Democrats and the Left Oppose Totalitarian Communism

There’s been a lot of erroneous talk in right wing media and conservative Christian sites about how Democrats support totalitarian communism and are trying to take away the civil liberties of conservatives. This just isn’t true.

Just as many on the Right oppose right wing fascism, most people on the Left oppose totalitarian communism.

One of the strongest opponents of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, for instance, was George Orwell, who was a Democratic Socialist. Socialist Norman Thomas was a vocal critic of the Soviet Union’s human rights abuses during the 1950s and 1960s.

Another Democratic Socialist, Bernie Sanders, has been a fierce critic of totalitarian China, North Korea, and Cuba.

Even many Marxists, like Angela Davis, oppose totalitarian communism as a betrayal of Marx’s intentions.

Liberal Democrats have been strong opponents of totalitarian communism. Liberal Democrat Harry S Truman opposed the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe and built a foreign policy aiming to contain the spread of communism.

Democrats John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson escalated the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War because of their mistaken belief in the domino theory: the idea that if Vietnam fell to communism, the rest of the Asian countries would fall to communism like dominoes.

Democratic President Jimmy Carter withdrew the U.S. from the 1980 Summer Olympics and imposed a grain embargo to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afganistan.

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you should oppose totalitarianism and authoritarianism in any form. Conservatives should oppose right wing authoritarianism as well as left wing authoritarianism. Leftists should oppose left wing authoritarianism as well as right wing authoritarianism.

Here is an excerpt of John F. Kennedy’s 1963 “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech to encourage West Berliners who were walled off from communist Germany:

“Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was ‘civis Romanus sum’. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’…

…There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin. There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future. Let them come to Berlin. And there are some who say in Europe and elsewhere we can work with the Communists. Let them come to Berlin. And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen. Let them come to Berlin.

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in, to prevent them from leaving us…

…What is true of this city is true of Germany – real, lasting peace in Europe can never be assured as long as one German out of four is denied the elementary right of free men, and that is to make a free choice. In 18 years of peace and good faith, this generation of Germans has earned the right to be free, including the right to unite their families and their nation in lasting peace, with good will to all people…

…Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades.

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’.”

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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