To the Editor:
The debate over whether President Barak Obama is a socialist is over and the answer is an unequivocal and resounding YES. Mr. Obama’s statements over the years have unmasked him for what he is, a socialist. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines socialism as: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”
The evidence of Mr. Obama’s socialist leanings were highlighted in a just released audio tape of Mr. Obama at an Oct. 19, 1998 speech at Loyola University where he stated, "I think that what we're going to have to do is somehow resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all," Obama says. "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution – because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot." The point is undeniable, Mr. Obama believes in redistribution!
Let’s not forget candidate Obama’s discussion with Joe Wurzelbacher “Joe the Plumber” on Oct. 12, 2008, when Mr. Obama stated, “It's not that I want to punish your success; I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you that they've got a chance to success, too. I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.” Mr. Obama’s socialist leanings are punctuated in his own words to “spread the wealth around.”
Mr. Obama more recently removed all doubt of who he is and what he believes in during a campaign rally in Roanoke, Va., on July 13, 2012, where he stated, “Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Mr. Obama’s mocking of people who took risks to better themselves shows his clear contempt for capitalism and his affinity for socialism. By the way, the socialist approach has never worked, does not work, and will never work. Greece, France and countless other countries have tried but failed to make socialism work. As former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher once said, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.” Stephen Pollard in a Jan. 18, 2009 book review noted that Mrs. Thatcher's crusade against socialism was not merely about economic efficiency and prosperity, but that above all, “it was that socialism itself – in all its incarnations, wherever and however it was applied – was morally corrupting.”
Not only do Mr. Obama’s own statements reflect who he is, a socialist, his actions and policies as President of the United States clearly and undeniably demonstrate the direction he is taking this country. Here are just a few examples.
The bigger question is not whether Mr. Obama is a socialist, which he clearly is, but why he refuses to admit that he is. The simple answer is that he knows that if he admits who he really is, people will run from him like he has the plague, which he does, and it’s called socialism. The simple question for voters is this: Would I vote for Barak Obama, or anyone for that matter, if they admitted they are a socialist?
Keith A. Johnston