President Obama’s new campaign slogan, “Forward,” has long ties to 19th and 20th century movements rooted in marxism and socialism, the Washington Times reported Monday.
“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,” Victor Morton wrote.
“Forward,” for example, was the name of a socialist newspaper edited by Benito Mussolini before he rose to become a fascist dictator, and it was also the name used by a number of publications promoting socialism.
Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit noted Monday that it was also the name of a Nazi marching tune sung by the Hitler Youth.
The Times added:
The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word “Forward” with the “O” having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign’s official beginning.
According to the Times, “[t]here have been at least two radical-left publications named ‘Vorwaert,'” the German word for “forward.”
“One was the daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party of Germany whose writers included Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky,” Morton wrote, while another was a biweekly publication of the Communist League in the 19th century.
The East German Army named its soccer club “ASK Vorwaerts Berlin,” the Times noted, later changing it to “FC Vorwaerts Frankfort.”
The UK Daily Mail reported that “Spring Forward” was a slogan used by Vladimir Lenin in Communist Russia, and a post at Breitbart.com observes that the slogan is reminiscent of Mao Zedong’s “Great Leap Forward,” which Joel B. Pollack says “had the opposite result.”
“The communist themes of the ‘forward’ slogan are not the first time a member of the Obama team has expressed admiration for Chairman Mao. Former White House communications director Anita Dunn–who has continued to advise the White House after she left in 2009–famously listed Mao as one of her ‘favorite philosophers,'” Pollack added.
The seven-minute video that unveils the slogan starts in black-and-white, depicting 2008 as a year with declining employment, then changes to color as it shows Obama addressing his supporters in 2009, before attacking Republicans for disagreeing with him.
Pollack asks: “Animal Farm isn’t really that great since the pigs took over–but you don’t want Farmer Brown back, do you?”
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