He’s not a Communist. I get so sick and tired of hearing this bullshit. I grew up in a Communist state. In fact, my family and I were political refugees from Eastern Europe due to our opposition to Communism. We know what Communism is like. If Obama is trying to be a Communist, he’s a failure at it.
For one thing, big business is flourishing under his administration. The stock market is going up and companies are making huge profits. In Communist society, big business didn’t exist. All industries were supposed to be owned by the working class–which, in reality, amounted to them being owned by the government. Yeah, business and the government have gotten uncomfortably close, and people are upset that certain companies are getting perks and breaks from the government. I don’t like that either, but that’s not Communism. In Communism, businessmen and profiteers were enemies of the government, not its friends. What we’ve got can be more accurately defined as crony capitalism. And Obama isn’t even very good at being a progressive President, otherwise more of those profits and perks enjoyed by the wealthy elites would get shared with the rest of us. They aren’t, and he doesn’t seem to be taking any kind of radical action to make it happen.
The Communist state also doesn’t accept any free expression of views that are opposed to its ideology, and quashes all dissent. For all the talk of Obama being a dictator, if there’s anything we’ve had plenty of since he became President, it’s been loud criticism of his administration. And calling it “criticism” is putting it mildly–how about vitriol, fuming hatred, extreme name calling (see “Obama’s a Communist”). I haven’t seen any of the incessant hateful speech about the President getting censored–nor should it be. The talking heads who spend the most time on the airwaves yelling about how oppressive the Obama “regime” is would be in jail or off the radio a long time ago if they lived under a truly oppressive regime. But they have no idea what that’s actually like, and it’s their job to yell, not to think.
A lot of people bring up Obamacare or government health care as an example of the “Communism” in question. But there are many countries like Germany or Holland or Sweden that have government health care and are not Communist at all. They are a mix of capitalism with a welfare state. I realize there are some for whom any political system which is not unrestrained capitalim is automatically bad, but one should at least try to make distinctions. I can say from personal experience that the difference between living in Communist Eastern Europe and Western Europe was like night and day.
And that’s the point. If you dislike Obama–for any reason–fine. But it does you no good in presenting your argument if you do so using exaggerated and incorrect terms. If anything, Obama is a President who attempts to implement moderate Republican policies like Romneycare, and does so in a bumbling way. I realize that doesn’t quite have the zing of “Communist!” to it, but reality seldom gives us that exciting zing.