I know wealth envy and class warfare have been with us from the beginning of history … but now we have the leader (“ruler” in the words of his associates) of the free world promoting class warfare with a vengeance. In his speech yesterday Obama said “This is not class warfare, it’s math.” It’s clear, then, that Dear Ruler and I are operating with a different definition of class warfare. So here’s a definition we might use: “[T]he antagonism between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie is a struggle of class against class.” That definition is from Karl Marx. Barack Obama is the one engaged in the antagonizing, pinning ailing seniors against wealthy Americans, pinning college hopefuls against corporate profits.
On almost a daily basis, Barack Obama is engaged in an effort to demonize the wealthy (bourgeoisie) in order to drum up support from the proletariat. Remember that it was John Drew who wrote about meeting a young Barack Obama. At the time, Obama was coming to realize that he could have a better shot at a “revolution” if he went about through government and politics: “Whatever impact our encounter might have had on him, I know something about what Barack Obama believed in 1980. At that time, the future president was a doctrinaire Marxist revolutionary, although perhaps — for the first time — considering conventional politics as a more practical road to socialism.”
Moving right along .. a few more things about Karl Marx. Karl Marx’s contributions to the theory of class warfare included his belief that class conflict was a life-and-death struggle impossible of peaceful resolution. This is actually where I believe that Barack Obama differs from Karl Max, based on John Drew’s encounter with him at a young age. I do not believe that Obama wants to incite violence, but I do believe that Obama is using the bully-pulpit to antagonize voters and drive a wedge between two sectors of society that he believes are not mutually exclusive: the evil rich and the middle class or poor. To Barack Obama, a wildly successful wealthy segment of society only exists because that money that was taken from other people who are not wildly successful themselves. Their gain is someone else’s loss. This collective idea of wealth is exactly what we should be fearful of, and is exactly the reason why Barack Obama has no clue how to grow our economy. Wildly successful Americans can exist while growing the size of the economic pie for everyone, not just redistributing the size of the current pie.
The other contribution of Marx to class warfare theory was the concept that membership in a class is essentially permanent and hereditary. This is exactly the opposite of what some, like yours truly, believe to be the American Dream: the opportunity to work hard, earn a living, raise a family and make a better life for yourself than your parents. In other words, just because your parents mow lawns or clean houses for a living doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. In America, you can make anything of yourself, so long as you work for it. The opportunity is there. Well apparently this concept is fading. We are turning from an American-idea of opportunity toward a Marxist-idea of opportunity. From the Wall Street Journal …
Before 2007, Americans generally opposed higher taxes on the wealthy because they thought they would be wealthy too some day.
Not anymore. One reason President Obama’s “Buffett Rule” (applied to those making $1 million or more a year) may be politically popular is that most voters no longer see themselves reaching the $1 million mark – let alone $1 million a year.
According to a new poll from the Associated Press and CNBC, 79% of Americans say it’s unlikely they’ll have $1 million or more in assets over the next 10 years. Fully 61% said it is “extremely” or “very difficult” to become a millionaire in the U.S. today…
What’s even more surprising is that the U.S. no longer leads the world in its hopes for upward mobility. Australians are more optimistic, though only slightly: 72% of them said it’s unlikely they’ll become millionaires.
Here we are in Barack Obama’s America … sliding toward Marxism, whether we realize it or not.