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New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism

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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. Wikipedia has an entire section called "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)."

"The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications," the online encyclopedia explains.

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.

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.

There have been at least two radical-left publications named "Vorwaerts" (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. It still publishes as the organ of Germany's SDP, though that party has changed considerably since World War II. Another was the 1844 biweekly reader of the Communist League. Karl Marx, Engels and Mikhail Bakunin are among the names associated with that publication.

East Germany named its Army soccer club ASK Vorwaerts Berlin (later FC Vorwaerts Frankfort).

Vladimir Lenin founded the publication "Vpered" (the Russian word for "forward") in 1905. Soviet propaganda film-maker Dziga Vertov made a documentary whose title is sometimes translated as "Forward, Soviet" (though also and more literally as "Stride, Soviet").

Conservative critics of the Obama administration have noted numerous ties to radicalism and socialists throughout Mr. Obama's history, from his first political campaign being launched from the living room of two former Weather Underground members, to appointing as green jobs czar Van Jones, a self-described communist.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/apr/30/new-obama-slogan-has-long-ties-marxism-socialism/

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM
Replies (21-25):
OneToughMami
by on May. 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

 Ah and it all makes sense. My mentor for my advanced art class was right...I'm such a raving communist...

gotnothinonme
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So anytime we use the word "Forward" we are supporting Marxism?? seriously? I mean perhaps if he used it in German I could get more worked up about it??

LoveMyDog
by Member on May. 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

So now one word qualifies as a slogan?

mollysmom328
by on May. 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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Doesn't it make you wonder why the Republican party hasn't lobbied to remove the word from the English language?  I wonder how many words we would have to get rid of in our language if they have ties to anything else the Conservatives don't like. . . . . lol

Quoting gotnothinonme:

So anytime we use the word "Forward" we are supporting Marxism?? seriously? I mean perhaps if he used it in German I could get more worked up about it??




nb34
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM
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Oh give me a break. Obama is no where near the center even, forget about being on the left, or a socialist. The man is more conservative than most right wing politicians in Europe or Canada. I just find it so ignorant that people would even suggest that he is any where close to being a marxist, or a socialist.

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