Is America A Communist Nation?
By Don White
The Communist Manifesto was written in 1848 by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. In it they use words like proletariat (the exploited working class) and the bourgeoisie (the ruling class, maybe even middle class or capitalists).
In theory the proletariat will hate this exploitation so much that the workers will rise up against the upper crust and overthrow the system of capitalism. The dictatorship of the working class will briefly rule over the landed few and communism would emerge.
In his Manifesto Marx described the following ten steps as necessary steps to be taken to destroy a free enterprise society. Pay attention to the ten items and how our own American society has changed so much that it has already embraced many of the ten conditions foreign to the principles on which the American republic was founded. This change in America didn’t happen on its own.
It happened as a direct result of efforts of socialist activists—some of it in the name of racial equality such as Barney Frank’s and Charlie Rangle’s successful efforts to lower bank lending standards so that all poor people, including poor blacks, could buy a house. This became possible because of the lowering of loan standards not only by the Fed, Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, but local banks and other lending institutions. These same low loan standards are now coming back to haunt all Americans in what we call in September 2008 the Wall Street real estate credit meltdown. It is so serious that it has economists saying the “sky is falling in” with a total collapse of our economy and way of life if Congress fails to bail out Wall Street. It is serious, but the sky is not falling.
Here are the ten points of Communism that, like it or not, America has unwittingly adopted:
1) Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover adopted zoning ordinances. Before that time landowners could carry on any activity they wanted in an unrestricted manner. The Supreme Court ruled “zoning” to be “constitutional” in 1921 and private owners of property had to gain permission from government relative to the use of their property. At the same time, federally owned lands began competing for rents with the private sector, as those lands were for the first time leased for grazing, mining, timber usages, the fees being paid into the U.S. Treasury instead of the lands being sold to individuals. The excuse was that government wanted to preserve these lands for the eventual use of the masses. In some states like Utah, for example, the Federal Government owns about two-thirds of the land. This is far in excess of that needed for parks.
2) A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. Gradually, this became the law of the land starting with the Corporate Tax Act of 1909. The 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, brought the Revenue Act of 1913, section 2, called the Income Tax. Many Americans believe that these laws have been purposely misapplied against American citizens to this day. Ocala, Florida’s Wesley Snipes, the actor, thought so, and now he’s spending three years behind bars.
3) Abolition of all rights of inheritance. (Partially accomplished by enactment of various state and federal “estate tax” laws taxing the “privilege” of transferring property after death and gift before death. If elected, Barak Obama will change our current law which eliminated inheritance tax and begin anew in confiscating the property of the so-called “rich” which is all of us today. It has been estimated that if all of his taxes are inacted he will bankrupt the country, thus accelerating and legitimizing U.S. communism.
4) CONFISCATION OF THE PROPERTY OF ALL EMIGRANTS AND REBELS. (The confiscation of property and persecution of those critical – “rebels” – of government policies and actions, frequently accomplished by prosecuting them in a courtroom drama on charges of violations of non-existing administrative or regulatory laws.)
5) Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. (The Federal Reserve Bank, 1913- -the system of privately-owned Federal Reserve banks which maintain a monopoly on the valueless debt “money” in circulation.
6) Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State. (Federal Radio Commission, 1927; Federal Communications Commission, 1934; Air Commerce Act of 1926; Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938; Federal Aviation Agency, 1958; becoming part of the Department of Transportation in 1966; Federal Highway Act of 1916 (federal funds made available to States for highway construction); Interstate Highway System, 1944 (funding began 1956); Interstate Commerce Commission given authority by Congress to regulate trucking and carriers on inland waterways, 1935-40; Department of Transportation, 1966.) Obama would further federalize all radio stations and put conservative talk show hosts out of business. If this isn’t communism, I don’t know what is.
7) Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. (Depart-ment of Agriculture, 1862; Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1933 — farmers will receive government aid if and only if they relinquish control of farming activities; Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933 with the Hoover Dam completed in 1936.) Please blog on with current examples of government taking over factories and other instruments of production. There are many examples out there.
8) Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies especially for agriculture. (First labor unions, known as federations, appeared in 1820. National Labor Union established 1866. American Federation of Labor established 1886. Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 placed railways under federal regulation. Department of Labor, 1913. Labor-management negotiations sanctioned under Railway Labor Act of 1926. Civil Works Administration, 1933. National Labor Relations Act of 1935, stated purpose to free inter-state commerce from disruptive strikes by eliminating the cause of the strike. Works Progress Administration 1935. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, mandated 40-hour work week and time-and-a-half for overtime, set “minimum wage” scale. Civil Rights Act of 1964, effectively the equal liability of all to labor.)
9) Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country. (Food processing companies, with the co-operation of the Farmers Home Administration foreclosures, are buying up farms and creating “conglomerates.”)
10) Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production. (Gradual shift from private education to publicly funded began in the Northern States, early 1800’s. 1887: federal money (unconstitutionally) began funding specialized education. Smith-Lever Act of 1914, vocational education; Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 and other relief acts of the 1930’s. Federal school lunch program of 1935; National School Lunch Act of 1946. National Defense Education Act of 1958, a reaction to Russia’s Sputnik satellite demonstration, provided grants to education’s specialties. Federal school aid law passed, 1965, greatly enlarged federal role in education, “head-start” programs, textbooks, library books. Obama wants free education from cradle through college.
(Research source: Encyclopedia Britannica.)