Hillary Clinton "Marxist" Quotes

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ormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on June 13, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Circulating via social media and forwarded email, this set of quotations attributed to Hillary Clinton purportedly demonstrates her "Marxist" or "Communist" leanings. Are the quotes authentic and correctly attributed? We'll take a look at them one by one.

Description: Viral text / Forwarded email
Circulating since: Sep. 2007
Status: Authentic, though edited and taken out of context (details below)

Example #1:
Email contributed by Robert P., September 5, 2007:

BE VERY AFRAID, I AM...

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few..... And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."

3) "(We) ....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to giveup a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

Now you might think these were the famous words of the Father of communism, Karl Marx.... and you would be on the right track in thinking so, but you would be wrong.... These pearls of socialist/Marxist wisdom are from non other than our very own, home-grown Marxist.....

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Hillary Clinton.....
Comments made on:
(1) 6/29/04
(2) 5/29/07
(3) 6/4/07
(4) 6/4/07
(5) 6/4/07
(6) 9/2/05

Be afraid, Be very afraid! You think health care is expensive now, ..... wait until it is free!

Example #2:

Shared on Facebook, December 4, 2013:

Subject: 6 trivia questions

Six trivia questions to see how much history you know. Be honest, it's kinda fun and revealing. If you don't know the answer make your best guess.
Answer all the questions (no cheating) before looking at the answers.

Who said it?

1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

A. Karl Marx
B. Adolph Hitler
C. Joseph Stalin
D. None of the above

2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end t o government of the few, by the few, and for the few...... And to replace it with share responsibility ,,,,for shared prosperity."

A. Lenin
B. Mussolini
C. Idi Amin
D. None of the Above

3) "(We) ....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."

A. Nikita Khrushev
B. Josef Goebbels
C. Boris Yeltsin
D. None of the above

4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."

A. Mao Tse Dung
B. Hugo Chavez
C. Kim Jong Il
D. None of the above

5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."

A. Karl Marx
B. Lenin
C. Molotov
D. None of the above

6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."

A. Pinochet
B. Milosevic
C. Saddam Hussein
D. None of the above

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Answers
1) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004

2) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
3) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
4) D. None of the above. Statement was made b y Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
5) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
6) D. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

Wanna know something scary? There is a possibility that she may be the next socialist president if you don't forward this to everyone that you know.

Analysis: All of the above words were indeed spoken publicly by former first lady, U.S. Senator, Democratic presidential candidate, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

As presented here, however, they've been stripped of their original context, edited with bias, and generally misrepresented in an attempt to forge the case that Clinton holds "Marxist" views.

Is Hillary Clinton in fact a closet Commie? Read her remarks in their original contexts below and judge for yourself.

QUOTE: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
The occasion was a June 28, 2004 fundraiser for Senator Barbara Boxer in San Francisco. Standing before an audience of wealthy Democrats, Clinton criticized the Bush administration's tax cuts for upper-income Americans:

Many of you are well enough off that... the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. [Source: Associated Press]

QUOTE: "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few..... And to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity."
Taken from a speech given in Manchester, New Hampshire on May 29, 2007, outlining what Clinton called her "progressive vision to aid the middle class [and] address rising income inequality." Here are her exact words, in context:

It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few and for the few, time to reject the idea of an "on your own" society and to replace it with shared responsibility for shared prosperity. I prefer a "we're all in it together" society.

Now, there is no greater force for economic growth than free markets, but markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed. [Source: Boston Globe]

QUOTE: "(We) ....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
QUOTE: "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own turf in order to create this common ground."
Both of the above passages were taken from the Sojourners Political Forum broadcast on CNN's "The Situation Room" on June 4, 2007.

Addressing the difficulty of reaching a political consensus on issues such as health insurance reform and climate change, Clinton stressed the need to compromise for the common good:

CLINTON: I think we could reach that agreement, and then we would have to start doing the hard work of deciding what we were going to do to make sure that they were not uninsured, because an uninsured person who goes to the hospital is more likely to die than an insured person. I mean, that is a fact.

So, what do we do? We have to build a political consensus. And that requires people giving up a little bit of their own turf, in order to create this common ground.

The same with energy — you know, we can't keep talking about our dependence on foreign oil, and the need to deal with global warming, and the challenge that it poses to our climate and to God's creation, and just let business as usual go on.

O'BRIEN: Senator...

CLINTON: And that means something has...

(APPLAUSE)

CLINTON: ... to be taken away from some people. [Source: CNN]

QUOTE: "I certainly think the free-market has failed."
During the same CNN forum, Clinton was asked what could be done to reduce the frequency of abortion in the United States. She began by speaking of the necessity of assisting young people in making the right choices:

CLINTON: We have so many young people who are tremendously influenced by the media culture and by the celebrity culture, and who have a very difficult time trying to sort out the right decisions to make.

And I personally believe that the adult society has failed those people. I mean, I think that we have failed them in our churches, our schools, our government. And I certainly think the, you know, free market has failed. We have all failed.

We have left too many children to sort of fend for themselves morally. And, so, I think there is a great opportunity. But it would require sort of a — a leaving at the sides the suspicion and the baggage that comes with people who have very strong, heartfelt feelings. [Source: CNN]

QUOTE: "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."
Speaking to an audience in Syracuse, New York on September 2, 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hillary Clinton accused the big oil companies of profiteering — "trying to make money off the backs of this tragedy" — as gasoline prices shot through the roof. She called for an inquiry by the Federal Trade Commission:

I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in our entire economy that they're being watched. I think human nature left to itself is going to push the limit as far as possible, and that's what you need a government regulatory system for: to keep an eye on people to make the rules of the game fair, to make a level playing field and not give anybody some kind of undue advantage. [Source: Washington Post]

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Further Reading:

Basic Tenets of Marxism