Is Obama the Missing Link in Turning America Into a Communist Nation?
With the president’s push towards socialized medicine and taxing the wealthiest in our country, he is making steps in closing the gap towards turning America into a communist nation. While he is not responsible for all that ails our country, he is not protecting the capitalistic nature and entrepreneurial spirit on which this country was built.
It is almost as if Obama has taken a copy of Karl Marx’ The Manifesto, turned to page 94, and browsed the checklist to see where he needed to spend his time doing work.
“1 – Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes”
We do not actually own any land; we only perceive to own the land we purchase. True ownership comes with the right to do what we please with our property; the government and other organizations (think HOAs) ensure you follow certain rules. Even if you live far from mainstream society, you are still regulated by laws put in place by people who have likely never lived in your area and do not know the land.
Remember when national parks belonged to all of us as a nation? We the people. Over the years, the parks have grown smaller as the land has been taken away from us and deemed unsafe; we no longer share in the ownership of the land or have use of the acreage. It belongs to the government and not the citizens.
“2 – A heavy progressive or graduated income tax”
Obama must have looked at this one and determined he wanted to begin his work here. Take from the wealthiest in our nation and force them to pay for those who have not worked as diligently and turn the money into socialistic programs or to pay for people who enter the country illegally.
Good idea. This forces people to abandon this country, so instead of getting a percentage of a large sum of money, the tax revenue is zero. Additionally, people feel they need to flee an otherwise wonderful country.
“3 – Abolition of all right of inheritance”
My friend’s parents gifted her and her sister $10,000 each year so they would not die with “too much money” and the government would then get the rest. Oh, to have such problems.
But, imagine if they outlived their plan and needed some of that money for healthcare or house expenses. Well, their healthcare would be handled by socialized medicine, I suppose; but you can see where problems are starting to come arise.
4 – Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels
This does not actually seem to be an issue in our country, as we appear to want to give away the house, literally, to emigrants as soon as they cross the border. Want a house? Here is a loan. Want free education for your child? Here is the Dream Act. Want to stay here for life? Here is amnesty.
5 – Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly
We have the Federal Reserve, FDIC and FICO.
Since 2007 the proliferation of small local banks failing, just to my recollection, has been unsurpassed. Banks that have been in business for years were suddenly seemingly swallowed whole. One could no longer go down to their local banker and ask for a line of credit or even a simple home loan without mounds of government paperwork.
6 – Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state
There is the post office (well, for now) DMV, DOT, FCC, ICC, etc.
7 – Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan
While the bailout of the car manufactures was not necessarily the state “owning” the factory, it was unusual; and, it was not as if that money came straight from Obama’s pocket.
Cultivation of wastelands and soil improvement with a common plan sounds wonderful in theory; however, government involvement can be a sticky wicket. There have been theories that the dust bowl was created due to the way the government determined the soil should be treated and used. Without their interference, it is believed, the droughts and dust storms may never have occurred.
8 – Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture
(As this manifesto was written in 1960, there is undoubtedly some need for creativity when interpreting the meaning here) We have the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and minimum wage laws that often have the opposite effect than what they have intended.
For example, if the minimum wage is $10 and you have two employees, your aggregate total minimum wage to pay is $20 per hour. However, one of your employees is exemplary and works a highly skilled job; the other is only average but you need him to perform menial tasks.
You would like to pay your highly skilled laborer $13 an hour and your lesser employee $7, but you can only afford $20; but under the minimum wage law each receives $10 per hour. Hardly seems fair, but the law is the law, so more than likely you will lose a good employee and cycle through poor employees often.
Some employers are mandated by EEOC laws them to hire a certain number of individuals of various races and people with handicaps. This puts the business at a disadvantage because they are not able to hire the best individual for the position; instead, they are forced to concern themselves about other traits of the applicant. Thus, the company may offer a job to their second or third choice out of force by government interference.
As a nation, we are not allowing businesses to thrive based on these limitations.
9 – Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country
As the population grows, the free and open space between our cities is disappearing. When I travel to cities I frequented just 20 years ago, a town that was 30 miles away has now morphed into the suburbs.
10 – Free education for all children in public school. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
When I was 16, I worked full-time after school; my first job was at a fast-food restaurant. I drove myself there in my 20 year-old ’57 Chevy, with my license that I was permitted to use day or night.
Now when you are 16 and want to work, you have to get a work permit and even then are only allowed to work a few hours a day. Driving must be a hassle because there are so many regulations on a 16-year-old driver now; and, that 1957 Chevy I loved so much would never make it past the red tape at the DMV. It burned Regular gasoline (for those who remember, not Regular Unleaded, just Regular) and did not have seatbelts, trying to get an officer to understand it was a classic car and did not require them was like trying to explain the Theory of Relativity to my Jack Russell.
Therefore, when you look around and wonder how so many people can be on welfare or complain because they do not want to work for what they get, look towards Washington DC or your local government. Did you vote for this?
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (Washington Square Free Press, 1969)