Although the revolutionary bloodlust of the Left is never far beneath the surface, sometimes it takes a crisis to bring it out into the open.
Take the case of Roseanne Barr, a self-described socialist and proud ACORN member. As part of her vanity campaign for the presidency, the unfunny comedian has managed to make liberal Hollywood crusader Susan Sarandon seem like a thoughtful moderate.
Barr is now calling for the forced reeducation and murder of wealthy Americans just as Bill Ayers’s Weather Underground Organization proposed decades before.
When meeting with the radical demonstrators occupying Wall Street, Sarandon recently stressed the importance of strengthening so-called campaign finance reform and improving governmental transparency.
Barr, on the other hand, communed with the hippy rabble in lower Manhattan and then took to the airwaves to urge that a French-style Reign of Terror be visited on the heads of those with incomes she considers excessive.
“Part of my platform is, of course, that the guilty must be punished and that we can no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder,” Barr told Max Keiser of Russia Today (RT). “Because it teaches children that they don’t have to have any morals as long as they have guns and are bullies that they’ll win and I don’t think that’s a good message.”
“I do say that I am for the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty,” Barr deadpanned.
“I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, the ability to pay back, anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn’t help, then be beheaded,” said Barr who happens to have a reported net worth of $80 million, a comfortable $20 million below her decapitation cutoff.
Barr’s proposal is eerily reminiscent of plans by the Weather Underground to intern and murder capitalists when their socialist revolution came. (The plan is discussed in my book Subversion, Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.)
According to Weather Underground infiltrator Larry Grathwohl, the terrorist group drew up plans to kill the one-tenth of the U.S. population they expected would turn out to be “diehard capitalists” incapable of reeducation. As Grathwohl told a documentary filmmaker in 1982, the group’s leaders
believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter revolution and they felt that this counter revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing reeducation centers in the Southwest where we would take all the people who needed to be reeducated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be.
I asked well what is going to happen to those people that we can’t reeducate that are diehard capitalists and the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further they estimated that they would have to eliminate 25 million in these reeducation centers. And when I say eliminate I mean kill 25 million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people most of which have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people. And they were dead serious.
The Weather Underground may have been serious but it’s not entirely clear if Barr is.
Is Barr channeling her inner Pol Pot or is she acting more like the whimsical Red Queen from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass?
Remember that Barr thinks systematic mass murder is hilarious. Even though she herself is Jewish, Barr did a 2009 photo shoot in which she sported a Hitler moustache and swastika armband as she took burnt gingerbread “Jew Cookies” out of an oven.
It says a lot that Barr feels comfortable enough in the current political climate to openly embrace mass murder, knowing she won’t be condemned by the media or by others on the Left.
In fact the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America is already working overtime trying to downplay the borderline seditious rhetoric of prominent leftists.
The fake media watchdog accused critics of distorting the call to arms that self-described communist and former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones issued during a recent MSNBC appearance. Jones said,
And you’re going to see an American fall, an American autumn, just like we saw the Arab Spring. You can see it right now with these young people on Wall Street. Hold onto your hats. We’re going to have an October offensive to take back the American dream and to rescue America’s middle class [emphasis added].
Perhaps Media Matters missed the violence of the so-called Arab Spring in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen.