Skip to comments.Czechs consider banning Communist Party
Posted on 07/29/2011 9:33:37 AM PDT by yoe
PRAGUE (AP) -- They're the Czech Republic's fourth-largest political party, but the hardline Communists could soon be outlawed if the center-right government has its way.
It's more than two decades since communism collapsed here, but the survivors and ideological heirs to the party that ruled from 1948 until the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989 are under increasing political pressure.
Petr Necas' government has taken the first step toward a possible ban by asking the Interior Ministry to work on a legal complaint to make it happen. A study commissioned by a Senate committee compiled numerous complaints from lawmakers about their conduct.
The party, which is vehemently opposed to NATO, brands opponents "terrorists" and maintains friendly ties with the ruling Communists in Cuba, China and North Korea.
Unlike most other communist parties in the region that have joined the left-wing mainstream, the Czech party has maintained its hardline stance.
Supporters of the ban say it is a direct successor of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, whose members killed more than 240 political prisoners while thousands of other opponents died in prisons.
Jaromir Stetina, the main force behind the Senate report, said the Communists are an anachronism.
The Czech Communists adore the violent communism based on Marx and Lenin," Stetina told The Associated Press. "They adore revolutionary violence."
He says the party should have been banned immediately after the Velvet Revolution.
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When the Communists were in power they banned everyone else. So what’s their complaint?
Exactly. That’s what they’ve done in this country and the idiots love them.
It’s ok, I suspect most of the commies are here now.
Maybe they don’t want to be like them in any way.
Then round them up and, well, I’ll leave the rest your “collective” [cough, ahem...] imaginations...
Personally, I think the Czech Patriots should make every effort to identify any former member of the Czech communist party that had anything to do with the former communist government, arrest them immediately, and turn them over to the families and relatives of people that died under that reign of terror for a couple of hours.
Just a commie alone, with no comrades to support him, in a room with some pissed off and armed people who have dead, tortured relatives thanks to that ideology.
That’s REAL “social justice”, boys and girls.
Was that wrong? Was that harsh? Was that mean, insensitive and intolerant? Do I care?
Can we outlaw the Democrat party? Same thing.
Bravo for the Czechs. Any totalitarian gov’t should be banned and those that support them should be punished.
A part of me doesn’t like the idea of banning any party.
Several other parts of me would just as soon shoot all the commies as merely ban them.
See my post #10.
However, I'm not sure banning their party will have the desired effect. Political movements, no matter how evil, can become more appealing, more chic, when their are banned. The fact they can claim they are "persecuted" generates sympathy from people who otherwise would not support them.
No, instead of a ban, a madia campaign reminding the citizenry of the attrocities committed by communists would be more effective. Make it a mandatory part of the school curriculum, as early as the third grade. These sorts of things are more likely to work.
Interesting how some countries see the communist party for what they are and our country, who has fought against communism doesn’t.
Impy, that's because it's the American part of you, and me too - I TOTALLY understand that part; the part that believes in fair play, playing by the rules, giving the other guy the benefit of the doubt that he's loyal opposition but still an American that merely disagress with us.
All part of all the good, decent things that MADE us America for a long time. Things your good parents taught you and imparted to you by their good example.
And it's also the very qualitiess that the POS's we have with us now have studied and manipulated and used as weaknesses within our system and within us to exploit to their advantage.
Never forget who they really are, what they're end game is, and what they want to do to you, me, and all of us if they get the opportunity. They're not us - they're a foreign, subversive ideology that wants to kill everything and everyone we love, ultimately.
One of their 1963 Goals was stated thusly: "Resist ANY and ALL attempts to outlaw the Communist Party."
They knew/know they couldn't do what they want to do if they had to stay underground 100% of the time.
And as for the shoot 'em all part...well, if they raise a fist, I say we raise a sledgehammer and go from there, and I'll leave it at that.
A great idea! Now let’s work on banning the Democratic Party from the US.
Nothing so dangerous as an idea who’s time has come, eh? Hahah!
I agree. Banning them won’t solve the problem. A free and open exchange of ideas is essential to any freedom loving people. Even the grotesque and disgusting ideas. Education is the key. Educate the children on the evils of communism as you said. As long as they know and never forget. Hence why memorials and days set aside for memorializing are so important IMO.
Shooting the perps in the street makes for a more peaceful post-revolution period. Mussolini and Chauchesku ceased being a threat as soon as they hit room temperature.
“We are the party of the Czechoslovak proletariat and our general headquarters are in Moscow. And we go to Moscow to learn, and do you know what we learn? We go to Moscow to learn from the Russian Bolsheviks how to wring your necks.”
- Klement Gottwald Speech to the Czech Parliament in 1929 (Gottwald eventually became the leader of post-war Communist Czechoslovakia)
The Communists are to political parties as the Mafia is to business organizations. Both are criminal enterprises and as such should be OUTLAWED!