Periodically, it is beneficial to remind ourselves of the realities in the struggle between Constitutionalism / Capitalism and Marxism-Leninism. It is a continual struggle, whether we acknowledge it or not. And the enemy of America as a constitutional republic with a capitalistic economic system is Marxism-Leninism, whether it be characterized as communism, socialism, progressivism, leftism, statism, or liberalism (in its current state).
Historically, we can consider the birth of the fusion between Marxism and Leninism to be in 1917, when Vladimir Lenin first took power as the leader of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, later to be known as the USSR. Lenin was the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution that gave the world its first taste of socialism, established as Communism. He transformed the political philosophy of Marxism into his own brand, Marxism-Leninism. Here are a few of his famous quotes1:
"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."
"One man with a gun can control 100 without one."
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth."
"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted."
"The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament."
"The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency."
"The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses."
"Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism."
"Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever."
"There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel."
"Democracy is indispensable to socialism."
"It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed."
Joseph Stalin took over leadership of the new USSR after Lenin's death. He was ruthless in crushing dissent, killing thousands of counter-revolutionaries and political opponents through military actions and political purges. His singular achievement was in killing seven million Ukrainians by starving them to death, a triumph of socialist collective power over political opposition known to history as the Holdomor. These are some of his better-known quotations1:
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic."
"We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?"
"Death solves all problems - no man, no problem."
"Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."
"When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use."
"If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves."
"The only real power comes out of a long rifle."
It is well-recognized that President Obama’s political philosophy is heavily influenced by Marxism-Leninism, originating primarily through his childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. He has demonstrated through his policy implementation that he believes in a strong centralized government and financial system and increasing governmental control over the media, education, energy, healthcare, private property, where people live, their means of transportation, and how they behave.
His beliefs are reflected in his words:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times.”2
“Generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.”3
“If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”2
“I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.”4
“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”5
“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.”6
“I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution…”7
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”8
“…We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”9
In a similar vein, Hillary Clinton was immersed in a Marxist environment at an early age. Her senior thesis at Wellesley College was a positive analysis of the dirty political tactics of radical organizer Saul Alinsky, who she referred to having a “compelling personality” and “exceptional charm”.
To illustrate her political leanings, the following are a sampling of her quotes:
"We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
"It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, for the few, and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."
"We can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
"We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."
"I certainly think the free market has failed."
"I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in the entire economy, that they are being watched."
"What I want to do is take those profits and apply them to alternative energy."
“I really believe that it takes a village to raise a child.10”
“I also believe that every new handgun sale or transfer should be registered in a national registry...11”
Isn’t it amazing how little the goals and objectives of Marxism-Leninism have changed over the past 97 years, and how clear they continue to be for those who open their eyes.
2Source: Townhall.com, September 18, 2012
3Source: wnd.com, October 27, 2008
4Source: abcnews.go.com, October 14, 2008
5Source: Forbes.com, January 14, 2014
6Source: cnsnews.com, August 12, 2009
7Source: Breitbart.com, September 18, 2012
8Source: nation.foxnews.com, January 10, 2011
9Source: Spectator.org, October 25, 2010
11Source: CNN.com, June 2, 2000
as published in American Thinker
as published in American Thinker