Are the New Democrats really the old Communists?

by Sig6. November 2012 20:39

The old adage “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and lays duck eggs—it’s a duck!” is still very much applicable. So, when I saw the new Leitmotif “Forward,” the recurring theme and mission statement of the Democratic Party, I was taken aback. Taken aback in every sense of the word.

First off, the statement took me back to the days of my early youth in Communist East Germany. Forward was the cry of the Communist party for many years. It was the cry to fulfill the “Five-Year-Plans,” it was the cry of the newspapers to inspire us to greater work and learning performance. Forward was the cry to march on to become better Communist youths, better factory workers, more productive members of all work environs.

Forward came the exhortation cries from Erich Honecker—our communist party leader on the television. By the way, this man was the Mastermind behind the Berlin Wall that separated Germany for years. Then, I must go even back further, because “Forward” was also the cry of the Stalinists in the now defunct Soviet Union. And let us nor forget Mao's "Great Leap Forward," which cost millions of Chinese their lives.

Under Communism we marched forward. The command: “Forward March,” guns in the back.

So, imagine my surprise, dear reader, when I found that the Democratic Party led by our peerless president Obama had chosen this outright Communist slogan to be the mission statement of the Democratic Party for the future.  Is it possible for the Democratic Party to demonstrate in any clearer terms what they have come to represent and want to accomplish?

Well, “Forward,” quacks like the proverbial duck!





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Born in Germany in 1941, Sigrid Weidenweber remembers the horrific aftermath of Fascism. At the end of the war, she found herself living under Communism. Both of these totalitarian regimes left indelible marks on her psyche and a healthy distrust of government’s, usurping too many powers to control people, supposedly for their own good. After the Berlin Wall was built, she managed to escape the repressive environment with the help of friends and a French passport. To this day she does not speak French.

She holds degrees in medical technology, psychology and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Concordia University of Portland, Oregon for her trilogy "The Volga Flows Forever."

 Her first published book, “Escaping the Twilight,” deals with aspects of medical anthropology in an Islamic culture. In her trilogy the Volga Flows Forever, she brings to life Catherine the Great in her multiple roles as monarch, woman--lover, mother, grandmother and head of the general staff of the army, in volume one. The following two historical volumes deal with the Volga Germans brought to Russia by Catherine's edict.  The last book, “From Gulag to Freedom,” describes the lives of Russian-Germans and minority populations under Stalin’s regime and the systematic eradication of these minorities. The last part of the book is a comparison of communism, Russia, versus free enterprise in the USA. The heroin of the book settles in Fresno, California.

Three years ago she moved to Santa Rosa Valley, California from Portland Oregon. She has passionately embraced California together with her family that also resides here.

Always active, lecturing on historical and anthropological subjects and being a part of arts and culture in Portland, Oregon, she bestrode the same path when she came to California and is active on the Northwest Symphony League Board.

At present she is writing a memoir of her early childhood during WW I and later young adulthood under Communism.


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