In the same week the President awarded an Honorary Chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, Dolores Huerta, the Medal of Freedom, he has shunned a true freedom fighter, Poland’s Lech Walesa.
How much more proof do people need that we have a tool of the radical left “occupying” the White House?
Rory Cooper of NRO reported:
Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty. And President Obama doesn’t want him to set foot in the White House.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.
Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being “political” is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later.
Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the Medal was Dolores Huerta, the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. So socialist politics are acceptable, but not the politics of a man who stood up and fought socialism.
And make no mistake, the DSA, is both Marxist and militantly anti freedom.
New Zeal’s Trevor Loudon keeps tabs on these things:
What distinguishes socialists from other progressives is the theory of surplus value. According to Marx, the secret of surplus value is that workers are a source of more value than they receive in wages. The capitalist is able to capture surplus value through his ownership of the means of production, his right to purchase labor as a commodity, his control over the production process, and his ownership of the final product. Surplus value is the measure of capital’s exploitation of labor… Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production.
Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace…In the short run we must at least minimize the degree of exploitation of workers by capitalists. We can accomplish this by promoting full employment policies, passing local living wage laws, but most of all by increasing the union movement’s power…
Dolores Huerta is no mere leftist labor activist. She is part of the same movement which spawned Obama, indeed represents the California branch of the same socialist/communist/Alinskyite alliance which brought Obama to prominence in Chicago.
Trevor believes that by honoring Dolores Huerta, Barack Obama was just showing a little gratitude.
As for Lech Walesa, Cooper supposes that our thin skinned President didn’t want Walesa in the White House because Walesa has made critical remarks toward his policies and in 2010 warned that the United States was slipping toward socialism.
But rather than taking the mature and diplomatic path and respecting Walesa’s right to have a differing perspective, Obama chose to shun his lifetime of achievements.
And let’s face the ugly truth – any foe of Soviet Russia is a foe of this particular White House.
Five more months….
Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs
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