- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 30, 2001

I have suggested in my columns the presence of socialist-communist attitudes and practices in our daily lives. Such a statement ought to be supported by examples. The reason native-born Americans would not recognize them, while people of my ilk do, is that growing up in Hungary we had no choice in the matter. At school, we were required year after year to be trained in Marxism-Leninism. It was considered everyone's major, taking precedence over one's real major in my case, piano.

Americans, people of exceptional good will, have been persuaded that Marxist-Leninist ideas and practices are congruous with basic American principles and do, in fact, fulfill the Founders' intentions. Even a cursory comparison of the reality of socialist-communist societies with that of America ought to convince anyone that such notions are preposterous. And now the examples.

Christmas is an appropriate beginning because it is the season, and because those who labor to eliminate it bit by bit cite the U.S. Constitution as their basis. While that excuse crumbles the minute one actually reads the Constitution, or the intent of the Founding Fathers, history teaches us that Marx, Lenin, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin all endeavored to do away with tradition.

Fascism is a word we use when we mean Nazism. During the 1930s, it was Stalin who instructed communists around the world to use the word. Because Hitler's party was called "National Socialist German Workers' Party," simply another version of socialism, the association proved increasingly inconvenient.

Capitalism is how too many of us describe our economy. The idea of "capitalism" was invented and defined by Karl Marx. It requires a rigid class society in which the proletariat owns nothing, now or ever. America never had such a system. Ours is a free-market society with unlimited opportunity. By calling the system "capitalist," the negative connotations of the word color how the system is viewed.

"Reactionary" and "progressive" have long been the classic communist designations of enemies and friends of the ideology.

Political correctness is an idea forged by Lenin (Hitler preferred the term "socially correct"), extensively used in the works of Anton Semionovich Makarenko, Lenin's education guru.

Preference quotas were introduced in Hungary within weeks of the communist takeover, prescribing specific percentages of workers and farmers for certain advantages. Thus group affiliation, as opposed to ability, determined university or job placement, leading to increasing inefficiency.

Working Americans is successor to "workers," as in people who work distinct from those who don't. This Marxist-Leninist division of society implies that those who don't work had acquired their possessions illegitimately. Communists apply this to class, Nazis applied it mostly to the Jews. Since in America everyone works, the designation is pointless, except to create artificial divisions.

Sensitivity Training is the precise equivalent of engaging in public self-criticism and submitting to party education, the standard communist punishment meted out to those who had strayed outside the party line.

Hate crime and hate speech are pseudonyms for political crime far more vigorously pursued in any totalitarian state than ordinary crime. Until recently, the concept of political crime would have been unthinkable in America.

"Native American" is an example of constantly changing designations, serving a number of purposes. They instill the habit of not calling things what they are, keeping people off-balance, and increasing thought control all the time. "Native American" also downgrades most who live here, whereas "undocumented immigrant" upgrades illegal aliens. In the Soviet realm, one simply scoured the official party newspaper to find out what things needed to be called that day or week.

There is more, of course, but this should suffice to persuade Americans that so much of what is said and done with good intentions comes, in fact, from a most detestable source. Everything in socialist-communist thought and practice legal, moral, economic is the opposite of the principles upon which America was founded and with which Americans have succeeded.

There is no way the opposite of "good" can also be good.

Balint Vazsonyi director of the Center for the American Founding is a nationally syndicated columnist.

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