Free Markets, Free People
By now you’ve probably heard the Obama campaign has decided on a new campaign slogan.
The word “Forward” has been chosen for … yeah, I don’t know. We’ve done anything but move forward under this administration. Perhaps it should have been “Okay Now Let’s Try To Go Forward”. Right, too awkward.
The Washington Times notes that the slogan has long ties to socialism:
The Obama campaign apparently didn’t look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates….
The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.
Ann Althouse notes it also has long ties to … Wisconsin?
"Forward" is the Wisconsin state motto, and I’ve heard it used over and over again by politicians.
One has to assume that "forward” is meant to mean to start in a particular direction from the point you now occupy. And that’s where it gets dicey for Obama. What is the point we now occupy from which he’d like to move us “forward”?
Well, shall we make a list to help his campaign?
-Forward to an unemployment rate lower than 8.2% (oh, wait, that was the job of the stimulus.)
-Forward from the first ever credit downgrade (a unique first for a president, no?)
-Forward toward a total debt that is less than our GDP (yeah, that’s not going to happen.)
-Forward toward more government (it does solve all our problems, right? Right?)
-Forward toward more executive “we can’t afford to wait” orders (because now an imperial presidency is a ‘good thing’).
-Forward to more green energy boondoggles (at taxpayers expense, of course.)
-Forward to even less fossil fuel exploitation on federal lands (because, you know, fossil fuel is a fuel of the past.)
-Forward to implementing unconstitutional mandates (if ObamaCare survives, what can’t government mandate?)
-Forward to even more Americans on food stamps (a record to be proud of?)
-Forward to another 4 years of poor leadership (like putting pressure on the Senate to pass a budget? Oh, wait …)
-Forward to another ‘reset’ with our international allies (because they feel so loved right now.)
-Forward to a DoJ that’s even worse than it is now (Fast and Furious? You ain’t seen nothing yet.)
-Forward to a president no longer answerable to the people (you know, one with more “flexibility”.)
-Forward toward a possibility of making additional Supreme Court appointments (frightening to anyone who values liberty).
-Forward with a president who identifies with the values the OWS crowd (just review his record if you don’t get that.)
-Forward with the push to tax “global warming” (its about revenue, not science.)
-Forward with the class warfare “equality” campaign (it means ‘redistribution’, see identification with OWS)
-Forward with other redistributionist schemes (Student loans anyone?)
-Forward with more divisive partisanship from the most partisan president ever (ask Paul Ryan about that.)
-Forward from 2.2% GDP growth and a jobless recovery (ignore the jobs more oil drilling could bring immediately.)
Yes, I know, a partial list (I’m sure you can add to it), but I need to move on.
I like it. Of course, it’s probably not a good thing when those who want you out of office like your new slogan. They probably have an ulterior motive for doing so (yup, that’d be me).
Any bets on whether or not it will be quietly retired soon in favor of another? I mean I’m sure the focus groups loved it, but really? Forward?
This is a bit like the Chernobyl town council declaring “forward” as their slogan after the melt down.
The three headed frogs all liked it.
Instead of “hope and change”, the new campaign slogan being tried out by the Obama crew is “change is” as in:
"Change is the first bill I signed into law — a law that says you get an equal day’s work — somebody who puts in an equal day’s work should get equal day’s pay."
"Change is the decision we made to rescue the auto company from collapse, even when some politicians were saying we should let Detroit go bankrupt."
"Change is the decision we made to stop waiting for Congress to do something about our addiction to oil and finally raise fuel-efficiency standards for the first time in 30 years."
"Change is health care reform that we passed after a century of trying."
Anyone notice anything about all the above?
They all have to do with his priorities and not much caring about the Constitution, the political traditions of our country or its foundational concepts.
For instance, who gets to decide what is an “equal day’s work” and and “equal day’s pay”? The market or the government? Well, per Obama, it’s the government.
Who gets to decide on economic winners and losers? The market or the government. Well, in the case of the auto industry, the government.
Whose job is it to legislate and create laws? The Congress or the bureaucracy? Well, in this case, Obama says it is the bureaucracy.
Whose job is it to take care of their health care – individuals or government? Any guess why this has been resisted for a century? And don’t forget, this was the number one priority of the man while the economy was collapsing. It is only now that he’s “tired of waiting” on Congress after having a majority Democratic Congress for two years.
He thinks these are accomplishments.
Change is a new president in 2012.