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Hiding in Plain Sight

In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx laid out gradual steps toward Communism. Sadly, the White House, whose agenda tracks these steps, is now teeming with unvetted, unapologetic socialists without paper trails. Obama's hand-picked former global warming czar, Van Jones, founded the socialist group Commission for a Sustainable World Society and published a communist-oriented manifesto. Manufacturing czar Ron Bloom -- who called the American free market system “nonsense” -- and White House Communications Director Anita Dunn are only the latest in a long line of White House officials who openly admire Mao Tse Tung, the Communist Chinese dictator who killed 70 million people during peacetime. And let’s not forget Patrick Gaspard (ACORN czar), a former consultant at the Democratic Socialists of America; Carol Browner (energy and environment czar), a former member of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society; and Hugo Chavez admirer Mark Lloyd (diversity czar).

Shameless Leninists used to lurk quietly in dark places, but they’re not hiding anymore. If America doesn’t act, it will wake up one day soon at best resembling the Weimar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe. In July, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, directly warned our president not to follow the path to Marxism because it only leads to despair. His words fell on deaf, indoctrinated ears.

I remember the shock and surprise of many Democrats some years ago when they learned that the Communist Party was supporting Democrat candidates instead of running their own. Last month Joe Sims, co-editor of the Communist Party USA online magazine Peoples World, stated among other things "the possibility that the communists may be able to 'capture' the Democratic Party entirely." Sims admitted something that most conservatives already knew: U.S. Communists are using the Democrat Party to accomplish their goals.

The idea of a Marxist society can be alluring. The idea of “economic and social justice” and the illusion of everyone being made “equal” through redistribution appears sympathetic, caring, and even Christian in nature. However, the deficit in Marxism is obvious. Putting aside the tyranny it inevitably leads to, it doesn’t work because it is dependent on a type of human nature that is extremely rare. To succeed, there must be very little greed and jealousy and people must be willing to work hard for the good of others -- even those who do no work at all.

On the other hand, capitalism, while not perfect, rewards work ethic and the moral maturity to cooperate and develop productive skills, at the same time punishing the self-interested seeking merely to benefit from the hard work of others. The free market system some say isn’t fair is precisely and uniquely fair.

We have no more right to expect our government to provide health care -- another form of welfare -- than we do food, housing, or education. These are not rights, they are rations of slavery; hay and a barn for human cattle. And with each comes an incremental loss of freedom. As Thomas Sowell put it, "If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us." Where are today’s leaders unafraid to point out that from little ACORNs, mighty Marxists grow?

In 1967, Ronald Reagan warned, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.” Too many Americans have forgotten the truth behind these words and are no longer vigilant. Perhaps we have enjoyed this miracle called “America” too long to be properly appreciative of what we have.

Like lambs to the slaughter, too many appear willing to march into slavery without a fight. If only they knew the fate that awaits them. Not this American. I intend to go down swinging. It’s time to take back our country -- one Marxist spider hole at a time.