In late November of 2012, the Russian political newspaper associated with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, known as Pravda, stated, “Communists have won in America…” in reference to President Obama’s reelection. Then, Pravda furthered their criticism of the President with the powerful quote, “He is a Communist without question supporting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so.” After reading the Communist Manifesto this past week and discussing it in class, I could not help but wonder whether or not America has redefined itself in the past decades. I next came upon a website that published the “Current Communist Goals,” which was an excerpt from Cleon Skousen’s The Naked Communist brought to our nation’s Capitol in 1963. As I read this relatively long list of Communist aspirations, I was quite surprised to see that some of these long term goals have been fulfilled in recent years. For example, one of the goals was to “Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist denomination.” Today, the United States gives foreign aid to over 150 of the 192 countries of the world, including Communist China. Regardless of your political preference, do you believe that America is transforming into a Communist society? Do you believe that Pravda’s comments regarding our nation’s President were baseless and inappropriate, or justified?
Here are the “Current Communist Goals” as mentioned above: