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The Community Organizer’s Collectivist Vision

I want you to take a look at something President Obama said during a fundraiser last week in SanFrancisco. It’s been gaining some notice as a vision for America that is not historically recognizable.

Because in the United States of America, we are greater together than we are on our own  (Applause). We’re better off when we keep that basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well — you can raise a family, you can own a home, send your kids to college, put a little away for retirement — and that that promise is open to everybody.  If you’re born into tough circumstances, we’re going to give you ladders to climb up into that middle class.  And if you’re in that middle class, then we’re going to make sure that you’ve got the tools to, even in a changing world, have some security and some stability in your life.

That’s what we’re fighting for.  That’s the choice in this election.

Actually, this is not a vision for America. This is a vision for the Soviet Union.

First of all, there is no basic promise in America that if you work hard you can do well. IN FACT, there is a basic promise in America that you can work hard and have everything go straight down the toilet.

Because that’s the nature of capitalism which, like it or not, is the economic system we have in America.

Obama and Medvedev
Dmitri, tell me about the good old days.
Photo by Keith Koffler

If you decide to work really hard making large rotary cell phones, you are not going to do well. EVEN THOUGH YOU WORKED REALLY, REALLY HARD.

If everyone succeeds, then no one succeeds. Because we’re all making things nobody needs.

At that point, THE GOVERNMENT MUST BE FUNDING IT ALL, because no intelligent investor is.

And if people must take whatever you make, pretty soon, nobody is working hard. Except the government, which is appropriating for itself more and more private wealth and freedom in order to keep this bad show opening every night. But eventually, the money runs out. Like it did in the Soviet Union.

And what kind of vision is this? Raise a family and put some money away for retirement. I thought the promise of America was that THE SKY’S THE LIMIT. Not some average life. In the Soviet Union, everyone raised a family, everyone had a home, everyone sent their kids to college, and everyone had a guaranteed retirement. Until they didn’t.

And Obama wants those already in the middle class merely aspire to “some security and some stability.”

This is the very premise of socialism. You get a some security and some stability. And with the risk of failure removed, everyone settles into a placid existence propped up by the kindly hand of government.

Until the bottom drops out.

97 thoughts on “The Community Organizer’s Collectivist Vision”

  1. So, we have dropped the old “we won’t let you starve if you’re in trouble” promise and replaced it with guaranteed middle class status.

    I wasn’t aware that any communist country provided that well for its people. And I believe that the socialists did better until, as Keith said, the money ran out and they are going down the tubes right now.

    So, he’s aiming for the votes of “Peggy the Moocher,” remember her? He wants the votes of those who quit school early and have several babies for checks — they are they ones who are going to need those “ladders,” read “checks” to pay for this middle class existence.

  2. Keith, you unraveled the Obama rhetoric succinctly and eloquently. Thankyou for the work you do trying to preserve the most magnificient country the world has ever seen. There is hope for us.

    God bless America!

  3. Bravo Keith. You get it. You are a breath of fresh air coming from the septic tank that is Washington, D.C.

    When I heard his OMB director now Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, define American values as “everybody has a fair shot, pays their fair share, and plays by the same rules” I knew that would be Obama’s campaign theme. He has written off middle America and is zeroing in on the takers and the illegals who are comfortable in their enslavement to the government.

    1. And isn’t it funny that illegal aliens somehow deserve a “fair shot?” They took unfair advantage to come here and establish themselves by popping anchor babies who got them on the public doles indirectly.

      Yeah, Obama needs their illegal votes, too. He doesn’t care where the votes come from as long as they are for him. Even the dead deserve their ‘fair shot” at voting for Obama.

  4. This web site should have audio. Then, I could hear all the AMENS issued forth from those that read Keith’s remarkable column on what this president and administration is attempting to do to Americans and America. If we can’t get folks to stop drinking the toxic Obama Kool-Aid, then we had best be prepared for prepared for bread lines, rationing and riding the bus.

  5. Mr. Koffler you are so right that it is painfully scary to see how people are so cheerfully welcoming Obama’s vision for America. Obama is without hiding it following the food steps of Marx, Lenin and Stalin trying to implement in the US the “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

    “According to Lenin “only he is a Marxist who extends his acknowledgement of the class struggle to an acknowledgement of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.” Lenin was right: the Dictatorship of the Proletariat is, in effect, for Marx no more than the conquest of the state by the proletariat which, organized in a politically dominant class, arrives, by way of State Socialism, at the elimination of all classes”.

    I’ve been there I know exactly what Mr. Keith Koffler is talking about.

    1. Mr. Jack you are absolutely right in your assertions. I was there too in Cuba, 1959 – 1964. The same words, the same changes, make the people equally, equally poor. The goverment in control of everything.
      Agrarian Reform…give the land that did not belong to the goverment to the peasants….(they loved it) Urban Reform take away peoples buildings, apartments…now the tenants r buying the property and paying 1/2 of their old rent…(we loved it) and who is the biggest Land owner and the biggest Land Lord, the goverment. It wasnt theirs to begin with but we control it and we own everything now. Give me the handouts and your thinking is gone the goverment knows what is good for you, autocommunist, now we have created (in Cuba) a society of thieves, prostitues (in families) just to be able to survive.
      By the way we also give you Free Healthcare too… but sometimes we can not find the medicines to cure you….Does it look familiar? being there, seeing it, felt it and escape from it….

        1. Thank you for sharing this excellent and informative blog post Jack. Most Americans don’t know repression, but we will soon find out if this man should win reelection. Please keep sounding the alarm at every opportunity.

  6. I can only hope that those in his audience were muttering under their breath “that’s not my vision of America, brother.”
    Great insight on this president’s “vision thing.”
    I expect the nice folks that ran Solyndra into the ground were in the audience saying their amens and winking.

  7. Benjamin Franklin said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Obama wants to buy votes with an offer of security in exchange for acceptance of a mediocre life. God help us if that is what most voters want.

    Ayn Rand is rolling over in her grave. I am ready to move to the Republic of Texas… or the Republic of Alaska… or whichever state goes first.

    1. I am disgusted by that–sorry–what is the point?

      I wondered when I read Keith’s well-written piece–what if you don’t WANT a house (one of the worst mistakes I ever made), or your kid does not want to go to college ($10K a yr for an AZ state school anyhow), and when you say put “a little” away for retirement, do you realize a “little” won’t cut it? This ignores so many realities of life. People want different things. “Success” takes luck and timing and maybe even destiny.

      1. Our success came from hard work and perseverance. My husband and I are not wealthy, but we managed to raise our children and put enough away during our working careers to live out our retirement in comfort. That is if Obama can keep his paws out of our pockets. Luck, timing, and destiny has diddly to do with success.

          1. That is true. Everyone has to deal with failure along the road to success. Good thing Abraham Lincoln wasn’t a defeatist. If he would have just given up after failing as a shop keeper, this country would have been lost long ago.

          2. I disagree that luck and circumstances (say inherited money) have nothing to do with it–I am not talking about your case in particular. Plenty of people work hard and never give up and still don’t put their kids through college and retire comfortably and are able to not take SS, as you once said, etc–and plenty of people don’t work particularly hard and still have plenty. It’s something of a paradox.

          3. And being broke does not make one a noble winner–but that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about Obama’s (as usual) condescending definition of what all Americans “need” or “want” and the hint that the govt can guarantee this — or should.

  8. Obama’s Amerika, where everyone can aspire to mediocrity as long as they keep feeding the Federal pig. Sadly, this vision appeals to a large number of our fellow citizens, or comrades.

  9. Part of his problem Saturday Humor
    The IRS sent my Tax Return back! AGAIN!!!
    I guess it was because of my response to the question : “List all dependents?”
    I replied –
    “12 million illegal immigrants;
    “3 million crack heads;
    “42 million unemployable people on food stamps,
    “2 million people in over 243 prisons;
    “Half of Mexico; and
    “535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate.”

    Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer

  10. Unless this speech was given to the audience at a $3 fundraiser, it wouldn’t make any sense to the 1%ers who have already achieved success way beyond the definition of the “middle-class”. If someone has $5K to $35K to give to any politician, they don’t give a hoo-ha about the struggles of the middle-class and their dreams.

    This must be one of those ‘dog-whistle’ wink-wink speeches meant for the press to pass out that shows how much MrO cares about those striving for a better life. The rich/wealthy donors aren’t fooled by these speeches and neither am I; he is promising something that he knows he can’t deliver in hopes of fooling the electorate.

  11. Chilling piece, Keith! Obama and our ‘Federal Family’ are working hard to reduce all of us to our lowest common denominator. He told Joe the Plumber exactly what he wanted to do – did no one listen?

    The Revolution will begin as soon as the $$$ runs out. The unwashed masses are being lulled into a false sense of complacency with the freebies – subsidized housing, food stamps, unemployment checks, earned income tax credits, cell phones, birth control pills, school breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc., etc

    Big Brother Obama has already set the table for race rioting when the time comes…. with practice runs at the homes of several corporate heads. He spoke of a ‘civilian security force larger than the military’ during his campaign. After 3 years of observing him continuously bash WS and the bankers, it’s all coming together now. The ‘Occupiers’ fizzled out because they were primarily white. Obama is itching for a race riot!

    When Maxine Waters went on a rampage – calling Republicans ‘demons’ and telling them to go to hell – Obama remained silent!!! Imagine what it’s going to be like if Obama gets another 4 years….and he doesn’t have to worry about re-election! All hell is going to break out!

    1. To sdrm65 and girly1: couldn’t agree more. This speech,if tape exists, is the Obama dark vision of America’s future. This sound byte should be played over and over again to the sounds of the Soviet nat’l anthem.

  12. This scares me, Keith. What can we do? Our children have been sold this message in our schools. Many Americans don’t know our American history. Many are too busy to take the time to understand the path of destruction our country is following.

    1. We’re going to have to grab those kids and do some homeschooling AFTER the indoctrination school day ends. Parents can find time to teach values and values are well illustrated by the biographies of our great Americans. February held the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington, which would have been a great time to hold a birthday dinner party with some talk about the lives of these great men.

      Just a thought ….

  13. My husband left the Soviet Union in 1977. He was one of only 5 Jewish professors allowed to work in his city. Before he left he wanted to make some money and the only place at that time where you could get ahead was in Siberia. So several young men from his city headed up there to make wooden houses at a much greater rate of pay than in the cities.
    In this day of surveillance , the thought of the USA as a socialist state , with all the controls that that would imply would be terrifying indeed

  14. My father’s mother was born in Russia. Her family left with only what they could carry.

    Obama can take this garbage somewhere else.

    You know . . . I think he is getting more and more radical because he knows he has no hope of being re-elected. He just doesn’t care now. He is going to get his licks in while he can.

  15. Thank you for this article.

    I’m both happy and disturbed that our Marxist-in-Chief is being so obviously open about his belief I collectivism. I’m glad so I can use his own statements against him. Te state controlled MSM in this country does everything it can to cover for this idiot. Sme people (uninformed people, liberals or “low-information” voters) believe that there little or no bias in the media. This openness can change some minds.

    Im also disturbed because the Progepressives have been dumbing down the people in the USA via the education system for quite a while so that some don’t know that Socualism (Marxism) is a abject failure as far as systems of government go.

    Obama was voted into office on a wave of anti-Bush sentiment more than a pro-Obama sentiment. Hopefully this will be reversed this fall.

  16. That is an incredibly frighening concept…his “together” means collective does it not? Jeremiah Wright all over again….spooky.

  17. Great article, Keith !
    Yes, he uses a treacherous language that might sound good but seeing the text I think your analysis hits the nail. Margaret Thatcher once said: The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.

  18. Saw much of Russia right after the wall fell. Believe me we do not want to go there, but he may just win since our politicians have not articulated the freedom vs socialism thing very well. The public is clueless.

  19. Very, very good piece Keith! I will get this on my facebook page today.
    Guys…this president is going to be re-elected again. The country is changing to be a bunch of handouts and people are happy with it. People are very lazy, apathetic and content to just live with what someone else will give them.
    The one thing that I am hearing from people in different circles is the chance that Zero will cause something to happen to cancel the election. I know it sounds weird and all, but he doesn’t give a crap about the Constitution so I would not put it past him to try it.
    Another thought..or maybe gripe, is that I am very tired of paying taxes when over 49% don’t. I’m just a nurses aide..don’t make alot, yet I’m covering taxes for people who just want to stay home and play video games.

    1. Is there a possibillity that you are overgeneralizing and finding a way to disdain your fellow Americans–just what he wants us to do? Now it will become the 51% against the 49% or whatever…

  20. The “American Promise”? I don’t think so, asshole.

    The American promise is for liberty. Make of your life what you WILL.


    Did he apologize yet for the Afghan’s “having” to kill two military officers yesterday?

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  22. “Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” ~ Winston Churchill

    1. Exactly! Obama doesn’t want to bring everyone up he want to take everyone down. Equality and fairness are just euphemisms for stupid people who can’t think for themselves (Pub School grads) or speak for themselves (unions).

      The whole thing reminds me of the muppet song manha manha: it sound good whe you hear it, you feel good listening, but you really are not sure what they are talking about. That is what team Obama is soooo good at. Talking to the 49.5% and their enablers…but every now and then a moment of clarity.

  23. wow, a rotary cell phone. that would be cool. I have an app for that on my iphone but it’s not the same thing.

    as for the rest of the article, it doesn’t surprize me a bit. In order to move america to the socialist utopia dreamed of for decades, you first must destroy america. Education, hard work, saving, will no longer cut the grade, and in desperation people will jump on the government will save me gravy train.

    I suggest everyone go out and watch The Obsolete Man episode of the Twilight Zone for a glimpse of our future.

  24. Keith – This is one of the best pieces I’ve read summarizing this man’s “plans” for our country. May it all be derailed eight months from now.

  25. Keith, you made me lose sleep over this one–and though over caffeinated right ow, i thank you (with jittery hands typing).

    Not that I would dare let my guard down and slip into any kind of complacency until I see the NEW President actually sworn in–could Buh-Rock and FLOTUS, by their recent words and deeds, be positioning themselves for that “King a d Queeen” of the World (read UN) position that they both feel they so RICHLY deserve? NWO and all? Could his internal polls be so bad that he can just come OUT and BE A SOCIALIST…or…and this is what kept me up…is the American populace so dumbed down, lazy and lethargic that his internal polls are THAT GOOD and we just become the USSA?

  26. obama is the worst thing that has happened to our country, there is no doubt in my mind that he is trying to destroy our country, just like his buddy said over and over, top down bottom up inside out, and then we are ruled by their socialisr, communist dictators

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  28. Well said!


    “If you decide to work really hard making large rotary cell phones, you are not going to do well. EVEN THOUGH YOU WORKED REALLY, REALLY HARD.”

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