The Blaze ran a story entitled "Is This Iowa High School Teaching Students Communism Is Better Than Capitalism? See the Flyer". The article posts a picture that is clearly propaganda for communism but the school principal defends that they were using it as an example of propaganda and that the whole lesson plan is objective. This is a fair point, but wrong. The school, the teacher, the principal, all are unequipped by the sorry state of civics education to even know leftist propaganda when they see it.
The most offensive part of the lesson is not the picture, it is this conclusion:
Moreover, communism stands for a class less society, which doesn’t see any difference between the rich and the poor. On the other hand, capitalism divides the society into rich and poor. Capitalism can be said to be the exploitation of the individual. While every one is equal in communism, there is a great divide of the class in capitalism.
Ignoring the poor grammar, that paragraph is so loaded with propaganda nuance that there is no room to cover it here. For now, simply consider the juxtaposition of the phrase "capitalism divides" which is a negative assertion couched as an objective observation that is followed by a statement about communism "While every one is equal in communism" which is a not only another assertion, but a positive assertion that also is objectively false. Communism has never made everyone equal. Setting aside 35 million people slaughtered (How is that equality working out for you?) consider the divide between Putin a career "civil servant" who is a bilionaire and the serfs in his country. So the answer to the question the Blaze asks is unequivocally "Yes" the school is teaching communism. Sadly, it does not appear they even know it, otherwise why bother launching a forceful defense on the website that proves oneself wrong.
Similarly, the President touched off a firestorm at the National Prayer Breakfast when he said among other things:
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.
While many speculated about what this says about his spirituality or lack thereof, and others criticized him for politicizing the event, he misses the outrageous nature of the belief system underlying his words.
I have been reading as much as I can about right to work, from what I have read so far it seems the cost of living doesn't decrease, however ones pay does. So then who are the winners?
This confused reader is looking at outcomes and asking cost benefit questions. The right to work issue asks one simple question: "Should workers or the union control your livelihood?"
Certainly there are profound economic repercussions when states like Indiana choose the right to work. Those statistics have been manipulated for seventy years by both sides. This debate angle spreads confusion and masques that deeper and most basic question at the heart of the issue.
At the heart of every one of these controversies is the question: "Who will control you?". The Iowa public school states that "capitalism divides" as if it the words have physical control. Capitalism does nothing! Divisions are certainly observable in any economic system but that is not the purpose any more than the fathers of communism, Marx and Hegel had economic division and the murder of 100 million innocents world wide as a goal of communism. Communist propaganda holds that equality is the goal while glossing over these embarrasing details. Communists know they must lie because fully informed free people will not willingly cede that kind of control. So when communinsts reign, they subtly strip control from people and shift it to government using all kinds of tactics including forced unionism which is a central strategy. The union promising to help the worker, taxes his paycheck to fund a bureaucracy and funnel vast sums of cash to elect leftists. The one who wants to control you always promises he wants to help you. One day you wake up and wonder why you are a slave.
Obama, himself steeped in communist propaganda under the tuteledge of Frank Marshall Davis, David Axelrod and many other notable Communists promises "hope and change" and cannot understand why church leaders do not share his vision that words “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required" are moral imperatives on individuals not government mandates. For the state to extract payment from one person by force to deliver charity to another, tramples morality by weakening both the desire and the ability of the individual financially to do what his heart might lead him to do in order to honor God. He wonders "Why should I help the poor when that is the government's job?"
All across this great land, state lawmakers hear grievances from people with problems like not enough jobs, insurance companies not providing coverages they want, or professional organizations wanting new licensure laws. Few petitioners see that at the heart of these demands is almost always the willingness to relinquish control to the government. We have lost the notion that government is not the only regulator. Free market economies are not only excellent regulators of bad corporate behavior they are actually free in terms of cost and, more importantly, control. So the astute lawmaker asks the petitioner, "So you want me to shift a little more of your control to the government?"
Our Founding Fathers' vision was captured brilliantly by Ben Franklin who famously stated "We have given you a Republic if you can keep it". They gave maximum liberty balanced with maximum personal responsibility. They did this by shackling government; "Congress shall make no law..." and creating powerful checks and balances all so that individuals would hold maximum power wihout suffering the pitfalls of zero government and anarchy. They understood the absolute control of tyranical government so they gave each of us individual control over our lives. So before we wake up enslaved we need to examine every candidate and every policy position and remember to ask, "Who will control you?"