Fascism, in perspective and proper context for the better understanding and appreciation of where Barack Obama and the Progressive Left are taking us. The column is very worthwhile reading, will become a classic for its effectiveness, and appears below in its entirety,
In Europe, especially in Germany, hoisting a swastika-emblazoned Nazi flag is a crime. For decades after World War II, people have hunted down and sought punishment for Nazi murderers, who were responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million people.
Here's my question: Why are the horrors of Nazism so well-known and widely condemned but not those of socialism and communism? What goes untaught -- and possibly is covered up -- is that socialist and communist ideas have produced the greatest evil in mankind's history. You say, "Williams, what in the world are you talking about? Socialists, communists and their fellow travelers, such as the Wall Street occupiers supported by our president, care about the little guy in his struggle for a fair shake! They're trying to promote social justice." Let's look at some of the history of socialism and communism.
What's not appreciated is that Nazism is a form of socialism. In fact, the term Nazi stands for the National Socialist German Workers' Party. The unspeakable acts of Adolf Hitler's Nazis pale in comparison to the horrors committed by the communists in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the People's Republic of China. Between 1917 and 1987, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and their successors murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 62 million of their own people. Between 1949 and 1987, China's communists, led by Mao Zedong and his successors, murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 76 million Chinese. The most authoritative tally of history's most murderous regimes is documented on University of Hawaii Professor Rudolph J. Rummel's website here, and in his book "Death by Government."
How much hunting down and punishment have there been for these communist murderers? To the contrary, it's acceptable both in Europe and in the U.S. to hoist and march under the former USSR's red flag emblazoned with a hammer and sickle. Mao Zedong has long been admired by academics and leftists across our country, as they often marched around singing the praises of Mao and waving his little red book, "Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-tung." President Barack Obama's communications director, Anita Dunn, in her June 2009 commencement address to St. Andrews Episcopal High School at Washington National Cathedral, said Mao was one of her heroes.
Whether it's the academic community, the media elite, stalwarts of the Democratic Party or organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Green for All, the Sierra Club and the Children's Defense Fund, there is a great tolerance for the ideas of socialism -- a system that has caused more deaths and human misery than all other systems combined.
Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from those of Nazi, Soviet and Maoist mass murderers. One does not have to be in favor of death camps or wars of conquest to be a tyrant. The only requirement is that one has to believe in the primacy of the state over individual rights.
The unspeakable horrors of Nazism didn't happen overnight. They were simply the end result of a long evolution of ideas leading to consolidation of power in central government in the quest for "social justice." It was decent but misguided earlier generations of Germans -- who would have cringed at the thought of genocide -- who created the Trojan horse for Hitler's ascendancy. Today's Americans are similarly accepting the massive consolidation of power in Washington in the name of social justice.
If you don't believe it, just ask yourself: Which way are we headed tiny steps at a time -- toward greater liberty or toward more government control over our lives?
Perhaps we think that we are better human beings than the German people who created the conditions that brought Hitler to power. I say, don't count on it.
We are reminded why the Progressive Left has used the courts to remove the Ten Commandments from schools, court houses, and other public places where the unsuspecting might see the Ten Commandments and read them. It would be very confusing for people to read “You shall not steal” and “You shall not covet . . . anything that belongs to your neighbor” and then hear Obama tell them they should demand that their government steal money from industrious and hard working men and women and give it to them and others who have not earned it.
Socialists create hatred for those who are successful and productive. The Socialists get political support and power by taking from those who are hated and by doing financial and other harm to them whenever possible. The supporters of the Socialists actually get more satisfaction and enjoyment from knowing that the achievers have been harmed than from receiving their money.
None of the money or property of the Jews killed by Hitler or of the many people killed by Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Pol Pot went to the people. The money and property went to the governments and the Socialist Elite rulers. A full one third of the money used to finance Germany’s World War II expenses was taken from the Jews of Europe.
Obama does not promise to give the money taken from the “rich” directly to his supporters. It is implied by Obama that the people will financially benefit from money taken from the “rich” by the government and then spent by Obama. For the present, Obama is promising free health insurance (not free health care), education through college, extended unemployment income, increased welfare benefits, and eventually forcing the “rich” to pay for everyone’s Social Security and Medicare.
The most visible person in the United States of America who is not doing his job is Barack Obama. The only significant thing Barack Obama has built during his time as President has been our National Debt.
Since becoming President, Obama has spent the vast majority of his time campaigning, raising money for his own reelection, playing golf, hosting extravagant parties and dinners at taxpayer expense, and vacationing. All of this self-indulgence and extravagance has cost the American taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
If Obama really wants everyone to pay their fair share, Obama should pay taxes on all the unnecessary expenses that Obama travel, partying, and other extravagances have added to our National Debt.
It is time to stop Barack Obama’s political dreams with the 2012 General Election. We must not let Obama’s dreams become our national nightmare. Either the United States of America or Barack Obama will survive the 06 November 2012 General Election – both cannot.