Saturday, July 10, 2004

KERRY'S CAMPAIGN SLOGAN PROMOTES COMMUNISM?

Ok, if I were to go around telling people (and I have) that Communism didn't just dry up and blow away when the Iron Curtain fell, that it still lives in the hearts and minds of many people right here in America, most folks would look at me like they just discovered I was part of that 'Vast Right-wing Conspiracy' thing.

But someone finally called a spade a spade. Here it is in black and white. This reminds me of the story of the "Emporer Who Has No Clothes". Everyone was afraid to say anything. I think many people know that the Democrat Party has been largely taken over by the communist theology, but they are afraid to say it. We use euphamisms like 'Liberal' and 'Progressive', instead of calling socialism what it is: communism.

My friends, that's not the America I want. I don't want to be beholden to the government for every move I make throught my day. That's not freedom. As as Americans get older and become more successful and are able to reap and enjoy the rewards of our years of hard work, I'm damned if some president or senator is going to call me a lazy, fat-cat who really doesn't need all that money. I don't accept that we need them to take our money and spend it where they think it needs to be spent.

Let America Be America Again, all right. But NOT under Communist Rule!



Op/Ed - William F. Buckley   CAMPAIGN SLOGAN FOR KERRY

Wed Jun 2, 8:02 PM ET         By William F. Buckley Jr.


John Kerry has been in search of a line or two of American poetry to suggest the challenge ahead, most especially his role in it. There has been much effort on the matter by his staff, and they finally came up with what they were looking for. According to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, "an expert on political messages" quoted by The New York Times, the line the Kerry campaign was searching for had to have resonance with Americans who believe the country is being taken in the wrong direction. As Ms. Jamieson analyzes the line, "It suggests someone's hijacked the country, without being a frontal attack."

The line was first tried out by Kerry in Topeka, Kan., on the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and it seemed to glimmer on the candidate's lips, auguring a robust future. So Mr. Kerry used it again a few days later, and now it is being given very serious attention. The line is, "Let America be America again."

That phrase has something going for it. It was written by an American Negro poet, Langston Hughes (1902-1967). It is thought, in Kerryland, to be at once celebratory, poignant and galvanizing. "America" is cited, implicitly the paradise to which one should aspire, a great land that lies there waiting for us deep in coils of a lapsed American idealism, waiting to be revived by an inspired new champion.

But research on the phrase is not enjoined for the community that will sing it forth. The reason for that is that Langston Hughes wrote the poem
"<a href="http://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm?prmID=1473">Let
America be America Again</a>" in 1938, and it is not easy to summon to mind which America he was calling on his countrymen to restore, to be America again. There was little about America for the American Negro to celebrate in 1938 -- unless you are willing to accept the proposition of George Washington Carver. Mr. Carver, scientist and philosopher, the son of a slave, said that American blacks had this to celebrate: that they had been plucked from African forests, brought to America, and baptized into the liberating faith of Christianity, which was the springboard for their emancipation. But Mr. Carver is not widely hailed by black Democratic progressives, the judgment on him being that he was too submissive to a culture that still practiced Jim Crow.

Langston Hughes, if he is in fact to emerge as the poet of the Democratic Party, will have to be bowdlerized. "Let America be America again" is a line from one poem Mr. Hughes wrote, and its vagueness is useful. But Hughes was not vague. And as for George Washington Carver's celebration of Christianity, Langston Hughes was, well, skeptical, as in the poem "Goodbye Christ" (1932):

"Listen, Christ,

"You did alright in your day, I reckon --

"But that day's gone now.

"They ghosted you up a swell story, too,

"Called it Bible --

"But it's dead now."

That exegesis of Langston Hughes would puzzle Democratic delegates in Boston in July, vibrant with life and mission. And it wasn't just that Langston Hughes had had a one-night stand with skepticism, along the way to capturing the need to let America be America again. No, Mr. Hughes had a very specific view about history, and his view was clear on the question of which historical road America should travel:

"Goodbye,

"Christ Jesus Lord God Jehovah,

"Beat it on away from here now.

"Make way for a new guy with no religion at all --

"A real guy named

"Marx Communist Lenin Peasant Stalin Worker ME.

Langston Hughes was asking America to "be America again," meaning, not an America that history had known and chronicled, but an America realizable in a new and different vision. The land of Marx and Lenin and Stalin. 


Mr. Kerry's campaign team is going to have serious homework to do before introducing Langston Hughes as the poet laureate of the Democratic Party in 2004.




This is what Rush said about that:


Rush Is Right: Communism Lives in the Democratic Party?
June 30, 2004


Listen to Rush…
(...discuss Kerry, Hillary and their use of communist philosophy in this campaign)

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: All right, everybody is e-mailing me. They've been going to the Drudge
Report home page and they're seeing that Drudge has talked to some high-ranking
muckety-muck in Washington who says it's Hillary as Kerry's VP. It's a done
deal, and it "answers every Kerry problem." (story)
The thing I'm surprised about? I didn't think Kerry had any
"problems." I was reading the ABC website The
Note
, and they've got a list of bullet points today, and one of the bullet
points is the Democrats think the election is in the bag. It's over! If they
think it's over and in the bag, what do they need to put Hillary up there for to
solve every problem Kerry has. What does that say, that Hillary solves every
problem Kerry has? But anyway, that's the scuttlebutt. That's the speculation
going around. Howard Dean also says
that
he has been appointed to the committee to help find a vice president,
which sort of contradicts the... I don't know. It's just a mess.

Here's the thing, the first thing that struck me -- and I want you to be sitting
down for this, some of you libs out there. The first thing that struck me, and I
don't know why, but I'm going to trust my instincts here. My instincts have
gotten me everywhere I've been, and the first thing that struck me was this. For
some reason, I flashed back when I first read this Drudge story today. I flashed
back to the Reagan funeral week, and I remembered how everybody was praising
Reagan -- me, too, I mean, I'm not disputing that this is factual -- everybody
praising Reagan for ending the Soviet Union, for defeating the Soviet
Union and ending the Cold War. Then, my thoughts went to Langston Hughes, the
poet that the candidate, John Kerry, is quoting all over the place. "It's
time to let America be America again," and if you missed yesterday's
program, we had a great column
by William F. Buckley, Jr., in which he quoted fully from the poem in which that
little line is taken, and it proves conclusively that Langston Hughes was an
anti-religious, anti-Christian, Marxist-Leninist.


So you've got a Democratic presidential nominee quoting from a poem written in the 1930s that is anti-America and pro-communist, Marxist-Leninist, what have
you. All right. So follow me on this. So we've got the Democrat nominee openly
quoting communist poets, and trying to misrepresent (laughing). Well, how else
would you say it? Quoting communist poets who -- with this one line, "let
America be America," and it sounds great. "Let America be
America." You put it in the context Langston Hughes meant it, he wanted an
America that was godless, with no religion, certainly no Christianity, and was
Marxist, Leninist and so forth. So there's Kerry with that. Then we go to this
little be of Mrs. Clinton, and we all know that Mrs. Clinton, we heard what she
said in San Francisco.
(story)
She told fat-cat Democrats you might have enjoyed your tax cut -- I'm
paraphrasing now -- but you be prepared because we're going to take that away
from you "for the common good."

That's right off the communist manifesto. "From each according to his
(ability), to each according to his needs," or some such thing. So my point
is this, folks. We may have defeated the Soviet Union and we may have ended the
Cold War, but the Soviet Union succeeded while it was around in planting a bunch
of, uh...seeds, if you will, that have sprouted into adult Democrats. So
while we got rid of the Soviet Union, we haven't gotten rid of communism yet.
(Laughing.) It resides in the Democratic Party! (Laughing.) I mean, this is what
flashed before me. So this is the ticket. They're thinking -- I mean, if the
scuttlebutt in Washington is correct, we've got an all-communist ticket. What's
the difference? Liberalism, socialism -- you got the nominee quoting a
pro-communist poet. You've got Mrs. Clinton rewriting the communist manifesto
out in San Francisco. You look at her health care plan and one of the reasons it
bombed out is because it was based totally on that philosophy. So bring it on.
(Laughing.) This ticket, if it happens, does not bother me. None of these people
are going to intimidate me.


END TRANSCRIPT


Read the Articles...


(Drudge Report: VP Hillary; Speculation Intensifies in Washington)
(ABCNews: The Note: What Don Evans Thinks About While He Shaves Each Morning)
(NRO: A Campaign Slogan for Kerry)


 


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