The younger generation probably doesn’t realize that “socialism” means and connotes a system that is profoundly un-American. Socialism has virtually disappeared from our national lexicon since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed because of President Reagan’s policies, and the National Socialist (Nazi) Party was destroyed by the United States and its Allies in World War II.
In the words of the Republican National Committee (RNC), “[T]he American Heritage Dictionary defines socialism as a system of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned by a centralized government that plans and controls the economy.” Both Webster and Random House identify socialism as a “Marxist theory.”
Socialism requires a totalitarian system; that gives the ruling gang the power to distribute the fruits of other people’s labor to its political pals. That is what is happening to the United States as President Obama proceeds with his goal of “remaking America.”
Though the pro-Obama media have been propping up non-Republicans to lecture us about which topics Republicans are permitted to discuss, we are reminded of the old story about the candidate who challenged his opponent: “Let’s have a clean campaign; if you don’t tell any lies about me, I won’t tell the truth about you.”
Obama acolytes and their media sycophants have been telling lies about Republicans (starting with the CIA and the U.S. detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay), so it’s time for Republicans to tell the truth about Mr. Obama’s dangerous and malicious Marxist policies to spread the wealth of taxpayers to nontaxpayers.
The RNC, which for years had been a stuffy establishment appendage, started to tell the truth on May 20 when it passed a resolution nailing the Obama administration for “proposing, passing, and implementing socialist programs through federal legislation” and pushing our country “towards European-style socialism and government control.” Six “Whereases” detail the political indictment.
The RNC charges the Democratic Party with passing “trillions of dollars in new government spending, all with strings attached in order to control nearly every aspect of American life,” “plans to nationalize the banking, financial and health care industries,” “massive government bailouts for the mortgage and auto industries,” and “paying states to increase their welfare caseloads” by reducing work requirements and increasing handouts.
Another section accuses the Democratic Party of “direct income redistribution” by taking taxes from one group of people and giving “direct cash transfers to another group of people who pay no federal income taxes.” The RNC accurately accuses the Democratic Party of taking us in a “European direction,” a path our people have no desire to travel.
The RNC, which is the governing body of the Republican Party, helpfully has spelled out the differences between the two political parties. The “clear and obvious purpose” of the Democratic majority in Congress is to implement “socialist programs through federal legislation” and to restructure American society “along socialist ideals.”
Do the Republicans have an alternate vision of America’s future? You bet they do. The Republicans recognize that free markets and free men, hard work and free enterprise are the bedrock of American success and the only way to restore prosperity.
Unable to defend the march toward socialism, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner just told The Washington Post that the RNC resolution is “ridiculous.”
Mr. Obama’s takeover of the American auto industry is so breathtaking in scope and power that it proves all the RNC’s accusations about socialism. The takeover was followed by orders to close 789 local Chrysler LLC dealers, notices to 1,100 General Motors Corp. franchises that they will be closed by next year, and estimates dealer shutdowns will rise to 3,000.
Some of these local dealerships have been family-owned for generations. The Chrysler and GM dealership closings are estimated to eliminate 187,000 jobs, which is more than the number of people who work for the two automakers.
Now we can see the icing on the cake for the politicians who use economic dictatorship to punish those who resist socialist planners. Nearly every one of the closed local dealerships had donated to Republican candidates, almost none was an Obama contributor, and some dealerships owned by Democrats are not getting the ax.
These closings come after Mr. Obama’s extraordinary cash and stock favoritism to one of his principal campaign supporters, the United Auto Workers union. The car czar, Steve Rattner, was a top Democratic fundraiser (surprise, surprise!).
Mr. Obama seems to be captivated by the un-American notion of running the country through Russian-style czars empowered to issue czarist-style ukases. He already has named about 20 czars (more than the Russians had over four centuries), and his latest is a cyberczar.
This year’s deficit will be $1.841 trillion - $89 billion more than previously estimated. It’s so difficult to explain to the American people the gigantic dimensions of what Mr. Obama is doing that we are suffering from what has been labeled “insensitivity to scope.”
We hope the RNC resolution will clarify Mr. Obama’s goals and actions.
Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author of the newly revised and expanded “Supremacists,” a book on the judiciary.