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.
- Survivor of Socialism Has a Warning for America “Austrians were looking to Germany where they saw prosperity and law and order, … they believed the promise of prosperity from Adolf Hitler.”
- The Audacity of the State “The audacity of the savior state is rather like the audacity of Hophni and Phineas, who apparently believed that the house of God, and the people of God, were there merely for plunder. The savior state has its own aims and motivations, of course, motivations that may seem … much nobler than those of Eli’s sons. But the process is much the same, and the final outcome will also be the same, if its advance is not checked. ”
- The New Fascists: Part 1 – A Political Primer “There are only two forms of government. Every kind of government is a branch or variation of one of the two forms.”
- Nineteen-Thirty-Something “When Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, most Europeans failed to recognize either the nature or the gravity of the threat. Clifford Allen, a prominent British politician, applauded Hitler, saying: “I am convinced he genuinely desires peace.” Archbishop Temple of York agreed..”
- 100 Years of Mismanagement “The Fed does resemble the Soviet era Gosbank – manipulating, meddling and micro-managing the economy towards destruction. Meanwhile, Congress is doing some Soviet style management too.”
- Health Care Countdown: Young People Could Bear Brunt of Insurance Mandate
- Health Care Countdown: Senate Bill Could Hit Middle Class Hard
- Milton Friedman, Economist Extraordinaire, Defends Capitalism to Phil Donahue In 2 1/2 minutes, Freidman exposes the lie of “Socialism is more virtuous that capitalism.”
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.