What good does it do to call Republicans fascists or Democrats socialists?
Actually, being a democrat, the socialist bit is much closer to the truth than the fascist bit; if you want to be inflammatory, just go ahead with communist, maybe? Actually fascism and communism both suffer, in large part, from being totalitarian. And while it is a sensible critique to point out losses of civil liberties (whether that liberty-crushing is employers not allowed to fire gay employees or phone lines being tapped), it isn't sensible to complain that either of the major parties in the US advocate totalitarianism. Because they don't.
Now, the two parties have some very clearly defined differences, and it makes sense the people with different values systems think that the "other" party is morally bankrupt / damaging our country, but let's none of us go too far, okay? No parties suggest "from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs" or that the voters shouldn't make policies and should instead leave that to the enlightened leaders.
Both major parties agree:
freedom is important
democracy is good
market forces are powerful (and can be very good)
government is a powerful tool (that can be the best tool in some cases)
Economic growth is important
That's really quite a lot of very central agreement. So let's not call either Republicans or Democrats anti-American extremists, okay?
Although identified only as Frank in Mr. Obamaâ€™s memoir Dreams from My Father, it has now been established that he was Frank Marshall Davis, a radical activist and journalist who had been suspected of being a member of the Communist Party in the 1950s,â€ Harnden reported. Davis wasnâ€™t just a â€œsuspectedâ€ communist but a key CPUSA member involved in an important Soviet-sponsored network. The communists had targeted Hawaii largely because of its strategic location and importance to the U.S. defense effort. The CPUSA, which was controlled by the Soviet Communist Party, was receiving funding from the Soviet Communist Party through KGB channels as late as the 1980s.
Barack Obama wishes questions about his associations with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and other radicals would end. But maybe the reason they won't is that there's a pattern: Marxism. It's not hiding.
Michelle Obama: "The truth is most Americans don't want much. Folks don't want the whole pie. Most Americans feel blessed to thrive a little bit, but that's out of reach for them. The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more." Sounds very much like "from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs".
He said it made him think of Warren Buffett, an Obama supporter, who, if anything, might argue that he wasnâ€™t going far enough to change the tax code. â€œIf you talk to Warren, heâ€™ll tell you his preference is not to meddle in the economy at all â€” let the market work, however way itâ€™s going to work, and then just tax the heck out of people at the end and just redistribute it,â€ Obama said. â€œThat way youâ€™re not impeding efficiency, and youâ€™re achieving equity on the back end.â€ He continued by saying that he thought there was some merit in Buffettâ€™s argument. But, he said: â€œI do think that what the argument may miss is the sense of control that we want individuals to have in determining their own career paths, making their own life choices and so forth. And I also think you want to instill that sense of self-reliance and that what you do will help determine outcomes.â€
Tax the heck out of people and just redistribute it has some merit. Interesting.
Dispute the content, not the source.