The Problem with Marxism

I rather tremble as I write this, because I don’t want to be the target of the verbal assault I’m afraid I might get in response. But here goes:

Yesterday, I quoted Jesus, “What out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves,” and I’ve been asked, “What were you thinking? Who did you have in mind?”

My first thought is to say that I’d read that passage out of Matthew, and it was on my mind. While that would be true, it’s a cheap answer which amounts to a copout.

The more complete answer has to do with the rise of Marxism in America. I view that as a grave threat to the future liberty and prosperity of this country. Last fall, I put together this collection of some current leaders and their public espousal, in their own words, of Marxist ideology. It also includes the words of Marxist dictators from other countries, who clearly see an ideological ally in the White House. This simply shows that I’m not speculating here – you hear them speak in their own words. Marxism is on the move.

I spent one day behind the Berlin Wall, and it changed me forever. Encounters with reality have a way of doing that. Ideas have consequences, and Marxist ideas, when implemented in a society, have devastating consequences.

Just last night, I watched this video documentary of the history of Communism. Communism is just a political implementation of Marxism. I was up past midnight (unusual for me), nearly transfixed at the wholesale devastation and carnage which has been the end result of Marxism every time it’s tried. The documentary was made in 1962, and is mostly actual footage of events, beginning in 1917. It makes an excellent history lesson, without speaking in any way about current political figures, and I cannot recommend it more highly.

It’s difficult to watch because of the graphic scenes of brutality and carnage. If you’ve visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, you know how disturbing those images can be. But it’s real history, and if we don’t learn from it, it could happen again. And it could happen here.

Do I think Barack Obama himself is a potential dictator with genocidal inclinations? Not really. I see that he’s a family man, and I believe he loves those cute daughters of his as much as I love mine. And I’m also aware that America is different from Russia and Eastern Europe a century ago.

But the policies this administration and Congress espouse follow too closely the Marxist narrative for me not to discern the trajectory. They employ classic divide and conquer strategy, stirring up grievances, pitting one group of people against another, and the ensuing chaos masks the ongoing reality that the state is encroaching on the freedoms of all, expanding its power base, and assuming ever greater control over what used to be a free and prosperous citizenry.

The promises Marx and his successors made were sweeping and grand. Stalin, for example, spoke of peace and prosperity coming to all. But those things never came to pass. What did come to pass is enough to keep you up at night. And it’s enough to compel me to repeat a timeless warning.

People can say I don’t care about those who can’t afford medical care. They can say all I want to do is oppose Obama. They can tell me I need to be taught a life lesson or say I’m just afraid of change. People can call me stupid and make jokes about me. But all of those amount to little more than ad hominen attacks and avoid engaging over the facts of the issue.

If we could start by acknowledging that we disagree, that would at least rise to the level of engaging over an objective piece of information, which leads me back to the question I was asked. What was I thinking when I quoted Jesus? “What out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” I was thinking that the hopes and promises propelling this health care legislation are false. I won’t speculate about whether the people making the promises actually believe them, but if they do, it’s still a Utopian dream that, if carried out, will eventually become a nightmare.

One more thing. It’s an ancillary issue, but it’s relevant. I have problems with this legislation on grounds other than abortion, but I find the abortion component alone enough reason for serious opposition. I asked supporters of Obamacare, many of whom I also know to have problems with abortion, to help me understand the conflict of priorities. So far, no one has responded. You can read that and respond here.

Consider the abortion component of this legislation and let’s return to the warning from Jesus. “What out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Jesus continued, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” He used the illustration of good and bad trees bearing good and bad fruit, respectively, then repeated, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” In the Bible, “fruit” is sometimes used as a metaphor for a person’s deeds. The idea is we can tell the character of a person by his deeds.

Two specific actions – or deeds – of President Obama suggest something disturbing about his compassion and how much he values human life. One is his vote to allow infant survivors of abortion to be denied medical care. The other is his indifference to the poverty of his 1/2 brother.

I find these two past actions of his serious cause for concern, because I see no reason to believe he cares any more about you or me or your children or my children than he does about helpless born infants or his own kin in Kenya.

If you do, please explain.

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PS. I finished this, uploaded it, and went away. But now, an hour later, my stomach’s turning because it’s so heavy-handed. Or “heavy,” at least. I don’t mean to be, well, heavy-handed. I care. I believe this, and I believe it with intensity. I want to say, “I apologize,” but I don’t know what else to do but speak what I believe. So, … I apologize for the intensity. Looks like it may be another late night.

21 Comments on “The Problem with Marxism

  1. Terrel, I don’t think you’re nuts, or even heavy-handed. The call needs to be made and even though you may think you’ve made yourself a target, I myself keep in mind it’s only because it’s easier to see whoever it is that’s climbed up on top of the mountain to get a clear view. I have hard things to say as well, and even though I don’t post them in blogs, I speak with as much trepidation and expectation of villification. My targets are individuals close to me, who don’t wear signs of any “ism” but who are mean, or mean-spirited, who blame other people for their own lack of self-control, who justify their deeds with psychobabble and comparisons between themselves and other people who are even worse. I am told not to judge, not to think myself any better, not to accuse anyone else until I myself am perfect, but that is not the call I hear from my Lord. I don’t have to claim to be perfect in order to call a spade a spade, and that is just what you are doing too, and thank you for it. The pastor of my church gave a message not too long ago that included statistics from the Revolutionary war, and what he revealed to us (or reminded some of us of, I’m sure) was that just before the Americans took up arms against the British, 90% of the American colonists didn’t want to get involved. 5% thought rebellion was treason. And 5% took up their muskets. I have to say, as most of our congregation did that morning, I am of that 5%, and consider the preservation of our hard-won and fragile freedoms worth fighting for, despite accusations of treason or insanity. The devil’s work may be easier and easier every day on this soil, but NOT IN MY HOUSE!

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    • If i read one more religous thing online im going to be sick. So platforms of non-involvement during the holocaust, and molesting children is something within gods plan? Reading about Norse mythology, greek and roman as well are silly, but it is unfathomable that in 500 years schools will be teaching concept such as catholic church, muslim, mormon, etc as mythology as well? What happens when the sun turns into a red super giant? What happens when the universe can no longer generate hydrogen due to inability to splice helium bonds? What about Heisenbergs principles of quantum mechanics? Simply being religiously ignorant is grounds to judge people? Homosexuals, marxists, socialists, women, etc are intrinsically bad? The rule of thumb is alright, or do you just pick and choose how you judge people based on the times and concepts? Human nature is becoming more nonsensical and grim. Less educated and more blindly hateful faith. When will people simply realize we are all born completely different and accepting people for their inadequicies versus telling them why they’re wrong is the only way to make this wobbling stone slightly less morbid? I may be wrong, and we are all entitled to our opinions, but i understand that, and i would never want to sadden someone just because i think seeing things solely through my own eyes makes me correct or better. I can empathize with reclusive individuals, people will always hate you due to their insecurities, but will rationalize it with money, politics, religion or anything else that does not point the blame back on them.

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      • Wow, that’s quite a diatribe, J. I don’t know exactly what point from this post on Marxism or from Laura’s comment you’re responding to, but if you feel inclined to say, I’d be interested to hear.

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      • I don’t consider my thoughts archaic or satirical, i simply believe anyone who focuses on conspiracies, religions or isms over simple human decencies is sorely misguided and under-educated. The purpose of choosing a side; god or devil, marxist or CapItalist, isn’t the same as choosing between good and evil. It’s just choosing to fear those who are different. All politics, all religions are corrupt and toxic. It is like choosing nuclear war or biological war. People are going to be ostracized when you think you’re any better, or more correct. It’s simple allegory of the cave, we find out new things everyday that disprove old ways of thinking. Accepting you know nothing is freedom, and blindly being decent, for no apparent reason is hope. I was not attacking anyone, i was just expressing myself i suppose, and a bit randomly as well since none of these topic truly hit home for me.

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  2. Terrill,

    You do realize, don’t you, that the following quote from your post could be used exactly to describe the Bush administration when both sides of Congress were held by the Republicans. The issues are different, but the tactics the same. I guess how you view all this depends on which side of the ideological fence you sit on.

    “But the policies this administration and Congress espouse follow too closely the Marxist narrative for me not to discern the trajectory. They employ classic divide and conquer strategy, stirring up grievances, pitting one group of people against another, and the ensuing chaos masks the ongoing reality that the state is encroaching on the freedoms of all, expanding its power base, and assuming ever greater control over what used to be a free and prosperous citizenry.”

    My personal belief is that the system is self correcting. There were people convinced that Bush/Cheney were going to create a form of monarchy and that they were going to end the form of government we know and love. Then the elctions of 2006 came along and the displeasure of the populace became clear. The same may very well happen in the 2010 elections if the popular sentiment is against the current administration.

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  3. “I guess how you view all this depends on which side of the ideological fence you sit on.” I definitely agree with you there. I suppose that’s part of why it’s so disorienting sometimes to engage with people who come at it from the other side of the fence.

    But I don’t see how Bush and the Republican congress followed any Marxist narrative. And to my knowledge, they didn’t publicly espouse Marxism or praise Chairman Mao. I don’t know of any Bush appointees who openly identified themselves as Communists.

    I will say this: I had major problems with the way that Bush and the Republicans expanded government and spent ever larger sums of money. I don’t like it when it happens under any side’s rule.

    Is the system self-correcting? It was certainly designed to be. But it will only be as good as we the people allow it to be. Did you see that short analysis of this legislation by the Constitutional attorney Michael Connelly? According to him, this legislation reaches waaaaay outside the system. Does that concern you?

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  4. I wasn’t saying that the Bush administration was pushing Marxism. It was just the wording of the quote (I should have removed the first sentence) that could have been taken to point to either administration.

    I haven’t read the analysis, but will try to today. With Christie leaving very early tomorrow morning, I may not get to it until a little later.

    I am concerned that neither side of the political parties are willing to behave like adults. The Democrats are forcing legislation that has no Republican supporters, but the Republicans are acting like children by not sitting down to at least try to come to common ground. I really wish there was a viable third party for me to look at as a solution.

    By the way, I read your piece on abortion in the bill shortly after you posted it, and have been mulling a response in my head. I just haven’t had time to sit down, write it and post it, but will try soon.

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  5. Hey Fred,

    “I am concerned that neither side of the political parties are willing to behave like adults.” I wouldn’t argue with that either, except I do see a couple of shining stars.

    Thanks for reading my stuff and taking the time to engage. And without acrimony. Give Christie a hug for me. You know I love that kid like one of my own.

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  6. Other than trying to be moral, or ethical, i know nothing just like everyone else. And even striving to be good could technically be wrong. There is no way of proving otherwise.

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  7. Trying to be moral and ethical is good, so kudos to you for that.

    If you want to publicly state that you know nothing, that’s fine. but please explain to me, if you will, on what grounds you declare that “everyone else” knows nothing. Because here is what you have expressed here amounts to:

    “I know nothing. And I know that everyone else knows nothing.”

    If you know nothing, J, then you know nothing about what anyone else may or may not know.

    Now, if you want to have a discussion on here, you can begin by acknowledging the possibility that someone else may actually know something – that knowledge is possible. Otherwise, you have undercut your own grounds for stating anything other than professing your own ignorance by stating that you know nothing.

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  8. Well, it’s called an educated guess. Goethe was into humanism, not catholisism. Plato agreed he and all others were truly ignorant to the ways of this world, and Descartes believed nothing anyone knew could be based on anything truthful or real. Their I.Q.s range from the 210’s (universal genius) and so on. Even Abelard admits things such as love are neurological con jobs. If you think you know more than them, then you have a higher I.Q. than myself and them…but i highly doubt you even know half of those people, few to non of their works and further more, how an intelligence quotIent is even derived without the help of google. So you can try to use backward logic all you like, i’m simply stating that if you believe in something, the only thing that makes it any real is simply your belief in it. Reality only exists because your brain releases certain chemicals to tell you what you see and feel is real. But that solid object in front of you may be ten feet away, but your brain is telling you that you are touching and feeling it. Face it, we all know as much as chemicals in this world are tricking us to know.

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  9. So correct me if I’m wrong –

    You have made a guess that everyone else knows nothing. And you know that you know nothing.

    Have I accurately summarized your expressions thus far on here?

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  10. I am part of everyone. So i suppose i am wrong, and everyone knows everything. Is that more like it? Its not about paradox here, but technically i could be a figment of your imagination. 2+2 may not equal 4 if the devil is inhabiting those numbers…

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  11. Interesting diversionary comment there, J. But you didn’t answer my question. Here it is again:

    You have made a guess that everyone else knows nothing. And you know that you know nothing.

    Have I accurately summarized what you are saying?

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  12. The ‘diversionary comment’ was taking my own opposite side, providing that the opposite of not know isn’t knowing. True, i can only speak for what i know or don’t know, but just because one makes an opposite point doesn’t make it anymore truthful or correct, they’re all just blind guesses, which have been proved then disproved over and over again spanning our entire history.

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  13. You still haven’t answered the question. Here it is again:

    You have made a guess – a blind guess, according to your most recent comment – that everyone else knows nothing. And you know that you know nothing.

    Have I accurately summarized what you are saying?

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  14. What does the word true mean to you? First you couldn’t read into the answer i was giving you. Then i had to spell it out so i verbally answered your question with true, yet you still ask. How can i respond any further in this post with someone who cannot even understand what they are reading! All the while posing the same question over and over again? So go ahead, write your stale, four post old comment you’ve been drooling to write, but you’ve understood and answered zero questions i’ve asked, while i’ve habitually answer your weak gateway to loose arguement.

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  15. J, I’ve read your comments just fine. I quoted from them, in fact. You said that you know nothing. And you further said that you have made a guess – a blind guess – that everyone else knows nothing.

    If that is your intellectual foundation, then please take your nihilism to a nihilist. As long as you declare that you know nothing, you have nothing meaningful to say.

    At whatever point you choose to acknowledge that knowledge is possible, then feel free to come back here for meaningful, as opposed to meaningless, dialogue.

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  16. Well, there was a time when foolish religious knowledge reigned supreme, it was called the dark ages, and people were tourtured and persecuted because they realized things like we were not anthropocentrically the center of everything in the universe, and that we revolved around the sun. The were called misunderstood things like nihilists because of the lack of intelligence mostly everyone possessed. Read a book. So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise if intelligence.

    The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma. – Abraham Lincoln

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