Forward to Communism, Fascism, Socialism!

Apparently Allen West isn’t the only one who sees commies in his soup. The entire Right Wing blogosphere sees the new Obama campaign slogan “Forward” as a call back to Marx, Stalin, Mao, Mussolini, Hitler, Darkseid, and Dr. Doom.

Okay, not the last two, but you get the point.

Breitbart.com’s Joel Pollak explained that the ‘Forward’ “borrows…from decades of communist iconography.” Pollak checks off a litany of scary historixcal world leaders whose lineage Obama is supposedly following, from Marx, Stalin, and Mao, to Benito Mussolini, to Thabo Mbeki, the former president of South Africa. “Communist leaders frequently used — and still use — the word ‘forward,’” he notes.

The Washington Times also sees a “rich association with European Marxism,” quoting at length from Wikipedia to prove the point.

Meanwhile, ever-hyperbolic blogger Jim Hoft went straight for Hitler, writing that ‘Forward’ was a “marching song of the Hitler youth.” He added a helpful illustration of Hitler Youth wearing Obama pins.

Even the generally more staid Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard sees only one conceivable precedent for ‘Forward’: Mao. Along with a picture of Obama appearing to bow to Chinese President Hu Jin Tao, Kristol wonders, “So if ‘Forward’ is the slogan for the Obama campaign, would ‘Cultural Revolution’ be the slogan for the second term?”

This is the offending video that has them checking for OFA under their beds.

If you see this as a shout-out to fascism, communism, socialism, or whatever else, there’s something seriously fucking wrong with you.

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  • eljefejeff

    They don’t really believe this is anything marxist or communist, but obviously republicans realize this video is extremely effective, so the talking points were circulated and now we’re going to hear every right winger claim this proves Obama’s a pinko

  • http://twitter.com/groobiecat Groobiecat

    Bwahahaha. Good lord, these people are simple. Here’s what George Bush said in 2004: http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/2004/changing-world

    “blah blah blah…together, we’re moving the country forward.”

    And yes, there’s something seriously fucking wrong, alright. #theirtankisempty

  • hypnoladyl

    Well, forward is the opposite of the Republican platform of backward!

    • Ned F

      More like, “Forward…into the Past!”

      • Victor_the_Crab

        Or, “Back To The Future!”

  • i_a_c

    Whatever. Everything Obama does will confirm every rightwinger’s fear that Obama really is as bad as Glenn Beck says he is.

    These people are awful.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    And Joe Scarborough claims Obama stoled the tagline from MSNBC.

  • Sheeeeeit

    It is actually the state motto of Wisconsin, that hotbed of commie activities.

  • Miranda

    Oh no, the whole Army and every marching band is some sort of commie marxist cult!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gayle.stamler Gayle Stamler

    Actually I see “Forward” as a shout-out to the Progressive tradition and especially its Wisconsin roots. After all, the lady on the top of the capitol dome in Madison isn’t called “Miss Forward” for nothing.