John McCain said during the election: "Obama is farther left than another senator who calls himself a socialist."
What is farther left than a socialist?
In february 2008, Obama was ranked most liberal in Senate, based on 99 votes by other Senators. Not exactly a centrist, now is he?.
Karl Marx, in the first line of his communist manifesto, said: "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles".
This is the struggle of the poor and the rich, the working man and the factory owner.
Marx also outlined the 6 stages of class struggle:
1. Primitive Communism: as in co-operative tribal societies.
2. Slave Society: a development of tribal progression to city-state; Aristocracy is born.
3. Feudalism: aristocrats are the ruling class; merchants evolve into capitalists.
4. Capitalism: capitalists are the ruling class, who create and employ the true working class.
5. Dictatorship of the proletariat: workers gain class consciousness, and via proletarian revolution depose the capitalists to assume control of a socialist state.
6. Communism: a classless and stateless society
This is a very basic explanation of Marxism. Now let's look at Mr. Obama's positions;
Obama responded during the election to a question about his tax plan:
"My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
Spread the wealth around. Here he is talking about redistribution of wealth, or Socialism. Just to make sure I've got that right, here's another quote: Speaking about the civil rights movement, Obama said:
"there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change"
redistributive change. Again he implies that a redistribution of wealth is what is needed.
Now let's look at What mr. Obama said during wednesday night's helath care speech before congress. When speaking about how he will pay for the initiative, he said:
"This reform will charge insurance companies a fee for their most expensive policies"
He plans to take money from people who already pay the most for their health insurance, and charge them more to support people who don't have healthcare. This again, is redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. You had better believe these fees will be passed along to the consumer.
During the election, Obama promised 'change' and 'a new kind of democracy'. The change he was referring to is a change from capitalism to socialism. This is standard Marxist dogma.
In july, 2008, he advocated Bottom-up economics instead of trickle-down economics. Interestingly, at this same time, he said; "We need both bottom-up politics and bottom-up economics." Bottom up politics. HHmmm isn't that what we got in the town hall meetings last month? Now he doesn't want to listen to what the people said, even though in february 2007, he said "we Need a government that listens to the people again."
in october, 2007, Obama rejected the free market vision of government. Free markets and capitalism go hand in hand. What he is advocating here is a larger role for goverment, a more socialistic one.
In July 2008, he said NAFTA protects corporate profits; should protect labor. Again he is advocating a class struggle. Classic Marxism.
In september, 2008, he said that a Health tax credit is bad idea; it will cost taxpayers more. Now in the current legislation, he is advocating exactly that, a tax credit for poor people.
September, 2008: he advocated End-of-life self-medication ok; euthanasia by others not ok. Now he wants to give end of life counseling to anyone who wants it.
January 2008: Subsidies to people who can't afford care--not single payer. Take from the rich and give to the poor. Socialism.
Sept 2007: He is in favor of National smoking bans only after trying local bans. Government enforced behavior modification.
July 2007: he said healthcare Reform failed in '90s because of drug company lobbying. Now he is blaming it on the Republicans.
Feb 2008: Insurers are happy to have a mandate; issue is affordability. Now he blames insurers for lobbying against health care reform.
Feb 2008: Mandating kids' insurance ok; mandating adults has problems. punishing uninsured families doesn't make sense, and he is Against enforcement mechanism for mandating insurance. Don't make it illegal not to have health care. Now he wants to mandate that everyone have insurance and fine you if you don't.
Jan 2007; He advocated Government healthcare like members of Congress have. Now Congress is exempting themselves from the healthcare plan and Obama doesn't oppose it.
Overall, Obama is a hard core liberal who could correctly be described as a Marxist, or believer in the political philosophies of Karl Marx. But don't take my word for it. Bill Kristol, New York times columnist and former political philosophy professor has written an article on this subject: The Mask Slips , detailing Obama's Marxist leanings.
What Obama Care is Really About , written by a Newsvine Columnist.
Obama to Gut Medicare to pay for ObamaCare Folly , an article written today about Obama's Marxism.
The tea Party is labeling Obama a marxist: Conservatives rally in courthouse tea party .
So, yes, Obama is a Marxist. He believes that big government can solve all of our problems. That Washington knows more about what we need than we do. That more government intrusion into our lives is a good thing. that redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor is good social(ist) policy.
I will leave you with a quote from Ronald Reagan, who said; "the government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have."