Alan Caruba
It's not socialism, it's communism
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By Alan Caruba
December 27, 2009

If you felt a frisson of fear on news that the Senate had passed Obamacare the day before Christmas, then you now know what it was and is like to live in a dictatorship. The voice of the People was ignored in a demonstration of raw political power.

There was a time when Americans took Communism seriously. It challenged us in the form of the Soviet Union and we witnessed its takeover of China.

In Europe, uprisings against Soviet rule were crushed in East Germany in 1953, Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968, and Poland in the 1980s, giving proof that only oppression can sustain this failed economic and political system. President Reagan gave voice to it when he called the Soviet Union an "evil empire."

The McCarthy hearings in the 1950s proved a setback for efforts to learn how thoroughly infiltrated the U.S. government had become by Communists, not because Sen. Joseph McCarthy was wrong, but because he proved a poor spokesperson for the cause. He was easily criticized for his bombast, but the declassification of the Venona papers, secret communications between Soviet spymasters and their agents, revealed he may well have underestimated the threat.

Later, the Russian Federation declassified former Soviet spy agency records that further confirmed that many Americans, dedicated Communists, were working to undermine our government.

The price America paid in part for the Great Depression of the 1930s was the undermining of faith in the Capitalist system among many Americans.

Unions arose, not just in response to worker grievances, but also because their leaders were frequently sympathetic to Communism. The FDR and subsequent administrations introduced Social Security and Medicare, tapping into the fears of those who had experienced the Depression with programs that vastly expanded the federal government, characterizing them as the ultimate "safety net." Then Congress plundered the trusts that were supposed to fund both programs. Both programs are insolvent.

A recent study by Paul Hollander, a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, was published by Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty & Prosperity. It is titled "Reflections on Communism: Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall."

The celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall earlier this year was attended by many world leaders, with the notable exception of President Barack Obama. For a man who has visited more foreign nations in his first year in office than any previous President, the decision to avoid this significant anniversary was taken as one more signal of his true political and economic agenda.

We know that he has been greatly influenced by Marxists or people who viewed Communism sympathetically, not the least of which were his grandparents, who introduced him to a mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party USA.

Obama wrote that he was drawn to Marxists among his teachers in college. He began his political career in the home of former Weatherman Bill Ayers. These days, he is praised by Communists in Cuba and Venezuela. He sided with a Leftist former president of Honduras who tried to illegally alter its constitution. The Hondurans had the courage to cast him out.

The specter of Communist subversion of the U.S. Constitution is staring us in the eye with the so-called healthcare "reform" of Medicare; it includes all manner of provisions that are unconstitutional and would expand federal government control over one-sixth of the nation's economy. The bribery and thuggish pressures and threats against Democrat senators and representatives to pass the bill reveal a political leadership more devoted to ideology than the will of the People.

Specifically, President Obama's drive for a single-payer system is the direct result of the influence of Dr. Quentin Young, a retired physician with a long history of commitment to Communism. In 1995, Dr. Young was among those who met in the Hyde Park home of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn to launch Obama's political career.

As Prof. Hollander points out in his study, "Not only individual intellectuals but entire professional associations have expressed favorable attitudes toward communist systems," citing the Latin American Studies Association that has "repeatedly taken positions supportive of Castro's Cuba and Sandinista Nicaragua." In 1990, the Organization of American Historians defeated a motion that expressed regret that the organization "never protested the forced betrayal of the historian's responsibility to truth imposed upon Soviet and East European historians by their political leaders."

The recent Climate Change Conference of the UN refused to take notice of the revelations that the data on which the "global warming" theory is based was falsified by a handful of meteorologists and climatologists in an effort to impose a global governing system. The UN's interim first Secretary General was Alger Hiss, an American and secret Soviet agent.

It did not escape notice that Venezuela's communist dictator, Hugo Chavez, received a rousing ovation when he spoke at the Climate Change Conference, or that President Obama continues to repeat the lies surrounding the discredited "global warming" fraud.

Virtually the entire agenda of American environmental organizations has been focused on an attack on private property rights and denying Americans access to their vast reserves of energy in the form of coal, oil, and natural gas, thus undermining U.S. growth and prosperity.

Unlike Prof. Hollander, who escaped Hungary following the crushing of the 1956 revolution by Soviet forces, "Western intellectuals who remain attracted to communist ideals never had the disillusioning experience of living in an actual communist or socialist society."

Among them we must number much of the nation's media, which has been a party to political and environmental deceptions, and the Hollywood community, has produced many films to influence public opinion about the earlier efforts to address Communist activities and later Green issues with a very Red agenda.

The healthcare "reform" expands "socialism" in America, but it is an example of naked Communism at work. It is a bill put together behind closed doors and is so extensive its control of the lives of Americans literally determines who lives and who dies. It will wreck the best healthcare system in the world, albeit one that has its flaws.

It is authoritarianism at work, the kind we associate with regimes in Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and everywhere else Communism has been imposed on captive nations.

Healthcare "reform" is not about uninsured Americans — nor is it mere "socialism." It is Communism, effectively putting the entire nation's healthcare system under state control. It must be defeated just as past generations of Americans knew the threat of Communism and devoted the nation's treasure and even their lives to defeat it.

© Alan Caruba

 

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Alan Caruba

(Editor's note: Alan Caruba passed away on June 15, 2015. You can read his obituary here.)

Best known these days as a commentator on issues ranging from environmentalism to energy, immigration to Islam, Alan Caruba is the author of two recent books, "Right Answers: Separating Fact from Fantasy" and "Warning Signs" -- both collections of his commentaries since 2000 and both published by Merril Press of Bellevue, Washington... (more)

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