October 28, 2004
The Red Sox have won the World Series, so now it's time for a new sport, the final round of play-offs at the end of this week and this weekend leading into November. We are referring to the red-baiting and bimbo finals.
We have to admit that several games have played out already and MIM did not really keep score. Now the question is how high up in the campaigns of Kerry and Bush the games will go. We know we have reached the finals if Cheney says that Kerry was a "Maoist" or other communist-sympathizer, while also calling him a "flip-flopper."
This may not make much sense to foreigners who thought Amerikans do not talk about communism much in elections-- what with only two parties and the whole system that goes with that. Even some Amerikan youth are going to miss out on what is obvious to the over-50 crowd.
The "Swift Boat Veterans" attacking Kerry are an echo from the 1960s, a period when the Amerikan majority figured out that there had to be a material limit to its anti-communism. The "Swift Boat Veterans" still do not get it.
The present writer stopped by a truck stop and received a flyer depicting Kerry--picture and all--as a communist for visiting Vietnam-- the same time everyone else in Congress did. Score: 1 red-bait run for Republicans, 0 Democrats. Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activism is on record in a museum in Vietnam and that just burns up the Amerikan anti-communists.
Just for mentioning "Hillary Clinton" 's name and the word "Maoism," score another run for the Republicans. Not even the over-50 crowd knows why: it just works--even when Hillary Clinton is not running.
There are literally tens of thousands of Internet pages linking Kerry and the word "Maoist." We did a rough sample and found 7 out of 20 referred to Kerry as Maoist, with an eighth one referring to Kerry red-baiting his critics back. Perhaps the score is 7 to 1. Like we said, we did not see all the games and won't pretend to offer a final report.
In the ordinary course of events, the Republicans red-bait the Democrats this way. However, this year, we can measure how badly the Democrats want to win by the number of times that they red-bait the Republicans back.
It turns out that the Democrats refer to Republican Party theorist/polemicist David Horowitz as a Maoist and former Black Panther supporter, but then there is a rules dispute--a la running to first base and knocking the ball out of someone's glove. Since Horowitz wrote the Republican Party's activist guidebook, how many red-baiting runs should the Democrats get. Should it be just one for nailing Horowitz or one for every Republican guided by the Republican Party primer inspired supposedly by yours truly, us Maoists. Even we Amerika-based Maoists do not know the answer to that cultural subtlety.
If the Democrats did not win the red-baiting contest already, then there is the question of how much Trotskyists count. According to some rightists, either the entire neo-conservative leadership or at least a third is ex-Trotskyist. What is more, we say what's the difference "ex" or not "ex"--the anti-communist idealism is the same.
In any case, Greg Yardley, James Burnham, Irving Kristol & Stephen Schwartz are some of the big "ex-" Trotskyists in the neo-conservative movement. Paul Wolfowitz also had multiple advisors and contacts among ex-Trotskyists--all this according to the same ragged right-wingers calling for MIM to be investigated for its communism.
At MIM we are not surprised. Trotskyism became a purified extension of Amerikan Christianity, an outlet for those who wanted Heaven on earth instantly and could see that neither Stalin nor Mao could deliver right now. In terms of u.$. foreign policy, it's not surprising that Trotsky's difference with Lenin on the nature of imperialism is the key to why so many ex-Trotskyists are now waging a crusade against Islam. While Lenin said imperialism was decadent, Trotsky thought capitalism still had much progress to bring to the East--which is why Trotskyists are so useful to the CIA.
Gulp, so there it is: the Republicrats are trying to say all the Democrats are former Maoists and all the Republicans are former Trotskyists. This phenomenon in Europe is more common, where people start as radical activists and then become politicians. Here in the united $tates it is more scandalous and people like to think that they have something political to say without going through communism-training.
Reports are that many states are expecting turnouts in the 70 or 80 percent range. One party or the other may decide it is in its best interests to start racheting up the gossip to a new level and make millions cynical about politics. If major red-baiting or bimbo stories come out these last few hours before the election, we encourage people to understand that the bourgeois political system has nothing better to do. Instead of just slurring Maoists, we welcome to our web page people who would like to read some substance about Maoism instead--see what all the excitement is about.