Obama’s Great Leap Forward

Having given up on “Hope & Change” — which worked well as a campaign slogan, but failed pretty spectacularly as a governing philosophy — the Obama campaign has decided it’s time for a new mantra. Naturally, they wanted something that wouldn’t remind voters what a miserable failure Obama’s presidency has been, but apparently gave little thought to whether the slogan they chose was a socialist buzzword, because what they came up with — presumably after much deliberation — was “Forward,” a word with a long association with Marxism. According to Victor Morton at The Washington Times, “Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name ‘Forward!’ or its foreign cognates. … The slogan ‘Forward!’ reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.”

(“Forward” also happens to be the title of a marching tune beloved of the Hitler Youth, but let that pass.)

The Bard of Murdock comments:

Forward! to the looming cliff.
Forward! to collapse.
Forward! to dependency.
Forward! to relapse.Forward! in the growing mire.
Forward! in the muck.
Forward! in the sediment.
Forward! ’til we’re stuck.

Forward! to the plebiscite.
Forward! to the vote.
Forward! to the ballot box.
Forward! quote, unquote.

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