"American exceptionalism." It's a phrase Republicans love to throw around, especially on the campaign trail. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney pepper their speeches with references to United States' unique national character. And Newt Gingrich even included it in the title of one of his books.
It turns out the candidates are just quoting a big ol' Communist…
Although a superiority complex has long pervaded the national psyche, the expression "American exceptionalism" only became big a few years ago…What's more, Tocqueville didn't invent the term. Who did? Joseph Stalin.
In the 1920s… America's radical left considered the national condition, contrasted it with Europe, and concluded leftism would be a hard sell stateside thanks to characteristics forged along the frontier. Americans were different: individualistic, profit-crazed, broadly middle class, and as tolerant of inequality as they were reverent of economic freedom…
In 1929, Communist leader Jay Lovestone informed Stalin in Moscow that the American proletariat wasn't interested in revolution. Stalin responded by demanding that he end this "heresy of American exceptionalism." And just like that, this expression was born.
The GOP might have to dial back their rhetoric a bit. It's hard to call the President a lefty radical who wants to spread the wealth around when you're the one quoting the world's most famous communist dictator.
Then again, maybe voters won't notice. If Rick Santorum gets his wish and young people stop going to college, no one will even know who Stalin is. Or what big words like "exceptionalism" and "hypocrisy" mean.
Tags: Communism, History, Republicans, Russia, Socialism
I knew that day we would yearn for the moment in our political discourse when we discussed the serious issues, like birth control and the contents of Rush Limbaugh's heart. That day has come.
Last night on Sean Hannity, the world witnessed the release of the fabled that video would prove once and for all that Barack Obama is a Marxist-Leninist, a Black Nationalist, a kill-whitey-and-redistribute-his-wealth Liberation Theologian whose radical views have been kept hidden with the help of a complicit liberal media. Most of the tape had already been posted at Buzzfeed by Andrew Kacyznski and the footage turned out to be anodyne shots of then Harvard Law student Barack Obama speaking at a protest urging the hiring of more diverse faculty.
But what that version of the video failed to show was a terrorist embrace, more commonly known as a hug, between Obama and professor Derrick Bell, a Critical Race Theory scholar and proponent of affirmative action…
Sean Hannity began the segment showing the videos released this morning and explaining the context, before showing [professor Charles Ogletree] admitting to intentionally editing and then covering up the shot of President Obama hugging Professor Derrick Bell. "I hid this during the 2008 campaign — I don't care if they find it now!” Ogletree tells the audience to laughter, as he plays the clip.
As implied by Hannity, when you hug someone, you also embrace all their views, forever. And as someone born in the USSR, I can authoritatively confirm that hugging is responsible for 80% of all person-to-person transmission of communist ideology. This is a serious issue. From Stalin to Mao to Pol Pot, some of history's greatest monsters have hugged. It's past time we tamped down the war on drugs and focus on what really matters: the war on hugs.
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Tags: Barack Obama, BuzzFeed, Fox News, Sean Hannity, Socialism
Are you happy now, liberals? For years we've been warned about the path toward authoritarian socialism and we have been silent.
First, they came for the cigarettes, and we did not speak because we are not smokers. Then, they came for the trans-fat, and we did not speak because we are elitists whose shadows do not darken the doors of McDonalds. Now, they come for the turkey sandwiches of North Carolina pre-schoolers and who is left to speak for them?
A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl's turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs including in-home day care centers to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home…
The girl's mother who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a "healthy lunch" would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
I thought all the talk about Obama's "FEMA concentration camps" was demented raving, but now I know we were being warned about government fat camps.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Education, Food, Health, North Carolina, Socialism
* The Republican frontrunner is finally the Republican frontrunner.
* Mitt Romney has taken a bold stance against Big Bird.
* Americans hate socialists, are lukewarm toward liberals and love progressives. I wonder how they feel about America-hating flag-burning drug-crazed hippies.
* The New York Times: Dangerously low levels of "schmoozing" detected in White House.
* Iowa pastors fear Christian voters will be faced with a veritable Sophie's Choice between Michele Bachmann.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Iowa, Iowa Caucus, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, New York Times, PBS, Polls, Pork Barrel, Religion, Rick Santorum, Socialism
The Newt Gingrich people might just be onto something here…
The Gingrich campaign has pounced on recent Romney comments in which he suggested that a European-style value added tax could replace part of the tax code and the corporate level, and praised the co-incentive aspect of the health-care system in Switzerland, where people pay some 20% of their medical bills, ABC reports.
"The fact that he's willing to look at European socialism shows just how far out of the conservative mainstream he is," a Gingrich spokesman says.
Devastating! Absolutely devastating!
Oh, are you not seeing what I'm seeing in that second paragraph? Here's let me run it through Google Translate's conservative, so you can see how your average Iowa caucus goer is reading this…
"The blah blah blah's blahing to blah at EUROPEAN SOCIALISM blah blah blah blah blah of the Jesus America JOIN US! blah blah," a Gingrich spokesman says.
You've got to admit, they make a compelling point.
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Tags: Europe, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Socialism