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Recently, I read a chilling 1934 essay written by Communist Leon Trotsky entitled, “If America Should Go Communist.” It was a sort of “how-to” about spreading communism into the United States, and reading it gave me a terrible sense of déjà-vu. Almost every word of the essay has been parroted by any number of liberals. Trotsky’s words are their words. Everything Obama’s pal Van Jones has said could be quoted almost verbatim in Trotsky’s essay.

Is this really what the celebrities and liberals of America wanted when they bought their tickets to Obamaville? Most people I personally know who supported Obama in 2008 continue to do so today – and if anything, they believe his administration hasn’t gone far enough.

Following are some highlights of Trotsky’s essay, and I’ve added liberal quotes next to them. I’m doing this because any great coach will tell you: The only way we can fight our enemy is to understand their game plan.

On change/transformation through revolution:

Trotsky, 1934: “Communism can come in America only through revolution, just as independence and democracy came in America. The American temperament is energetic and violent, and it will insist on breaking a good many dishes and upsetting a good many apple carts before communism is firmly established. Americans are enthusiasts and sportsmen before they are specialists and statesmen, and it would be contrary to the American tradition to make a major change without choosing sides and cracking heads.”

Obama: “I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that. …”

Obama: “In five days, we are going to be fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

Van Jones, Obama friend and adviser: “We concluded that the current period is one of ‘resistance,’ not one of ‘revolution.’ We thought that the main work of revolutionaries at such times should be to build resistance fights. These fights would build power and consciousness in oppressed communities. But revolutionaries must design and craft this ‘resistance work’ so as to help lay the foundation for the long-term development of a revolutionary movement. As ‘conscious forces,’ we thought that revolutionaries should work intentionally to help the resistance movement mature into a revolutionary one.”

On ‘top down, bottom up’ theory:

Trotsky, 1934: “Civil war of a revolutionary nature isn’t fought by the handful of men at the top – the 5 or 10 percent who own nine-tenths of American wealth; this handful could recruit its counterrevolutionary armies only from among the lower-middle classes. Even so, the revolution could easily attract them to its banner by showing that support of the soviets alone offers them the prospect of salvation.”

Obama, “Dreams From my Father: “Change won’t come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll organize black folks. At the grass roots. For change.”

Hillary Clinton: “We have to build a political consensus, and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”

Van Jones: “The change has got to be top down, bottom up, and inside out. The federal government has to get off the bench. Or frankly the federal government has to put down its pompoms for the polluters and put on the cleats and get on the side of our team trying to solve this problem. That’s critical. Otherwise, we’re going to have patchwork solutions, every state, every city going its own way.”

On using a weakened economy/spirit to force change:

Trotsky, 1934: “Everybody below this group is already economically prepared for communism. The depression has ravaged your working class and has dealt a crushing blow to the farmers, who had already been injured by the long agricultural decline of the postwar decade. There is no reason why these groups should counterpose determined resistance to the revolution; they have nothing to lose, providing, of course, that the revolutionary leaders adopt a farsighted and moderate policy toward them.”

Obama: “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everyone who is behind you, that they have a chance at success, too. I think when we spread the wealth around its good for everyone.”

Hillary Clinton: “Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you. We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

On collapsing the U.S. dollar:

Trotsky, 1934: “Only when socialism succeeds in substituting administrative control for money will it be possible to abandon a stable gold currency. Then money will become ordinary paper slips, like trolley or theater tickets. As socialism advances, these slips will also disappear, and control over individual consumption – whether by money or administration – will no longer be necessary when there is more than enough of everything for everybody!”

Hillary Clinton: “We have to build a political consensus. And that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground. The same with energy. You know, we can’t keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil and the need to deal with global warming and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to God’s creation and just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people. … And I certainly think the free-market has failed.”

George Soros: “The United States must stop resisting the orderly decline of the dollar, the global currency and the new world order.”

On using the media to promote communism:

Trotsky, 1934: “In the United States, through the science of publicity and advertising, you have means for winning the support of your middle class that were beyond the reach of the soviets of backward Russia with its vast majority of pauperized and illiterate peasants. This, in addition to your technical equipment and your wealth, is the greatest asset of your coming communist revolution. Your revolution will be smoother in character than ours; you will not waste your energies and resources in costly social conflicts after the main issues have been decided; and you will move ahead so much more rapidly in consequence.”

Sharyl Attkisson, former CBS reporter “There’s a tendency in the news media, on the part of some managers, to censor or block stories that don’t fall in line with the message they want sent to the viewers. I think that’s really a very dangerous perspective to have.”

Don Lemon, CNN anchor: “Cuba as a model for health care reform? Well, we’ll see. It is a poor country, but it can boast about health care, a system that leads the way in Latin America. So, what are they doing right?”

Sean Penn on Hugo Chavez: “[W]e are hypnotized by the media. For example, Hugo Chavez. Who do you know here who’s gone through 14 of the most transparent elections on the globe, and has been elected democratically, as Hugo Chavez?”

On religion:

Trotsky, 1934: “Even the intensity and devotion of religious sentiment in America will not prove an obstacle to the revolution. If one assumes the perspective of soviets in America, none of the psychological brakes will prove firm enough to retard the pressure of the social crisis. This has been demonstrated more than once in history. Besides, it should not be forgotten that the Gospels themselves contain some pretty explosive aphorisms.”

Obama: “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy to people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiments as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Bill Maher: “Religion is detrimental to the progress of society.”

Michael Moore: “There’s a gullible side to the American people. They can be easily misled. Religion is the best device used to mislead them. People are easily manipulated … and we have disastrous media.”

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