Marxism

‘Tell Rush Limbaugh: We Support Pope Francis!’ Catholic Petition Demands An Apology

Limbaugh: “Pope Francis words are pure marxism.”

As a follow-up to the earlier post:  The Right is going batsh*t crazy over Pope Francis’ agenda. Case in point…

The Huffington Post

“Tell Rush Limbaugh: We Support Pope Francis!” urges a petition which has already garnered almost 4,000 signatures on the website of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

Catholics and non-Catholics alike were infuriated by Limbaugh’s comments about Pope Francis on his radio show on Nov. 27, as the Pontiff has captured the hearts of many worldwide.

On the show, Limbaugh said that the pope “doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to capitalism and socialism,” and speculated that his latest apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium,” was overtly influenced by others who have “gotten to him.” He claimed the document was “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”

He’s not the only political conservative to take a dig at the pope and face the ire of his many fans. Sarah Palin publicly apologized a few weeks ago for saying she was taken aback by some of his “liberal” statements, and was unsure that she could trust media reports about him.

Reza Aslan, a religious scholar and author of “Zealot: The Life And Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” succinctly responded to Limbaugh’s comments by saying in the Washington Post, “Somebody did get to Pope Francis. It was Jesus.”

He also cited Palin, writing, “These two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus.”

In response to Limbaugh’s comments, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good started a petition, writing:

We are disturbed by Rush Limbaugh’s incendiary comments last Wednesday, November 27th about Pope Francis and are joining together with Catholics and other allies throughout the nation to support the Holy Father. To call the Francis a proponent of “pure marxism” is both mean spirited and naive. Francis’s critique of unrestrained capitalism is in line with the Church’s social teaching. His particular criticism of “trickle down economics” strengthens what Church authorities have said for decades: any economic system which deprives the poor of their dignity has no place within a just society.Contrary to what Mr. Limbaugh suggests, the Catholic Church isn’t built on money, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.

We call on Mr. Limbaugh to apologize and retract his remarks. We urge other Church organizations and leaders–both ordained and lay–to also condemn Mr. Limbaugh’s comments.

We proudly stand with Pope Francis as he provides prophetic leadership for the Catholic Church and the entire world. 

They have already surpassed their goal of 1,000 signatures fourfold.

Signer Thomas Hofstad wrote, “I am not Catholic, yet this offends me. The Pope is a man of great honor and compassion. I cant say this about Rush L.,” and Vicki Goux said, “I have the MOST respect for your new Pope but I’m not a Catholic. He is amazing and deserves to be treated with respect.”

See the petition here

 

Sunday Talk: A mind is a terrible thing to waste

Daily Kos

There are a great many things that the conservative brain just can’t seem towrap itself around.

First and foremost is the presidency of Barack Obama.

How this foreign bornSharia-loving,rodeo clown-hating Marxist ever got elected once (let alone twice) is well beyond the grasp of your average Republican town hall attendee (Hint: it involves the use of a green screen and Photoshop).

Besides this concrete example, there are various abstract concepts that tend to confound GOPers, among them: crimeeconomicsmoderationsciencefair electionscompromisemedia biashypocrisypollingracism; and irony.

And don’t even get them started on impeachment.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Politics Roundtable: Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs,Rich Lowry (National Review), Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Chuck Todd (NBC News); Race Roundtable=: Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sybrina Fulton, Martin Family Lawyer Benjamin Crump and Ben Jealous (NAACP).Face the Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA); NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA);RoundtableAmy Walter (Cook Political Report), Bobby Ghosh (TIME) and Republican Strategist Kevin Madden.

This Week: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY); RNC Chairman Reince PriebusRoundtable: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard).

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Rep. Pete King (R-NY); Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Karl Rove, Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Kimberly Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich(D-OH).

State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Former US Ambassador to Egypt Ned Walker; Middle East Analyst Jon Alterman; Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); RoundtableGrover Norquist (American for Tax Reform), Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist Mo Elleithee and Conservative Radio Host Cheri Jacobus

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on documents leaked by Alex Rodriguez implicating fellow NY Yankees Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli (preview); a report on the Robin Hood Foundation, which has given more than $1.25 billion dollars to New York’s neediest over the years (preview); and, an interview with a former Danish spy who claims to have played a crucial role in the controversial CIA drone strike that killed Anwar Al Awlaki (preview).

Continue reading here…

Allen West Ousted From NAACP Event Over Communist Remark

Allen West Communists

There is absolutely nothing that can change my opinion of this guy.  He was a creep in the military and he’s an even bigger creep in  Congress.

The really sad thing is that although he got an early discharge from the military for his tortuous acts against an Iraqi prisoner, I believe he was (s)elected by Tea Partiers because of that act.

The Huffington Post

It turns out calling Democratic lawmakers “Communists” has some consequences.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) was supposed to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for his district chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) this past Saturday. But days before the event, the group canceled the gathering and asked West not to come back when they rescheduled. Why?

“There’s a certain statement he made about Communists,” Jerry Gore, president of the Martin County NAACP, told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers. “That statement alone … we do not represent that type of atmosphere.”

The NAACP chapter is rescheduling its banquet for Sept. 15, with a new keynote speaker. Gore told Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that a spokesman for West said he “understood” why the organization didn’t want West to speak anymore.

West landed in hot water earlier this month after telling constituents at a town hall meeting that some 80 House Democrats “are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” His remarks sparked outrage among Democrats — Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said “not even Joe McCarthy would have said anything so stupid” — but West later said he had no regrets about the ordeal.

Fox News contributor blames Obama’s ‘disdain’ for women on ‘Marxist’ father

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios

Speechless…

The Raw Story

A conservative Fox News contributor insisted on Monday that President Barack Obama had a “disdain” for women that he learned from his “Marxist” father and “communist” mentor.

Fox News contributor Sandy Rios, who is vice president of the conservative political action committee Family-PAC Federal, told host Sean Hannity that Obama did not disagree with CNN contributor Hilary Rosen’s assertion that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.”

“His father was a Marxist, his mentor was Marxist,” Rios explained. “The Marxist theory on women is that they should work just like men. There’s a total dripping disdain for women who stay at home and take care of their children. … This is not an accident. This is what they believe. They hold people like Ann Romney and others of us that have stayed home with our children in complete disregard and disdain.”

“That is not what Barack Obama believes,” Democratic Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers disagreed. “You don’t know what you are talking about. You’re making up stuff.”

“Frank Marshall Davis was a communist, that was his mentor,” Rios replied. “His father was a Marxist.”

As Slate’s David Weigel noted last year, “Obama’s past and philosophy makes it very clear that he only read up seriously on socialism and Marxism when he got to Columbia.”

“There is no evidence that Obama ever read his father’s economic papers; if he did, it’s unclear how dense tracts about the problems of post-colonial Kenya would have influenced his thinking about American urban/class politics and economics.”

And contrary to Rios’ claims, Obama has spoken out against Rosen’s remarks, saying it was “the wrong thing to say.”

“It’s not something that I subscribe to,” the president told WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio last week.

 Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast April 16, 2012.

Allen West says many Dems in Congress are communists

So, what has Rep. West been smoking lately?

Also, why do Tea Party types say the craziest things imaginable, almost all the time?

The Miami Herald

This just goes to show that there is no such thing as a boring town hall when Republican Congressman Allen West is speaking. At a town hall in Jensen Beach Tuesday covered by TCPalm, a man asked West this question (this is the best we could make out in the video) “what percentage of the American Legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists (something garbled) Socialists?”

West’s reply: “That’s a good question. I believe its about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party are members of the Communist Party.”

PolitiFact asked West’s spkeswoman Angela Melvin for an explanation today: “The Congressman was referring to the 76 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The Communist Party has publicly referred to the Progressive Caucus as its allies. The Progressive Caucus speaks for itself. These individuals certainly aren’t proponents of free markets or individual economic freedom.”

We read that response to Jennifer Gore, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep.Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota who co-chairs the caucus. Here’s a snapshot of what she said: “all of that is false.”

We also contacted the Communist Party USA. Vice president Libero Della Piana said that none of the less than 5,000 members are members of Congress.

“Trust me — if a member of Congress applied to join the Communist Party we would know about it. It would set up some red flags — pardon the pun.”

PolitiFact will be fact-checking West’s claim about how many — if any — Democrats in Congress are Communists.

Alleged Norwegian Terrorist Posted Video Outlining His Conservative Beliefs, Depicts President Obama As A ‘Marxist’

Think Progress

Norwegian news reports confirm that Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman detained in connection to the terrorist attack yesterday in Oslo and Utoya Island, has confessed and called his actions “necessary.” This afternoon, reports emerged that Breivik had recentlyposted a political YouTube video outlining why “Christian soldiers” and “cultural conservatives” should rise up against “multiculturalism,” Muslims, and what he viewed as Marxist influence in society. The video, which was taken down and subsequently posted on other YouTube accounts, also features President Obama as part of a threat Breivik referred to as “Cultural Marxist Deconstruction.” Watch the video below:

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Rep. Allen West: Planned Parenthood women ‘neutering American men’

This guy is bat-crap crazy!  This is not the first really “off-the-wall” comment from West.  

How did he ever get elected?  Oh that’s right, he’s just one of a bunch of bat-crap crazy GOP candidates that got elected in the 2010 midterm elections.  Unbelievable! 

Raw Story

Speaking to the conservative group Women Impacting the Nation, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL) suggested last week that progressive women have caused American men to become weak and submissive.

“We need you to come in and lock shields to strengthen up the men that will go into the fight for you,” he said. “To let these other women know, on the other side, these Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women who have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness, to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient.

“That’s what we need you to do. Because if we don’t, then the debt will continue to grow.”

West added that the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United States was at stake.

“It really is a spiritual confrontation about the soul of these United States of America.”

Last week, he also said that President Barack Obama seemed like a “low-level socialist agitator” who spouted off “Marxist demagogic rhetoric.”

[H/T: Political correction]

Billionaire self-pity and the Koch brothers

Salon – Glenn Greenwald

Since the financial crisis of 2008, one of the most revealing spectacles has been the parade of financial elites who petulantly insist that they are the victims of societal hostility:  political officials heap too much blame on them, public policy burdens them so unfairly, the public resents them, and — most amazingly of all — President Obama is a radical egalitarian who is unprecedentedly hostile to business interests.  One particularly illustrative example was the whiny little multi-millionaire hedge fund manager (and CNBC contributor), Anthony Scaramucci, who stood up at an October, 201o, town hall meeting and demanded to know:  “when are we going to stop whacking at the Wall Street pinata?”

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That said, this Weekly Standard interview shows how delusional and extreme the Koch Brothers are — though in ways quite representative of other resentful elites.  Let’s begin with this:

Ask Charles Koch what he thinks about Obama and he looks like he’s just bit into a lemon. “He’s a dedicated egalitarian,” Charles said. “I’m not saying he’s a Marxist, but he’s internalized some Marxist models — that is, that business tends to be successful by exploiting its customers and workers.”

David agreed. “He’s the most radical president we’ve ever had as a nation,” he said, “and has done more damage to the free enterprise system and long-term prosperity than any president we’ve ever had.”  David suggested the president’s radicalism was tied to his upbringing. “His father was a hard core economic socialist in Kenya,” he said. “Obama didn’t really interact with his father face-to-face very much, but was apparently from what I read a great admirer of his father’s points of view. So he had sort of antibusiness, anti-free enterprise influences affecting him almost all his life. It just shows you what a person with a silver tongue can achieve.” 

So according to the Kochs,  Barack Obama is a “dedicated egalitarian” who has “internalized Marxist” ideas in the Kenyan socialist tradition.  Just compare that to actual facts:

 From The Huffington Post:

Despite high unemployment and a largely languishing real estate market, U.S. businesses are more profitable than ever, according to federal figures released on Friday.

U.S. corporate profits hit an all-time high at the end of 2010, with financial firms showing some of the biggest gains, data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show. Corporations reported an annualized $1.68 trillion in profit in the fourth quarter. The previous record, without being adjusted for inflation, was $1.65 trillion in the third quarter of 2006.

Many of the nation’s preeminent companies have posted massive increases in profits this year. General Electric posted worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, while profits at JPMorgan Chase were up 47 percent to $4.8 billion. 

Since Obama was inaugurated, the Dow Jones has increased more than 50% — from 8,000 to more than 12,000; the wealthiest recieved a massive tax cut; the top marginal tax rate was three times less than during the Eisenhower years and substantially lower than during the Reagan years; income and wealth inequality are so vast and rising that it is easily at Third World levels; meanwhile, “the share of U.S. taxes paid by corporations has fallen from 30 percent of federal revenue in the 1950s to 6.6 percent in 2009.”  During this same time period, the unemployment rate has increased from 7.7% to 8.9%; millions of Americans have had their homes foreclosed; and the number of Americans living below the poverty line increased by many millions, the largest number since the statistic has been recorded.  Can you smell Obama’s radical egalitarianism and Marxist anti-business hatred yet?

Then there are those whom Obama has empowered.  His first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is a business-revering corporatist who made close to $20 million in 3 short years as an investment banker, while his second, Bill Daley, served for years as JP Morgan’s Midwest Chairman.  His Treasury Secretary is undoubtedly the most loyal and dedicated servant Wall Street has ever had in that position, while Goldman Sachs officials occupy so many key positions in his administration that a former IMF and Salomon Brothers executive condemned what he called “Goldman Sachs’s seeming lock on high-level U.S. Treasury jobs.”  Obama’s former OMB Director recently left to take a multi-million-dollar position with Citigroup.  From the start, Obama’s economic policies were shaped by the Wall Street-revering neo-liberal Rubinites who did so much to serve corporate America during the Clinton years.  Meanwhile, the President’s choice to head his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness — General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt — heads a corporation that “despite $14.2 billion in worldwide profits – including more than $5 billion from U.S. operations – [] did not owe taxes in 2010″:  an appointment the White House still defends.          More…

Chart: Glenn Beck’s Hot Topics

A few days ago I discovered a website called Stop BeckI wanted to share this particular article with you.  It highlights how many times Beck mentioned a specific topic on his program.  The author says that he did a comparison with  other network shows but failed to list those.  I think he should have, but the chart below is still astonishing as a stand alone.

This chart gives perspective on some of Glenn Beck’s topics.  From it, you can get a sense of what he spends his time talking about. For comparison, I looked at other shows on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. Even by Fox News’ standards, Glenn Beck’s topic selections are somewhat out there.

About the chart:

  • It covers all of Glenn Beck’s shows on Fox News to date.
  • The mentions include both Glenn Beck’s as well as his guests.  The time required to scope the results to only reflect Glenn Beck’s mentions would not have been worth it. He doesn’t have guests all that often, so the numbers wouldn’t be drastically different. Besides, the graph’s purpose is to show what Glenn Beck is focusing on.
  • It accounts for variations (i.e. Marxism includes Marxist, Marxist, Marx; Pray includes prayer, prayers; etc…)
  • Tides is in reference to the Tides Foundation.