"Socialism. You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it does."My point here is to try and explain that when tea-partiers on the Right talk about "Socialism" they are not using the classic, dictionary definition of an economic system in which the state owns and controls the means of production.
(By the way, I am not a Socialist. I believe in property rights and open markets regulated by representative democracy. Sigh!)
No, I'm talking about the way the most rabid Conservatives talk about Socialism. The formula is simple:
Socialism = EvilOr more precisely:
Socialism = Everything I don't like.And of course:
Socialism = Communism = Fascism = Muslim Caliphate (borrowing a little from Beck's blackboard)That's the only way I can figure that health insurance by private companies based on a Republican governor's system can be considered "Socialism." Or reverse discrimination (whatever that is), or our historically unique President, or undocumented immigrants and their children born under the Fourteenth Amendment, or sexual promiscuity (which I'm against, by the way even if I'm not at all sure how that got in there). Or, especially, COMMUNISM! Bonk, bonk, baah! (representing scary music).
It's almost as if the whole movement were being influenced by Capitalist propaganda of the 1950s!
I can't really figure this poster out. Besides the missing question mark, "?", is the old guy on the left supposed to be the Communist? Or is it the guy he's punching? And I figure it is the Communist/Socialist who is beating up poor General Lee on the right (wait. of course Gen. Lee shouldn't be on the right!) And notice how McNaugton got a whole crowd of satans in the background!
Let me explain my position and I think the President's, by the way. We do not believe in the bugbear of "income redistribution" or "reparations." (Rush, you need not live in fear!) No, what we believe in is the good of We the People. We believe that OPPORTUNITIES should be distributed more fairly. Everyone should have a fair chance on basics like good schools, early childhood education, college, opportunities to work, become citizens, clean air, clean water, parks, fair labor standards, fair business practices, fair banking & investment rules, etc. - not fair or equal outcomes - life isn't fair. But the unfairness of this imperfect world does not disable us from trying to make it better. That's all I ask. Let's try a little - together.
You know, We the People and all that jazz.