By The Glenn Beck Program
A generation has passed since the Cold War ended — and along with it, a true understanding of communism. Young voters today grew up in school systems where capitalism was often a dirty word. They heard the siren call of socialism and its promise of being the great equalizer. They’re in for a rude awakening.
In this series, Glenn discusses the origins of communism, what it really means and what lurks behind the pleasant label of “democratic socialism.”
Communism Part IV: American Radicals
Income equality, thriving economies parody throughout society. Perpetual peace. Utopia. These were the lofty goals and idealistic promises of communism. One hundred million dead during peacetime, continual war and/or the threat of it, economic disaster, state-controlled media, governmental lies, labor camps, concentration camps, starvation, police states, lack of freedom, and state-sponsored atheism. This is the reality of communism.
By its fruits ye shall know them. Thanks in large part to the Constitution of the United States of America, Americans have largely avoided these fruits, but not entirely. And the danger still exists. Despite one years of not just failure, but unmitigated catastrophe and human suffering at the hands of communism and socialism, there are still those who believe that America should scrap its founding principles and adopt and embrace Marxism, communism, and socialism.
In the United States, some, but very few, openly advocate for the ideology. Others hide behind what, in America, has a nicer connotation: progressivism. Progressives seek social justice and the redistribution of wealth to obtain income equality just like Marxists. They try to do it within the system.
Some of the revolutionaries from the 1960s that we discussed in an earlier segment are now respected professors or politicians. Illinois’ Bobby Rush, for instance, who cofounded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers is now a US congressman from Illinois. The man who now helped to write and pass legislation for the United States of America when he served as the defense minister for the Black Panthers had his apartment raided in December 1969, and police discovered illegal firearms, including rifles, a shotgun, training manuals on explosives, booby traps, and an assortment of communist literature and propaganda.
Another respected member of American society is the cofounder of the violent, communist revolutionary terrorist group, the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers.
I ask, well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t reeducate? They are die-hard capitalists. And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill. 25 million people.
Imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people. And they were dead serious.
Three Weather Underground members died in 1970, when a bomb they were building, meant for soldiers at a dance at Fort Dixon, New Jersey, exploded in their Greenwich Village apartment. Ayers participated in bombings of the New York City Police Headquarters, the US Capitol Building, and the Pentagon.
Later, after becoming a fugitive from the US government, somehow, Bill Ayers wound up never serving any time for his crime. But Bill Ayers did go on to become a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a neighbor and fellow board member on several boards in Chicago with future President Barack Obama.
President Obama was asked about his association with a known terrorist during the 2008 presidential campaign.
This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who is a professor of English in Chicago, who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis. The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George.
But what concerns so many about Barack Obama was the sheer number of people around him throughout his entire life who had engaged in detestable acts or who held viewpoints that were contrary to the Constitution of the United States.
Obama spoke openly about preferring the company of radicals in college.
To avoid being mistaken for such a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students, the foreign students, the Chicanos, the Marxist professors and structural feminists, and punk rock performance poets.
In his book, Dreams from My Father, President Obama told of his close relationship growing up with his mentor, Frank, who turned out to be the card-carrying member of the Communist Party Frank Marshall Davis.
In 1995, Obama spoke of Frank schooling him on white racism.
And the passage finally ends with me having a conversation with a close friend of my maternal grandfather, a close friend of gramps, a black man from Kansas named Frank, actually at the time a fairly well-known poet named Frank Marshall Davis who had moved to Hawaii and lived there. And so I had a discussion with him about the kinds of frustrations I’m having, and he sort of schools me on — that I should get used to these frustrations.
Obama’s birth father was a Kenyan communist. His mother, a radical, as were his grandparents. After college, Obama’s spiritual guide and mentor, the man he claims introduced him to Jesus Christ and who married he and Michelle was Pastor Jeremiah Wright. He and Michelle attended his church in Chicago and listened to his sermons for more than 20 years, as he approached Marxist liberation theology and anti-Americanism.
It seems that it would be difficult surrounded as Barack Obama was throughout his life not to have a Marxist ideology become engrained in him to some degree.
That was reflected at a campaign stop, when he told a potential voter.
I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
And this, from 1999.
How do we structure government systems that pull resources and, hence, facilitate some redistribution because they actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody’s got a shot?
Any and all warning signs were ignored by enough American voters to send him to the White House. And after his election, Barack Obama continued to surround himself with Marxists. He appointed a former communist revolutionary, Van Jones, to be his special adviser for green jobs.
Barack Obama’s science adviser, John Holdren, was also found of Marxist principles.
Americans need to reduce their living standards, if that’s politically viable. I think, ultimately, the rate of growth of material consumption is going to have to come down. And there’s going to have to be a degree of redistribution of how much we consume in terms of energy and material resources in order to leave room for people who are poor to become more prosperous.
The Marxist ideology of class warfare is a theme that is also running rampant through the election cycle for the next president as well. Hillary Clinton has been stoking the flames of class warfare.
While many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top 25 hedge fund managers making more than all of America’s kindergarten teachers combined.
Then, of course, a self-avowed socialist, for the first time in American history, running in one of the two major parties. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont socialist is running for president in the Democratic Party.
The obscenity of the kind of level of income and wealth inequality that we have today. The reason our campaign is doing well is because people are responding to those issues.
As this report on Bernie Sanders demonstrates, much of his policies have already been enshrined in the Constitution of the Soviet Union.
I believe that the US should do what every other major country on earth is doing, and that is guarantee health care to all people as a right.
Certain Marxist principles have become persuasive enough in America that progressives have not just taken over the Democratic Party, but they also have a foothold with the Republican Party.
In addition to proposing his own wealth tax of 14.25 percent on everything the rich owned several years ago, G.O.P. candidate Donald Trump is currently an advocate for universal health care.
This is an un-Republican thing for me to say. Because a lot of times they say, ‘No, no, the lower 25 percent, they can’t afford private.’ But I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody is going to be taken care of, much better than they’re taken care of now.
Somehow, the ideology that has produced more suffering on earth than literally anything else ever, has caused more peacetime death than anything, with the possible exception of infectious disease, has become celebrated.
Whatever the reality, the class warfare conducted by the left in America seems to be having an impact: There is a growing perception that communism and socialism are superior systems. In a recent poll, 11 percent of Americans believe communism is a morally superior system. 13 percent were unsure. Just 53 percent of Americans surveyed believed capitalism is better than socialism. 58 percent of America’s college students have a favorable impression of socialism. And 56 say the same for capitalism. One of these ideological and economic systems is responsible for pulling the world out of the Dark Ages and into the light of prosperity. The others are responsible for death and misery on an epic scale.
It’s up to the people of the United States to decide and to teach their youth which is which before it’s too late.