If you were the COMMUNIST DICTATOR

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If you were the COMMUNIST DICTATOR

 

If revolution put you in place as the communist dictator of the Unted States, what would be your first move? If you want to get typy, go right ahead and spill those ideas out.

Come on libertarians, it would be easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and bang those fingers on the keyboard.

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Re: If you were the COMMUNIST DICTATOR
sevenmmm wrote:

Come on libertarians, it would be easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and bang those fingers on the keyboard.

Gee, quite the easy one.  Close up government offices, go home. LaughingIt's only the socialists and their ilk who think they know better and need to tell other people how to live their lives. Wink

More reailistic:

  • Remove laws that prevent competition in money.
  • Shutter most government agencies at the federal level, excluding defense.
  • Bring all troops home, shut down bases in foreign countries.
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rhare wrote:
sevenmmm wrote:

Come on libertarians, it would be easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and bang those fingers on the keyboard.

Gee, quite the easy one.  Close up government offices, go home. LaughingIt's only the socialists and their ilk who think they know better and need to tell other people how to live their lives. Wink

I'm with Rob sorta.....

I'd abdicate and go fishing. Cool

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Dogs_In_A_Pile wrote:
rhare wrote:
sevenmmm wrote:

Come on libertarians, it would be easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and bang those fingers on the keyboard.

Gee, quite the easy one.  Close up government offices, go home. LaughingIt's only the socialists and their ilk who think they know better and need to tell other people how to live their lives. Wink

I'm with Rob sorta.....

I'd abdicate and go fishing. Cool

Me too.  Except I'd force Al Davis to let somebody else run the Raiders, *then* abdicate and go the beach and bodysurf (assuming I assume power in a Summer month)...

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M&M,

Now that's a question for Fidel Castro.   The Cuban citizens would probably have an idea or two.

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sevenmmm wrote:

If revolution put you in place as the communist dictator of the Unted States, what would be your first move? If you want to get typy, go right ahead and spill those ideas out.

Come on libertarians, it would be easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and bang those fingers on the keyboard.

If I was a dictator of any stripe, but especially communist, I would require registration of all guns so they could be easily confiscated later.  Revolutions are dangerous and people get killed, so it would be for their own good since I know best.  Besides the people need to calm down now and settle into making the bright new world I have designed for them.  Anyone can see the sense of that!  Cool

I think the reference to libertarians was to imagine what you fear most, not what you would do.  But going fishing sounds fun.

Travlin 

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I'd have "free and fair" elections in which I controlled which candidates were allowed to make it on the ballot.

Then I'd implement free public education so I could control what, if anything, the people were taught, and especially discourage thinking in general.

Then I'd implement a tax on incomes of "the rich" so as to spread the wealth amoung my peoples.

Then I'd implement cradle to grave "safety" nets for the po and disabled, and send my government workers to actively recruit more and more of those "clients", offering them free lunch, free cell phones, tax refunds that far exceed anthing they paid in, etc, etc.....just generally encourage my government weenies to be create in the amount of new services they could offer.

Then, I would "erect a multitude of new offices and sent forth my officers" to eat out of the til of the public.....things like whole new departments...Enegry Departments that produce no enegry, Agriculture Departments that grow nothing......you name, I'd make it a DEPARTMENT OF SOMETHING......gathering more and more minions dependent on ME for their livelyhood.

 

Yep.....that's what I'd do...........

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TNdancer wrote:

I'd have "free and fair" elections in which I controlled which candidates were allowed to make it on the ballot.

Then I'd implement free public education so I could control what, if anything, the people were taught, and especially discourage thinking in general.

Then I'd implement a tax on incomes of "the rich" so as to spread the wealth amoung my peoples.

Then I'd implement cradle to grave "safety" nets for the po and disabled, and send my government workers to actively recruit more and more of those "clients", offering them free lunch, free cell phones, tax refunds that far exceed anthing they paid in, etc, etc.....just generally encourage my government weenies to be create in the amount of new services they could offer.

Then, I would "erect a multitude of new offices and sent forth my officers" to eat out of the til of the public.....things like whole new departments...Enegry Departments that produce no enegry, Agriculture Departments that grow nothing......you name, I'd make it a DEPARTMENT OF SOMETHING......gathering more and more minions dependent on ME for their livelyhood.

 

Yep.....that's what I'd do...........

That kind of reminds me of some country but I can't quite place it.  Oh wait....

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Great idea for a thread. My complements!

If I was a communist dictator, I'd take a stiff drink, put a gun to my head, and pull the trigger. OK, let me put myself in the shoes of an actual dictator... I would:

1. Immediately clamp down on the ability for wealth to leave the country or be taken off the books. For example, I would not allow overseas wire transfers without some bureaucrat's signature. I would make owning overseas bank accounts illegal. I would require the registration of each and every bar or round of silver, gold, etc. and make it illegal to produce new ones without individual serial numbers. No transactions in these precious metals could take place without thorough documentation, much like takes place with firearms now, in which the buyer and seller are identified.

2. I would seize control of the media and declare any independent outlets "enemies of the revolution". This would be done gradually, though, and ideally by putting quiet pressure on the editorial boards, owners, and staff, so that the public wouldn't know what was going on.

3. I would then figure out some group to focus the people's anger against. Most likely, I would go after the rich and hammer home incessantly how they are the cause of all our problems. I would then take whatever I could from the "bad" group (i.e the rich) and give it to my supporters, either in the form of taxation as part of my populist economic agenda or, eventually, at the point of a gun.

4. I would make it illegal to have an unregistered firearm, but I would offer the folks a holiday in which they could declare and register all their firearms. As part of this, I would conduct a census of all firearms, requiring door-to-door interviews of every household and registering each and every firearm. I would then implement a series of bureaucratic hoops that folks would have to jump through the get a firearm, much like the process you have to go through to get an NFA registered firearm now. I would then sit back and wait for the next violent protest against my regime, school shooting, or whatever excuse I could find (Katrina?) to confiscate everyone's weapons. I would then make it a crime punishable by 20 years in prison to own a firearm.

5. I would gradually consolidate my grip on the reigns of power, initially by strong arming and eventually by jailing my political opponents. I would trump up corruption charges or whatever was necessary to eliminate any real opposition. I would use Putin as my role model. 

6. The Fed would come next. I would start printing money in order to fund my populist agenda and reward my supporters. As inflation started to creep up, I would put the blame squarely on whatever group i was trying to demonize (see #3).

7. I would then put in price controls and as shortages inevitably started to develop, I would seize control first of the major producers of oil, food, etc., but eventually everyone. I wouldn't grab every business at once; rather, I'd take out one company at a time while leaving the impression that each seizure was the last one that was going to be necessary. This way, the process would be gradual and there would never be a single event in which every business owner would rise up at once.

8. I'd then start working on building a cult of personality. I would require that school kids learn amazing stories about me, that my picture was placed prominently everywhere, etc. 

9. I'd try to find an external enemy that I could rally my subjects around. Demonizing some country and blaming them for our problems would be easy once I controlled the media. Unfortunately, we humans are incredibly easy to manipulate. Just look at how North Koreans feel about their Dear Leader or how the Germans were led to do the unthinkable.

10. Finally, once I had total control, I would start the reign of terror. I would want my subjects more concerned about saving their own butts than overthrowing me. 

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That's the end of the hypothetical. Now for some real talk.

If I saw this trend happening, I would first get my family out of the country and I would then exercise my second amendment rights in the way that our founding fathers envisioned; in between breaths, my finger would gently pull on the trigger releasing the firing pin which would send my 155 gram Lapua Scenar 7.62 x 51 mm NATO round approx 400 meters releasing 1,938 joules of energy into the very-soon-to-be-dead communist dictator's brain. I would then stand up and take whatever punishment came my way, knowing that my life was not being sacrificed in vain. 

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I think the first thing I would do is torture libertarians. I would then implement full universal health care coverage, tend to their wounds, and then do it all over again. Although, the second time around, I would also have daycare programs in place so there would be someone to look after their kids while they had their teeth knocked out. But, that's okay, because health care would incorporate full dental program, too.

 All boys would be forced to renounce their masculinity and parade around in tutu skirts. Girls would be encouraged to embrace their full feminity, recieve chain saws when they hit sweet sixteen and ordered to drive combines on collective farms.

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The mix of light-hearted, humorous responses and the (apparent) serious attempts to answer the OP question are refreshing.

I'll leave it up to each reader to figure out which post falls in which category.

TNdancer, I like your style....

I'm still abdicating and going fishing.  The recent warm-up has the bass moving around here.  Not enough to take with topwater baits, but a well placed Carolina rig with an 8" junebug worm put 3 four pounders on the bank this afternoon.

Sager, Travlin?  You guys still in?  The pond is only an hour away.

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Dogs_In_A_Pile wrote:

Sager, Travlin?  You guys still in?  The pond is only an hour away.

A good bit farther away for me, but thanks for the invite.  Sounds like fun.

Travlin 

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I'm still abdicating and going fishing.  The recent warm-up has the bass moving around here.  Not enough to take with topwater baits, but a well placed Carolina rig with an 8" junebug worm put 3 four pounders on the bank this afternoon.

Those are some nice size bass.  You're either raiding some hapless schmuck's private pond or you have a darned good fishing spot, especially for the East Coast.  Now being the good communist dictator that you are, you have to share the location of said pond with the proletariat.

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a fine piece of bass
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I'm still abdicating and going fishing.  The recent warm-up has the bass moving around here.  Not enough to take with topwater baits, but a well placed Carolina rig with an 8" junebug worm put 3 four pounders on the bank this afternoon.

Eating my heart out -- sideways.  Yeah, sure, we had one day of near-60 temp yesterday (in which I finished the clearing-the-ice-dams-outta-the-gutters job), but tonight we're back in the low teens again.  You enjoy in the meantime, and I'll focus on the spectacular triceps/lats tone I have from swinging my splitting wedge until mid-March instead of lazing around fetching dinner out of limpid pools of bass*...

Viva -- Sager

* (of course I'll also be focusing on the workers' control of the means of production, and so forth...no rest for us Comnist Dictation Types)

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Crow bar with that Ice Dam?
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Dogs_In_A_Pile wrote:

I'm still abdicating and going fishing.  The recent warm-up has the bass moving around here.  Not enough to take with topwater baits, but a well placed Carolina rig with an 8" junebug worm put 3 four pounders on the bank this afternoon.

Eating my heart out -- sideways.  Yeah, sure, we had one day of near-60 temp yesterday (in which I finished the clearing-the-ice-dams-outta-the-gutters job), but tonight we're back in the low teens again.  You enjoy in the meantime, and I'll focus on the spectacular triceps/lats tone I have from swinging my splitting wedge until mid-March instead of lazing around fetching dinner out of limpid pools of bass*...

Viva -- Sager

* (of course I'll also be focusing on the workers' control of the means of production, and so forth...no rest for us Comnist Dictation Types)

Do you use a crow bar for those dams? When they do the ice dam clearing up at my work rental, damage is always left behind. There's no way our house would handle a crow bar; we use the electric tape.

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Do you use a crow bar for those dams? When they do the ice dam clearing up at my work rental, damage is always left behind. There's no way our house would handle a crow bar; we use the electric tape.

I only wish we'd put the electric tape in *before* all this mess...or, more sustainably, that we'd bought & used a roof rake to prevent the eventuation of the ice dams in the first place.

But no, my silly heinie was up on the ladder yesterday with a hammer & screwdriver, tippity-tapping away until a chunk came free (tapping carefully so as not to puncture the gutter) and then throwing it down on the ground.  It was key I get it done yesterday since we'd had 2 consecutive days w/out going below freezing and there was enough wiggle room on the gutter ice due to meltage that you could get it out relatively easily.  

I know I feel better.  Between the persistent ice & wind gusts up to 50 mph last night/today, I saw several houses that had sections of gutter hanging down today going in to town.  

Right...off to bed...

V/S

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Let Them Eat Tilapia....
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I'm still abdicating and going fishing.  The recent warm-up has the bass moving around here.  Not enough to take with topwater baits, but a well placed Carolina rig with an 8" junebug worm put 3 four pounders on the bank this afternoon.

Those are some nice size bass.  You're either raiding some hapless schmuck's private pond or you have a darned good fishing spot, especially for the East Coast.  Now being the good communist dictator that you are, you have to share the location of said pond with the proletariat.

Wakefield, VA........we have a friend who owns a 67 acre tree farm with a 6 acre pond.  We take our scout troop up there several times a year to camp and provide service work for the owner (bad back).  The boys (when properly motivated) can typically clear as much undergrowth in a few hours on a weekend as the owner can in a month.  In exchange we have access to the land to camp and fish.

To be honest, I am pretty sure I landed the same fish twice - I'm strictly catch and release - but watching that water swirl and feeling that distinct bass flavored yank always gets the heart rate going.

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Dogs_In_A_Pile wrote:

I'm still abdicating and going fishing.  The recent warm-up has the bass moving around here.  Not enough to take with topwater baits, but a well placed Carolina rig with an 8" junebug worm put 3 four pounders on the bank this afternoon.

Those are some nice size bass.  You're either raiding some hapless schmuck's private pond or you have a darned good fishing spot, especially for the East Coast.  Now being the good communist dictator that you are, you have to share the location of said pond with the proletariat.

Wakefield, VA........we have a friend who owns a 67 acre tree farm with a 6 acre pond.  We take our scout troop up there several times a year to camp and provide service work for the owner (bad back).  The boys (when properly motivated) can typically clear as much undergrowth in a few hours on a weekend as the owner can in a month.  In exchange we have access to the land to camp and fish.

To be honest, I am pretty sure I landed the same fish twice - I'm strictly catch and release - but watching that water swirl and feeling that distinct bass flavored yank always gets the heart rate going.

I cracked up at your subject line.  They actually do though, eat tilapia ... the bass that is.  I fished for largemouth and peacock bass on a sugar cane plantation reservoir in Kauai and we used tilapia for bait.  Fun fishing.  Top water up here is my favorite, both for bass as well as the occasional big pike that will just explode and annihilate your bait.  Yep, good for the cardiovascular system.  One of my dreams is to own a property like your friend's, with a nice sized pond.  In a year and a half of looking now, I've only found 2 that came close to what I wanted but both had other problems.  I actually found another one downstate that was gorgeous with two big ponds but I don't want to relocate to that area. 

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I would first get a wierd

I would first get a wierd spiked haircut before I turned the US into a utopia like North Korea where all love their Glorius Leader (me), and for those that don't they would make good compost  for our state gardens which would eliminate any political strife. Of course I would make Dogs the Wildlife and Fisheries Czar and also the Anti-Hijack a thread Czar. ;-)

For those unfamliar with the paradise that is North Korea, here you go,

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Dogs_In_A_Pile wrote:

To be honest, I am pretty sure I landed the same fish twice - I'm strictly catch and release - but watching that water swirl and feeling that distinct bass flavored yank always gets the heart rate going.

 

What I do is put a little nick in their ears, and that way, if I catch them again, I can tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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