Das "Forward": Where Do You Think They Got That Idea?

Posted: May 02, 2012 12:01 AM

The Obama re-election campaign has moved on from the 2008 campaign slogan, "Change we can believe in." Yesterday Team Obama introduced the 2012 version – "Forward" – complete with a seven minute video.  But, it immediately raised some eyebrows among the politically astute.

Victor Morton at the Washington Times recognized that Forward is "a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism." 

Gee, I wonder why anybody closely connected to Barack Obama would come up with that idea?

The following is an excerpt and a link to Morton's article:

Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)."

"The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications," the online encyclopedia explains.

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.  Read more.