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Obama Warns Democrats Against Socialism – Why?

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President Obama is suddenly warning fellow Democrats not to get too radical too fast, slow down the socialist rhetoric and keep things in check – or lose 2020.  He seems to be telling them to stop plowing under their 2020 chances.  On one hand, he is right.  On the other, let’s hope no one is listening. 

The warning is a curious turn, since Obama set in motion – with Obamacare, federalization of state laws, mass regulation and centralization – much of what inspires Democratic leaders to “go socialist.”  One can only wonder if Obama thinks they are “letting the cat out of the bag,” revealing too much too soon.    

On one point, Obama is right:  Radical ideas take on a life of their own, often consuming their promotors.  In the former Soviet Union, Menshevik leader Leon Trotsky helped Bolsheviks seize power, and was then killed by a competing Soviet Socialist, Joseph Stalin.  Stalin took political opposition and socialist justifications for mass killing to a new level.

Likewise, the French Revolution started with pitches of reform and a “Declaration of Rights of Man.”  It ended in mass violence.  Idealism in 1789 devolved into score settling, property destruction, attacks on the Church and mass executions – including Louis XVI – by 1793. 

Cascading disorder, fueled by reforming agitators, blazed into national destruction and condemnation of the Church, producing violent leaders like Robespierre and the Jacobins, then the “Reign of Terror” promoted by an ill-conceived “Committee on Public Safety.”  Appeals to radicalism, by definition, are destabilizing.  

But there is more to Obama’s comment.  None of the star-crossed Democrats have yet embraced a new Communist International or opted for ending the Church, although some are close.  That said, they are pushing “socialism” – hard.   What Obama sees is that this appeal goes down hard; Democrats, Independents and Republicans are choking on that socialist message.

In short, “socialism” – however defined – does not fit any America.  It is contrary to our American model, founding documents, Constitution and Bill of Rights, democratic principles, practice and individual liberty.  Obama, a pragmatist, knows this.  He may want socialism but knows most Americans do not – thus the big “Shush!”  

Media outlets universally interpreted Obama’s warning – i.e. that voters do not want to “tear down the system” – as just “a veiled shot at Warren and Sanders.”  Maybe.  Or maybe it was meant for the entire Democratic field and House Democrats.  If so, Republicans should take notice.  

Obama’s message may be nuanced, aimed at both sets of Democrats.  It may be this:  Impeachment also goes down hard and stains the overzealous party – with overzealousness.  If trust is lost, it is difficult to recover.  Time will be short. 

A presidential field pushing socialism against the backdrop of a flawed, partisan impeachment – is in trouble.  Americans are disinterested in politics but impeach their president on flimsy evidence to hoist the Socialist flag, and you have lost them. 

In short, what Obama sees – and most Washington Democrats do not – is that socialism, however cleverly defined, is not America.  Free stuff paid for by nobody only goes so far – and less far if Americans think Democrats have abused our constitutional process for politics.  It goes nowhere when the economy is thriving, measured by record stock indexes, gross domestic product, exports, income and wage growth, labor participation and productivity, employment and consumer confidence.

In short, even Obama sees Democratic prospects for 2020 falling into shadow.  Promoting socialism will not help them.  So, what should we expect?  If Democrats ignore Obama, they will just keep promoting socialism.  If they hear him, they will change rhetoric – not what they believe, but what they say.  His message may cause Democrats to better mask their intentions.

In the US House, little is likely to change.  The roar of impeachment grows louder weekly; the waterfall is just ahead.  Likelihood is articles of impeachment get voted by Democrats on party lines. 

Obama is right to be uneasy.  By many measures, Americans are disgusted with how Democrats are acting.  At present, House Democrats are not governing.  They are not conferencing appropriations bills or passing treaties.  They are obstructing Senate and White House initiatives.  They spout socialism, while denying Republicans due process rights, decency, and dignity. They are drifting from historic moorings.  What they have become neither Harry Truman nor John Kennedy would recognize.

One cannot help but think of the poet Robert Burns.  “The best laid plans of mice and men often go askew.”  The Democrats are on a beeline for partisan impeachment and socialist paradise.  But the walls are closing in.  In Burns’ poem “To a Mouse,” the poet laments destroying a mouse’s house with his plow.  Democrats are methodically plowing their own house under –along with chances of securing the White House.  Hard to give Obama credit, but on this one he may be right.  Unless something changes, expect Democrats to keep plowing.”

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R shoemaker

Obama is being strategic because he has a more extreme ultimate goal than those simply popping off. Remember, if you throw a frog into boiling water it will hop out but if you put it in cool water and turn the heat on under it, the frog will not recognize what is going on until it is too late. Obama knows the radical left does not have enough votes for a direct socialist take over. They need to sneak up on an unaware populous by using baby steps to ensnare them.

Wayne D Peterkin

Obama as a Saul Alinsky disciple and former “community organizer” is basically a socialist himself, but he understands that the conversion of our nation to the tyranny of the socialism he favors can fail if it is done too quickly by revolution rather than evolution. A revolution will be met with determined resistance. The socialists have been working to evolve us to that tyranny for over 100 years and they have made steady progress. What many of the Democratic revolutionaries are promoting for 2020 could hurt that evolution and become counter-productive with a major backlash. Obama favors allowing the propaganda and indoctrination coming from our educational system and assisted by the mainstream media to continue the evolution rather than jeopardize it. Those of us who know without any doubt that free enterprise and individual freedom are what America is all about despise this evolution and are fighting it however necessary.… Read more »

37Shannon

“His message may cause Democrats to better mask their intentions.” That’s not news – they’ve been doing that for decades. Dems will say anything to get elected, and once in, what they say is out the window, as they rigidly adhere to the Democrat agenda. President Trump hit the nail on the head when, commenting about Democrats as the impeachment farce began, “they have two things: they’re vicious, and they stick together”.

Lynn Miller

Obama is merely promoting the strategy that was successful for his campaigns which is not to sound like a Democrat while running. Dems with a guise of being moderates are electable… he knows this firsthand.

Press ONE for English

I think there is ample evidence to say that our Little Comrade has never had an original thought in his life. If he says something it is because he has been told exactly what to say, how to say it, and when to say it. So this implies to me that the radical left power structure (Soros, Steyer, et al) is indeed concerned that things are spiraling out of control, and beyond what even apathetic and stupid Americans will accept. But don’t be fooled, as the writer of this article may be. This is a close thing, as more and more intellectually challenged Americans (and mostly illegal aliens, who have no stake in our American system but are allowed by the progressives to vote) are falling for the communist nonsense. We are very near a tipping point and we cannot afford even one thinking American to become complacent and believe… Read more »

Morty Tupperman

I must disagree that the hard Left of the Democrat Party are not going after the Church. The LGBTQ crowd and its worshipers are chipping away at religious freedom. And the current field of candidates from the Democrats are clearly in the LGBTQ camp.

Denise

Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He start the division of America and the anti American movement.

J. FARLEY

OBAMA KNOWS HOW TO PULL THE WOOL OVER THE PEOPLES EYES, DON’T LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE COMING, THIS COMMIE PIMP IS AS RADICAL AS THE REST OF THEM . DON’T LET HIM FOOL YOU ONE BIT, BE ON THE WATCH FOR ALL OF THEM ON THE LEFT AND IN THE DEMOCRAP PARTY .

HAL HOFFMAN

OBAMA IS JUST SCARED SCHITTLESS THAT TRUMP WILL GET RE ELECTED AND BE ABLE TO DIG OUT ALL OF HIS CORRUPTION!

Paul DAscenz

Since the 2016 Election. O’Bama has been trying to sabotage President Trump Re-Election. O’Bama should be imprisoned with the rest of the Deep State Operatives! Including the RINO Republicans. Trump/Pence 2020!!!!

Bob

Even this piece of garbage former President knows to slowly infringe on the Constitution and Americans SLOWLY so they don’t realize the damage that is being done to them until it’s too late. You can’t believe anything a socialist (formerly called a Democrat) is telling you. No matter what they say about how life will be so much better for you under a socialist, they are LYING. VOTE TRUMP!

Josephine pooley

I hope they “keep plowing” themselves into oblivion. Obama is a slick operator. I pray they do not heed his warning!

Diana

obama is a socialist communist Islamist, but he knows if they tell the TRUTH most Americans would not vote for anyone of them, so he is telling them to LIE LIE LIE till you get in like he did, but this American didn’t fall for his lying garbage never voted for him and Never would have done with democratics sense I started to pay attention to what they where doing before clinton then his despicable behavior in office should have been run out of Washington on a rail, and these 2 faced republicans are just as bad, we need 4 year term limits, No retirement, No healthcare, banned from working for other parts of the government for at least 10 years, includes lobbying, make them part time workers with pay cut this is to be like jury duty. Then we need new Laws to stop atheists, communist, socialist, islamist, from… Read more »

Robert J. White

My son and I had this discussion the other day. the forces of Anti-America are working over time to destroy this 200 year old experiment. I am worried for my Grandchildren and their Grandchildren. We as individuals and as a nation have to come to realize what is really going on and start to speak out against it VERY LOUDLY.

John Karkalis

The irony of Mr Obama’s plea to his party is not lost on us.
I understand some sort of “debate” is to take place tonight among the Dem wannabes for their parties nomination. Let’s see if they gang up on little Mayor Pete, the presumptive leader in Iowa.
These boobies! If they had a single brain cell among their group they would have settled on one candidate, and thrown their full support behind him/her by now instead of practicing a “night of the long knives ” scenario.
To the good folks reading this I suggest you order your tickets to Mr Trump’ 2nd inauguration now

Kristine

Wayne Peterkin is right on! I have been watching this for years. Watch “Wolf in Sheep’s clothing”.

Dee

He wants them to go slow and easy so the American people never know what hit them. So many are so nonchalant about what’s going on today and they do want as much free as they can get. redistribution of wealth broadcasted so often. Political Correctness. Some folks never listen to the news.
They don’t know history which repeats itself. We have folks in Congress that don’t know our laws and don’t care about them either. We have so many in Congress that have broken laws and still are in Congress and some oldsters or lifers that are still there at 90. re elected as a favor not because they can be of true service to the nation.

Gary

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

Honey

This is like the way democrats have discovered that Russia is bad. For decades they have foiled presidents who tried to fight communism, even treasonously trying to undermine any anti communist thing a president was engaged in.
Obama mocked Romney in a debate that Russia is no longer a problem. Suddenly the dems have discovered the venality of Russia – how quaint.
Suddenly Obama is discovering the problems with promoting socialism. How too too quaint.

Elizabeth

There can only be one President at one time and our duly elected President is Donald J. Trump. As for that occupant of the White House the ob creature I would never give that racist, bigot, divisive, and arrogant liar any credit for anything good ever! However I love AMAC and encourage all my friends and family to join AMAC.