Being Communist isn’t Cute

by Brad Nelson   4/13/14

Thomas Lifson has an interesting blog post over at American Thinker: Why do Jay Carney and Claire Shipman decorate their house with Soviet propaganda posters?

Lifson offered these insightful comments:

The sad fact is that progressives in much of the developed world have a soft spot in their hearts for communism.  Yeah, it murdered a hundred million people or more, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.  And those who were murdered were not very fashionable, for the most part.

The Washingtonian photo is a tell.  There is a sickness, a willful blindness toward the crimes of communism because it is so close to the progressive ideology that animates the American Ruling Class.  Shipman and Carney are the perfect exemplars of that class.  Smart, fit, busy, anxious to make their own lives perfect, and convinced that the price other people pay for their progressive dreams is not worth mentioning or even noticing.

In this further blog post, Carney’s Red Art, Lifson has a little more info about the Communist posters in Jay Carney’s house.

There is indeed a sickness, a willful blindness in our land, and not just amongst the Carney types. We have willfully voted these sick people into high office. Until Americans come to terms with their own Red Diaper Doper Baby past — and reject it — we will likely continue down this same evil path.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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4 Responses to Being Communist isn’t Cute

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    All one has to do is look at the actual record of Fidel Castro or Che Guevara (still idolized by many liberals) and it becomes clear that liberals either don’t know what they’re doing, or don’t mean at all well, or both (which is my suspicion). What they did when young might be forgiven. As the saying goes, “Whoever is not a socialist at age 20 has no heart; whoever is still a socialist at age 50 has no brain.” Or, in other words, socialism sounds nice before you have the experience to realize that it sucks the big one. Conservatives and liberals both have hearts, but liberals have no brains.


    I heard about these posters on FrontpageMagazine today, and it’s truly disgusting. The Progressives have a soft spot in their hearts for Communism because they agree with them about the basic utopian dream of a world without private property, never being willing to face either the essential evil of such a world even in theory, much less the millions of dead that necessarily result in practice. Even youth cannot excuse them at this point in history.

    As for the horrifying fact that we have voted in a Marxist President, it shows that America is pretty far gone. But we might draw some encouragement from the fact that had the news media done their job, Obama would never have been elected. Establishment Republicans must bear their share of the blame also: when was the last time any of them called out these communists or communist sympathizers for what they were?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Calling people Communists will just be mocked. Providing the record of the communists they admire, and asking them what aspect they admire, is quite reasonable. But above all, they know the synoptic media are in the opposition camp as much as they can be without totally sacrificing their credibility, so they should be pushing their message more effectively. Instead, they act as if they hope their enemies will report their message honestly, no matter how many times they don’t.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Establishment Republicans must bear their share of the blame also:

      Indeed. One of the central problems is that we’ve all let these people slide. They’ve been very successful at intimidating us, starting with their demonization of McCarthy. And whatever one thinks of McCarthy, he was right: There were Communists all throughout the government, especially including the state department.

      We should recognize Communism (“Progressivism” or whatever they want to call it) as the collectivist disease that it is. But unfortunately the Republican Party has thrown away all moral authority in this regard. They’ve become a statist party. It really has become a situation of the pot calling the kettle black.

      And the American mind, frankly, seems incapable of handling the distinctions of our American republic. Yes, we “collectively” have a government. Yes, we have a Federal highway system. But this is quite different from a collectivist society that — as ours is now — is hostile to competition, individuality, personal responsibility, and the family and has Utopian goals of a perfect egalitarian equality. And problematic socialist “social” programs such as Social Security have further blurred these distinctions. We’re incrementing our way into extreme foolishness, a foolishness we can’t possibly afford.

      This goofy collectivist crap is far different from having a Federal highway system. But you have these truly evil men, such as Obama, who use these subtle areas to push their anti-American Communism. You see this in the “You didn’t built that” statement — a statement that should have woken every American up to the fact that we have a Communist in the White House. This jackass truly believes that the life of the American people stems from, and belongs to, government.

      But after decades of anti-American/pro-Communist propaganda, the bar has moved. It’s become normal now for high government officials to quote Mao or to hang Soviet propaganda posters in their homes as frivolous decorations.

      The soul of this nation has been twisted by all the hippies and Red Diaper Doper Babies who fell for the cultish marketing spiel of the utopians. They wanted free love, free sex, and all the rest. And that disease is still deep within us. And I think part of that disease is now expressed as libertarianism. Being a Paulbot isn’t cute in my opinion either.

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