Thursday, April 23, 2009

American Imperialism, Obama Style

James Lewis wrote the following article on American Thinker today:

The thing about imperialism is that it never looks like imperialism to the well-intentioned imperialists themselves. Most Soviet Russians were convinced they were just spreading peace and love to Eastern Europe and China, even with all their massed artillery and tanks. They knew in their hearts that the KGB State was just a temporary thing, until all the subject peoples could be educated enough to bring true Communism to earth.

They had that belief in common with the Roman legions, who conquered the world around the Mediterranean, and with Victorian missionaries in the Africa and India, who were also convinced they were just spreading civilization to the backward peoples of the earth.

It's always that way.

The funny thing about Barack Obama's victory lap to his buds in Trinidad and Tobago is that they are all under the sway of one Karl Marx, who just happened to be a classical European Imperialist. Real Marxists don't make any bones about it. Nor did the Soviets.

(And Karl Marx was a raging racist to boot).

The breakdown of the USSR and Maoist China after 1989 turned out to be a stroke of luck for Western Marxists. It allowed them to dissociate themselves from visibly bloody Communist Imperialism. Traveling from West to East Berlin, and seeing Western luxury turn into Stalinist poverty was just a little bit too much. After Gorbachev and Reagan they could pretend they were never on the side of evil.

What we are seeing today with Barack Obama is a triumph of Leftist Faith over the brute facts of history. The Left has managed to swallow its own bloody past in a capacious Black Hole. Instead, college kids are brought up today on Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, a totally one-sided tale of all the bad things done in America in the last four hundred years. Zinn's very title tells us that traditional American history was never about the real people. When our airhead Hollywood celebrities slam the United States, it's because they've been brought up on reams and reams of such self-hating stuff. They think they know the truth, when in fact their brains are just on the rinse and spin cycle.

True Leftists collect other people's injustices, one after the other, and rehearse them in their minds for years. That's how they define themselves mentally as The Good People and those who disagree with them as The Evil Ones. That's why they are so ready to demonize those who disagree. Like Barack and Michelle, they are utterly convinced of their own righteousness. But they end up pushing Marxist Imperialism.

So... Barack Obama is turning out to be a Socialist Imperialist -- all for highly moral reasons, needless to say. Those loving encounters with Chavez and Ortega mean that they are now alike in spirit. Listening to their standard rantings is not news for BO, because he can recite their story from memory.

Which means that they are all the indoctrinated victims of an amazingly angry, white German ideologue of the early 19th century, whose idea of the perfect society was a world-conquering Bismarckian Reich, where everything was dictated top-down by the self-appointed Ruling Class.

(Note: The word "Reich" = "Empire," as in "Imperialism." Bismarck didn't care who knew it.)

And now the world is told that the election of a black man in America is a great victory for Progress -- which always means Marxist progress by those who use that word. That's what Obama keeps telling the whole world, time and time again. Look at me, world! I'm Progress!

Imperialism anybody?

Guess what all the post-colonial regimes did in the Third World when the European colonists finally went back home? Post-colonial rulers were mostly Marxists of one kind or another, because they went to elite schools in London, Paris and Moscow where Europe's Ruling Class receives its basic indoctrination.

So they tried Marxism back home.

Jawaharlal Nehru tried to impose British Fabian Imperialism on India, with disastrous results. Kwame Nkrumah tried it with Ghana, Jomo Kenyatta in Kenya. In the Arab world, Gamal Abdel Nasser tried to impose secular Arab Nationalism with a socialist bent on Egypt, Syria and Libya. Robert Mugabe is still practicing post-colonial socialism in the former Zimbabwe, now locked in miserable regime-imposed racial scapegoating, poverty, and famine.

But all the post-colonial tyrants were beyond criticism by the Left, because they were black or brown, or just tanned. Even today the Left can't bring itself to denounce Mugabe and the Sudanese genociders, no matter what they do. That's why 100 nations in Durban this week denounced Israel for being racists. Africans, Arabs, Chinese, Indians can't be racists even if they are. That's why Obama can't even bring himself to denounce black slavery in Africa and the Middle East. Just the opposite. King Abdullah the desert camel raider received a deep and respectful bow from our President, an absolute first in American history.

So all over the world, post-colonial rulers took the European Imperialism of Marx and tried to slap it on top of the underdeveloped world. Pol Pot was trained in France by the French Communist Party, and decided to be really revolutionary back in Cambodia by killing a couple of million ordinary folk, especially the dangerous intellectuals -- those who wore glasses. Mao Zedong learned his craft in Moscow, the old Imperial capital of the Czars.

(Note: Czar = Emperor, as in Kaiser and Caesar. Imperialism.).

The star students of Europe's elite institutions spread their neo-Imperialist faith to the Third World. But none of it worked, except to keep the post-colonial tyrannies in luxury and power. That is why radical Islam has made a comeback -- because post-colonial socialism broke down. Islamist rage is a reaction to the secular Marxist Imperialism preached by post-colonial governments. But guess what? Radical Islam is just Imperialism under another color. The flags change, the slogans change, Imperialism doesn't.

Today's United Nations marches under the banner of Saving Planet Earth, a Green slogan pioneered in ... lily-white Europe. The global warming fraud is a classic imperialist propaganda campaign, designed to empower Green Imperialism. It's hardly a secret. Ask Maurice Strong and Gyorgyi Soros.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, some of the underdeveloped regions discovered their own free market dynamism -- since trade and individual initiative are pretty universal human traits. Eastern Europe, parts of China, and some Latin American and African countries began to rise from poverty. They discovered their own strengths.

And then the Marxist Imperialists regrouped and took one-party power again -- in Venezuela, in Nicaragua, maybe in Brazil.

Those are Barack Obama's good buds, because Obama is basically a post-colonial racial socialist. That's why Dreams from My Father celebrates his Kenyan Socialist dad, and not his white Kansas mother. President O is a Socialist Imperialist by ideology, but one who never quite grokked why Jomo Kenyatta's Socialism just brought misery to Kenya.

But we're not supposed to call their ideology Socialist Imperialism. According to Lenin, Socialists can't be Imperialists. On the Left, Lenin's opinion on that issue is considered to be final.

So ... the President of the United States is on an anti-Imperialist apology tour to Europe, Trinidad and Tobago, and soon, the Middle East. But since deep down he's a Marxist Imperialist, this is really an anti-Imperialist US Imperialist tour.

Got that?

The question is which countries have grown enough political wisdom to see through the layers and layers of bull. If they get suckered by the latest (racialist) version of Marxism, it will come back to haunt them. Ideology doesn't feed children, as even the Fidelistas now know. It ends up squeezing people dry.

Ultimately, decent government requires an involved and thinking population. That is, if we believe Lincoln's words that you can't fool all the people all of the time.
Come to think of it, that's the real question for American voters, too.

I wonder when they'll stop being fooled? (Source)-emphasis added

Mr. Lewis, I fear that as long as PSBO's lips are moving his supporters will not awaken. Although I hesitate to use this perjorative but a large majority of Obama acolytes are just plain stupid and it is easy to dupe stupid people. There is no other explanation for their continued support of him! PSBO is a congenial liar. He said he was going to post every piece of legislation on line for five days for public scrutiny before signing anything into law. He was going to take his red pen and line out earmarks from every piece of legislation yet he signs an 1,100 page, $850 billion stimulus bill, with 8,500 earmarks within 24 hours of it's delivery without even reading it. He promised that there would be no lobbyists in his administration. Well, I guess that depends on what the definition of “no” is. He campaigned in Florida, assuring Jewish voters of his commitment to Israel yet he sent millions in aid to Hamas and he wants to "be nice" to Iran whose leadership is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. He was proud to be an American while campaigning, yet he is now so embarrassed and ashamed of his country as President and feels the need to apologize for America to the likes of Hugo Chavez and bow from the waist to the King of Saudi Arabia! He releases CIA information gathering techniques which does not exactly make us more secure does it? He says that he isn't going to pursue prosecution of the Bush Administration yet Eric Holder is bring charges against those higher ups in the Bush administration and saying that the US tortured political prisoners. BTW, this is torture:

Yet, his supports say "give him a chance". How long will it be before this nation changes the words of the pledge of allegiance from "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America" to "I pledge allegiance to Barack Obama". We may as well change it because it has already taken place in the hearts of stupid Obama acolytes.

I think I should explain what I feel is the difference between "the stupid" and "the liberal". The liberal will look at the facts, in fact he will stared down the barrel of reality and deny it as truth--that's not stupid--that's pretty crafty actually. Those that I am calling stupid refuse to even hear much less consider the facts because it gets in the way of their perception of the "One".


DJ Black Adam said...

Man, you Righties have a lock on Black Helicopter types it seems...

Ilé Meroë said...
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Ilé Meroë said...

I have to confess that really sounds like Obama Derangement Syndrome to me.

Firstly socialism has an actual meaning so just shouting that someone is a socialist does not make it so. You may disagree with Obama but he's not now nor has he ever been a socialist. The modern US (along with every other wealthy country) has always been a mixed economy whether under Republicans or Democrats. In fact whatever the difference between the two parties it is not the size of government relative to the economy which is negligible.

Secondly are we really supposed to take seriously the idea that Obama is somehow going to become dictator of the United States? Let's say he suddenly developed a mental illness and thought it was a good idea, how on earth would he accomplish this goal?

Conservative Black Woman said...

DJBA~What is this whole black helicopter theory that I supposedly subscribe to? Serious, I'm not being funny I don't get it?

Ilé Meroë~Barack Obama has not said "I am a Socialist" however judging from both his books and his rhetoric he believes as Karl Marx did: To each according to his need. From each according to his ability. This is essentially what has come out of his mouth several times although he used different words he said the same thing.

Also Mr. Lewis does not say that Barack Obama would become a dictator, he simply illustrated how our Anti-Imperialism President is really not anti-imperialistic at all considering his ideology and what history has shown of other elistist who have adppted said ideology. Mr Lewis also makes the point that a decent government requires an involved and thinking population and wonders when America will wake up. I maintain that there is a larger proportion of Obama supporters who are unwilling to "think" and who are not involved unless there is something in it for them (Even Acorn knows this)so it actually isn't too far fetched to think that he could be "dictatoresque" for the greater portion of his supporters. Just look at Demi Moore, Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles who all said they were inspired to be better people because of Barack Obama. So yeah, I agree there is a good bit of ODS(Obama Derangement Syndrome) going around.

Ilé Meroë said...

The test of a Marxist is not an abstract statement that most people agree with. I believe I should always demand the best of myself and that I have a duty to those less fortunate than myself. Does that make me a Marxist or a stressed out Christian?

In 1981 the US applied it's UN veto against "the right of every state to choose its economic and social system in accordance with the will of its people without outside interference in whatever form it takes". So the US was willing to intervene to alter other countries systems long before Obama came on the scene. So if he's an imperialist was Reagan?

Most voters do not actually base their decision on careful examination of candidates' policies. Just about the only ones that do are those with no preexisting ideological bias towards left or right. The rest make a decision and then look for things to back it up. So every candidate's supporters are the same in this regard.

JudyBright said...

Most voters do not actually base their decision on careful examination of candidates' policies. Just about the only ones that do are those with no preexisting ideological bias towards left or right.How can one carefully examine policies without a previous bias? You have to know where you stand before you can decide if you agree with someone else or not.

Ilé Meroë said...

@Judy Bright
In a nutshell what I meant is most voters decide who to vote for and then look for information to support the decision.

Anonymous said...

"That is why they are so ready to demonize those who disagree" - I'm certain the woman who felt it was "brilliant" to call those who disagree "worshipers of the Canaanite God Baal" a few weeks ago can't be endorsing this few???

"The thing about imperialism is that it never looks like imperialism to the well intentioned imperialists themselves". CBW, the United States is an imperialist power by any historic defintion - well intentioned or not. We have troops in over 130 countries, we spend more on our military than all the other nations on earth combined -"for defense?" We are conveniently waging wars in two of the most strategically and energy rich areas of the world. Its funny what 19 terrorists wrought.

I don't want to argue politics but a strong case can be made for America as an imperialist power by an objective an impartial historian. And Obama is sure being blamed for a lot considering his administration is less than 100 days old. And the all the other things that outrage your and the author's sensibilities have been there unimpeded under conservative as well as liberal administrations.

@IM - You hit the nail on the head.

Anonymous said...

My opinion is based on the following- before you ask

defintions - Imperialism
The policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony.

"it also denoted indirect political or economic control of powerful states over weaker peoples"

"any instance of aggressive extebsion of authority"

"The practice of one country extending its control over the territory, political system, or economic life of another country"

Sometimes imperialism is "Informal if possible and formally if necessary"

Real definitions, real life.

Conservative Black Woman said...

Irey~I'm not going to disagree with you on the real life definition of imperialism -- how can I do that, it is what it is. However, I think Mr. Lewis was simply pointing out that Barack Obama's ideology (documented) is more socialistic than capitalistic and most intellectual elites who have also shared this ideology for noble and highly moral reasons have turned out to be quite the imperialists.

You write:""That is why they are so ready to demonize those who disagree" - I'm certain the woman who felt it was "brilliant" to call those who disagree "worshipers of the Canaanite God Baal" a few weeks ago can't be endorsing this few???"

The similarities between modern-day secular humanist liberals and Canaanite Baal worshippers is undeniable that's why the article was brilliant. Whether or not they "agree" with me has nothing to do with it. BTW, I am fine being demonized by liberal folks--if a dyed in the wool liberal disagrees with me it lets me know I'm on the right track because I believe that modern-day liberalism is utter empty. In the words of Evan Sayet:"The modern liberal will invariably side with evil over good, wrong over right, and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success". Please tell me how this is inaccurate.

Constructive Feedback said...


I say that you should take a step back and watch a bit more. We need to look at the depth and capacity of certain people. You can then use this knowledge for later benefit in assessing them.

Any time you see Black America generally enthusiastic when 3 Black people are shot in the head and killed by 3 highly trained White members of government authority who are part of the American Imperialistic system that they have railed against for years and they call it a 'VICTORY' for the Black man who green lighted the operation in which 3 Black men were killed to save 1 White man; the surviving Black guy who is 18 only years old who, despite his poverty is NOT said to be a victim of some abuse of power AND you don't hear "They did not need to kill him!! They could have waited. If the penalty for kidnapping the Death Penalty?" - by all means DO NOT DERAIL THIS. Just sit back and watch just how much of their own character and soul they will abandon.

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Donna said...

Jesus Christ on a crutch...that had the be the silliest rant-like excuse for an article I have read in quite some time. I bet the author hasn't even read Zinn's textbook.

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