A Disturbing List
Scripps-Howard News Service 12.26.01
Last week I suggested the presence of socialist-communist attitudes
and practices in our daily lives. Such a statement ought to be supported
by examples. The reason native-born Americans would not recognize
them, while people of my ilk do, is that growing up in Hungary we
had no choice in the matter. At school, we were required year after
year to be trained in Marxism-Leninism. It was considered everyone's
major, taking precedence over one's real major - in my case, piano.
Americans, people of exceptional goodwill, have been persuaded
that Marxist-Leninist ideas and practices are congruous with basic
American principles and do, in fact, fulfill the Founders' intentions.
Even a cursory comparison of the reality of socialist-communist
societies with that of America ought to convince anyone that such
notions are preposterous. And now the examples.
Christmas is an appropriate beginning because it is the season,
and because those who labor to eliminate it bit by bit cite the
U.S. Constitution as their basis. While that excuse crumbles the
minute one actually reads the Constitution, or the intent of the
Founding Fathers, history teaches us that Marx, Lenin, Hitler and
Stalin all endeavored to do away with tradition, especially the
Christian kind. Significantly, those who battle Christmas take no
issue with Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Ramadan.
Fascism is a word we use when we mean Naziism. During the 1930s,
it was Stalin who instructed communists around the world to do so.
Since Hitler's party was called "National Socialist German
Workers' Party," simply another version of socialism, the association
proved increasingly inconvenient.
Capitalism is how too many of us describe our economy. Capitalism
was invented and defined by Karl Marx. It requires a rigid class
society in which the proletariat owns nothing, now or ever. America
never had such a system. Ours is a free-market society with unlimited
opportunity. By calling it "capitalist," it gets infused
with all negative connotations of the word.
Reactionary and Progressive have long been the classic communist
designations of enemies and friends of the ideology.
Politically correct is a term forged by Lenin (Hitler preferred
the version "socially correct"), extensively used in the
works of Makarenko, Lenin's education guru.
Preference Quotas were introduced in Hungary within weeks of the
communist takeover, prescribing specific percentages of workers
and farmers, as the previously disadvantaged. Thus origin, as opposed
to ability, determined university or job placement, leading to increasing
inefficiency. Affirmative Action gradually turned into a new name
for that old practice.
Working Americans is successor to "workers," as in people
who work - distinct from those who don't. This Marxist-Leninist
division of society implies that those who don't work had acquired
their possessions illegitimately. Communists apply this to class,
Nazis applied it mostly to the Jews. Since in America everyone works,
the designation is pointless, except to create artificial divisions.
Sensitivity Training is the precise equivalent of engaging in public
self-criticism and submitting to party education, the standard communist
punishment meted out to those who had strayed outside the party
Hate crime and hate speech are pseudonyms for political crime -
far more vigorously pursued in any totalitarian state than ordinary
crime. Until recently, the concept of political crime would have
been unthinkable in America.
Native American or visually challenged are examples of constantly
changing designations, serving a number of purposes. They instill
the habit of not calling things what they are, keeping people off
balance, and increasing thought control all the time. "Native
American" also downgrades most who live here, whereas "undocumented
immigrant" upgrades illegal aliens. In the Soviet realm, one
simply scoured the official party newspaper to find out what things
needed to be called that day or week.
The Month of This, That and the Other - these annual celebrations
began with the "Month of Soviet-Hungarian Friendship"
that gave the Russians the framework to guarantee trips abroad and
engagements to their lesser artists.
Monday Holidays. A case can be made for long weekends and efficiency
at industrial plants, but moving historically significant celebrations
to Monday began in the Soviet realm to separate the rest day from
its reason, replacing historic tradition with gray uniformity.
There is more, of course, but this should suffice to persuade Americans
that so much of what is said and done with good intentions comes,
in fact, from a most detestable source. Everything in socialist-communist
thought and practice - legal, moral, economic - is the opposite
of the principles upon which America was founded and with which
Americans have succeeded.
There is no way the opposite of "good" can also be good.