I’ve been saying it for a long time; socialism is the basic philosophy of the Democratic Party. People used to think I was being an extremist when I stated that teacher unions expected socialism from voters and school boards essentially teaching it to students in public education. Most labor unions are functioning socialist enterprises which of course leads directly to small “c” communism. Worse than socialists are “progressives” who have a strong belief in communism as a foundation principle to their style of governing. Most progressives will deny it, but if you placed their belief system on a social scale next to the Bolsheviks of 1919 they would be indistinguishable from each other. There is a reason that progressives and other liberals don’t want people to read Ayn Rand, who as an American novelist wrote quite passionately about communism in her very good book, We the Living. I have known this for a very long time because I am an avid reader, and I understand history so I have been able to function from a position of knowledge and not just the marketing of ideas proposed in what people think is modern times. That’s why it was so ridiculously stupid of Hillary Clinton when pressed by Chris Mathews—who is a fan of the Democratic candidate for president, to declare that she was a progressive Democrat. That is equivalent to saying about herself under a proper definition that she’s a communist socialist.
This isn’t the first time this year that Chris Mathews on the very “progressive” MSNBC cable channel has asked someone of great importance within the Democratic Party what the difference between a socialist and a Democrat is. But this one had more bite because Hillary had no idea how to answer the question even though she knew the question was coming at some point, because he had asked it before. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW. She couldn’t answer the question because there isn’t any difference. Democrats today in 2016 are essentially the communists and socialists of the last century—the only real difference is that they changed the name. Their essential philosophy is the same.
I don’t have much patience for stupid people—I’ll have to be honest. When I had this education debate years ago within the media, at school boards, in education reform groups—and with other politicians I thought people close to the situation already knew what I was saying, that the essential product of public schools was socialism. I had known it for years, so I assumed that we could have a conversation from a reasonable vantage point. But the mad mothers and fathers angry at me for proposing to take away their tax money for essentially a day time socialist training center—which is what every public school is—provoked a lot of anger which I had no tolerance for. Those idiots thought they would harass me online, come to my house, and attack me through social networks with all the socialist flair utilized in that novel, We the Living and that for some reason I’d just take it. No, that’s not how things work.
I have always known that socialists and Democrats were essentially the same because I have always worked hard to have the answers to things—even if those answers were inconvenient. For instance, everyone knows I have written a lot about Star Wars. It could be said that I’ve been a mega fan. I know Star Wars better than most people know their own families. However, I do not like the new films by Disney and I will not read the books or buy into their product any longer in a post George Lucas era. I see clearly in Star Wars now massive progressive influences and I will reject it—because I know better. When something lets me down, I drop it like a rock in less than a second. I went though a similar thought process with public education, our legal system, environmentalism, even family members who have not behaved properly. It really didn’t matter what or who they were, I have dropped them at the first sign that they do not comply with my ethics and values. And when the question comes as to who am I to judge—the reply is simple—an individual who works hard to be that way. When I said that socialism was embedded deep in our culture I was able to do that because I was able to emotionally divorce myself from attachments that might skew my vision from the reality of knowledge. So even when many were writing newspapers and television stations protesting my coverage by them because of my “extremist” language I never recanted or backed off because to do so would be to lie. To lie would be wrong because it would force a new definition for the things I knew to be true—and that wasn’t going to happen.
This charade has went on for a long time largely because members of the media, like Chris Mathews accepted the revisionist definitions of a party he obviously supports—the Democrats whom he probably believes is still the party of JFK or LBJ. The truth however is that Republicans like Jeb Bush and John Kasich are the new Democrats by proper definitions because the political lens of perception has been moved so far to the political left. So it appears that Chris Mathews and others like him are having a real debate within themselves about the differences between socialists and Democrats or even communists and progressives. The answer has always been there no matter how painful it might have been, or inconvenient.
I said it during many public education debates that if people wanted socialism and voted for it, then so be it—but they better know what it was they were voting for. It’s really not a firm indication of public sentiment if Democrats avoid the proper definition for what they are doing just to win support of the public hoping slowly to cook the American public from capitalism to communism with changed terminology. Democrats and progressives have arrived at this political climate by deceit, not by actually selling who and what they are. What provokes the debate even now is that Bernie Sanders as a president is openly calling himself a socialist which then forces Hillary Clinton to name the difference. Which of course she can, so she did the worst thing she could have done—she called herself worse—essentially a communist. But she hoped that nobody understood the definitions and would bother to look. Of course that doesn’t fly with me.
Hundreds of thousands of people read this blog site every year from countries all over the globe. Most of those people disagree with me about one thing or another. Sometimes they get so angry they call me names which always starts a small war of words. Over the course of the last six years that I have been writing at this site—every single day in voluminous amounts—nobody has been able to dispute my claims factually. Even the worst of the teacher’s union radicals within the state of Ohio could dispute it when I called them all socialists—sometimes quite publicly. I have talked about it on the radio and written about socialism in public schools and most government offices extensively, and nobody at any academic level has been able to dispute it under any circumstance. And believe me, the radical loser professors who call me an anti-education radical gun-nut would love to beat me intellectually if they could—but they can’t. The reason they can’t is for the same reason that Hillary Clinton couldn’t provide a different definition of socialism in comparison to a typical member of the Democratic Party. When the Party’s top voices cannot give a single instance of how Democrats are different from socialists, the truth is staring you right in the face dear reader. And I have been telling you that for a very long time. Once again, people should have listened.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman
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