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Obama’s a Communist: Why is it Name Calling?

Thought for Today

“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.” The Federalist

“With words we govern men.” Benjamin Disraeli

In practice, the substance of liberty is deliberate, voluntary choice. Constrained by the threat or use of force; manipulated by lies and misinformation; herded by contrived circumstances; choice is not voluntary, and those who make it are not free. Where free choice prevails, communication is the key to persuasion. Words (including in this term the language of music and graphic images) convey facts, ideas and feelings that sway and determine the will. For those who would be free, words matter.

Understanding this, the enemies of freedom do their best to limit or eliminate words that interfere with their design for despotism. They especially seek to stigmatize and discourage the use of words freighted with the sad and tragic history of tyranny and dictatorship. That’s why the use of the word ‘communist’ to describe Barack Obama has aroused such furious diatribe and aspersion. Call him liberal. Call him socialist. Even call him a Marxist if you will. But communist is a dirty word, a cheap shot, just resentful name calling.

Of course, it wasn’t a dirty word when Marx or Engels used it to describe their ideology, or when Lenin wielded it to rally his forces on behalf of the proletariat. Marx’s ponderous writings are boring and not even half-true. The bulk of people who claim and act in his name have probably never read much beyond the “Communist Manifesto.” But this makes Marxism a false name, not a bad one. It took the millions murdered or dead from famine in the assault on Russia’s middle class farmers (the Kulaks); it took the millions slaughter and consigned to hellish gulags during Stalin’s other purges; it took the millions mobbed, defenestrated, hacked to death in Mao’s cultural revolution; it took the smoking ruins of the tens of thousands slain in Kampuchea’s killing fields; and so on and on, to make communism a dirty word. It took the destruction of churches, the persecution of dissidents, the use of crushing military force against unarmed civilians seeking only the dignity of their human rights; to give communists a bad name.

Given this history, it’s easy to understand why folks who are looking, waddling and quacking like communists would rather we called them messiahs. Sensible people want to avoid getting caught up in the grist mill of communist tyranny. The use of the term invites them to look at its history, and this means not only the grisly results, but the path to power that let some people inflict such horrors on others. Americans have an especially good reputation for not putting their fingers into light sockets, but it doesn’t take that much shrewdness to recognize the telltale signs of an approaching hurricane before it overtakes you. Lincoln showed this disposition when he looked at the actions of the pro-slavery cabal before the last Civil War.

We cannot absolutely know that all these exact adaptations are the result of preconcert. But when we see a lot of framed timbers, different portions of which we know have been gotten out at different times and places and by different workmen — Stephen, Franklin, Roger and James, for instance — and when we see these timbers joined together, and see they exactly make the frame of a house or a mill, all the tenons and mortices exactly fitting, and all the lengths and proportions of the different pieces exactly adapted to their respective places, and not a piece too many or too few — not omitting even scaffolding — or, if a single piece be lacking, we see the place in the frame exactly fitted and prepared yet to bring such a piece in — in such a case, we find it impossible not to believe that Stephen and Franklin and Roger and James all understood one another from the beginning, and all worked upon a common plan or draft drawn up before the first blow was struck.

These days, the Obama faction’s media claque derides anyone willing to imitate Lincoln’s common sense as kooky, crazy, fringe, lunatic and an assortment of less cordial terms meant to scarecrow the weak minded.

  • We see the takeover of the banks and financial institutions.
  • In the steadfast refusal to take simple steps to show compliance with the Constitution’s eligibility requirements we see Obama’s personal contempt for the Constitution.
  • We see the Obama celebrity claque hyping a cult of personality, including a pledge of allegiance to him, rather than the U.S. Constitution.
  • We see steps by his cronies to take over and manipulate the census, control that could be abused to consolidate one party dictatorship over government in the United States.
  • We see his faction’s Congressional delegation assigning unconstitutional voting representation in the U.S. Congress to federally controlled districts not qualified as states under the Constitution.
  • We see a so called stimulus bill that directs billions of dollars into the coffers of the Obama faction’s political machine.
  • We see his faction’s Congressional majority planning a taxpayer funded demographic invasion that will permanently alter the identity of the American people.
  • We hear his repeated calls for the establishment of a domestic security force as large and well funded as the military: an American KGB.
  • From him we hear an ominous warning about our “day of reckoning”.
  • His budget seeks control of the life and death health care sector.
  • His tax policies destructively assault private action in order to fund national bureaucratic domination.
  • He proposes risky cutbacks in our military preparedness.
  • His massive spending involves borrowing requirements that will increase Communist China’s hold over the United States.
  • He makes appeasing overtures to Iran as it moves toward nuclear weapons capability.
  • His faction’s State Department welcomes a move that makes our hemisphere’s most active radical, anti-American Marxist (Hugo Chavez) a dictator for life.

But if we dare to see the obvious pattern in all of this, we’re candidates for a soon to be government controlled mental hospital. Or so the Obama faction wants people to believe. Do you think they’re right?

Worth considering? Then don’t forget to DIGG IT!!!!

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Tom May 1, 2010, 10:20 pm

    You are so correct in all you say! Please keep up the good work and hopefully in 2012 we can start setting things right again. I have been calling Obama a socialist, but I think your term of communist fits him better. I pray daily for people like you and the good ole USA. I am 68 and do not want to leave my children and grand children Obama’s and the democrat’s mess for them. God bless you!

  • jerzmikey June 30, 2009, 11:18 pm

    what are you all doing to keep from being discouraged? i feel like ellen james from the book "the world according to garp" she was raped and had her tongue cut out by her rapist. i feel raped and that I have no voice – anywhere. all of our elected officials ignore the will of the people and vote against our wishes. i feel that the 911 victims died in vain trying to protect the target of washington d.c. i see my country cirling the drain…

  • SHOCK March 11, 2009, 11:51 am

    Anonymous said… “This is just nuts. I am 49 and remember the Soviet Union very well. To equate the policies of President Obama with Marxism-Leninism is just plain crazy.”

    Do you know what Marxism is? Articulate why you believe the comparison is not valid instead of dismisiing everyone as “nuts”.

  • gop solution architect March 9, 2009, 3:08 pm

    Call to abolish the Obama Administration has been made. 2nd American Revolution brewing. http://tinyurl.com/bx6s9s

  • Anonymous March 8, 2009, 6:59 pm

    This is just nuts. I am 49 and remember the Soviet Union very well. To equate the policies of President Obama with Marxism-Leninism is just plain crazy.

  • Don March 8, 2009, 3:26 pm

    For those of you who don’t believe Obama is a socialist and he will “govern from the center,” you’ve been believing the media instead of the truth.

    Read the full 1961-2009 “Obama Timeline” at:


    If you can get through the history of the current “thug-in-chief” and not fear for America’s future, you had better stop taking drugs. Frankly, I’m starting to worry more about fascism than socialism…

    Colony 14 Author

  • Teri March 7, 2009, 10:42 pm

    I have been following you for years now and tell anyone who will listen that I wish YOU were our president. Maybe your job at this time is to be the brave soul who is crying out is our wilderness. Maybe you are the one that is brave enough to stand up to what is happening. We are listening. I am going to start making it a daily habit to pray for you and for your voice to be heard.

  • SHOCK March 7, 2009, 5:36 pm

    I have admired you for years and respect your contrarian viewpoint that the liberal media spoon feeds Americans every day. America has been slipping toward socialism for years and the average citizen remains blissfully unaware of this nefarious occurrence. The real shame of it all is that when thinking individuals actually challenge the “prevailing wisdom” of the sycophantic media, who continually slobbers over a man whose only claim to fame is superior oratory skills, we are immediately dismissed as kooks. As “Huffington Pull” demonstrated, the typical liberal response to real questions is no response via a “label and dismiss” tactic. The Limbaughs, Keyes, Becks ande Schiffs of the world are immediately dismissed on the grounds of narrow-minded extremism… You have pointed out eloquently the reality of the Obamanation and its policies. We will continue to march toward socialism via confiscatory taxation and wealth redistribution. When government chooses to gear itself to the leat among us and reward failure, while punishing success, the bar will ever be lowered until we are all “equal” and “fairness” has finally been achieved. The only thing that the liberals fail to realize is that without the “rich”, successful, entrepreneurial minded, risk taking, educated, driven individuals in this country to build businesses, there will be no jobs for the “less fortunate”. Industry and innovation is what built this country and made it great not governemnt. God help us all when government sees itself through Obama’s eyes as the “only entity left with the resources to jolt the economy back to life”. Uh, someone tell Mr Obama that the government has no resources except that which it confiscates from its citizens or borrows from other governments, which still has to be repaid by the confiscated taxes of its citizens. Ever heard of free enterprise? Let your voice be heard from coast to coast Mr Keyes. You are the Paul Revere of our generation. “The socialists are coming”!

  • thelink March 7, 2009, 9:21 am

    We are witnessing a Communist takeover of America. Why else has his administration not fixed the banking problem? After the last savings and loans debacle they just bought up the bad debt from the banks and we all survived. The stock market is tanking while this Marxist is trying to bankrupt America. His stimulus and budget is a disaster. Anyone who has actually read them knows it.

    Obama: More Smoke and Mirrors; Update Alan Keyes Weighs In

  • YellowJacket March 6, 2009, 4:03 am

    I will try to make this brief,America’s delima could be solved very simple,the first thing a true constitutional elected President should have done was to secure our borders,not give away trillions of dollars,he should have went door to door and rounded up 30 million illegal immagrant’s and deported them immediatly,this would open up the door’s of the job market for more Americans to be able to work,as for American companies who moved out of this Country to find cheaper labor,you move back or we will not import you’re good’s.Gambling is gambling weather it is at a horse race or the stock market,I have never known of the Government bailing out some one who has lost on gambling bet’s until now.
    People, our children are not being taught right in school’s, education is a must,with out education we are lost,it is the simple logical thing’s that we the people can do to save our Country,but what is happening to us right now has gone way beyound wrong…I truely felt the only leader to help we the people in the right direction,is Alan Keyes,I believed it then ,I believe it now!!!

  • Roland Dell March 5, 2009, 11:26 pm

    I guess it all has to do with ones world view; the Pilgrims tried Communism (Communal living) and it failed miserably.
    Bottom line is, people see what they want to see and I think and they no longer read…
    For what it is worth, I saw you pass through Baltimore in the late 80’s and have always checked your name on the ballot, because of your principles.
    For God and Country, Roland

  • mschuster March 5, 2009, 6:05 pm

    It is extremely difficult to look at the facts as you have laid them out or as the one in question has quite explicitly expressed and to not think of regimes from the 20th century that helped wreck the world.

    It’s disheartening that the majority do not realize what is happening.

    Their voting education and experience is texting 1s, 2s, and 3s.

  • Kenneth March 5, 2009, 5:02 pm

    Identifying someone according to acurate data either by what they say or how they vote isn’t name calling it’s being honest and direct and truthfull. The fact that Obama doesn’t call himself a communist makes him a LIAR and a Fraud. His hope was just Hype and most people were weak enough to be brainwashed by it because if you don’t belive in something you’ll fall for anything and now we have an Anti-Christ as the president and is possibly thee Anti-Christ !

  • Call Me Mom March 5, 2009, 3:52 pm

    I tried this before, but it didn’t post.
    I think it could be argued that congress defined Natural born citizen when they passed non-binding SB 511 to allow Mr. McCain to be eligible to sit as president. In that bill the criteria was: born to American citizens on American soil.
    It was necessary to have this resolution because Mr. McCain was born in the Panama Canal zone.(His birthplace was considered to be American soil because of it’s status as a military base.)

    It won’t be argued unless one of the cases is actually given a hearing on it’s merits.

    Huffington Pull,
    Name calling really doesn’t reflect well on you. I’m sure the readers of this blog and Mr. Keyes would be happy to address legitimate criticism, but just calling everyone ignorant and bitter doesn’t help anyone.

  • Let us move forward March 5, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Unfortunately, most Americans under 40 are not aware of the abuses of power committed under the communist umbrella. This is a very dangerous situation for our country.

    American thinker has an article comparing the Communist Party USA 2008 platform with what Mr. O is trying to do right now. Probably the only reason that CPUSA offered a candidate in the election was to not directly endorse (and politically poison) Mr. O.


    The CPUSA site has a video of their chairman in an interview with Glen Beck on their front page right now.


  • Huffington Pull March 5, 2009, 9:39 am

    It seems to me that you’re bitter about losing to Obama in 2004 AND 2008, and now you have nothing better to do with your time than fuel the flames of ignorance. Gobama!!

  • Mark March 5, 2009, 9:24 am

    Do I think you’re right, Alan?


  • Troy Edwards March 4, 2009, 11:31 pm

    Hi alan, i wrote about you on my blog.


    I voted for you in 1996 too.

  • gilbertabrett March 4, 2009, 10:06 pm

    Hit the nail on the head again I said Dr. Keyes! I am happy to send out this link at least once a week to people all over this country. PRAISE GOD someone has some sense here. May it please the LORD that we still have a chance to turn this country back to HIM!

    Obama is a communist and obviously one without a backbone… sometimes I think HE doesn’t even know his own intentions – just a kid with a new toy…

    Thank you Dr. Keyes for your last two pieces. They make me want to start a petition NOW putting you on the next ballot for President in 2012!

  • Most Rev. Gregori March 4, 2009, 9:47 pm

    To Larry Walker, Jr.
    Several people have tried to bring the Obama eligibility issue before the United States Supreme Court, but so far, the Court has refused to hear these cases. Our government was set up by the founding fathers to have three separate but equal branches, the Executive (President), the Legislative (both Houses of Congress), and the Judicial (Supreme Court), to act as a form of “Checks and Balances” on each other. Unfortunately that has come to an end a long time ago, as members of each of the three branches have violated and trampled on the Constitution at will, while the others backed them up and supported them.

    Yes, we are well on our way to becoming a SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST country. And unless the people of America rise up in a new revolution, America is done for. I am not calling for the OVERTHROW of the government, what I am calling for is the overthrow of the TREASONOUS elements running our country.

  • Larry Walker Jr March 4, 2009, 7:22 pm

    I would to God someone would have the courage to bring a Natural Born Citizen definition and application to Obama case directly into Federal Court against the Executive, or Legislative Banch. Forget about suing a Secretary of State, Governor, or political party official. It’s time to cut to the chase. What is the definition of ‘Natural Born Citizen’ as relates to Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution? And does having a foreign citizen parent at birth disqualify one for the Presidency?

  • Joe of St. Thérèse March 4, 2009, 5:27 pm

    Kyrie eleison, People are so blinded by the obvious it drives me insane sometimes thinking about it.

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