Austin Hill: To date, three appointees of President Barack Obama have expressed their fondness and appreciation for communism.
Communism seems to be popular in the Obama administration.
To date, three appointees of President Barack Obama have expressed their fondness and appreciation for communism. Van Jones, Obama's choice to be our nation's "green jobs czar," was discovered last month to have once identified himself as an "avowed communist." White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, we recently learned, once delivered a speech to a group of students wherein she noted that her two favorite "philosophers" were Mother Theresa and Mao Tse-Tung (the Chinese communist dictator).
And then there is Ron Bloom. Officially, Bloom is Obama's "manufacturing czar." Yet, Bloom has made some of the most robust and militant remarks about communism. Prior to working in our government, Bloom worked for several different labor unions. And in February 2008, while he was working with the United Steel Workers union, he spoke at a "Distressed Investing Forum" event in New York.
In the context of addressing the issues surrounding the economic downturn that was looming large at that time, Bloom called for government force to be harnessed so as to "mandate" American manufacturing jobs, even in the midst of the pain of corporate bankruptcies and restructurings. And in the process of many painful corporate restructurings, Bloom noted that "we" (presumably the United Steel Workers Union) have "evolved some of our views ..."
And what were some of Bloom's evolved views? "We know that the free market is nonsense," he stated. "We know that the whole point is to game the system. ... We know that this is largely about power ... that this is an adults-only no-limits game ... and we kind of agree with Mao (Tse-Tung) that power comes largely from the barrel of a gun."
So is it a mistake that so many communism enthusiasts work as advisers to Obama? Has Barack Obama become a victim of a communist insurgency at the White House?
When Van Jones was discovered last month to have been an "avowed communist," the story in the press was that his appointment was a mistake, that Obama's "vetting process" had failed, and that Jones was a political liability for the president. Thus, President Obama accepted Jones' resignation abruptly and quietly one weekend in September.
When Anita Dunn's remarks about Mao were discovered, the spin was different. The video of Dunn's speech had been brought to light on Fox News, and, given the administration's "war" on Fox, the story was dismissed by the White House as part of Fox's "right wing" agenda. And it didn't matter anyway, because, as Dunn explained, she was only "kidding" when she stated her affection for Mao.
As for Bloom and his "power comes from the barrel of a gun" remarks, the administration hasn't had much to say about the matter. However, since making those remarks, Bloom has gone on to "be the power" that he was hoping for back in February 2008.
When the Obama administration forced Chrysler into bankruptcy, Bloom was a central figure on Obama's "automotive team" who negotiated a restructuring that did not realign wages and benefits paid to unionized manufacturing workers, but nonetheless cost American taxpayers billions of dollars.
It's interesting to note that all three of these "discoveries" of communist enthusiasts in the White House emerged on the Internet from nontraditional media, not from traditional journalistic outlets. It is also interesting to note that Obama has a "czar" who is seeking to give the president authority to control the Internet (Cass Sunstein), and a chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Julius Genachowski) who is proposing Internet regulations as well.
But if communism is the "new enlightenment" of our age and the "change" that we must embrace, why are we getting mixed signals about it from the White House? Why would Obama terminate his handpicked adviser Van Jones, and why must Anita Dunn backtrack from her expressions of affection for Mao Tse-Tung?
And why can't Washington be honest with us about this?
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