Obama's Useful Idiots 'Occupy' America
By Doug Patton
October 24, 2011
Vladimir Lenin is reputed to have coined the phrase "useful idiots" to describe those in the West who acted as apologists for the political brutality and economic failure of Soviet Communism. The phrase kept coming to mind as I watched the so-called "occupiers" marching in various cities across the country.
Direct references to Lenin's use of the term are scarce, the most authoritative being lawyer, newspaperman and author Ernest Cuneo, who wrote in 1969 that Lenin, in his farewell to his followers, said: "Take your example from the good housewife who finds use for even a broken shoestring. A good Communist finds use for everything, and nothing is more useful than a useful idiot."
Cueno went on to opine: "The number of useful idiots who have unwittingly served the Communist cause since then speaks well for the diligence of Lenin's disciples."
Indeed. Consider a few of Lenin’s other choice quotes:
"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."
"The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency."
And my personal favorite:
"The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses."
And there it is, direct from the pen of the original practicing Communist himself: Crush the bourgeoisie (soak the rich); debauch the currency (create inflation by printing money with nothing to back it); and use the media (as propagandists, agitators and organizers).
Encouraged and coordinated by the campaign to re-elect the master of community organizing himself, the nation's mainstream media outlets are beside themselves trying to revive the glory days of the 1960s protest marches. Comparisons between the Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street "mobs" (as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor so aptly dubbed them) have been promoted by the same useful idiots Lenin was describing.
The Tea Party was born of a dire concern on the part of decent, hard-working, patriotic Americans whose only desire was to preserve the Constitutional Republic given us by our Founders. They have called for nothing more than fiscal restraint, constitutionally limited government and sane tax policy.
The "occupiers," on the other hand, are communist agitators, hardcore anarchists and a garish array of useful idiots consisting of brainwashed union members, idealistic college students and old hippies reliving their misspent youth. They call themselves the 99 percent, but most of them have no idea what they want beyond redistribution of other people’s money.
Barack Obama and his handlers are fully aware that he cannot be re-elected on his disastrous record. His only chance is to divide Americans against each other, to turn us into a balkanized people with disparate values. His party has very thoroughly laid the groundwork for this class envy over the last century, provoking us to hate our fellow American because he has more than we do. Now Obama, the community agitator, is playing us against each other as no one before him has ever done.
Barack Obama is the most divisive president since Abraham Lincoln. The difference, of course, is that Lincoln was trying to preserve the Union, while Obama is clearly trying to destroy it. He was taught to hate America by his Marxist-Muslim father, who abandoned him; by his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, who became his surrogate father figure; by his philosophical hero, Saul Alinsky, whose "Rules for Radicals" helped to solidify his hatred; by his friend, the terrorist Bill Ayers, in whose home Obama started his political career; and by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, whose anti-Semitic, anti-American rants Obama claims never to have heard in twenty years.
Twelve men have held the presidency in my lifetime. I can personally remember eleven of them. Some have been competent; some have not. One has been great. However, until now I have never actually feared my president. Barack Hussein Obama is frightening. Like Lenin, he disdains his useful idiots, but he despises and wants to destroy those who oppose him. Can you imagine the depth of that hatred if he gets a second term?
Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at email@example.com/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton.