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Boykin: Obama Bases Policy on Communist Manifesto

Deranged lunatic and former general Jerry Boykin appeared at an event put on by David Barton’s Wallbuilders organization and spun a web of crazy involving Sharia law, the Muslim Brotherhood and the communist manifesto that is simply breathtaking. Behold:

We’ve got a huge problem in America that Sharia is now being inculcated into our legal system. The influence of the Muslim Brotherhood today in America is absolutely incredible – I’m going to come back to this issue.

My friends, the attack on religious liberty in America today is at an all-time, unprecedented level and, by the way, because Barack Obama was re-elected, it’s going to get worse. It’s going to get worse, folks; you have to stop it.

I will tell you that America is becoming a Marxist nation – I don’t care what you say, I’m tired of being called a bigot because I don’t like the Marxist policies of Barack Obama. I didn’t like Jimmy Carter either, nor Bill Clinton for that matter.

We’re becoming a Marxist nation. You can call it whatever you want to, but we’re becoming a Marxist nation. And everything we’re doing is right out of the Marxist playbook. Everything! It’s right out of the Marxist playbook. Go back and read the “Communist Manifesto” if you don’t believe me and then look at what we’ve done in America.

Okay, I’ll take that challenge. Here is the list of 10 changes that Marx demanded in the manifesto. Let’s see if Obama is implementing them:

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

Nope. Nothing even remotely like that.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

The federal income tax is mildly progressive, unless you include payroll taxes, which are strongly regressive (and all excise taxes, also regressive). But it’s been this way for nearly a century. And in fact, the federal income tax is far less progressive now than it was even 12 years ago.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Nope. No one has even suggested such a thing.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

Nope.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

Nope.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

Nope.

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.

Nope.

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

Nope.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

Nope.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form.

This was done long ago. Does Boykin want to change that, since it’s part of the communist manifesto?

Comments

  1. Michael Heath says

    CM # 10:

    10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form.

    Ed’s response:

    This was done long ago. Does Boykin want to change that, since it’s part of the communist manifesto?

    I don’t know about Mr. Boykin but Newt Gingrich made it clear he wants to do away with at least the latter. Of course, “made it clear” doesn’t mean Mr. Gingrich actually agrees with what’s he saying; he just cares not a whit about anyone but himself. So it’s safe to assume Gingrich merely perceived such advocacy as helpful to his own ambitions at the point in time he expressed such.

  2. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

    Now Ed, that’s just not fair: you know very well that when Boykin said “read the Communist Manifesto”, he didn’t mean you should actually read the Communist Manifesto.

  3. jaranath says

    The frustrating thing is that Boykin would run through that list and cite conspiracy theories or anecdotes for every one of them. Higher taxes, the estate tax, the Peace Corps, any WPA-like employment effort (even if it were an alternative to welfare!), the auto bailout… Anything that could in any way be twisted to even slightly resemble one of Marx’s demands will be taken as fully intended to do so, and as solid evidence of a much greater hidden effort to meet that goal (this is just the one that “they” couldn’t hide). And when there’s not even an irrelevant anecdote to pervert, he’ll make one up.

  4. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    The influence of the Muslim Brotherhood today in America is absolutely incredible

    By George, he’s right! I don’t believe it!

  5. jesse says

    Here’s what scares me: is Boykin an outlier? Or is he representative of the top brass in the military, but the other guys are quieter about it?

    One analogy might be baseball. A player’s faith is rarely on display; but there is a heavy skewing towards very religious people for all sorts of reasons. But I remember reading an article back in the mid-2000s about how more players were evangelicals, and I kept thinking you know, if I were a Jewish player I’d start to feel a bit… unwelcome, perhaps. (Though Kevin Youkilis, quoted in that piece, said it didn’t matter, so maybe I am more sensitive to that kind of thing). The only other time it became explicit that I remember (being from Boston) was when Mike Timlin wouldn’t appear on an episode of “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” and later when Curt Schilling stumped for Bush.

    So in that vein, I wonder about the situation for Jewish soldiers, for instance, if Boykin is a more common type in command than we think.

  6. says

    I think Boykin maybe thinking of Groucho Marx. who said:

    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

    That;s why Boykin is obviously stung:

    I don’t care what you say, I’m tired of being called a bigot because I don’t like the Marxist policies of Barack Obama.

    Whenever Boykin opens his mouth, Obama (and every other intelligent person) keeps sending for a five year old to explain it to him.

  7. jaranath says

    Jesse:

    As I understand it, the vast majority of MRFF members are religious, and the majority are Christians. And while the primary motive of some in joining may have been to support the rights of others (and good on them!), many of the Christians joined specifically because they are experiencing unwelcome and inappropriate religious pressure.

    That may be what frustrates me more than anything else in the religious culture war: Religious separation and neutrality is in the best interests of even those we contend with. The religious right’s fantasy of an American theocracy isn’t just a threat to nonbelievers and religious moderates, it’s a threat to the religious right. There will always be bickering, fighting factions, and whichever faction manages to grab power will just be the latest target on the firing range. Yet they’ll keep pursuing the mirage, always convinced everything would be great if only the RIGHT KIND of Christian held a little more power…

  8. says

    Well, I never went down that list before, but now I can say with even greater confidence that I’m not a Communist, and reference it to demonstrate.

    The exceptions:

    I’m strongly in favor of progressive taxes, though I don’t know how heavy Marx means by “heavily.” If you’re a skilled, productive worker who actually provides something, you should still be able to enjoy some extra income, so nothing like taxing six figure earners into poverty. Like that’d ever happen.

    I can understand centralized infrastructure for transportation and maybe some forms of communication, but not control of the means. I’m fine with the state owning the highways, but not all the cars. I’m okay with the government controlling and maintaining a network of transmission cables but not the data going through it or who gets to access it.

    Free education, most definitely in favor of. It undermines the free market potential if our most naturally talented workers can’t compete because arbitrary class barriers prevent them from getting the best job training. Right now, barriers to education are making our labor products less and less competitive and increasingly dependent on protectionist trade barriers against competitors. Many are blind to the decline in quality because they’ve been filled with empty motivational speaker crap and pushed into the cycle of mediocrity instead of actually striving to provide superior products. (I now feel dirty for talking in such terms.)

    The nasty stuff:

    “Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.”: Given what I’ve seen of law enforcement, we’ve pretty much got “rebels” defined as “drug users” and anyone carrying large amounts of cash when they’re pulled over, even if they aren’t charged with anything more than speeding.

    “Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.”: You don’t work, you don’t get a social safety net, so just get to work at that minimum wage job, you lazy ass. You don’t get to go to back to school, you don’t get join an effective union and strike for better work conditions, benefits, or wages. You do what the exalted job creator tells you to do because you’re not making the labor exchange as equals, but as a draftee who’s eternally and unconditionally indebted to the corporation state for the opportunity to work and thus you owe them an obligation. Sounds kind of like some conservative thoughts I’ve heard.

  9. criticaldragon1177 says

    Ed Brayton

    What? He doesn’t base his policies on the Qur’an? I thought Obama was “secret Muslim.” Oh wait, he’s “Muslim Marxist Obama.” The American right is such a joke.

  10. baal says

    Jesse – the Bush the lesser admin did a number of purges throughout the federal gov and put in ‘loyal bushies’ into those positions. The biggest news was when they did the Attorney’s General but the military was specifically targeted for enhanced christianization as well. There was hardly a peep when they started with the HHS. Boykin doesn’t seem like an outlier in ideology so much as more vocal.

  11. D. C. Sessions says

    Sharia is bad. Marxism is bad. The Muslim Brotherhood is bad. Obama is bad.

    It therefore follows that Obama is a Marxist member of the Muslim Brotherhood out to impose Sharia.

  12. says

    “I’m strongly in favor of progressive taxes, though I don’t know how heavy Marx means by “heavily.” If you’re a skilled, productive worker who actually provides something, you should still be able to enjoy some extra income, so nothing like taxing six figure earners into poverty. Like that’d ever happen.”

    Reading that made me think about all of the guys I talk to who complain abou the leeches on welfare and how they get everything for free, including Botox injections, penis and breast enhancement and free replacement internal organs after they destroy the ones they were born with by drinking, drugging and makin’ teh babeez so they can get MORE stuff, free. It occurs to me that if so many of them are so fucking good at what they do, why don’t they just go into business for themselves and see if they can make the 5-6 figure incomes that they currently enjoy? I mean y’know a guy who’s good at being a nukeplant worker, well, he’s just as superior human being or something; never even a whiff of privilege in that business.

    The longer Boykin goes on and the KKKrazzeer he gets, the more I wonder if he put those guys in Mogadishu in the meat grinder on purpose so’s he could hate on the moozies and get Bushco to give him a command called “The New Crusade”.

  13. Moggie says

    Nick Gotts:

    Now Ed, that’s just not fair: you know very well that when Boykin said “read the Communist Manifesto”, he didn’t mean you should actually read the Communist Manifesto.

    Well, obviously.

    One doesn’t need to agree with Marx and Engels to regard the Communist Manifesto as worth reading. It’s an important political document, which throws light on much subsequent history. But, in the US, the word “communist” has been so thoroughly demonised that Boykin’s audience would sooner read the NAMBLA Manifesto, if such a thing exists.

    No, obviously Boykin means “have an approved supplier of bullshit tell you what’s in the Communist Manifesto”.

  14. Ogvorbis: 300-year-old Woodcut says

    Did anyone else start to get the beat of Trouble in River City from The Music Man reading the tirade by Boykin?

  15. iangould says

    as no-one noticed the fundamental contradiction between “The influence of the Muslim Brotherhood today in America is absolutely incredible” and “America is becoming a Marxist nation” given that Marxism is an explicitly atheist philosophy?l

  16. Suido says

    An industrial army… what would that look like today? Strongly authoritarian work conditions and management, propaganda against labour unions that might disrupt industrial productivity, workers’ lives organized around their work with little consideration for lifestyle, and who can afford a lifestyle on traditional army wages anyway? That sounds a lot like working for Walmart…

    Interesting how things can change.

  17. dan4 says

    Getting a bit off-topic, I know, but (looking at the seventh plank of the manifesto,what exactly are “industrial armies?”

  18. mildlymagnificent says

    “Industrial armies”? I’ll ask the resident person-who-wrote-a-thesis-on-Marx-40-years-ago when he gets back.

  19. mildlymagnificent says

    OK. Marx didn’t write it at all. No idea what ‘industrial armies’ might have meant.

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