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Obama Warns Democrats Against Socialism – Why?


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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2 years ago

This is an AWESOME ARTICLE!! Thank You Robert!!

2 years ago

Obama realizes that the Democrats do not have a candidate for the 2020 election & is trying to play down some of what he started

2 years ago

Obama just knows that if the Dems push Socialism too fast and too hard, the rest of us will understand that they are trying to destroy everything our country was founded upon. The average American won’t go for that, once they understand that that’s the plan. So Obama wants the Dems to be more gradual, and sneak in things here and there that will lead us eventually to the point of no return on the path to Socialism. He figures it will be easier to “put one over” on most of us if it’s handled that way. The Dems and even the Repubs in House and Senate are mostly millionaires, so they’re not worried about any coming Socialism, figuring, they’ll be at the top anyway, and won’t have to suffer like the average American will under Socialism.

3 years ago

Obama is an ANTI-AMERICAN traitor and belongs in jail….Americans should dismiss anything he has to say because it bears no truth in it.
Obama wants to direct the UN in time to come….He won’t be happy unless he is on top of the Socialist game and one of the wealthy while the rest of us are treated like slaves in great poverty and with grave restrictions. I hope the young Americans are paying attention and will see the forest for the trees. Listen to Mark Levin on Radio or watch him on TV and tell all your children, grand children and other relatives to do the same…..God help us.

3 years ago

Great Article…I hope the Democrats ignore Obama and keep pushing Socialism and then all Trump has to do is define how the Found Fathers Created this Country to become what it is….The Democrats can continue to shoot themselves in the foot and all Trump has to do is face the last one standing after they kill each other off in the debates.

Jesse Ragland
3 years ago

Yes and no, throughout. Any appeal to the wisdom of the Church, especially in matters regarding money, must be considered through the lens of Ecclesiastes 16: 49,50. In fact, the Christian economy is internally communist and externally socialist (Acts 2:44-47, et al). Universally, God condemns self-serving people. Those who follow God’s example are helpers of the weak; AND not everyone has an abundance out of which he or she is qualified to give (1 Timothy 5:8, which applies specifically to tithing, which in the hierarchy of providing funds to the Church takes precedent over giving).

Alas (and thank God), the USA has never been a theocracy — and if all we are fortunate, it will never be. Ordinarily, people take my such comment to mean that I don’t want to be governed by God; nothing — or at the very most, “hardly anything” — could be farther from the truth. On the other hand, I think my detractors know that, and have willfully twisted from my words a meaning other than the obvious: every historic Democracy has failed because democracy asserts with greatest force the will of the morally deficient, the morally defective and the morally inferior. The reason is simultaneously both obvious and simple to understand:

More are selfish than are unselfish; the author of the article, knowing this, crafted his appeal to capitalize on the avaricious and predatory whims of his audience. See how inflammatory language works? You had a visceral reaction to that comment, didn’t you?

But, let’s not be mired in the prescriptions of any particular theology, faith or religion. If we’re going to decide whether a thing is or isn’t “American,” let us look to the words in Common Sense published in 1776 by Thomas Paine — easily the leading apologist for the Revolution. For the reader’s convenience, I have included below the first part of the first chapter of that document:

On the Origin and Design of Government in General, With Concise Remarks on the English Constitution

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other createst distinctions. The first is a patron, the last is a punisher.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expence and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.

In order to gain a clear and just idea of the design and end of government, let us suppose a small number of persons settled in some sequestered part of the earth, unconnected with the rest, they will then represent the first peopling of any country, or of the world. In this state of natural liberty, society will be their first thought. A thousand motives will excite them thereunto; the strength of one man is so unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude, that he is soon obliged to seek assistance and relief of another, who in his turn requires the same. Four or five united, would be able to raise a tolerable dwelling in the midst of a wilderness, but one man might labor out the common period of his life without accomplishing any thing; when he had felled his timber he could not remove it, nor erect it after it was removed; hunger in the mean time would urge him from his work, and every different want would call him a different way. Disease, nay even misfortune, would be death, for though neither might be mortal, yet either would disable him from living, and reduce him to a state in which he might rather be said to perish than to die.

Thus necessity, like a gravitating power, would soon form our newly arrived emigrants into a society, the reciprocal blessings of which, would supercede, and render the obligations of law and government unnecessary while they remained perfectly just to each other; but as nothing but heaven is impregnable to vice, it will unavoidably happen, that in proportion as they surmount the first difficulties of emigration, which bound them together in a common cause, they will begin to relax in their duty and attachment to each other; and this remissiveness will point out the necessity of establishing some form of government to supply the defect of moral virtue.

Some convenient tree will afford them a state-house, under the branches of which the whole colony may assemble to deliberate on public matters. It is more than probable that their first laws will have the title only of Regulations, and be enforced by no other penalty than public disesteem. In this first parliament, every man by natural right will have a seat.

But as the colony increases, the public concerns will increase likewise, and the distance at which the members may be separated, will render it too inconvenient for all of them to meet on every occasion as at first, when their number was small, their habitations near, and the public concerns few and trifling. This will point out the convenience of their consenting to leave the legislative part to be managed by a select number chosen from the whole body, who are supposed to have the same concerns at stake which those have who appointed them, and who will act in the same manner as the whole body would were they present. If the colony continue increasing, it will become necessary to augment the number of representatives, and that the interest of every part of the colony may be attended to, it will be found best to divide the whole into convenient parts, each part sending its proper number; and that the elected might never form to themselves an interest separate from the electors, prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often: because as the elected might by that means return and mix again with the general body of the electors, in a few months, fidelity to the public will be secured by the prudent reflection of not making a rod for themselves. And as this frequent interchange will establish a common interest with every part of the community, they will mutually and naturally support each other, and on this, (not on the unmeaning name of King,) depends the strength of government and the happiness of the governed.

Here, then, is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here to is the design and end of government, viz. Freedom and security. And however our eyes may be dazzled with show, or our ears deceived by sound; however prejudice may warp our wills, or interest darken our understanding, the simple voice of nature and reason will say, it is right.”

Paine is vehemently against the Monarchy, and yet his first two paragraphs logically assert the least expensive form of government must be that in which the whole sovereignty rests entirely in a single person under whom are organized the codifiers, executors and other administrators of law to which the general population is ultimately subordinate: the avarice of a single person cannot begin to match that of an entire bureaucracy.

As to his prescription, the elegance of Paine’s expression belies the falseness of his prejudice: he has imagined an electorate comprised of righteous fellows perpetually both competent in their judgment and sacrificially benevolent towards every other, despite having but a few sentences earlier having recognized that such an assembly cannot among man exist beyond the satisfaction of the most basic of survival needs (moreover, it cannot be guaranteed to last even that long); even so, his conclusion that all government derives from the consent of the governed is an immutable truth.

There is much more than enough wealth to go around, such that each person (even at the projected 11B-persons stabilization point of earth’s population) can have PLENTY; this owes in part to the natural distribution of aptitudes, abilities and needs: some needs are common by type, but not necessarily by degree — and so forth. In more than 50 years, I have yet to meet the hypothetical “parasite-person,” the bogeyman whose only wish is to rob others: every sane person wishes to contribute to the welfare of society, and on the merit of his or her such contribution to derive apportioned benefit (often denominated “profit”).

To wit: not everyone wishes to go boating, and not everyone who wants to go boating also wants a “cruise ship” experience every time (or even at all). Some are content to walk; others, to ride bicycles; others to drive motorcycles or cars. Some wish to explore the undersea world in a submarine; others want to soar in gliders or to fly in powered aircraft. Not everyone is a driver; not everyone is a pilot; not everyone who so desires is able to walk: we’re supposed to help each other.

I’ll leave you with this thought: Do you make purchases from a chain store? Do you use (or have you ever used) a public library? Do you either (a) travel via one or more public roads or (b) purchase goods that traveled via one or more public roads? Have you ever used a publicly funded daycare, school, college or university? Do you send or receive items via the USPS? Have you ever called for assistance from either the police or fire departments? Have you ever purchased or benefited from an insurance policy of any sort (think about it: there’s LOTS of “types” of insurance — and every one of them, without exception, is a socialist scheme). All these depend for their existence on socialism. Even commercial and consumer credit falls squarely under the socialist flag.

I could go on, but odds are good that I’ve already nailed you as a person who supports socialism: you may not want to admit it, because socialism has become an unpopular term. Among the abridged list of examples I provided, it doesn’t take much effort to find schemes that are profoundly bad ideas (manifestations of corrupt philosophies), and practices that have become bad ideas because of corrupt planning or execution (or both) — but there are some things that are splendid ideas (police departments, fire departments) despite corruption present in those organizations.

Although the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America is of no legal effect, it importantly states WHY the Founding Fathers evolved this government; to wit: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” These objects require a degree of socialism; however, the Founding Fathers wisely observed that the masses are by nature fanatical, and they gave us a Republic to safeguard against the horrors of democracy; and a modified democratic process for staffing the offices that government, to preserve unto those entrusted with the reins of its power the humility of their respective origins.

Don leisure
3 years ago

I think the time is perfect for all of the democratic party to move to China. I am sure the Democratic party today would be a great help to the Chinese communist over there in China. What an exciting idea that is. And I think some Republicans should join them also.

A Lawrence
3 years ago

Obama masked his intentions and the dopey people believed him. Hope and Change, right, lets take you down the gullible lane. He was caught saying “what ever you promise in campaigning is all just talk.” or “bring a gun to your argument”. Lot’s of people don’t recall those words because media hushed it up. Recently, Obama and his wife were at an event and SHE was unknowingly caught briefly, saying “I don’t see what’s so important about this flag.” Again, media cut it and never seen again. Clearly, these two are only power hungry and HATE our country. Obama knows divide and concur. Pit blacks against whites and cut down the American male. I truly believe these two are evil and only want to harm our country.

Pat R
3 years ago

Personally hope Dems ignore Obama’s message. They are behaving more honestly what and who they truly are. Dems and honesty is oximoron but their current behavior is strangly their unveiling their sinister agenda. AND The People are seeing it, loud and clear. So keep it up Dems.

Dale Hammond
3 years ago

“If they hear (Obama) they will change their rhetoric—not what they believe, but what they say.” So very well said. Thank you.

Ben Swenning
3 years ago

He is basically telling them not to tell the voters what they plan to implement until after they have been elected or the voters will go other than Democratic. In other words, lie to everyone and tell them that “they will get their cake and can eat it too”, and then let them find out that the sky is going to fall on them!
He knows that the DemocRATs won’t win the election based on their unrealistic, fragmented platforms so putting lipstick on a pig and selling it as a beauty is the route they will take! And yet many will still believe that it isn’t really a pig! Just look at all of the returning voters that kept Pelosi, Waters, Cummings, Schumer, Schiff, … in office for so long.

Dale Hammond
3 years ago

This is the ONLY time I can agree with Mr. OBAMA, however HE was the one person who began a lot of this mess in his unbelievably DISASTROUS eight years trying to bring down the USA to his Muslim ways.

3 years ago

Traditional Leftists for the French Revolution were striving for their cause eventually to “ultimately” triumph. Progressives of the babyboomer generation led by Hillary and her sidekick 2nd fiddle Bill Clinton are impatient, want it all at once right now and to preside over this new world order during their life times. Like Hitler whom military historians percieve started his aggression in WW2 before all his resources and forces were securely marshalled, they are obsessed with their own mortality and oveplaying their hand prematurely.

3 years ago

If anyone knows what to say to get elected it’s Obama. Say what sounds best to the voters even if you think it is hogwash. Lying is mandatory to win. That is the Obama way and he is telling his fellow Dems to do it his way or lose in 2020. Back in 2008 when Obama first got elected, he was rated the MOST RADICAL member in the Senate before the election. Sounds like a ‘squad’ leader to me, yet while on the campaign trail he was nothing like that. He sounded more like a moderate Dem then a radical Dem. I hope America does not fall for that again, but one never knows because Dems by nature are pretty stupid as evidenced by this past week.

Andy Mitchell
3 years ago

What’s really going on here?

Andy Mitchell
3 years ago

What is actually happening here is satanic. The word of God says that the Antichrist will come onto the scene in the last day’s before the great tribulation. He will Implement total control over all of the people, and cause all who will to receive his mark in their right hand or forehead to buy or sell… Does any of this sound familiar? The democrats wanting to take away freedom from the last free country on earth? Yes my friends, this is the ultimate goal here that they are moving towards without even knowing it! Trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior today, for “He is faithful and just to forgive your sins if you confess them before Him”. Jesus is the answer to all of the world’s problems, but the world has rejected Him. This is exactly what happens when the the word of God is taken from our schools, our government! Something evil fills those voids left in the minds of men and women.

3 years ago

Coming from the most far-left, socialist president (besides fdr) we’ve ever had, that’s rich. His “administration”, more appropriately called a criminal enterprise did a lot of damage to our country and her people. It will take decades of conservatives elected at all levels of the federal government and appointed as federal judges to undo the damage he’s caused. He was in charge during the 2016 election, and his corruption of the DOJ and FBI allowed the attempts to derail the Campaign, then Administration of his successor. The seeds of the continuing coups to overthrow the current President are a direct result of his actions and appointments. Were there true justice in this country…he’d be held accountable, as would everyone involved in that 8-year crime spree for ALL their crimes and corruption, as would the dnc.

Richard C
3 years ago

Remember when Obama told us he believed marriage was between one man and one woman which later was revealed as a “necessary lie to get elected?” Now he is advising others to tell “necessary lies” to get elected so they can implement socialism after they get in power.

3 years ago

Don’t worry Barry! The cat’s out of the bag! You’re too late on this one! We already know the 2020 democrat candidates are radical socialists!

3 years ago

Thank you for that informative info on Obama. He is a very smart person, and could have been a great leader if he had kept to the real purpose of being the President of the USA. He should have followed the the rule of Deonlotogicial Ethics.

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