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Thursday, May 22, 2008

O Party Of Obama

Sundries commenter, Zeb Quinn, paid me a compliment in my recent blogpost, A Dissenting Voice.

You might recall it was about a black American lady saying she wouldn't be voting for Obama, citing one reason that in her opinion, he was a Communist.

I replied in disagreement:

I've been around very genuine, very scary Communists to know the difference between someone merely influenced by Marxism, as would include the majority of politicians in the world today, to a real one.

To which Zeb commented:

That was good. I liked it. Some of us on the right throw around the terms and accusations "socialist" and "communist" too easily. We lose some cred when we do.

And I have to say, I agree.

One's opinions are not taken as seriously by neutral parties if you have a penchant to label people with such terms. That is true whether you are likening President Bush to Hitler and thereto, Fascism/Nazism. But also, if you bandy the word Marxist or Communist about to Senator Barack Obama.

However, I have noticed something about Senator Obama, specifically those in his social orbit.

For a man of his political ideals, he must accept that a certain chunk of his co-idealogues are indeed Marxist or Socialist. At the very least, they are amenable to Marxist ideas, which include visual and audio cues.

(More on this, momentarily)

A politician of the Left with Presidential aspirations doesn't have the luxury to ignore Marxists, or the fringe Left as they are euphemistically called in the USA.

His circle of associates must include people like Bill Ayers, ex-WeatherUnderground terrorist. He must tolerate the Black Liberation rantings of Reverend Jeremiah Wright. If Code Pink wish to meet with him, he cannot say no.

Of course, the crucial difference here is that Senator Obama has shown a willigness to befriend, associate or be courted by such people, in a very puzzling manner.

But there are some gestures that are possibly beyond him.

This past weekend, campaigning in the State of Oregon, the Illinois Senator drew over 75,000 to his campaign rally. It was a riotous success, and he cemented his incredible 16% lead over Senator Clinton, that following primary Tuesday.

It transpired though, that local Portland band, The Decembrists had been the "opening act" for the rally...and, as seems to be common with them, had started their show with the following well-known anthem.



Do you recognise it? Ahh, the Cold War was but a short while ago, but how some of us have forgotten.

That is the national anthem of the USSR, and here are its opening stanzas:

Unbreakable Union of freeborn Republics,
Great Russia has welded forever to stand.
Created in struggle by will of the people,
United and mighty, our Soviet land!

CHORUS:
Sing to the Fatherland, home of the free,
Bulwark of peoples in brotherhood strong.
O Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
To Communism’s triumph lead us on!

To Communism's triumph lead us on?

Why is it that a modern US politician seeking to run for the Presidency did not have the foresight to inquire about content? If nothing just to avoid misunderstandings with a wider electorate, who are tired of the spin, and just want to know what he values?

But consider this.

Can you imagine if a Senator McCain rally featured a heavy metal act who launched into the Horst Wessel Lied?

It's unthinkable, and will never happen in modern US politics because Nazism is discredited...but Communism lives on, invoked by grunge protest bands without an eyeblink.

Yet, Senator Barack Obama doesn't have that luxury of being especially picky because he's unprepared, and consequently, his message is amateurish, even muddled.

Is it a wonder that when you see the iconography his supporters evoke about him, like this:



And this:



Plus this:



And so there's no doubt whatsoever, in Russian, this:



H/T: Simon

When do the signals become too much for neutral parties? Is it when his supporters constantly evoke Che Guevara or Maoist iconography? Or when they call him Tovarich Obama without a hint of irony?

In a twist of fate, given my recent Wikipedia critique, the following line was removed from The Decembrists' entry:

"The band’s use of the National Anthem of the Soviet Union as an introduction at many concerts has sparked controversy as it is seen by some as an endorsement of the Soviet system.[citation needed]"

Which is factually correct, as you saw. It was deleted by an anonymous user, but is back again after a blog's post on it brought it to Wikipedia's attention.

Why was this statement excised? Was it shame or the realisation that such a song would be harmful to the Senator's campaign?

Perhaps they felt it sent the wrong signals.

But make no doubt of it, the messages are there and this is why that black American lady voter may be forgiven her opinion.

She didn't base it on any of these signals above, she said. But perhaps others are reading them loud and clear.

IN THE COMMENTS: Ron points out a literary analogy and asks a question.

A friend of mine noted even the reason we read Baudelaire as opposed to his German equivalent, Novalis, is that the French writer is perceived as being from 'the left', while the German writer is from 'the right', however false those labels would be! [...]

When will the romance of Communism end?


Certainly not with the death of Old Communists.

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11 Comments:

  • But that's the thing, innit?

    He's kind of a cipher.

    All we have to go on are these symbols, icons, coincidences and associations.

    Could all be wrong.

    But that's a lot to gamble.

    By Blogger blake, at Thu May 22, 04:23:00 am GMT-4  

  • A friend of mine noted even the reason we read Baudelaire as opposed to his German equivalent, Novalis, is that the French writer is perceived as being from 'the left', while the German writer is from 'the right', however false those labels would be!

    I just don't know if McCain is the guy who could exploit the weakness of this dishwater Marxism, to his electoral advantage. Nixon, no doubt, even Bush I or II, but McCain? I wonder...

    When will the romance of Communism end?

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu May 22, 07:59:00 am GMT-4  

  • OT: latest development in the Kennedy business.

    On the one hand, he wants his wife Victoria to run. On the other hand, she's called "Vicki".

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu May 22, 09:39:00 am GMT-4  

  • All we have to go on are these symbols, icons, coincidences and associations.

    Hey Blake. Thanks for the comment! :)

    For a man who has two well-known books out, ie., whose words mean a lot (therefore the ideas behind them), we know very little about the real Obama.

    Kerry lost 2004 to Bush because of many reasons, but really it was because he stood for nothing. Nevertheless, he got the most votes of any Democratic candidate before him.

    Obama is a more difficult candidate to figure out.

    It's like he's planned an intellectual life where you can't really pin him down to anything. It's just hints here, and there as to what he stands for.

    I think his staff, and enablers use him for their own ideological ends, and he allows it.

    That's the unnerving part for me.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 22, 01:52:00 pm GMT-4  

  • When will the romance of Communism end?

    Good question. I highlighted it on the post.

    I said not with the death of Old Communists. I think it will become a non-factor when concern for the environment, ecology, trumps all ideologies entirely.

    Different iconography. Different heroes. Different argumentation.

    Not for nothing have the Greens inherited the Leftist mantle in Europe, though.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 22, 01:59:00 pm GMT-4  

  • On the one hand, he wants his wife Victoria to run. On the other hand, she's called "Vicki".

    Thanks for the heads-up!

    I knew she called herself "Vicki" (ick, Vicky with an "i" or "ie"), and I know she's a Washington insider.

    But it's telling that he doesn't want to hand over the charge to his nephew, Joe II.

    The article says he's very pro-Hugo Chavez, but then so is his brother Robert Jr. and he might've run for Hillary's seat (had she won the nomination).

    I just think that he knows his wife is a capable Washington insider since birth, and he wants it in the family.

    I fancy this is what will happen, like with Mary Bono.

    BTW, no one spares a thought for poor old Joan. Not even me...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 22, 02:03:00 pm GMT-4  

  • It's here! It's here!

    Very excited. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 22, 03:42:00 pm GMT-4  

  • And...! :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu May 22, 05:45:00 pm GMT-4  

  • OT, I left a post just for you up on my blog!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat May 24, 06:19:00 am GMT-4  

  • I replied in disagreement:

    I've been around very genuine, very scary Communists to know the difference between someone merely influenced by Marxism, as would include the majority of politicians in the world today, to a real one.

    To which Zeb commented:

    That was good. I liked it. Some of us on the right throw around the terms and accusations "socialist" and "communist" too easily. We lose some cred when we do.

    And I have to say, I agree.


    I have to say I strongly disagree.

    My wife was raised in Romania under the Ceaucescu dictatorship and the most chilling thing to her--after a 3-year journey from refugee in Germay to political asylum in the US--was to hear the rhetoric coming out of the mouths of our democrats.

    According to her, it is nearly verbatim to the Communist propaganda she was forced to listen to growing up. She landed in Long Island and lived with a distant relative upon arriving here. She wondered what she was getting into when she heard what passes for policy and platform among the Dems.

    There can be no protest strong enough among the right, the conservatives, of even libertarians like myself, that condemns the communist/socialist underpinnings of the US Democratic Party. And that comes from someone who really knows what is scary about 'real' communists.

    By Blogger Chris, at Wed May 28, 05:08:00 am GMT-4  

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    NObama is of the new radical Left. It still wants control over the people and a nanny-state, PC, multi-culti totalitarianism. So many talented artists for Obama are blinded by his BS.

    His 'Change', 'Hope' and 'Progress' mantras are actually somewhat self-mocking. Making your own Obama posters is totally addicting, I laughed so hard I almost had a breakdown. LOL!
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