Anatomy of a Bolshevik, Part III
Frequently, I have been asked, “What is the difference between Bolsheviks and socialists? A common interpretation of socialism is, “An economic system characterized by public ownership and centralized planning of the economy.” The essence of socialism is distribution of wealth in a so called fair and adequate way by the people (read by the government). Socialism is, by definition, democratic; it is economic as well as political democracy.
Bolshevism is defined by its methods of achieving socialist objectives. Unlike socialists, Bolsheviks do not believe in democracy. They want to impose economic and political justice through dictatorship. Lenin called it dictatorship of proletarians. The cornerstone of Russian Bolshevism was a conviction that Communism (the final stage of socialism) represents the vanguard of history, that its triumph over capitalism is inevitable and therefore should be enforced if necessary upon a population incapable of appreciating its greatness or understanding the concept of economic equality and the fairness of wealth distribution.
Abdication is not an option.
During the 2008 Presidential elections, John McCain said about Obama, “I am not questioning his patriotism, I am questioning his judgment.” McCain was wrong. Obama is blessed with sound analytical judgment, but his ideology and commitment to American idealism should be fair game; yet, not one of the Republican gladiators challenging the President is going in this direction.
Candidates, from Romney to Ron Paul, criticize the President for unrestrained spending, high unemployment, and high cost of gasoline, portraying him as misguided and over his head as he tries ineffectively to stabilize the economy. They label the President’s policies a colossal failure and, with the exception of Newt Gingrich, offer boilerplate presidential campaign accusations. Although, the President’s record makes him vulnerable, tough-sounding rhetoric is no substitute for a realistic assessment of his policies, nor does it substitute for the facts.
Facts demonstrate that this President has been very successful in implementing his legislative agenda. It is his agenda, consisting of policies snipped from the Bolshevik past and resurrected from the landfill of history, which is so deeply troubling.
The stark reality, and what Republican leaders have failed thus far to recognize, is that the president and his supporters are not misguided; they are guided by the ideology of Marxism/Leninism. President Obama should be judged not by what he says but what he does — not by the promises he makes but the promises he keeps. By this standard, every time Obama denies he is a socialist he sounds as credible as when Karl Marx earnestly stated, “If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist.”
Obama’s long-range strategy for socialist dream rests on three pillars, which are fundamentally interrelated and interdependent.
First Pillar: the destruction of wealth to implement the President’s fairness doctrine and establish a foundation for egalitarian paradise. Spending the nation’s money is a top priority of this President. As Lenin taught, “Debauch the currency to overturn the basis of society.” Obama is clearly following Lenin’s script, spending and printing money at unprecedented levels. The objective is to spend until the country is in such debt as to result in default or hyperinflation, causing the destruction of currency and the obliteration of wealth.
Second Pillar: the transition of American self-reliance to government dependency, which will likely ensure the continuation of a one-party system. When I wrote the first in my series of articles “Anatomy of a Bolshevik” in November 2010, 47% of Americans did not pay any income tax. Just a few days ago the Heritage Foundation estimated that 51% of Americans are not paying any income tax, and the number is growing.
According to the government statistic, more than 30 million Americans are getting welfare checks, 44 million are receiving food stamps, 8 million are getting SSI (Social Supplementary Income), and millions enjoy subsidized housing. It may be an eye opener for some of us that the vast number of Americans is already living in virtual communism, receiving government generosity in one form or another “in accordance with their needs.” More goodies coming down the administration pipeline include free health care, free tuitions, more welfare, contraception pills, seemingly inexhaustible unemployment benefits, subsidized mortgages; the list goes on and on.
Third Pillar: the replacement of a capitalist market-oriented economy with a government- controlled political economy. As Karl Marx said, “The way to crush the bourgeoisie (read capitalism) is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” But Obama has taken it a step further, adding to the millstones of taxation and inflation a huge national debt, high cost of energy and enormous expansion of the Federal Government. He also has imposed additional government regulations that greatly impaired the ability of business to expand and innovate.
As any living organism needs oxygen and water to sustain life, the capitalist economy needs capital and fuel for the same reason. Therefore, it is not coincidence that the energy and financial sector became a target for new regulations. Respectively, the Cap and Trade Bill, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are imposing much stricter regulations on these sectors, making them dependent on government regulators.
The Cap and Trade Bill is intentionally designed to handicap energy production based on hydrocarbons (oil, coal, etc.) and subsequently raise the price of gasoline, thus allowing alternative energies to become competitive. As is usually the case with political economy, there are unintended consequences. The President is caught in conflicting currents. The bill will raise the cost of electricity, which will have negative impact on the President’s dream to replace internal combustion engines with electric cars. It will certainly raise unemployment in such states as Pennsylvania and Virginia; coal miners will not be happy in this election year. Furthermore, the higher cost of energy will be reflected in every manufactured good, from food to airplanes, and more businesses will choose to move overseas.
Although the President’s effort to power the 15-trillion-dollar economy with windmills and solar panels proved to be a colossal fiasco, he did not give up the goal to reduce American dependence on oil. His latest proposal to manufacture fuel from algae, though a far cry from the discovery of electricity or invention of the internal combustion engine, is a vast improvement over his earlier proposal to reduce American oil usage by inflating tires and tuning up engines.
One may ask, “Why we are continuing to play in Obama’s theater of the absurd?” Primarily, because the President is taking control over the economy and favoring industries that cannot survive without government assistance. Secondly, in his need to be admired and aspired to greatness, he is trying to elicit adulation of his key supporters: the Left as well as the environmental fanatics who would like to send this civilization back to the Bronze Age.
Some people say that it does not make sense for the President to pursue the policies that stole the recovery, result in higher unemployment and subsequently hamper his reelection prospects. I beg to differ. To understand the President one has to get into the mind of a Bolshevik.
Firstly, the Democrats will argue that high unemployment is not Obama’s fault. It is George Bush’s fault. Secondly, the Republicans want to cut down the duration of unemployment benefits and make millions of American suffer. Thirdly, the Republicans will reform entitlements and deprive poor children of food stamps. And finally, the Republicans will make everybody pay some income tax (raise taxes) while preserving low taxes for the rich.
These are compelling reasons for the 51% who enjoy “Representation without Taxation” to reelect the comrade Obama.
Republicans should stop emphasizing the obvious over the important. The upcoming elections are not so much about the price of gasoline but about what kind of country we want to be. Whether we remain the “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” or we are going to be “one nation under debt with equality in poverty for all.” Whether we are the “Land of the Free” or we are the “Land of the Voting Herd.”
The challenge for the Republicans is to acquire adequate knowledge, define the President in terms of his agenda and translate it into a coherent operating policy.
Some thirty-five years ago I discovered a world infinitely freer and more prosperous that the one I came from, so for half of my life I have enjoyed freedom and affluence — and for that, I am grateful. I do my part to preserve this world for my children and grandchildren. And for yours.