Day: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sound familiar?

Posted by – 1 May, 2012

In 2010 we were treated to the ‘Moving Forward’ election slogan from Gillard and the ALP. You may recall that when Gillard announced the new slogan she used it no less than 24 times in the one speech.

Is it any wonder the ALP is trailing 59-41 in the latest newspoll, and they only have 7 seats in Queensland at the state level. Well, from one broken and incompetent government to the next, in the US Obama has taken on the slogan as well. A short explanation of the slogan reveals why the choice:

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.

The Obama campaign released its new campaign slogan Monday in a 7-minute video. The title card has simply the word “Forward” with the “O” having the familiar Obama logo from 2008. It will be played at rallies this weekend that mark the Obama re-election campaign’s official beginning.

There have been at least two radical-left publications named “Vorwaerts” (the German word for “Forward”). One was the daily newspaper of the Social Democratic Party of Germany whose writers included Friedrich Engels and Leon Trotsky. It still publishes as the organ of Germany’s SDP, though that party has changed considerably since World War II. Another was the 1844 biweekly reader of the Communist League. Karl Marx, Engels and Mikhail Bakunin are among the names associated with that publication.

Amongst other radical left references.