It's a shame President Obama didn't type his new campaign slogan into Wikipedia before he announced it or he might have seen "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)" among the listings. Now, Republicans are clamoring to remind everyone that certain terms can have multiple connotations. For instance, if you say it often enough, "9/11" means "Saddam Hussein has WMDs."
As this article based on an irrefutable Wikipedia page (edited 17 times today already) says…
"The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications," the online encyclopedia explains.
The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word "Forward" with the "O" having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign's official beginning.
Great. Every conservative pundit who believes President Obama secretly wants to turn this country into a *vomit burp* socialist democracy is going to have a field day with this tenuous word association.
But it doesn't end there. After looking up "Hope" on Wikipedia, I learned it's the name of Israel's national anthem, and "Yes We Can" is a song featured in the video game Guitar Hero II. President's Obama's use of these words in 2008 can only mean one thing: He's going to destroy the free market with the help of rambunctious Israeli rock & roll band Monotonix!
Maybe not, but you've got to hand it to the right. They really cover their tracks. If you search Wikipedia for "Ass-Backwards," it doesn't say anything about conservative ideology. Yet.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Communism, Socialism