America's Useful Idiots

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    By Steve McCann
    May 1, 2012
    American Thinker


    Many years ago, a phrase was coined by the leaders of the Soviet Union to describe those in the West who naively promoted the cause of Russian Communism when in reality they were held in contempt and were being cynically used by the Soviet hierarchy. The term "useful idiot" more than ever applies to a vast swath of citizens in the United States who have been cynically used by the hardcore left for a cause they are unwilling to understand.

    Among the mysteries confronting those of us who have immigrated to the United States from countries that have experienced the devastating outcome of socialist/Marxist ideology is why seemingly successful and educated people could be so easily swayed to support those whose end-game is to transform the country into a socialist "utopia" and to control the day-to-day lives of all Americans. Among these "useful idiots" are a seeming majority of the Jewish population as well as many in business, and nearly all in entertainment and the media.

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    Aside from what is, perhaps, at least at this point in time, an exaggeration (see the latter part of the sentence in bold), though not for lack of trying and ultimate intent, the article is on spot: "The Obama administration represents the culmination of this process, as leftists have, through an avalanche of mandates, regulations, and laws, begun weaving a suffocating web around the American free market, as they assume complete control of the economy.
     
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    Most of the mainstream American left are just left of center. Very few subscribe to an all out, socialist/Marxist type ideology. Most Americans (on the left) like the idea of having a free market, however recognize (or believe) that there's a need for certain social safety nets to be in place, especially for a country as rich and as bountiful as ours. That's really all there is to it.

    Being in favor of temporary welfare for impoverished citizens does not (alone) qualify one as a Marxist by any stretch of the imagination.

    As for regulations and a government that is growing larger and out of control (in both size and authoritarian reach), you can thank both Democrats AND Republicans for that. No need to single one party out because they're both to blame.

    Some of the wild and unchecked executive powers that Obama is enjoying today were originally put in place under George W. Bush's administration after 9/11. He (as you know), is a Republican.
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    We're ALREADY social demoratic (socialist=ALWAYS democratic) and no one wants Marxist totalitarian, no capitalism- absolute fear mongering Pubcrappe for ignorant chumps...

    The useful idiots were back in the 20-30s, dupes of an ultra secret Soviet dictatorship- the only useful idiots around these days are the tools of lying, cheating mega rich Pubs who've taken over the GOP. Only big lie propaganda machine too...
     
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    Every modern successful nation has both capitalistic and socialistic elements. One of our most successful and admired creations is our National Park System. Pure Socialism. Taking the absolute best and most spectacular scenic assets out of the capitalistic system and preserving them for the use of all Americans. A government program, the Corps of Discovery explored an unmapped continent, and NASA went to the moon. And our capitalistic system created what was until recently the highest living standard on earth. And created a couple of Depressions along the way.

    Any talk of a pure capitalist system, or purely socialistic system, ignores the reality of lessons won at the cost of wealth and lives in the last two centuries.
     
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    But the author of this piece is not talking about "temporary welfare" or assistance programs by any stretch of the imagination, but the clear intent and policies of the hard-left faction currently in control of the Democratic Party—policies intended to entrench and grow a constituency of dependency and sloth.

    That both parties, including the Republican Party on occasion, have imprudently expanded the power of the federal government is beyond dispute, but make no mistake about it, the Democratic Party of the Twentieth Century onward has always led the charge on behalf of big government with the Republican Party of the latter Twentieth Century, especially, mostly trying to block or reverse the former's policies.

    Though I would take him over any democratic candidate hands down, I'm not a great fan of George Bush's presidency either; but once again, the author is not talking about the debatably heavy-handed executive powers exerted, putatively, in the name of national security, but about the heavy-handed—unnecessary and destructive—executive powers exerted by the current president over the prerogatives and processes of the free market.
     
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    Birthers, tea partiers, welfare queens, Occupy Wall Streeters.

    All useful idiots. Hordes upon hordes of them. Its the invasion of the brain snatchers!

    Death panels, food stamp president, one percenters, evil corporations, imperialism. These memes quickly metastasize because the intellectual capacity of a critical mass of people has shrunk down to the size of a bumper sticker. Their immunity to ignorance has been lowered through the suppression of critical thinking. The incessant, repititious parroting of talking points dominates the political landscape. The mindless mumble and move ever forward, consuming and destroying and converting all in their path. You can shoot them down by the thousands, but still they keep coming.

    And the puppeteers like it that way. They spend hundreds of millions of dollars investing in marketing research on how to achieve the dumbing down of America. They have perfected the pod of purposelessness.

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    A free market that nearly put us into the Second Great Republican Depression. Far from being heavy handed, or destructive, the President's policies have not gone far enough in curbing the insane practices on Wall Street that created the economic debacle that we are still pulling out of.
     
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    But, once again, the author is not talking about pure capitalism or ignoring the sort of concerns you raise, both real and imagined. He is talking about the hard left of the Democratic Party which clearly is bent on systematically imposing a European-style socialism on America. Neither your red herrings nor your evasions erase the truth of the author's indictment.
     
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    I see no truth at all in that article, just a partisan hack peice.
     

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