May 1, 2012
-- by Dave Johnson
Not kidding, read it for yourself: New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism,
The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
... Vladimir Lenin founded the publication "Vpered" (the Russian word for "forward") in 1905. Soviet propaganda film-maker Dziga Vertov made a documentary whose title is sometimes translated as "Forward, Soviet" (though also and more literally as "Stride, Soviet").
No, this isn't just some isolated nut, it's the "national news editor" writing in Washington's top conservative newspaper. See the right's echo chamber picking it up here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and hundreds of other sites. Hundreds! And that's just today. (Please - spare yourself from reading the comments at these sites, they start where this nut "communist" stuff leaves off and will make your head explode and you'll start looking at real estate prices in any other country.)
Morning update (added the morning after this post was written): This morning the Drudge Report has this as an item, so now it will really take off... radio, FOX... Drudge also links to: Obama’s New Campaign Slogan “Forward!” Is a Hitler Youth Marching Tun . Sigh.
This follows Republican Congressman Alan West's recent claim that 80 Democratic members of Congress are members of the Communist Party.
This kind of extremism is not uncommon these days in the Republican party. Just a few examples - and don't dismiss this, Palin was their Vice Presidential nominee, Perry is a Governor and was a candidate for President, Newt Gingrich is currently a candidate for President, and Romney is going to be the Republican Presidential nominee:
- Florida Senator Compares Obama Economics To Communism At Rally
- Palin: Obama's Tax Plans Could Mean Nightmare Communist State
- Perry stands by ad, calls Obama a 'socialist'
- Bill O'Reilly on "The View" Calls Senator Obama a "Communist"
- Hannity's Right: Obama Is a Socialist
- Media Matters: Fox's Five Agree With Limbaugh That "Comrade Obama" Is Indeed A Socialist,
- Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, on a major television network:
- GOP debate: Is Obama a socialist? Mitt Romney won't say
Over the weekend, in False Equivalence Award To Thomas E. Mann And Norman J. Ornstein, I wondered how they could claim that the Democrats "have their own extreme wing." I speculated,
Maybe they don't know how extreme it really has gotten out there past DC. Maybe they don't listen to Limbaugh or Hannity, or watch Fox News or read Republican blogs. Those outlets are now the hub of the Republican Party, and today's politics cannot be explained without including them in the mix.
Seriously, if you are not monitoring the Republican outlets, you have no idea just how extreme they have become.
Republicans control the House of Representatives now. If you don't vote, these people will be in charge of the Senate and the White House again.
Posted by Dave Johnson at May 1, 2012 4:33 PM
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