We're All Socialists Now, Aren't We?

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Published September 23, 2009

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You've known, as have I, for quite some time that something just isn't right and it's not simply "Obama is really liberal" and the same old stupid political games of left vs. right.

It's something much, much bigger than that and I believe Monday night was an "aha moment" for anyone in America who was watching this program when I showed you this board:

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BECK: The Apollo Alliance — OK. Oh look: It's ACORN. ACORN founder Wade Rathke is former chairman of Tides Center. That's weird: Rathke was on the Tides board. ACORN, Tides, Apollo, Van Jones, Jeff Jones, Weather Underground — uh-oh.

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ACORN, SEIU, Tides — all of those connections alone and seeing how they are all intertwined and related are eye opening. But, when you combine that with what they are being mobilized to work for, it's frightening — unless you love France.

And how do we know what they are working towards? Listen to this audio from the president:

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth…the tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to pull together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change.

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Look at those words closely: "Political and community organizing"; "coalition of powers" and "bring about redistributive change."

It doesn't take a genius to figure this stuff out.

Obama was mentored as a youth by a communist. He sought out the Marxist professors at college. He went to a black liberation theology church for 20 years. He worked his "whole adult life" with social justice, community-organizing groups and the SEIU.

Why should we believe he doesn't want Marxism? And I don't care what you call it, but it's shades of one of these things — I don't know what it is and no one will ask the question. But what do you call spreading the wealth around? It's certainly not the American dream and the free market system.

Obama has certainly not forgotten or lost track of the political and community organizing activities on the ground and he has not forgotten how to "pull together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change."

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Now, if you are going to fundamentally transform a country and you are going to do it before the people catch on, the thing you have to have is control of the media. I'm sorry to say that most of the media has surrendered to this government — we at FOX News never will and I don't think you will either. They can't sit on things anymore because of the Internet.

But did you notice there are new rules being contemplated about the Internet with two of Obama's "czars" — regulatory "czar" Cass Sunstein and FCC diversity "czar" Mark Lloyd?

Just a reminder on who Mark Lloyd is, here's what he says about Chavez revolution:

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MARK LLOYD, FCC DIVERSITY CHIEF: In Venezuela, with Chavez, really an incredible revolution — a democratic revolution — to begin to put in place saying that we're going to have impact on the people of Venezuela the property owners and the folks who were then controlling the media in Venezuela rebelled — work frankly with folks here in the U.S. government worked to oust him and came back and had another revolution. And Chavez then started to take the media very seriously in this country.

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Oh, darned those broadcasters.

"But Glenn, he was just talking about them. He would never do that here in America... right?"

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LLOYD: What we're really saying is that the Fairness Doctrine is not enough — that having a overarching rule that says broadcasters ought to be fair, ought to provide issues important to communities and that they ought to do it in a fair and balanced way is simply enough unless you put some teeth into that and put some hard structural rules in place that are going to result in fairness.

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That viewpoint was from way, way, way back in 2007.

"Oh Glenn, you are just cherry picking quotes now. It's not like he wanted to regulate who is allowed to speak on air... right?"

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LLOYD: We have really truly good white people in important positions and the fact of the matter is that there are a limited number of those positions. And unless we are conscious of the need to have more people of color, gays, other people in those positions — we will not change the problem. We are in a position where you have — you have to say — who is going to step down so someone else can have power?

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OK — got it?

So Obama's handpicked "diversity czar" says that the revolution in Venezuela was important; that the Fairness Doctrine doesn't go far enough and that we need to look at who's going to step down so someone else can have power. How are you possibly going to convince the American people this is right? Well, especially when you look at what's happening in Venezuela right now:

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STEVE HARRIGAN, FOX NEWS: Inside the schoolyard, they play nice -- gym class, homework, milk and cookies -- innocence.

Outside with the adults, it is another story -- tear gas, riot police, a nationwide fight raging here over what to teach in Venezuela's schools.

The man who controls this country's presidency, its oil, courts, parliament and media is now trying to control its future, Venezuela's children -- with a new law on education.

PRES. HUGO CHAVEZ, VENEZUELA (through translator): In a capitalist society, it is all about the individual. Here, no. We are all the same. You are all being socialized.

HARRIGAN: Chavez is openly defiant about his goal: indoctrination of the young.

CHAVEZ: Yes, we are indoctrinating the children from the first grade through college, every grade, private schools. The ideology of the revolution! The ideology of socialism! Our ideology.

HARRIGAN: With the two sides squaring off in the streets, the unusual situation results, that on the first day of school, some of the parents more nervous than the children.

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"Oh, but Glenn, that's Chavez. He's crazy. We'd never do that here."

Really? You would think so. Fortunately for us, we have watchdogs. We got a tip — from a guy who does not want to be identified because he is afraid — about something that's being played in schools all across America. Let me ask you if you want your kids learning about this in your taxpayer-supported schools:

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NARRATOR: Well, let's start with the government. Now my friends tell me I should use a tank to symbolize the government and that's true in many countries and increasingly in our own, after all more than 50 percent of our federal tax money is now going to the military, but I'm using a person to symbolize the government because I hold true to the vision and values that governments should be of the people, by the people, for the people.

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OK, first of all: A tank to symbolize the government? We are a bunch of war mongers — not only are they vilifying the military here, but they are completely wrong: 50 percent of taxpayer money does not go to the military. It's actually more like 20 percent — they intentionally take out Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security from the equation.

Oh and where did they get the stat? From the War Resisters League — an anti-war group. But let's hear more about our government, shall we? What does she think government's job is exactly?

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NARRATOR: I hold true to the vision and values that governments should be of the people, by the people, for the people. It's the government's job is to watch out for us — to take care of us. That's their job.

Then along came the corporation. Now, the reason the corporation looks bigger than the government is that the corporation is bigger than the government.

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The job of the government is to take care of us?

They got that idea from the "promote general welfare" part of the Constitution — but apparently, they didn't want to look at the actual words of James Madison, who talked about that phrase and said: "With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

But she goes on:

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NARRATOR: So here we are running up against our first limit. We're running out of resources. We are using too much stuff. Now I know this can be hard to hear, but it's the truth and we've got to deal with it.

In the past three decades alone, one-third of the planet's natural resources space has been consumed. We are cutting and mining and hauling and trashing the place so fast that we're undermining the planet's very ability for people to live here.

Where I live, in the United States, we have less than 4 percent of our original forests left.

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Four percent of our original forests left? They get that stat from that says 95-98 percent of forests in the continental United States have been logged at least once since settlement by Europeans. But they literally ignore the crazy — wacky — fact that trees can be replanted.

This is the kind of education your kids are getting. Feeling good, America?

Yet, this video is sweeping the nation. The site that posted this video claims millions have watched it; 600,000 educators have watched it; 7,000 schools, churches and others have ordered the DVD.

By the way, I want you to know, the media has already reported on this — except, they didn't seem to have a problem with the "straightforward and child friendly" style and happily quote those who say, compared to Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth," it's "much shorter and easier to compact into a class segment... you can watch it and then segue into a discussion."

That's neat, New York Times — thanks!

But did The New York Times bother to ask who made this? Who funded it? Of course not. Well, it was made by Annie Leonard, a former Greenpeace employee and an "independent lecturer."

And if you want to order your own copy, write to:

Story of Stuff
1442A Walnut Street, #272
Berkeley, CA 94709
USA

What a shocker: Berkeley? Not surprising. What is surprising: All checks should be made payable to: "The Tides Center — Story of Stuff."

The Tides Center — now where have I heard that name before?

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