Last week 400 people gathered in Washington DC to witness the unveiling of the Victims of Communism Memorial. The speakers mourned those who had died at the hands of Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot. And they warned of the threat of Islamo-fascism.
But little was said of the clear and present danger of communism itself.
Most people don't make a habit of visiting the website of the Communist Party USA. But if you do -- www.cpusa.org - in the upper corner you'll see the familiar hammer and sickle that symbolizes the union of the industrial workers and peasantry following the Russian Revolution of 1918.
But take a second look, because the traditional communist logo has been revamped. It now sports a gear, and the elements have been arranged in the shape of - no doubt about it! - the feminist looking-glass symbol. Is it possible that gender liberation ideology is rooted in the manifestos of Karl Marx and tactics of Vladimir Lenin?
Keep looking, and you'll see the platform of the US Communist Party proclaims, "Among the forms of oppression women experience are attacks on their reproductive rights; lack of quality, affordable day care; inequality in child rearing and household work; sexual harassment on the job; and domestic and sexual violence."
Now let's pay a visit to the website of the National Organization for Women and compare agendas:
Reproductive rights? Yep.
Day care and child-rearing? Check.
Sexual harassment? Yes, of course.
Domestic violence? You bet!
Do you detect a scintilla of difference between the positions advocated by the US Communist Party and the NOW? Neither do I.
Scroll down the home page and you'll bump into this headline: " NOW Political Action Committee Proudly Endorses Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton."
Then do a Google search that matches "Hillary Clinton" to each of the CPUSA demands. Is it a mere coincidence that the Communist Party, the National Organization for Women, and Hillary Clinton are marching in lockstep with each other?
Of course this doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Hillary's career.
Carl Bernstein's recent book, A Woman in Charge reveals that soon after the 1992 election, Hillary sat down with advisor Dick Morris to discuss her role in her husband's administration. Attorney general? Chief domestic policy advisor? Or White House chief of staff?
In the end, Hillary decided that none of those positions could satisfy her talents or ambitions. Nothing less than the co-presidency would do.
In that role she finagled to name Norma Cantu as head of the civil rights division in the Department of Education. Cantu, of course, was the architect of the socialist-inspired Title IX quotas that were imposed on college athletics, eventually leading to the demise of over 2,000 men's sports teams.
A few years later Hillary wrote "It Takes a Village," revealing her admiration for the social welfare policies of France where "more than 90 percent of French children between ages 3 and 5 attend free or inexpensive preschools."
Then there's Hillary's longtime sponsorship of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which draws on the long-discredited Soviet theory of comparative worth to artificially jack up women's wages beyond the levels determined by the market.
During a New Hampshire speech last month, Clinton said it's time to replace President Bush's "ownership society" -- which she ridiculed as the "on your own" society -- with one based on shared prosperity. Does anyone hear the echoes of Karl Marx's famous dictum, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"?
And if you want final proof of Hillary Clinton's totalitarian vision, recall this promise at a 2004 San Francisco fund-raiser: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
So how did communism lead to the deaths of over 100 million persons around the globe? Simple - in its fanatical quest to achieve a classless and genderless society, it tramples on individual rights, resorting to intrusive and eventually repressive state power.
That's why we should fear Hillary Clinton.
Carey Roberts probes and lampoons political correctness. His work has been published frequently in the Washington Times, Townhall.com, LewRockwell.com, ifeminists.net, Intellectual Conservative, and elsewhere. He is a staff reporter for the New Media Network.