Obama denies being an ideologue or a Bolshevik, why? Is he ashamed of his heritage and convictions, are just intent on keeping his motivations covert until the right time to spring his true nature upon us. Or is there a technicality that we need to grasp?
Perhaps we should analyze the term Bolshevik. Historically, the Bolsheviks were a faction of the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP), founded by Vladimir Lenin, they split from the Menshevik faction in 1903, during the Second Party Congress. They eventually gained control during the October phase of the Revolution in 1917. Bolshevik means majority or large and the nick name resulted from having the majority rule in a crucial vote. Later on after gaining complete control, Lenin maintained that since there was no opposition, there was no longer the need to call themselves the majority party or Bolsheviks, thus they named themselves the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Eventually, Lenin died and Stalin gained control of the party, Trotsky was exiled and wrote extensively condemning Stalin’s ‘incorrect’ version of Communism by referring to it as Bolshevism, a derivative of Bolshevik, in apposition to Leninism. Consequently the term Bolshevik developed negative connotations for the ‘pure’ Communist; perhaps this explains President Obama’s displeasure at being called a Bolshevik. He like many others must feel the sting of those who are critical of Stalin’s regime.
Ideologue: the term evolved in the highly contested political and philosophical debates of the French Revolution; coined by Destutt de Tracy, initially, it referred to the study of the science of ideas or the study of ideas and the means and logic of those ideas.
Later, Napoleon used the term as a pejorative toward his political opponents, since that time it has been used as a term of derision in political discussion to point out an opposing politician’s inability to grasp ideas that are different than those of his party line, thus reflecting a pettiness and lack of cognitive ability.
President Obama taking exception to being considered an Ideologue becomes a matter of conjecture when examining the platform of America’s Communist Party. Although President Obama denies any association with the Communist Party of the United States, (CPUSA) they are in express aggrement with all of his policies. They could not have had a better representative if they had won the election.
The CPUSA’s stated goals are to achieve a free, prosperous, and peaceful society free of racism, sexism, homophobia, and exploitation, in which all people have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. These same goals were espoused by Obama during his campaign, the same goals of the Social Democrats and of the Progressive Democrats. The Communists above all maintain that they advocate a peaceful Socialist Revolution and a peaceful transition to Socialism. Obviously if they didn’t, the Communist Party would be outlawed; therefore the claim is probably one of expediency and is purely academic.
Randal Hoven of American Thinker Condensed the CPUSA’s party platform.
1. Immediate Relief
1.1 A moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.
1.2 Reset mortgages so payments are affordable.
1.3 No bailouts for banks.
1.4 Extend unemployment compensation, increase payments and eligibility.
1.5 Increase food stamps, WIC, children’s health ins., low income energy assistance.
1.6 Assist state and local governments.
1.7 Fund “ready-to-go” infrastructure projects.
2. A Peacetime, Green Jobs Economy for All
2.1 Enact massive public works.
2.2 Make existing buildings energy efficient.
2.3 Construct new schools, affordable housing, mass transit and bridges.
2.4 Major clean, affordable energy dvpt project for solar, wind, and biomass.
2.5 Program to cut greenhouse gas emissions, environmental cleanup.
2.6 Restore energy regulation and public ownership of utilities.
2.7 Enact the Employee Free Choice Act.
2.8 Enact HR 676, US National Health Insurance Act, single payer.
2.9 Fund public education, pre-school through higher and technical.
2.10 No privatization of Social Security or Medicare.
2.11 Expand and improve SS & Medicare benefits.
3. Restore Civil Rights, Bill of Rights, Separation of Powers
3.1 Restore Civil Rights Act enforcement, affirmative action.
3.2 Outlaw hate crimes.
3.3 Preserve Roe v Wade.
3.4 Immigration reform with path to citizenship, no militarization of borders.
3.5 No exploitative guest worker programs.
3.6 No human being is illegal.
3.7 Repeal the Patriot Act.
3.8 Investigate and prosecute Bush administration violations.
3.9 Expand voting rights.
3.10 Enact publicly financed elections.
3.11 Same-day registration.
3.12 Voting rights for ex-felons.
3.13 Restore Fairness Doctrine in media.
4. Strength through Peace
4.1 Withdraw US troops from Iraq with no bases or US corporations left behind.
4.2 Full care for returning veterans.
4.3 No war on Iran.
4.4 No expansion of troops in Afghanistan.
4.5 Assistance to Iraq to rebuild Iraq.
4.6 New foreign policy of diplomacy, respect for all nations.
4.7 Renew commitment to UN.
4.8 End trade policies that enrich corporations and destroy jobs.
4.9 Ratify Kyoto Treaty and other climate change agreements.
4.10 Enforce nuclear non-proliferation.
4.11 Work to abolish nuclear weapons.
4.12 Cut Pentagon spending in half.
4.13 Close down US bases around the world.
All things considered, I understand why a true Marxist in the Russian tradition balks at being labeled a Bolshevik, it is an insult from the days of Trotsky’s bitter writing over his ouster and banishment. Being upset at being labeled an Ideologue is a matter of history. In the context of the early days of the French Revolution, President Obama should consider it a compliment to be called an ideologue, If his frame of reference is from the Napoleonic perspective, he is indeed an Ideologue, after all Karl Marx frequently implied that it was essential to be an Ideologue. Obviously President Obama is confused over these issues as he seems to be over many issues. It would probably be a much easier presidency if he would just be honest with the American People and admit that he is a Communist Ideologue, with his reelection chances diminishing daily, he has reached the point where honesty can only improve his ratings. Of course if he had been honest in the beginning, he would have never been elected.