Can the man possibly be more clueless and ignorant? What an utter embarrassment!
If he were referring to the Founders like Marx, Engels, Gramsci, Lenin, etc, he'd have a point.
Alas, he wasn't...
President Obama hailed hard-core communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh today as a pretty open guy who was actually inspired by the Founders.
After meeting with the leader of a country that persecutes and imprisons bloggers and priests, suppresses media and any form of political dissent and uses forced labor, Obama said they 'discussed the challenges that all of us face when it comes to issues of human rights.'
'We emphasized how the United States continues to believe that all of us have to respect issues like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly,' the president continued. 'And we had a very candid conversation about both the progress that Vietnam is making and the challenges that remain.'
'And we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson. Ho Chi Minh talks about his interest in cooperation with the United States. And President Sang indicated that even if it’s 67 years later, it’s good that we’re still making progress.'
From a 1968 Reader’s Digest piece on the rule of Ho Chi Minh:
The terror had its real beginning when Red dictator Ho Chi Minh consolidated his power in the North. More than a year before his 1954 victory over the French, he launched a savage campaign against his own people. In virtually every North Vietnamese village, strong-arm squads assembled the populace to witness the “confessions” of landowners. As time went on, businessmen, intellectuals, school teachers, civic leaders — all who represented a potential source of future opposition — were also rounded up and forced to “confess” to “errors of thought.” There followed public “trials,” conviction and, in many cases, execution. People were shot, beheaded, beaten to death; some were tied up, thrown into open graves and covered with stones until they were crushed to death, Ho has renewed his terror in North Vietnam periodically. Between 50,000 and 100,000 are believed to have died in these blood-baths — in a coldly calculated effort to discipline the party and the masses. To be sure, few who escape Ho’s terror now seem likely to tempt his wrath. During the 1950s, however, he had to quell some sizeable uprisings in North Vietnam — most notably one that occurred in early November 1956, in the An province, which included Ho’s birthplace village of Nam Dan. So heavily had he taxed the region that the inhabitants finally banded together and refused to meet his price. Ho sent troops to collect, and then sent in an army division, shooting. About 6,000 unarmed villagers were killed. The survivors scattered, some escaping to the South. The slaughter went largely unnoticed by a world then preoccupied with the Soviet Union’s rape of Hungary.
Ho Chi Minh inspired by America's Founding Fathers?
That's retarded, Sir.
PS: For those tempted to argue that Minh was pro-American because of his address of 2 September 1945 wherein he 'read from a type-written address as hundreds of thousands of people gathered to hear him speak in a large, grassy field that served as a city square’ and referred to the American Declaration of Independence:
'All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free.'
And that it was Eisenhower's refusal to help him throw off French rule that led him to embrace the Soviets and Communist Chinese, think again.
Minh's problems with the West predate WWII. He wanted to attend the Versailles conference and was denied entry, primarily, for two reasons: 1) Wilson, et al, did not want anything anti-France to be discussed at the conference because all focus was to be on Germany; and, 2) racism. Minh and his Vietnamese nationalist comrades in Paris cited the American Declaration of Independence in a doomed hope that the words would appeal to the virulent racist, Woodrow Wilson.
Following his disillusionment at Versailles, it is an indisputable fact that Minh studied socialism in Paris with Marcel Cachin, a Soviet agent, lived with the Comintern representative, Mikhail Borodin, voted for the Third Internationale, and worked on behalf of the Soviet Union. It is also without doubt that in 1923, Ho Chi Minh moved to Moscow, became an employee of the Comintern, and studied at the Communist University of the Toilers of the East. The next year, he was a delegate to the Fifth Comintern Congress before leaving for China, as an agent of the Soviet Union.