Farah: The Commies are Coming, the Commies are Coming!

You’d think by now, 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, that the right wing would have gotten over its obsession with communism. You’d be wrong. It’s still their go-to scare tactic, as Joseph Farah demonstrates in asking: Do you want a communist America?

The idea of a communist America – big C or small – was once the stuff of movie fantasies like “Red Dawn.”

Not any longer. Not since the Democratic Party mainstream establishment began to embrace essentially the same political agenda as the Communist Party USA, founded as an arm of the Soviet Union before its fall, as well as the Socialist Party USA.

Today, the thought of socialism is no longer categorically rejected by a significant percentage of Americans, while communism, despite its genocidal history, no longer raises fears of gulags, tyranny and re-education camps.

How did this happen? How did we reach this state of affairs?

We didn’t, actually, you’re just a demagogue using the tried-and-false tactic of creating a boogeyman out of communism that simply doesn’t exist. Oh yes, the Soviet gulags were horrible and the entire system of communism was a human rights nightmare, to be sure. But the idea that America is hurdling headlong into a socialist or communist dystopia is nothing short of laughable.

Here’s the actual question that should be asked: Is there any chance whatsoever that the American government is going to seize all private wealth and nationalize all the factories and businesses? The answer, obviously, is no. It’s not even remotely a plausible idea. There is no one in our entire political system who would even suggest such a thing, much less that it would pass. Even the most “radical” American politician, Bernie Sanders, makes no such proposals. And without that, you don’t have socialism or communism.

Seriously, it’s 2015. It’s time to stop seeing communist boogeymen lurking in the closet. They don’t exist. They haven’t existed for a long time. And this constant invocation of communism as some sort of magic talisman to frighten the little children is, at this point, simply pathetic.

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  • theguy

    The whole thing is patently ridiculous. The Dow just hit yet another high, (forget the numbers) corporate profits are up, Obama is pushing the TPP (for the record, I’m undecided on whether that’s a good thing or not) and while taxes have gone up on the rich slightly, they don’t compare to the top rates during the 1950’s and ’60’s.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    I am no fan of communism, especially the part about taking the means of production away from the Job Creators (TM), but I do long for the good parts of communism: genocide, gulags, tyranny and re-education camps. Is there a way to get the best of both?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Considering how we are falling head first into an oligarchal dystopia…

  • tbp1

    As I have said many times, the fact that the right is still blathering on and one about “Communism” is proof positive their absolute intellectual bankruptcy.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    theschwa “I am no fan of communism, especially the part about taking the means of production away from the Job Creators (TM), but I do long for the good parts of communism: genocide, gulags, tyranny and re-education camps. Is there a way to get the best of both?”

    Have you considered Fascism? Act now and we’ll throw in the wide net of the Modern Surveillance State, a militarize police force and a compliant Media!

  • whheydt

    I’ve told this story before, but it looks like it bears repeating…

    One of my sisters was semi-active in the Peace & Freedom Party in the San Diego area a good many years ago. A friend of hers invited her to a party rally. At one point, a speaker got up, dressed in a suit (unusual in itself) and gave far and away *the* most conservative speech of the day. My sister turned to her friend and asked–somewhat incredulously–Who *is* that guy?” The reply was, “Oh? Didn’t you know? He’s the local Communist.”

  • gshelley

    I was wondering what he thought it was about the Democrat party that was communist, and he kindly provided a link

    http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/dems-new-agenda-hauntingly-similar-to-communism/

    1) Minimum wage increase

    Communists wanted an increased minimum wage

    2) suppport right to form unions

    Communists wanted people to be able to join unions

    3) Immigration reform to prevent exploitation

    Communists are against the exploitation of immigrants

    4) Sick leave and family leave

    Communists think women should get involved with politics

    5) universal pre and after school programs

    Socialists support public child care

    6) Graduated income tax

    Communists and socialists want people who can afford it to pay more

  • Synfandel

    “Red Dawn” was not about the idea of a communist America. It was about the US being invaded and occupied (by Nicaragua, no less!). The movie was completely devoid of political ideology. It was just about military occupation and guerilla insurgence—as in Iraq.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    gshelley @7 – Thank you! That link is pure gold! And the comments. Oh, the comments…

    Dana King • 2 days ago

    Seriously? Who doesn’t know that “progressive” is simply newspeak for communist. Progressive-democrat’s ARE progressive-communists. They were hiding behind the term liberal, which was and is the wrong term, Thomas Jefferson was a liberal, Hillary Klinton is not.

    xstratusx Dana King • a day ago

    Conservatives/intelligent people know this; liberals try to deny it.

    Yes! “Intelligent” people know that progressives and communists are the exact same thing!

    Hal49 • 2 days ago

    Just another reason to totally dismantle and destroy the dem/lib organization and agenda, once and for all. I have never seen anything coming from this nation that was so bad for and AGAINST this nation!

    And AGAINST this nation’s constitution!

    And… Yup, there’s racism in there too. I think I’ll stop reading the comments now.

  • grumpyoldfart

    And this constant invocation of communism as some sort of magic talisman to frighten the little children is, at this point, simply pathetic.

    I wouldn’t be so sure. He’s talking to some of the dumbest people on the planet – there are probably millions of American voters who would fall for such a story without a second thought.

  • abb3w

    @0, Ed Brayton

    It’s time to stop seeing communist boogeymen lurking in the closet. They don’t exist. They haven’t existed for a long time.

    Pedantic quibble: Communists still exist.

    The media even noted one or two existence cases from the Revolutionary Communist Party scurried out from their rocks during the Fergusson mess. A poke at Wikipedia turns up mention of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, whose 2012 presidential ticket had ballot access in some 13 states and a vote tally OVER NINE THOUSAND! (Badum-tish-thump….) So, they likely have less impact on US electoral politics than the Brownian drift resulting from election day hangovers. However, they’re still trying…. howsoever incompetently.

    Farah’s an idiot for confusing Democrats with the PSL, or for proclaiming them as a serious political factor, but it’s technically incorrect to say they don’t exist any more.

  • k_machine

    America has a gulag of its own – filled with slave labor “sentenced” for the crime of breathing while black.

  • felidae

    I’m disappointed Farah didn’t quote this high ranking member of our armed forces

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKR32ImWYzw

  • anubisprime

    Farah. amongst a bevy of other brain dead beauties from the politically dexterous thinks ‘Dr Strangelove’ is a documentary…it explains many mysteries.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Farah’s point is “expect them when you least expect them.” Wise words.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    I’m pretty sure at this point Farah has a wheel of misfortune he spins, and whatever perceived threat it lands on, that’s the one he writes about to extract cash from the rubes.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I posted the following over at the WND yesterday:

    Apparently Mr. Farah thinks the average age of a WND reader is 75 when he writes articles like this.

    It was removed. Seems Joey has a very thin skin if something that mild is promptly removed.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/LDORIGINALS Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    Yes Mr. Farah, I do want a communist America. (Not, I hasten to add, Marxism per se ).