In the acerbic opinion column entitled "Obama's Soviet Mistake,"
Pravda attacks Obama, labeling him a "Communist without question" and accuses him of "promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so."
According to the author of the opinion column, Xavier Lerma, Obama's "cult of personality" exerts the same mesmerizing influence on "illiterate" Americans as Lenin and Stalin on "fools" who still praise the Communist leaders in Russia.
Lerma writes with involved vitriol: “Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”
His observation that "Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society" would strike any liberal as an irony given that left-wing radicalism has always been synonymous with "educated" and right-wing extremism with "illiterate" and "rural."
The Obama-Putin strange crossover
The writer notes an irony in what he sees as America's President Obama sounding more and more like Communist leaders Stalin and Lenin, while Russia's President Vladimir Putin, is sounding more and more like Ronald Reagan and other "conservatives in America," who promote small government and lower taxes. To support his argument, Lerma quotes
Putin expressing "conservative" views in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2009:
"…we are reducing taxes on production, investing money in the economy. We are optimizing state expenses. The second possible mistake would be excessive interference into the economic life of the country and the absolute faith into the all-mightiness of the state. There are no grounds to suggest that by putting the responsibility over to the state, one can achieve better results.
"Unreasonable expansion of the budget deficit, accumulation of the national debt – are as destructive as an adventurous stock market game.During the time of the Soviet Union the role of the state in economy was made absolute, which eventually lead to the total non-competitiveness of the economy. That lesson cost us very dearly. I am sure no one would want history to repeat itself.”
Wow! Putin sounds more "American" than Obama, doesn't he? Lerma is struck by the irony. He comments: “The speech promotes smaller government and less taxes. It comes as no surprise to those who know Putin as a conservative."
In Lerma's opinion, "liberalism" is a form of "psychosis." He attacks Obama on Fast and Furious and nicknames him "O'bomber." He delivers final White Throne judgment:
"He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion."
According to Lerma, the American educational system has been "conquered by Communists long ago" and thus paved way for election of a Communist president. He writes
“President Vladimir Putin could never have imagined anyone so ignorant or so willing to destroy their people like Obama much less seeing millions vote for someone like Obama.”
Lerma broadens the vitriolic sweep of his pen in an attack on the "atheist" ACLU and what he considers the eroding influence of America's Christian heritage. He writes: "The red, white and blue still flies happily but only in Russia. Russia still has St George defeating the Dragon with the symbol of the cross on its’ flag. The ACLU and other atheist groups in America would never allow the US flag with such religious symbols. Lawsuits a plenty against religious freedom and expression in the land of the free.... Christianity in the U.S. is under attack as it was during the early period of the Soviet Union when religious symbols were against the law."
He expresses sympathy for Americans seeking to secede from the union, saying they are "hostages to the Communists in power” and that they must to rise up to resist "tyranny." He compares the present state of the US to the century of suffering under the USSR.
agrees wholeheartedly with the vivid picture of the "United Socialist States of America" that Lerma conjures and contributes its insight to augment the vision of the Communist bogeyman Lerma freely conjures:
"Those who recall the days of the former Soviet Union, or who have friends and family members who fled a life of degradation, will see much truth in Lerma’s words. Even envisioning the now-famous 'Hope' and 'Change' campaign posters, which elevated Obama to a cult of personality, strikes fear and anxiety into the hearts of those who lived through eerily similar propaganda behind the iron curtain. It is ironic that this opinion column, so scathing of Communism and so keenly perceptive of how history is repeating itself in President Obama, comes to us from the publication that was formed to be the official Communist mouthpiece of the former Soviet Union itself."
Pravda's even stranger crossover
writer, Tiffany Gabbay, eager to credit any source that supports her bias, would appear impressed with the "irony" that "was was true crux of this Blaze article: That the former official mouthpiece of the Communist Party believes Obama is a Communist and that Putin is Conservative by comparison." The Blaze
writer's argument is that Pravda, "the former official mouthpiece of the Communist Party," should be able to tell who is and who is not a Communist.
However, Gabbay, fails to first observe the even greater irony in the "sorry pass" that a paper that was once the mouthpiece of Communism has come to. The spectacle of Pravda
, the former official mouthpiece of Communist Russia, now posing as official mouthpiece for conservative America, is so astounding that it knocks this writer, wide awake, off his chair. The unprecedented transformation, the shamelessly unabashed about turn, reeks of a mercantile opportunism that rips to shreds any pretense at credibility the paper aspires to. We've heard of etch-a-sketch-Romney, now Pravda stretches the Santorum-invented idiom incredulously to breaking point!
That Ms. Gabbay would describe Lerma's observations as "astute" is laughable enough, but to seek to ascribe credence to "parallels" with Communist Russia that Lerma draws between Obama's "cult of personality" and other "parallels between present-day America and the former Soviet Union" only illustrates how easy it is to commandeer "historical parallels" to your service in a cross-eyed field of vision that equates the reality with its unwilling simulacrum.The Blaze
acknowledges that Lerma is a "Russian columnist for Pravda who maintains his own conservative-leaning blog," yet fails to see how his conservative McCarthyism conflicts with Pravda's supposed credentials as "former official Communist mouthpiece of the former Soviet Union itself" that should know Communists from non-Communists.
Indeed, it is amazing, given the acknowledged "conservative-leaning" of Lerma, that conservative-leaning American sites, such as The Blaze
, would seek to tout Pravda as "the [former] communist Russian mouthpiece of dictators [that] knows a savvy, exploitative commie when it sees one."