Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
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It seems that Marxist President Obama is taking a lesson from Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Russian Bolsheviks who took over Russia in October 1917 and began imposing communist policies over the economy, which then led to widespread famine.
Fearing a counter-revolution, Lenin decided to make some small concessions to the capitalist and free-market instincts of the peasants and petty bourgeoisie by enacting a New Economic Policy. It was necessary to take that one step back in order to later take two steps forward.
Lenin’s New Economic Policy restored some positive economic activity, which was later halted by Stalin who proceeded to take two giant steps forward in communizing the entire economy. Lenin had said: “A wise communist will not be afraid of learning from a capitalist.” And Stalin continued to learn from capitalists on how to run a totalitarian dictatorship with their help.
Therefore, it ought not to surprise anyone that Communist China has learned to adopt capitalist economic policies while still maintaining total communist control. It is a master of the “one step back, two steps forward” strategy, which keeps it in power.
Of course, the United States is neither Russia nor China, nor is this 1921. But there is no doubt that the present ruler in the White House and his associates came into office determined to impose a totalitarian socialist government over the United States. Nationalized health care was to be the most important means of attaining that goal, for it would give the federal government control over virtually every aspect of a citizen’s life, while its cap-and-trade policies would provide the means to impose government control over the American economy.
However, what we have seen brewing across the United States is a counter-revolution, which has already put a stop to nationalized health care and cap-and-trade. Obama and his far-left associates realize that the only way they can advance their socialist agenda is to take a step back so, in time, they can take two steps forward.
Many political analysts have assumed that Obama would move to the center in the face of such strong opposition to his socialist policies. This opposition is coming not only from Republicans but also from many Democrats, which explains why he has not been able to enact his policies into law despite large Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress.
By inviting Republican leaders to meet with him, he hopes to give the impression that he is retreating from his far-left policies and is moving toward the center. However, he and his staff are already planning their two steps forward. According to the New York Times, Obama is making plans to use his executive power to advance his agenda:
With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.
Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.
“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.
Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.
Part of this end-run strategy is aimed at trying to enlist Republicans to help Obama enact some kind of national health-care bill, which Democrats alone won’t enact. By dubbing the Republicans as the “Party of ‘No,’” he hopes to embarrass them into supporting his plan. Are the Republicans dumb enough to fall for this obvious trap? Are there enough RINOs to do Obama’s bidding? And will Obama be able to turn one step back into a step forward?
Obama’s determination to pursue his socialist agenda despite widespread public opposition is proof that he is indeed an ideologue, despite his denial at the meeting with Republicans in Baltimore. He realizes that no socialist will ever occupy the White House again once he leaves, and that it is his duty to use all of the power at his command to advance the far-left agenda to the extent that he can. In that way, he can maintain a clear conscience by having remained true to the teachings of his Marxist mentor, Saul Alinsky.