By Douglas V. Gibbs
"Imagine" by John Lennon calls for the listener to imagine a world without heaven, countries, religion, or war. No possessions, only communal living through "brotherhood" and "worldwide sharing." Someday, he hoped, we would all live as one.
Listening to the song it is clear that John Lennon desired utopia, and he believed that religion and a society where people "possessed" belongings was in the way of humanity achieving that dream of peaceful unity.
The Founding Fathers were fully aware of this kind of thinking, and warned us against such.
"The utopian schemes of leveling (re-distribution of the wealth) and a community of goods (socialism scheme of central ownership of production and distribution), are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government unconstitutional. Now what property can the colonists be conceived to have, if their money may be granted away by others, without their consent?" -- Samuel Adams, Boston Gazette, April 4, 1768.
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” -- Thomas Jefferson
A similar line of thinking was imagined by Karl Marx, where in his dreams the system would be where all of economics and all politics are combined into one, perfect, classless, automatic, government-less system based on common ownership of all economic means of production, and social sameness. To achieve this utopian dream, Karl Marx and Frederich Engels wrote the "Communist Manifesto" to inspire violent revolution everywhere. However, human nature is individualistic, rather than communitarian, and the only way to push humanity to the utopian paradise imagined by Marx and Engels is through socialism.
In a world where communism is the goal, socialism is but a prepatory stage along the way. The theory is that the creation of a socialistic system will eventually lead to the stateless, classless, ungoverned perfect order of communism. Socialism, however, requires that the state be intrusive and all-controlling, with the idea that once the citizens are trained to be good communists, the state would wither away, and a communist utopia would follow where there is no national borders, no religions, no possessions, and no war - everyone just lives communally for the good of the society.
When referring to the Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto, one recognizes the goals of the communists as including the abolition of private property; a progressive income tax that taxes the wealthier citizens more heavily; abolition of the rights of inheritance; confiscation of all property of immigrants 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 communications 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 liability of all to labor. 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 equitable distribution of population over the country; and Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.
Interestingly, the liberal democrat platform conforms to the leftwing Communist Manifesto. To facilitate the abolition of private property the liberals encourage governmental intrusion through zoning laws, a definite step towards governmental ownership of lands.
A progressive income tax not only currently exists in America, but the current democrats are pushing for "tax the rich" policies that are right in line with Karl Marx.
Estate taxes, of which the democrats are calling for an increase of, while the GOP calls for an abolition of inheritance taxes, also fall in line with the communist manifesto.
Today's liberals even now call for the government to take from anyone who dares to stand against them. Many Tea Party members are expecting the Obama administration to begin using government resources through the recently enlarged IRS to go after anyone who speaks out, or writes, against the government. Obama has already iterated that he plans to act without Congress on all issues where they stand in his way.
The intrusion into the banking system, and new regulations against credit companies have brought the current liberal democrats right in line with Marx in regards to centralizing credit in the hands of the state. The existence of the federal reserve, also something given to us by the progressives, falls under the communist's plans.
Centralization of communication and transportation is also something the current administration is pushing for. The attack against communication has come through the liberal's desire to regulate the internet, while their push for public transportation, the governmental seizure of GM and Chrysler, the governmental demand that companies move towards "green technology" in the auto industry, and the liberal push for high speed rail reveals the current administration's desire to centralize transportation, and bring modes of transportation that doesn't fall into the plans of centralization under heavy government regulations.
Obama's recent intrusion into the auto industry, and ridiculous regulations against farming, fits right in step with the manifesto's call for the extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state.
The establishment of industrial armies includes the unions, which march for liberalism, and Obama's GIVE Act which puts a civilian army at his command.
The gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country begins with the liberal desire to not defend our borders. Add to that Agenda 21, and you have the liberals, once again, right in line with the imaginations of Karl Marx and John Lennon.
Free education for all children in public schools is not only obvious, when it comes to the liberal's defense of the public school system as well as their abhorrence for private schools and homeschooling, but also become apparent when you listen to them pushing for more free meals at the schools as well as a government-led pre-school program that Hillary Clinton, in her "it takes a village to raise a child" garbage, felt should be mandatory. It's just another way to get to the children early in their indoctrination of liberal thought.
Throw in the List of 45 Communist Goals, and it becomes even more obvious that today's liberal is right in line with the imaginations of Marx and Lennon.
Like Marx and Lennon, today's liberal democrat imagines communism.
"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." -- Norman Thomas, six-time U.S. Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary
Definition of Communism: Marx's Theoretical Classless Utopian Society - Thinking Catholic Strategic Center
John Lennon "Imagine" - Oldie Lyrics
Are Americans Practicing Communism: Ten Planks of Communist Manifesto - Liberty Zone
Obama's Secret Army - Political Pistachio
The Unintended Consequences of Internet Regulation - Heritage Foundation
Obama rule would let undocumented stay in U.S. during application - Los Angeles Times
Barack Obama & The 45 Communist Goals - Needs of the Many