"Socialism in America will come through the ballot box."
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Gus Hall
[Arvo Gustav Halberg ] (1910-2000) leader of the Communist Party USA and its four-time U.S. presidential candidate
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in an interview with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer (1996)
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The statement is absolutely true and heinous to its core. Elected and non-elected malefactors, by way of example: politicos, teachers, bankers, media, and enforcement personnel, have propagated freedom, liberty, morality, peace, and multi-generational prosperity's ultimate destruction for the vain purposes of feeding their egos, personal power, profiteering, and for lack of a desire to embody personal responsibility; all the while willing slaves cry to be taken care of, cradle to grave. America was the last sanctuary for those that loved freedom, liberty, morality where the individual sovereign recognized the nobility of the individual, voluntary service to his fellow man and all else as was/is/will continue to be in harmony with law,, peace, prosperity, and perpetual happiness. That America is gone, the States United have vanished.! Welcome to the new order, Amerika the Socialist Union.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Anythings possible if you believe.
     -- My Name, Your Town,USA.     
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    A true disciple of Roger Baldwin and the ACLU. Working hard to make the dark dreams of communist/fascists come true.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    In a democracy, the people can be tricked to vote away their rights and freedom, and socialism is a con. Gus Hall is unfortunately right, and Amerika is goosestepping steadily towards the well-planned ends of the NWO.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    Is anyone besides me tired of the terms fascism, socialism, and communism being used interchangeably? and of the comparisons between democracy and Nazism? and of the phrase "America's not a democracy; it's a republic," when in fact a republic is a KIND of democracy, as any person with a middle elementary education-on should know?
     -- Anonymous     
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    Why did a little nationality like the Finns become such a force in the communist and socialist movement? The answer is simple and I believe that Gus Hall said something like this: "It is easy to be a communist when you are forced to live in woods eating roots and berries." An American industrialist brought in Irish and Welch scabs to cross the picket lines of Finns striking for better wages, that is why on St. Patrick's Day the Finnish-American celebrate St. Urho who drove the bugs out of Finland
     -- Stubby, Russellville     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Obamacare proves Gus was right.
     -- Anonymous, Oak Park California     
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    I think he was, oh I don't know... Crazy?
     -- Ethan, Duluth     
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    To answer your question Anonymous, no I am not tired of the terms we use here and I would wager most of the others who frequent this website would agree with me.
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    It seems Anonymous still wishes to divide the common goal of that which " Good Is ". Yes we do Mike, Pleasant Hill. thank you.
    " Precise limits on government " to defend the sovereign individuals right ( justice ) defense of ( one's life, liberty and property ).
    " If government powers extend further into philanthropic endeavors, government becomes so limitless that it can grow endlessly " Bastiat.
    As far as Legislators are concerned, " I do not dispute their right to invent social combinations, to advertise them, to advocate them, and to try them on themselves, AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE and RISK. But I do dispute their right to impose these plans upon us by law - by force- and to compel us to pay for them with our taxes." Bastiat.
    The collective conscience of that which " Good Is " grows whether current socialistic powers in place like it or not ! The Spirit of Truth is not bound by the slight or fancy of egotistical man. The seas do calm and the rough wind is stayed in the day of the east wind. " Who is wise, and he shall understand these things ? prudent , and he shall know them ? for the ways of the Lord are ( Right ), and the Just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein." ( Hosea 14:9 ) He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity. Socialism is the dupe and miss direction of patriotism by corrupt legislators !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    @Mike, Norwalk, 10 stars! America is not gone, though. The battle for Liberty didn't end with the American Revolution -- the ideal wasn't fully realized then, and it isn't fully realized now. And the game is bigger -- there are plenty more nations shackled, indentured, and enslaved worse than the American. The next Freedom Revolution will probably come from within a different nation than the USA, and they will find in Americans (if not their government) plenty of support and a rejuvenation of the founding principles of true self-determination and personal responsibility. Even with the economy in the tank, the average American has more freedom, power, wealth, property than in the days of Thomas Jefferson -- this is due to the continuous struggle of Americans in everyday life. Every battle is not won, and not every battle front is known to the people. But the process of awakening WORLDWIDE is occurring.

    We can't vote our responsibility away without one day having to fight to reclaim it. It is a hefty price to pay for empty promises.

    Anonymous is a socialist shill, whether he/she knows it or not.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Gus Hall wouldn't need to run for president if he were alive.The liberal Democrats have given him everything he ever wanted. The establishment Republicans have helped .
     -- Jim k, Austin     
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    First, we bought the lie that our republic is a democracy, and then we voted for socialism. The 5-4 DC Supremes said that was OK with them.
     -- Durham Ellis, Birmingham     
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    So true E Archer, NYC. Thank you for the reassurance, while seeming to be so poor for some in America, we have so much more than most in other countries. Our labor is not in vain !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    Socialism is here and has been for decades.
     -- George Hilbert, Poughkeepsie     
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