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Lenin, Stalin, Ceausescu, Obama: How Marxist Leaders Conceal Their Pasts

October 30th, 2013 - 2:25 pm

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I have been absent from these pages for a while. My new book Disinformation, co-written with Professor Ronald Rychlak, and the documentary movie based on it have monopolized my time. But there is a nauseating glasnost-style operation now being conducted here in the United States that makes me feel as though I were watching a reenactment of the immense glasnost I used to manage during the years when I was an adviser to Romania’s communist president Nicolae Ceausescu.

No, glasnost is not a misprint or a typo. During the years I was at the top of the KGB community, glasnost was the code name for an ultra-secret intelligence tool of the KGB’s ultra-secret black “science” of dezinformatsiya. Its task was to transform the country into a monument to its leader, and to portray that leader as god himself. That brings me back to PJ Media and its readers, for glasnost works only for people who do not know what glasnost really means.

If you think that Gorbachev invented the word glasnost to describe his effort to lead the Soviet Union “out of its totalitarian state and to democracy, to freedom, to openness,” you’re not alone. All of the Western media and most of the Western experts, even those in intelligence and defense establishments, believe that too—as does the committee that gave Gorbachev the Nobel Peace Prize. The venerable Encyclopedia Britannica defines glasnost as: “Soviet policy of open discussion of political and social issues. It was instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev in the late 1980s and began the democratization of the Soviet Union.”[i] And the American Heritage Dictionary labels glasnost,

an official policy of the former Soviet government emphasizing candor with regard to discussion of social problems and shortcomings. [ii]

But glasnost is really an old Russian term for polishing the ruler’s image. In the mid 1930s—half a century before Gorbachev’s glasnost—the official Soviet encyclopedia defined the word glasnost as a spin on news released to the public: “Dostupnost obshchestvennomy obsuzhdeniyu, kontrolyu; publichnost,” meaning, the quality of being made available for public discussion or control.[iii] In other words, glasnost meant, literally, publicizing, i.e., self-promotion. Since the 16th century’s Ivan the Terrible, the first ruler to become tsar of all the Russias, all that country’s leaders have used glasnost to promote themselves inside and outside the country. The communist tsars tapped into this time-honored tradition of glasnost. The city of Tsaritsyn was renamed Stalingrad— just as St. Petersburg, first named to glorify Peter the Great, was changed to Leningrad to glorify Lenin. The embalmed body of Russia’s newest saint, Lenin, was put on display in Moscow as a holy relic for adoration by the people.

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As one might expect in the Balkans, the Romanian glasnost took on a gloriously byzantine coloration. Almost every town acquired its Gheorghiu-Dej Boulevard, Gheorghiu-Dej Plaza, Gheorghiu-Dej Square. The picture of his successor, Nicolae Ceausescu, was hanging on the walls of every Romanian office–just as Putin’s bust now ornaments every building of Russia’s immense bureaucracy.

I first suspected that glasnost had begun infecting the U.S. during the 2008 elections, when the Democratic Party proclaimed Senator Barack Obama an American Messiah. The senator agreed. On June 8, 2008, during an speech in New Hampshire, he stated that the beginning of his presidency would be “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet to heal.”[iv] An indiscreet YouTube sequence shown on Fox TV revealed the picture of Communist idol Che Guevara hanging on the wall of Senator Obama’s campaign office in Houston.[v] Soon after that, the Democratic Party’s electoral gatherings began looking like Ceausescu’s revival meetings—over eighty thousand people were assembled in front of the now famous Greek temple resembling the White House that had been erected in Denver, to cheer for America’s new Messiah.

Quite a few Americans regarded this rhetoric as a new expression of democracy. For me, it was a replay of Ceausescu’s glasnost, which had been aimed at transforming Romania into a monument to him. “A man like me is born only once every five hundred years,” he proclaimed over and over.

Was Senator Obama pulling off a Ceausescu-style glasnost? Well, I doubt that he had any idea of what glasnost really meant. He was wearing short pants—in communist Indonesia—when glasnost was all of the rage. But when I juxtaposed some of the things that Senator, and later President, Obama did along with his public pronouncements, against the modus operandi and the history of glasnost, I found myself awfully close to a real glasnost.

Let’s go through the exercise together, so that you can judge for yourselves.

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In 2008, the deceased veteran journalist David S. Broder compared Senator Obama’s tactics to hide his socialist past to the tactics of military pilots who need to protect themselves when flying over a target heavily defended by antiaircraft guns: “They release a cloud of fine metal scraps, hoping to confuse the aim of the shells or missiles being fired in their direction.”[vi] That’s a good description of glasnost.

Every glasnost I have ever known had the overriding task of concealing a ruler’s past by giving him a new political identity. Stalin’s glasnost concealed his horrific assassination of some 24 million people by portraying him as an earthly god, with his icon prominently displayed all around the country. Khrushchev’s glasnost was aimed at building a peaceful international façade for the man who shifted the KGB’s political assassinations over to the West. That was proved by the West German Supreme Court in October 1962, during the public trial of Bogdan Stashinsky, a KGB officer who had been decorated by Khrushchev himself for having assassinated Soviet enemies living in the West.[vii] Gorbachev, who had been a KGB informant when he was studying at Moscow State University,[viii] tasked his glasnost to lead attention away from his KGB past by portraying him as a magician who displayed a flirtatious “Miss KGB” to Western correspondents and pledged to transform the Soviet Union into a “Marxist society of free people.”[ix]

In 2008, when Senator Obama was running for president, his tax policies and voting records showed him as “the hardest-left candidate ever nominated for president of the United States.”[x] Remember? Running as a socialist, however, meant sailing in uncharted waters, and the senator decided to conceal his socialist image by presenting himself as a contemporary Reagan.[xi] After he was elected, President Obama further portrayed himself either as a present-day Lincoln[xii] or a new Teddy Roosevelt.[xiii]obama_the_narcissist1

Self-serving speeches have been another glasnost weapon. Lenin’s glasnost speeches changed Marxism so much that his followers ended up calling it “Leninism.” Stalin put Marxism, Leninism, Hegel’s dialectics and Feuerbach’s materialism into one bowl of  glasnost and came up with his own “Marxism-Leninism-Stalinism.”

Ceausescu’s glasnost speeches were a ludicrous mixture of Marxism, nationalism and Byzantine fawning called Ceausism. All his speeches were focused on Ceausescu, and all were so slippery, undefined and ever-changing that he filled 24 volumes of his collected works without being able to describe what his Ceausism really meant. On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall collapsed, signaling the end of the Soviet Empire. On November 14, Ceausescu convoked the XIV Congress of the Communist Party where he gave a four-hour glasnost speech that persuaded the participants to reelect him and his illiterate wife as leaders of Romania.

Glasnost speeches work for people who do not know what glasnost really means. They have worked for President Obama as well. In his first 231 days in the White House, he gave 263 speeches.[xiv] All were basically about himself.[xv] His 2010 State of the Union speech contained the word “I” 76 times. In 2011, when he announced that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Ladin, President Obama used the words “I”, “me,” and “my” a combined 13 times in his just 1,300-word speech.[xvi] “I directed the director of the CIA … I met repeatedly with my national security team … I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action … At my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.”[xvii] President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address contained the word I 45 times and the word me 13 times. By that time he had been in the White House for 1080 days, and he had given 726 speeches.[xviii]

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In 2011, when S&P downgraded the credit rating of the U.S. for the first time in our country’s history, President Obama gave another speech. It was a good speech, as far as speeches go—he is an outstanding speaker. But that speech was all President Obama did. Therefore the national debt grew bigger, and the cost to insure it against default rose from an average of 25 basis points to 55 points.

Soon after the barbaric assassination of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three of his subordinates inside our diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, carried out on the symbolic date of September 11 by certified Islamic terrorists, President Obama gave another speech. It was another good speech, but speeches alone do not prevent terrorism. The subsequent 2013 terrorist attack during the Boston Marathon was followed by one more presidential speech. “Homegrown extremists. This is the future of terrorism,” the president proclaimed. All we needed to do was close down Guantanamo and make a slight change in how we used drone airplanes.

A few months ago, when the terrorist government of Syria killed some 1,300 people with chemical weapons, President Obama gave several speeches. But speech-making is all he did, and that allowed Putin’s KGB, now installed in the Kremlin, to take over the handling of our policy toward Syria. A few days ago, when Obamacare’s website collapsed, the president reacted with one more speech, assuring the country that Obamacare “is working just fine. In some cases, actually, it’s exceeding expectations.” The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein said the speech was almost identical to one he could have given if the launch’s rollout had gone smoothly. He was right. It was just another glasnost speech.

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Finally, there is the current tendency to change the U.S. into a glasnost-style monument to its leader. Below i republish a partial list of institutions and places already named after President Obama:

California: President Barack Obama Parkway, Orlando; Obama Way, Seaside; Barack Obama Charter School, Compton; Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy, Los Angeles; Barack Obama Academy, Oakland.

Florida: Barack Obama Avenue, Opa-loka; Barack Obama Boulevard, West Park.

Maryland: Barack Obama Elementary School, Upper Marlboro.

Missouri: Barack Obama Elementary School, Pine Lawn.

Minnesota: Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary, Saint Paul.

New Jersey: Barack Obama Academy, Plainfield; Barack Obama Green Charter High School, Plainfield.

New York: Barack Obama Elementary School, Hempstead.

Pennsylvania: Obama High School, Pittsburgh.

Texas: Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas.

I do not intend to suggest that President Obama might be a Putin or a Ceausescu. The president is certainly his own man—well educated, well-spoken, charismatic and charming. He belongs to a minority, just as I belong to another minority. But he has apparently bought into the siren call of socialism and glasnost, as I myself and millions of others like me around the world also did at that age in life.

The United States won the Cold War because Ronald Reagan was elected president long after he had purged himself of his youthful infatuation with socialism. He was then able to identify Gorbachev’s glasnost as the political swindle it really was, and to subdue it. Let’s hope that President Obama will do the same.

In November 2014, we will face what I believe to be the most important elections in American history. On the surface, the voters will decide which of our two main political parties will control the U.S. Congress. In fact, the voter will decide between keeping our country the leader of the free world, or transforming it into a glasnost irrelevance.

PJ Media is joining forces with WND (the publisher of Disinformation) to help its readers get the knowledge to call a spade a spade—it is socialism and glasnost we should defeat.

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Sources:

[i] Glasnost, Britannica Concise, as published on http://concise.britanica.com/ebc/article-9365668/glasnost.

[ii] http://dictionary.reference.com/browser/glasnost.

[iii] Tolkovyy SlovarRusskogo Yazyka (Explanatory Dictionary of the Russian Language), ed. D.N. Ushakov (Moscow: “Soviet Encyclopedia” State Institute, 1935), Vol. I, p. 570.

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[v] James Joyner, “Obama Che Guevara Flag Scandal,” Outside the Beltway, February 12, 2008, as posted at www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2008/02/obama_che_guevara_flag_scandal/.

[vi] David S. Broder, “Obama’s Enigma,” The Washington Post, July 13, 2008, p. B7.

[vii] John Barron, KGB: The Secret Work of Soviet Secret Agents (New York: Reader’s Digest Books, 1974, reprinted by Bantam Books), p. 429.

[viii] Zhores Medvedev, Gorbachev. New York: Norton, 1987, p. 37.

[ix] Mikhail Gorbachev, Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (New York: Harper & Row, 1987), passim.

[x] Peter Kinder, “Missourians Reject Obama

[xi] Jonathon M. Seidl, Obama Compares Himself Tom Reagan: Republicans Aren’t Accusing Him Of ‘Being Socialist’”, The Blaze, October 5, 2011.

[xii] Alexandra`Petri, Obama is up there with Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Johnson,” The Washington Post, December 12, 2011, PostOpinions.

[xiiii] David Nakamura, “Obama invokes Teddy Roosevelt in speech attacking GOP policies, The Washington Post, December 6, 2011.

[xiv] “How Many Speeches Did Obama Give,” newswine.com, July 16, 2010, as posted on http://joysteele.newswine.com/_news/2010/07/16/4691800-how-many-speeches-did-obama-give.

[xv] Thomas Lifson, “Obama’s troop withdrawal speech: when politics triumphs victory,” American Thinker, June 23, 2011.

[xvi] “Right-Wing Media Fixated On Obama’s “Shamless” Bin Laden Speech,” MEDIAMATTERS, May 3, 2011(http://mediamatters.org/research/201105030031).

[xvii] George Landrith, “The ‘it’s all about me’ president,” The Daily Caller, May 5, 2011, as posted on http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/03/the-its-all-about-me-president/

[xviii] http://wiki.answer.com/Q/How_many_speeches_did_Obama_give (as searched in January.)

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"The president is certainly his own man—well educated, well-spoken, charismatic and charming."

Um, no. He is not well-spoken; away from the teleprompter, he is incoherent. Well-educated ... who knows, his records are sealed. Charismatic and charming ... well, that's in the eye of the beholder ... some are more discerning than others. Who was it said you can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time? That.
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It is funny, well, not really. When I had the opportunity to speak to some
German governmental employees in 2009, they heralded President Obama
as a true godsend, not only for America, but for Europe.
When I had the opportunity to speak to some German governmental employees in 2013, they spoke about how frightening it is that President Obama has reached Messiah status, and it is pretty scary for them to watch, as it reminds them of "someone else" in their historical past.

It is also funny, well, not really, that for five years, Mr. Pacepa has been warning America that Obama is not the American-democracy-loving package he proclaims, but someone quite the opposite. I don't think Mr. Pacepa was taken seriously then, but today you can't read the news without hearing of how our President aims to dismantle our country through his Socialist policies. How much more wreckage will Americans need to endure before we finally see what is really going on?
38 weeks ago
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when a person can seal his records, claim to be transparent, and the media goes along with this paradox, you know that the media is now the lap dog and propaganda wing for a personal agenda, and not doing what they were supposed to do, be the watch dog for the citizens of the country.
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Unfortunately, WND doesn't have a lot of credibility.
35 weeks ago
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Republicans forget that George W. Bush was the first president to socialize the auto industry in the 21st century. George W. Bush announces $17.4 billion auto bailout. The plan includes taxpayer assistance for GM and Chrysler in return for radical restructuring.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16740.html
38 weeks ago
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BUT MOM!!! The other kids did it too!!

Does your Mom know where you are?

The auto bailout Bush PROPOSED (he didn't sign) was loans in which the rules of priority for others creditors was left intact.

Now, shall we talk about Woodrow Wilson 100 years earlier?
35 weeks ago
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Catre domnul Ion Mihai Pacepa,
Ne numim Iulia D. si Andrei M. si vrem sa ne exprimam respectul profund pentru dumneavoastra si pentru tot ce ati facut pentru noi romanii. Daca se poate am dori sa va putem scrie un e-mail in care sa ne putem exprima mai personal, mai profund si detaliat toate sentimentele pe care le-ati trezit in noi.
Cu respect.
38 weeks ago
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That list of schools, parks and avenues named after Obama while he's still alive and still president is quite scary.
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When I first saw the 'Greek temple' setting of the Dem Party rally at Denver, my thought was of Nuremberg in 1834----Leni Riefenstahl's epochal filming of the Nazi Party rally, 'Triumph des Willens'. The pseudo-Greek columns evoked the scene of the stadium surrounded by searchlights pointed upward to form 'pillars of light'. For me, this was a dead giveaway. I wonder how many others remembered that past image and saw it again at Denver.
38 weeks ago
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NONE of those cited did anything alone. They ALL had enablers of their PLANS. None of which plans was secret however "secretly and in the night" managed "to undermine the pillars of the City".

Actively embedded by members in the various Congress, Parliaments, Congress of Soviets, Reichstag, etc. in the social institutions in their purview.

Lawyers, Judges, Educators, propaganda - entertainment Media personnel, and members of the governments themselves. People enjoined as public SERVANTS. Who served themselves before and beyond their dependent charges.

CHANGING in collusion with one another the laws and social ethos on which they depend for their powers. AND which are designed to PROTECT their charges, the populations, from their depredations.

The cited are ONLY figureheads. Those who acted behind the scenes over long periods to prepare the ground for the seeds planted and cultivated to their designs ought not be allowed to escape THEIR INDIVIDUAL responsibility for the successes of their activities.

And as "the fish stinks from the top" to name the nost responsible and DEMAND they pay compensation for damage done to "The
Lives of Others".

NO. A meaningless apology is not acceptable as "compensation" for their deconstruction of the structures on which the populations depend for protection from such assaults To remove from them the weapons for their PLANNED mass destruction, i.e their "Fundamental Transformation of the Nation ", the USA as Constitutional Republic of the United States . In which the Citizen is sovereign, NOT ANY Office or Officer/officers of government.

Unfortunately dependent on Lawyers and Judges who are necessarily members of their corrupt professional bodies. So...?


AND as members of government are the ones who CONSTRUCT the social enterprise are the MOST responsible. Enjoined to act for the benefit , public SERVANTSm for the population particularly construct the social enterprise
38 weeks ago
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And the compliant, complicit, loathsome media mouthpieces.

So much of POTUS's damages could have been stopped if the media had a stake in truth.
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Not even Stalin had an as complicit, fawning, literally messiah-worshipping media establishment with the reach and influence that Obama has....the media built this fraud from thin air and has also covered for him and protected him from being exposed for what he truly is. But, maybe he has exposed himself through Obamacare to the extent that not even the US media can cover for him any longer...

Remember BENGHAZI!
38 weeks ago
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It'd be nice to think that the media can cover for him no longer. The stake they have has now been raised to include propping up the POTUS and making their own malfeasance look innocent. Thus, it seems logical that there will be a doubling down by the media to protect the POTUS as well as themselves.

It will be disgusting to watch as they already have contorted themselves into a comic book caricature of real journalism.
38 weeks ago
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Charismatic and charming. That is how a friend of mine described a teacher he had at a JC in Ukiah. The teacher's name was Jim Jones. Yes, that one.
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Speaking of Obama's nurturing a "cult of personality" (as every dictator cultivates), it was during the 2008 campaign when Obama at some rally was approached by a woman who wanted some favor to be bestowed upon her by King Messiah (I believe I saw this sorry spectacle on CNN). And the Messiah made personal promises to look into the matter. It was so anti-American, so akin to how tyrants operate -- I was appalled. Then, in 2012, during Obozo's campaign, it happened again. It was after Hurricane Sandy -- and Obozo is photographed hugging a woman, a victim of Hurricane Sandy, and he is promising to personally assist her. Weeks later (after Obozo wins re-election?) the woman noted that she never heard back from Obozo, but she did get a form letter. (In 2008 there were also all of those creepy songs forced to be sung by elementary school children in praise of Obozo's magnificence).
38 weeks ago
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Remeber how he promised his dad's home town in Kenya to build a school- they are still waiting.
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38 weeks ago
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Just as repulsive is a Christie re-election commercial running in our local market. It shows, in black and white to underscore it's "seriousness", a woman victim of Hurricane Sandy pleading for the Governor to help her recover and Christie hugs her and promises to give her the help she needs. It's really quite sickening to see a grown woman beg for the government to help her and equally sickening to see a Republican promise to give her the help.
38 weeks ago
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Yep. I don't even think of Christie as a "conservative". He's like John McCain..."republican in name only", otherwise best known as yet another Democrat.
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I had a dinner discussion with Soviet emigre and later US Chess Champion Lev Alburt shortly after his speech on Gorbachev and Glasnost to the Heritage Foundation in the mid-'80s. He pointed out exactly what you do: "In English dictionaries, you have words with several definitions, and the first is the main one. It is the same in Russian. So 'glasnost' does mean 'openness,' but this is a minor definition. The first definition translates roughly to 'publicity' or 'public relations,' and this is what Gorbachev really means: to save the Soviet state by making it seem more free and open to the West, but holding onto the totalitarian power of the Party."
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