I was discussing today with my father the conversation I had with the libertarian and the liberal a few days back and it took the usual turn with him accusing the liberals in America of being communists. For those of you who do not have Cuban parents, it may be a bit difficult to understand that everything gets related back to their experiences (actually traumas) back in Cuba under socialism, you know, the system that gets praise from Michael Moore for providing “free” education and “free” health care (and free oppression) for all.
I like listening to older Cubans (and younger ones too) speak with absolute clarity about American politics, for the movie we are watching they have seen before… but there is a small flaw in their thinking: ideas are mired in specific experiences and not fully applicable to our situation in the US. People who experienced communism/socialism in other countries have heard this rhetoric and have seen these actions before, so they know it is communism/socialism… they know what it is, but they don’t really know why… and the why is the important part. So, in the midst of the conversation, I asked who and what he thought was the reason behind it all, behind our movement towards a government-run society? His answer was a smattering of leftist personalities and can be summed up by saying the far left wing of the Democrat party. In a sense, I agree that this is part the who… but then again it is the why that matters. So I presented my argument, that went something like this:
There are three types of people who move this leftist “conspiracy” forward: the idealistic useful idiots, the power-hungry communists, and the corporate opportunists. As an aside, the term “useful idiots” while attributed to Lenin was also used amongst the underground anti-Castro movement within Cuba to deride those who actively participated in the organized mobs, in the “chivaton” culture (ratting out your neighbors for “thought crimes” against the regime, amongst other things), and those involved with the general repressive machinery of the state. I found this interesting.
Anyways, back to the three classes of Leftists. The first group is the easiest to describe for it includes those people who truly believe that the poor masses of people cannot make decisions for themselves and need a big government to run their lives for them. These are the people who believe that inherently man is evil, egotistical, and ignorant and that they need to be reformed and re-educated so that they will be happy living in a collectivist state. It is elitism that comes from their belief that “they” know best what is good for us. These people are everywhere in society and help push along this agenda. We can refer to them as “progressives.”
The second class of people that I believe drive this agenda furiously are the power-hungry communists, but unfortunately, communists is not a good term to use, because the actors in this class have different motives for advocating the mass redistribution of wealth. This group of people are the ones who actually set the agenda for the progressive movement, the type of people that make their way onto some sort of Glenn Beck list of pinkos. Most of the people who have met and shaken hands with Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or any of these other sociopaths are included. The reason that simply meeting these people is indicative of their aspirations and worldview is straightforward: once you come into physical contact with evil, you know that they are evil. There is no way that the people who meet mass murderers somehow believe that they are innocent; I cannot believe that people are so stupid; I cannot believe that Sean Penn and his ilk have not seen that cold evil in the eyes of their “role models.” Those who actively support evil people, including Jimmy Carter, are part of this “conspiracy” not merely because they believe that only a well-engineered society, from top down, is the answer for humanity but because they want to be the vehicles for that change… they want history to record their names as the leaders of this abomination they call “progress.” In the name of progress they link any and every social cause they can think of, from climate change to immigration to the anti-war movement to gay “rights” to animal rights, etc. but in almost each and every case, they require that the state interfere in society and advocate some form of wealth redistribution. By state interference I refer to government-engineering of everything from economy to culture, that citizens can no longer choose for themselves but must be told what to think, what to believe, and what how much they can make. In the Cuban case, and the Venezuelan case, and the countless other cases, the oppressor was clearly identified as Castro, as Chavez, as Stalin, etc. but in America it is not so clear cut. This is probably part of the plan, so that we cannot ascribe this philosophy to ONE individual or one specific group, because it would be too easy for freedom-loving people to attack that one group and that one individual… just look at what concerned citizens have been able to reveal about ACORN. I ultimately wonder if they have conferences among the top actors, coordinating their plays in a dark room somewhere, setting the media talking points, planning how to generate crises and how they will take advantage of them. These are the power-hungry communists.
The third group is integral for the success of socialist agenda… but in a contradictory way. The Left in America has realized, since the days of the Soviet Union, that bucks are more powerful than bombs. The only way to introduce socialism into the United States is to do it by degrees and in a system that was once a free market economy, it cannot be done without business. So what we have in America is a government that takes capitalism and perverts it beyond recognition while still calling it capitalism. So when it was the Democrat-run government that flooded Wall Street with easy money, the Leftists did not hesitate in blaming the free market system for the crisis. So when it was the Democrat-run government that inflated the pockets of “fat cat” bankers, the Leftists did not hesitate in pointing their crooked, accusing fingers at banks for paying out huge bonuses. People do not understand that the Left’s war on the free market comes from two sides: the anti-business front and the pro-business front. The anti-business front is the open strategy, the one that they are proud of, the one where they raise taxes, fees, increase unnecessary regulations, and the like… of course, all of the penalties that they impose on business trickle down to the consumers who pay higher prices and have poorer quality. The pro-business front is the one where they favor some big corporations over small business, giving them implicit government guarantees, giving them preferential treatment, and giving them bailouts… this, until recently, was more secret than their anti-business policies. What is deceiving about their “pro-business” policies is the fact that they do not in fact promote capitalism, they handicap capitalism by marrying big business with government and giving a ridiculously unfair advantage to the “connected” companies. This is not capitalism. In capitalism, it is competition, supply and demand, and innovation that keep the economy humming and prices fair. In corporate socialism, the current system in America, the government picks and chooses the winners and loser and distorts the markets. This is part of the plan. The Leftists aspire to establish a society where the state controls all of the means of production, but since this cannot be accomplished through direct government action, they settle for propping up a few choice corporations. Once small business has been destroyed and few firms control all industries, then the government with step in and take control of these de facto monopolies. In the meantime, businessmen stand to make a fortune by cooperating with the Leftist pro-government policies. They raid the US budget, courtesy of the US taxpayer and the Leftists who hold the purse strings. Once government has grown large enough, they will have Scrooge McDuck-like vaults of money back at home and will be in positions of power in the newly established government-run monopolies. Who wins at the end? Pro-leftist businessmen and the power-hungry communists.
Unfortunately, the decentralization of the Leftist power structure makes it harder to fight them. For example, tearing down Al Gore will do nothing to stop the train, especially while George Soros is pumping hundreds of millions into that very cause. There are too many people who stand to benefit from the violent financial rape of the US taxpayer… and every day more are lining up for a piece of the action. It disgusts me. Government is out of control… taxes only go up. Locally, property values have plummeted while property tax rates have gone up across the nation. Imagine that, while the net worth of citizens falls, the government decides to tax them more, thousands more… so much for “tax cuts.” In the meantime, government bailouts have held gas prices at the same level (due to depreciating dollar and despite lower demand), car prices are comparable to years past, and home prices are still inflated. Corporate Socialism is in full effect and the current administration and Congress are cementing its position in our society. The triumvirate of forces that is pushing America into socialism can only be stopped by limiting the power of government and voting out the useful idiots who are making this all possible. This shows that the complexity of the problem in the United States cannot be summed up by saying “they are all communists,” some are communists, some are fools, and some are opportunists and the why stems from a combination of idealistic stupidity, thirst for power, and plain-old greed. It is telling that many of us would prefer the existence of some cohesive communist bloc under the guidance of some Castro figure instead of the spider web of special interests and groups that work towards the enslavement of the American citizen, because at least in the former case, we know who we need to stop… in our current system, it is not so clear. That’s why we need to reject their ENTIRE program for America and get back to rational policies based on our founding principles.