"But does anyone here think his election was a mandate for Marxism?"
I agree that very few people understand what Marxism is as an ideology and fewer still connect what Obama proposes as an expression of Marxism, so no, I do not think that this election was a referendum on Marxism per se. However, there was almost no idea proposed by Obama during the campaign that didn't reek of class warfare, meddling of the government in broad swaths of entire industries (energy for example), increased government control over the economy and redistributing income from areas of wealth to others - all things that people embraced uncritically. In one article, Obama expressed he goal for appointing new Supreme Court Justices who (paraphrasing) "understand what it's like to be poor and black" rather than being concerned about understanding and upholding the Constitution. During the past two years I heard almost no hesitation or speculation over negative consequences of any Obama proposal from any mainstream news outlet or from any of my professional friends, 100% of whom voted for him.
So, while I agree that people don't understand that they were actually voting for Marxism, in fact, they were openly doing so, and they have given Obama and the Congress an emotional if not intellectual mandate to proceed with this agenda. The fact that most people don't have the intellect to see the consequences of Obama's proposals is what will allow the coming programs to be enacted and run until disaster is unavoidable. Yes, I'm afraid America, will indeed get what she voted for. And that is a healthy new dose of Marxism in fact, if not in name.
Kurt writes that we need to be more activist than before making sure that "Union Card Check", "Fairness Doctrine" and
"Cap & Trade" are not enacted. I agree that these are all bad ideas that need to be stopped. Maybe it is just exhaustion over the election, however, like Rand in the waning days of "The Ayn Rand Letter", I'm tired of "swatting flies" and "repeating myself". You can spend your life knocking down this crap only to have another equally bad proposal jump up. It's a perpetual game of whack-a-mole. I'm sick of arguing against one bad proposal after another when they all stem from the same underlying bad premise. It may well be time to actually go on strike and help America really get what she voted for. It's certainly something to think about.
Oops, that's Kurt, not Kirk. Sorry about that. Fixed now. I guess I watched too much Star Trek in my youth! :-)
(Edited by C. Jeffery Small on 11/05, 3:04pm)