A few weeks ago, the politically moderate populist Fox News host Bill O'Reilly had a liberal Democrat on his program defending ObamaCare, and asked this guest some interesting questions. O'Reilly asked this Democrat if he approved of the concepts of the federal government guaranteeing, for everyone, healthcare, housing, and food and the guest said yes. O'Reilly said, if you really believe the federal government should provide all those things to citizens, you are a communist. He's right. The basic positions of today's Democrat Party, that the federal government should guarantee a certain material standard of living, including food, housing, healthcare, etc. is essentially communist.
Norman Thomas, who ran for president six times from 1928 to 1948 as a Socialist, said, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”
Thomas was right. By 1948, the Democrat Party had adopted all the major planks of socialism and communism, and by 1968, the vast majority of the members and activists of the Democrat Party agreed with the major planks of socialism and communism, but there remained many more moderate politicians representing the party in public office. That has changed, by 2008, the far left (lead by MoveOn.org) had completely taken over the Democrat Party and it's leadership and the vast majority of members of Congress and Senators who are Democrats are now from the far left and agree with the socialist and communist agenda that has been in the official Democrat Party platform for decades.
The takeover of the Democrat Party by socialism and communism that Norman Thomas spoke about in the quote above, is now completed. The Democrat Party is the true home of socialism, communism, and the extreme cultural values of the far left. The combination of communism and far left cultural values was highlighted completely with the “Julia” character they created on the 2012 Obama campaign reelection web site. The fictitious “Julia” character was shown living from cradle to grave and all the years between being entirely dependent on the government for everything. This is what socialism and communism is all about, the government controls and provides for everything. Remember, you didn't build that, the government did, or you didn't without the government.
Let's look at the Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx:
Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.
A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.
Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
Just about everyone who owns private property pays rent to the state to keep their property and if you rent an apartment, the property owner you pay the rent to, pays this rent. It's called property taxes, and all homeowners pay this rent to the state in order to keep their property.
We have a very heavy progressive income tax, thanks to progressives on the left. The top few percent of taxpayers pay more than half the income tax collected by the IRS. That is extremely progressive, just as Karl Marx wanted.
The has tried many times to abolish inheritance, and in the absence of being able to do that, they have heavily taxed in a very progressive way, inheritance. The more you inherit the higher rate of taxes you have paid on it.
The government has sought to confiscate the wealth of those who emigrate, via taxes. Everyone of those planks, the government either has attempted to or does accomplish that. The left, since the Communist Manifesto was written, has figured out that state ownership of industry is not needed to control industry in ways that communists intended. This has given way to the huge and far-reaching regulatory state.
Progressives have figured out they can regulate everything about private business, and through regulations, control private business every bit as much as they would if the government actually owned all industry. In the last year under Barack Obama as president, whose election and reelection was endorsed by the Communist Party USA, the new regulations implemented take a stack of paper six feet tall. That is thousands of pages of new regulations on private sector business.
There is no doubt the Democrat Party is the party of socialism and communism and the Democrat-controlled regime in Washington D.C. right now is moving us as fast it can toward socialism and communism.
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