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Vol: 85 Issue: 27 Monday, October 27, 2008
Over the weekend, Barbara West, a local Florida TV anchor, dared to point out the similarities between Marxism and the Obama campaign by quoting Karl Marx and Joe Biden back to Joe Biden.
The reaction of the Obama campaign to the line of questioning is only now beginning to be assessed the the mainstream media.
The campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate’s wife.
“This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election,” wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.
We’re going to be hearing about ‘socialists’ and ‘socialism’ a lot over the next couple of weeks, so it might be helpful to know exactly what it is that we’re talking about.
The University of Kansas offered this definition for socialism at its website: “An economic, social and political doctrine which expresses the struggle for the equal distribution of wealth by eliminating private property and the exploitative ruling class. In practice, such a distribution of wealth is achieved by social ownership of the means of production, exchange and diffusion.”
Under definitions for ‘socialist’ was this definition; Socialism; see ‘communism’, but in the main, a socialist is defined as ‘one who practices or advocates socialism’.
We’re going to be hearing a lot more about Marxism, as well. Marxism refers “to the economic theories proposed by Karl Marx that called for collective ownership of the means of production.”
Soviet Communism was the political expression of Marxist economics — the USSR stood for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
There are varying degrees of socialism as practiced among the nations — the USSR represented extreme Marxism, but not all socialist countries are Communist. Sweden is a socialist state, although it is a political democracy.
Socialism stands in stark opposition to capitalism in that capitalism stresses individual opportunity and individual responsibility and socialism gives rights to the collective at the expense of the individual.
Also, this weekend, somebody located a recording of a radio interview Obama did shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
In it, Obama laments: “the Warren Supreme Court failed to reinterpret the Constitution to read into it what was not there: Redistribution of wealth for “political and economic justice in this society.”
I’m not kidding. Go to my blog and hear it for yourself – I’ve post the whole interview clip.
He also notes that one of the “great tragedies of the civil rights movement” was that it was court-centric and got away from “political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change.”
Let’s deconstruct that last sentence. “Court-centric” is how Obama defines strict interpretation of the rule of law. Instead, Obama prefers ‘political and community organizing’ (collectivism) and a court susceptible to influence by ‘actual coalitions of power.”
Notice carefully what Obama says that will accomplish: “redistributive change.”
For Obama, the redistribution of wealth is a civil right that the civil rights movement failed to attain. To Barack Obama, the redistribution of wealth is basic “political and economic justice,” and one segment of society has the basic right to the money of other segments of society. He’s very straightforward about this.
Consider some of the proposals on the table from the Obama camp. First, the Fairness Doctrine will silence conservative talk radio. The Fairness Doctrine requires that every point of view be balanced by an opposing view or it cannot be presented. It sounds fair, but all it does is so regulate what can be said that radio stations throw up their hands in disgust.
Before Ronald Reagan repealed the Fairness Doctrine, there were about 25 talk radio stations in America — mostly liberals like PBS. Now there are more 2,000. The return of the Fairness Doctrine would be the end of talk radio.
Obama has pledged a Canadian-style, single-payer system, in which health care is nationalized. Socialized medicine will do in America what it has done in Western Europe and Canada: push politics permanently to the left. It will result in a hugely expensive, non-responsive bureaucratic monstrosity that will provide sub-standard care and health-care rationing.
Like Medicare/Medicaid and every other government entitlement, once entrenched, it is impossible to dismantle, no matter how poorly it performs. But socialized medicine is the hallmark of a cradle-to-grave liberal welfare state and the first step down the road toward a truly socialist system.
During the Soviet days, there was a joke that made the rounds as a way of explaining the notoriously poor Soviet work ethic. It went like this: “We pretend to work. And they pretend to pay us.”
Jerry Kuhner of the Washington Times paints an even darker picture:
“The Obama-Pelosi-Reid unholy alliance will complete the revolutionary project of the 1960s: a society stripped from its traditional Christian moorings. Mr. Obama has made no secret of his support for abortion rights. He is a radical, an extremist, on the issue. He opposes the ban on partial-birth abortion. As an Illinois state legislator, he even voted against a law to preserve an infant’s life if an abortion is botched.
Finally, his administration will consolidate a liberal Supreme Court and thus advance the leftist social agenda of abortion on demand, gay rights, the decriminalization of prostitution, the legalization of marijuana and euthanasia. The culture of death will triumph. Democrats will finally attain the twin goals of liberalism: economic collectivism and moral anarchy. “
That is the change America seems on the verge of embracing; The Union of Socialist States of America. All it would take to make this a reality is an Obama White House with a Congressional supermajority.
And today’s RealClearPolitics average gives Barack Obama a 7.5 point lead over John McCain.
Barack Obama has held the lead in every single poll since mid-September. The McCain camp’s biggest fear is that the polls will so demoralize the GOP voters that they’ll conclude that its a lost cause anyway so why bother voting?
It certainly seems that it is a lost cause — even Karl Rove said so last night on Fox News Sunday. And given the consequences four years of one-party rule under the most socialist presidency the nation has ever contemplated, look at what it reveals about America’s post-Christian era.
(Not the least of which would be confirmation that we have well and truly entered into that period.)
Revisit 2nd Timothy 3:1-5 with me again.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” I am trying to recall a time in world history in which times were more perilous than they are today. I’m drawing a blank. Prior to WWII, we did not have the means to destroy the world. Post WWII during the Cold War era, we did not have the will.
Paul’s description of the prevailing social order during these perilous times reads like the William Ayers Handbook for Preparing America for Barack Obama:
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good . . .”
I mean, really! Can you come any closer to the Weather Underground’s raison d’etre that this description?
“Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God . . .” I’m trying to see which of these adjectives I’d have trouble applying to the candidate himself.
But up pops the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, under whose teaching influences the candidate sat for more than twenty years;
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof . . .”
What if Obama DOES win? This is what I believe personally. I don’t have any specific Scripture I can use to back it up. But my gut tells me that his election would mean we’re in the home stretch.
I’m not saying Obama is the antichrist — but his election would certainly prove to me that the world was finally ready to embrace him when he shows up.
I believe that, just as Israel is emblematic of the Jews in the last days, America is emblematic of the Church. Rather than look at how far short of deserving the title America is, which is the world’s most Christian country, if not America?
I don’t mean run to the CIA Factbook to look up statistics, but can you think, off the top of your head, of another viable candidate for the title?
That isn’t to say that God thinks America is the most Christian country, or that God likes Americans best, or any such nonsense as that.
Rather, I believe that 2nd Timothy 3:1-5 was written TO this generation specifically because Christians of any nationality would see America’s reflection in Paul’s image and understand where that puts us on the timeline — in the last days, and during perilous times.
I don’t know if Obama will win. I’m betting on a surprise McCain landslide because I believe that the Lord will tarry just a little longer, to extend that last possible chance to the very last lost one before recalling His ambassadors at the Rapture.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9)
But the Apostle Paul warns that before antichrist is revealed, there must first be a great falling away, a departure from the faith so radical that someone could appear on the world scene and actually claim to be the Messiah — and be believed.
I don’t think Obama’s the antichrist. I don’t think he meets all the Scriptural qualifications — but at the same time, there’s much we don’t know about the guy.
In any case, I’m not looking for the antichrist — I’m looking for the return of Christ.
But the Apostle Paul says that the antichrist cannot be revealed until the Restrainer is taken out of the way.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:” (2nd Thessalonians 2:7-8)
Note there are two “He’s” referred to here. The first is the Restrainer, the “He” that ‘lets’ (old English for ‘restrain’) and the second is the Lord Jesus Who destroys that “Wicked” with the brightness of His coming.”
The Restrainer is the Holy Spirit, Whom the Bible promises will indwell me and comfort and guide me until the Lord returns. Note the chronology.
The Restrainer is taken out of the way. The Wicked is revealed (and accepted) by a world under strong delusion. Then the Lord returns to the earth at Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation Period.
But Jesus promised the Restrainer (the Holy Spirit) would never forsake me until the Lord returned for me. If the Restrainer is taken out of the way before the antichrist is revealed, that would mean the Holy Spirit would no longer indwell me but the Lord’s return remains yet seven years away.
That leaves but one logical conclusion that I can see.
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17)
I don’t think Obama is the AC, but I believe his election would send the signal the world is truly ready to embrace the real A/C when he comes on the scene.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. ” (Luke 21:28)