If there was ever any doubt that President Barack Hussein Obama is a socialist, this should remove it. In 2008, Obama was endorsed by, and was a member of, the far-left New Party. The New Party could best be described as social democratic in orientation. It is committed to socialism based on principles of social justice, community, responsibility, and democracy.
Two questions arise: (1) Who gets to define social justice, community, responsibility, and democracy? and (2) What is allowed if we do not agree with the definitions?
Anyway, back to Obama. Did you know that there were extremely close ties between Obama, the New Party in Chicago, and ACORN? And Obama has ties to the Democratic Socialists of America, which is associated with Socialist International. And did you know that Obama’s father wrote a paper called “Problems Facing Our Socialism” that advocates 100% taxation of the rich, communal ownership of land and the forced confiscation of privately controlled land.
I guess 2008 was a very busy news year, so the MSM totally missed Obama’s ties with socialism.
Further, while speaking at the University of Michigan in 2010, Obama said: Don’t call our socialism “socialism!” He continued: We must doctor our language as well.
Unionized public-sector employment is the essence of the left’s moral ideal. No one has to worry about making a profit. Generous health-care and retirement benefits are provided to everyone by the government. Comfortable pay is mandated by legislative fiat. The work rules are militantly egalitarian: pay, promotion, and job security are almost totally independent of actual job performance. And because everyone works for the government, they never have to worry that their employer will go out of business. In short, public employment is an idealized socialist economy. Put it all together, and you have the Democrats’ version of Utopia.
But, unionized public-sector employment promises the full socialist ideal to a small minority, paid for with tax money taken from a larger, productive private economy. But the socialist utopia of public employment has crossed the Thatcher Line: the point at which you run out of other people’s money.
On the national front, Obama and the liberals/progressives/Democrats are panicking as their experiment with American socialism implodes. It has become quite clear that the old-age welfare state of Social Security and Medicare is driving the federal government into permanent trillion-dollar deficits and a ruinous debt load. Even Obama acknowledged that these programs are the real drivers of runaway debt.
Just so you know, Socialism, defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production, was the tragic failure of the twentieth century. Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and moral cruelty.
Perhaps Obama has, since 2008, changed his politics? Let’s see. On January 22, 2012, Paul Roderick Gregory, at forbes.com, wrote: “By ‘socialist’ I do not mean a Lenin, Castro, or Mao, but whether Obama falls within the mainstream of contemporary socialism as represented, for example, by Germany’s Social Democrats, French Socialists, or Spain’s socialist-workers party. By this criterion, yes, Obama is a socialist.”
But that’s just my opinion.