Alexander's Column

The Socialist Bourgeoisie

By Mark Alexander · Aug. 19, 2010
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. … Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them. –Benjamin Franklin

If there is one generalization that can be accurately asserted about Barack Hussein Obama and generations of Marxists before him, it is that they are and always have been, universally, hypocrites. They preach classist sermons to the masses, the foundational fodder upon which their failed socialist regimes are constructed, all while living lavish lifestyles characterized by elitism and overly conspicuous consumption.

This generalization holds not just for Western socialists, but also for their Soviet-era mentors, of which I am a first-hand witness.

In 1987, I stepped off an Aeroflot Tu-124 at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, grateful that the "aircraft” had made it all the way to our destination. My moment of gratitude was abruptly interrupted at the bottom of the aircraft steps by two pallid gents in off-the-rack suits who were accompanied by two humorless uniformed Militsiya regulars.

Apparently, my reputation had preceded me.

The suited fellows, representatives of the Soviet Committee for State Security, offered not so much as a simple “welcome.” Rather, they insisted that I turn over my credentials and possessions, and accompany them for an “interview.” We left the airport and drove to an aging gray building in central Moscow directly across from the Kremlin.

Once inside the building, my hosts informed me that I was a “guest” of the state, and would remain so until such time they determined I could leave. I was taken to a third-floor room, rather sparse in its furnishings, where I remained for three days. Though the accommodations were not up to Bedouin tent standards, the room did have a window with a splendid view of two entrances into the Kremlin.

Through that window by night shined the ominous Red Star atop Spasskaya Tower. By day, I could observe all the movement into and out of the Kremlin.

There was a sea of ubiquitous Soviet state-made autos making their way through the plaza in front of the Kremlin – Volgas, Ladas and Moskvichs, most of which were as old as (and in no better operating condition than) the Tupolev 124 on which I had arrived. What I recall most was how that sea of decaying autos parted with regularity to allow unhindered passage of shiny ZIL-117 curtained limousines carting members of the Soviet Politicheskoye Byuro on their way to elegant meals in stylish places that no common Soviet citizen was allowed to enter.

Surely the great vision of human liberation from capitalism envisioned by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels did not include limousine liberals?

Shortly after the Demo’s 2008 “October Surprise,” that politically fortuitous collapse of the U.S. securities markets which Obama rode into office, one of his condemnations of corporate execs was for “flying around the nation on private jets” while their companies were sinking into bankruptcy.

At the time, Obama had just stepped off the most expensive luxury jet in the world, Air Force One, which costs far more to operate and maintain for every minute of flight than the largest of corporate jets cost for hours, or even days, of flight. Just like his socialist mentors, Obama was oblivious to even a hint of the hypocrisy. Since then, he has logged many, many more hours on Air Force One, in transit to more luxurious vacation destinations and elite political confabs than any nouveau riche lucky lottery winner has in first class seats to Vegas – and all while our nation is sinking into bankruptcy.

For the record, every time Obama and Michelle LaVaughn, and their entourage, jet around the nation and world for political junkets and exotic vacations – they do so at enormous expense to taxpayers and Air Force resources. He condemns corporate executives for using private aircraft, while he has frivolously used one of DoD’s most expensive military assets, Air Force One ($228,288 per flight hour), with the added and much larger expense of all the backup aircraft, Air Force cargo planes airlifting limousines and support vehicles, helicopters, security and support personnel, and their political entourage, all with first class accommodations.

Of course the quick rebut is, “Bush did too,” and for the record, I have always objected to presidents of ANY party wasting tax dollars for vacations and political junkets. However, Obama has used these assets more than any president, all the while spewing his class warfare rhetoric against the one-percenters. Writing about the opulence of the Obama administration in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal,” author Robert Keith Gray notes that $1.4 billion in taxpayer funds was spent on the Obamas last year, including “the biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever” and Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.” Notably, all of the support costs for travel are not included in that $1.4 billion.

Obama is just the latest of the Socialist Bourgeoisie political aristocracy to occupy the White House, the archetype being Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who built on the statist foundation laid by Woodrow Wilson, and did more to undermine liberty than any president in history, with the possible exception of Abe Lincoln – until Obama. (I suspect Rahm Emanuel plagiarized Obama’s rule number one, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” from FDR.)

According to Marxist doctrine, manifest in Obama’s classist rhetoric, the bourgeoisie are defined as the dominant ruling-class who control the means of production in a capitalist economy and abuse the proletariat to produce their wealth.

However, what Marx didn’t have was the benefit of observing a mature free enterprise system in operation under a constitutional democratic republic from which strong and healthy middle class economies arise. So strong is the middle class in the U.S. and other industrialized nations, that modern Socialists now use the term “bourgeoisie” to pejoratively depict middle class consumerism.

What Marx unwittingly defined is the nature of Socialist government barons like Obama and his czars, where the dominant ruling class are those in political power who regulate the means of economic production through regulation and taxation in order to reduce the ranks of the middle class and thereby increase the proletariat masses, those to whom the ruling political class can discriminately transfer wealth in return for re-election … until the wealth runs out.

Unfortunately for the proletariat, this transfer of wealth is not sustainable, and the only equality achieved is impoverishment of everyone except the Socialist Bourgeoisie – trickle-up poverty.

That was precisely the result of socialism in the USSR and every other nation where politburos have centralized control over the economy leading to bankrupted nations, all the while, living themselves like the tyrant kings and potentates they ostensibly decry.

And so it is with the Obamas who, along with their Kobe beef-eating entourage, are preparing for their eighth vacation this year – this one to exclusive Martha’s Vineyard for the next 10 days. Maybe this time the family dog Bo will be able to travel on the same plane as his masters and not get stuck on a later flight with some other lesser White House lackeys, as was the case when the Obama’s vacationed in fashionable Bar Harbor, Maine, in July.

As free enterprise bends to the point of breaking under the weight of ever more oppressive taxation and regulation, and statism proceeds to bankrupt the nation, Obama and his Socialist Bourgeoisie are hobnobbing around with the rich and famous. According to his deputy press secretary, “There will be hiking, time at the beach, time at the ice cream store – all the sort of things you do when you’re at Martha’s Vineyard. You enjoy the people and the good food.” And of course, there will be golf at Mink Meadows in Vineyard Haven.

As millions of parents struggle to provide the most basic needs for their children, Barack is eating cake.

While I don’t know what October Surprise the Demos have up their collective sleeve for this fall’s election cycle, I am gravely concerned that, given Obama’s arrogant vacation schedule, it will be more devastating than the mischief they arranged in 2008. However, I remain altogether confident that American Patriots, like our forebears, will defend our Essential Liberty and persevere through whatever trials and foibles arise.


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George of Ohio said:

One can only hope for a HUGE "November Surprise", the content of which should be a majority of Dems getting tossed from office.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Joey said:

I had been waiting for someone to say what you said. I think you hit that nail on the head.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Randy F said:

Concerning "Obama and the Socialist Bourgeoisie", Obama has traveled much? Too bad his first trip to the US was not a round trip.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Roger McBee said:

VERY well said, Mark! I wish all Americans could read this. I'm doing my part by sending it to every one I know.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Robert L Finney said:

There is a major problem here! Not enough of the people who should read this and heed the advice are not readinmg. I just finished readiong The Holocaust. How much si our populace blind to truth, or are "Hope-ing" for the Hope and Change. I study regularly with a grpup of church pastors whose thinking is geard to a socialist/communist leaning. History seem to not be very efficient way to learn, especially when ones education is above the commo0n masses,with likes of Bill Ayers.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:49 AM

John Kovalcik said:

My Father was born in Czechoslovakia and came to this country in 1939 with his Father and younger Sister. In 1989, my Father, Mother, Sister and Myself went back to where he was born, the 1st time he had been back in 50 years. When we got off the plane in Prague, greeting us at the bottom of the airplane stairs were Military Police, with Machine Guns and dogs. We were escorted into the airport, required to exchange American Dollars for theirs based on the number of people in our group for the number of days we would be in their country. What we saw was Communism 1st hand. We had and still have Family there. At that time one of our Cousins was a Doctor and her Husband a College Professor. They lived in what we would call a run down Apartment Housing project and had one old car that you had to enter from the Passenger side. When we arrived back at the airport to leave the country we were separated, asked questions and our carryon luggage was thoroughly searched by hand. We were told we could exchange any of their currency back to American Dollars when we left. They did do that but only after a LENGTHY process of questions, etc.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:50 AM

DGHarrison said:

The reference to the ice cream store was intentional, a calculation to rub salt in the wounds this regime has inflicted upon patriots.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Ric from Nebraska said:

It has always been the way of liberal socialist elites to think that they are above and apart from the rest of us. The rules never apply to them but they know what is best for everyone else.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:52 AM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA said:

Another fine analysis, Mr. Alexander. As a patriot who deeply loves his country, I too approach the forthcoming elections with trepidation. Will the middle-class - the whipping-boy of the MSN and the left - achieve the critical tipping-point to drive this profligate and his enablers from the field?One can only hope that the downward trend in his poll numbers continues. Bush's declining numbers were exacerbated by an unpopular war and a willing media to demonize his efforts. Patriots can only rely on the internet and your efforts, Mr. Alexander, to remind us of the importance of November vote.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:54 AM

ann kitay said:

thank you for writing what I have been telling all who would listen for the last 2 years. God bless you and keep you safe....

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Anton D Rehling said:

If you think those socialist in power will go quietly into the night in Nov. 2010 you have your head in the clouds. The Washington State 2010 primary to oust the socialist saw a horrid 26 percent voter turn out. That does not reflect voter concern. The US population as a whole are like sheep, taking what they are given and complaining about what they are not.What happened to the self reliance in this country?What happened to those who would defend our constitution with more than a little retoric?Blatant unconstitutional government legislation is the norm now.If you are worried about future governmental tyranny; you do not need to wait, it is here.Hello comrade, We are in control and nothing is wrong!

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM


All tyrants go by way of a fall! They like SATAN are on "STAGE" for but a season, and when that season ends they have the "WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT" to face, and again as with all tyrants they are given over to a "REPROBATE MIND", resulting in their never being able to be "SAVED" from the "LAKE OF FIRE"!Any "BORN AGAIN" believer in the MESSIAH (JESUS CHRIST) KNOWS THIS THE WORD of GOD IS AS CLEAR AS CRYSTAL.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Joel Winick said:

Given recent comments against the Ground Zero mosque by Harry Reid and Howard Dean, and against Fannie and Freddie by Barney Frank, I suspect one November surprise they hope to pull off is to siphon off votes from Tea Partiers by masquerading in sheep's clothing. Don't be fooled!

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Roy White said:

Mark, I am not sure that we will even have an election this November. The socialist elite can see that the elected ones are in trouble So I am afraid that we will see an emergency of such grave proportions that the election will have to be post-phoned. Probably until after the 2nd war for independence. I hope not but it don't look good.

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Bill said:

Good Afternoon Mark, Your Essay today provides a telling description of where our country is headed. This administration and its leaders will, if allowed, take us down the sorry path that all socialist regimes have followed. As many have noted, the real problem for the United States is as much a clueless electorate as a totally incompetent president. The results of the midterm elections in November will truly be a 'window' on where we're headed. EVERY concerned patriot MUST go to the polls and put an end to the idiocy that is overwhelming our freedoms and once great country! Fortunately, it finally appears people are starting to understand the Marxist mindset of Barack Hussein Obama

Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 12:12 PM