Obama’s Sprint Towards Socialism and the Libs’ Effort to Call it By Another Name
Below are two excellent articles on where Obama is taking this country – straight towards SOCIALISM!! Yet the libs don’t want to acknowledge that fact. They don’t want to call it socialism, thereby hoping we don’t recognize it for what it is. We’ve got to FIGHT IT with everything we’ve got!! Obama’s socialist agenda must be stopped!
Obama’s Attack on Achievers and Individual Rights
By Lloyd Marcus
Recently, I thought of two Hall of Fame baseball players, Baltimore Orioles’, Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. On several occasions, I witnessed Robinson, bottom of the ninth with two outs, dramatically hitting the game winning home run. Most players may hit the game winner once in their careers. With great pride, they repeatedly tell the tale to their grandkids. Incredibly, Frank Robinson hit the “big one” numerous times.
Cal Ripken Jr holds the record for going 2,632 games without missing a day at work. But Cal is beloved for more than his dependability. He was an excellent quiet player beaming with character. When Cal announced his retirement, there was much fanfare and worldwide media surrounding his final game. The night of the game, astonishingly, Cal hit two home runs. The crowd and both teams cheered wildly for Cal. Extremely moved, Cal spontaneously jogged around the stadium. Then, the crowd really went nuts. Had this perfect scenario happened in a movie, people would have said it was too corny to be real. It was a truly wonderful, moving and inspiring moment. (Lloyd Marcus tribute song to Cal Ripken at iTunes)
I wondered, what makes one “that guy” or “that woman”, the person that does the impossible repeatedly at the perfect moment? I’m talking Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and other elites. A common thread ties these high achievers together. It is character and a strong work ethic. Oh, I almost left out the man who mesmerized me and my buddies as kids, martial arts genius, Bruce Lee. I am talking about EXCELLENCE!
Here in America, we are blessed with a precious gift, Freedom. For which, many brave men and women have paid the ultimate price. There is something wonderful and American about striving to be the BEST, competition, winning, losing, character and hard work. Freedom does not guarantee equal outcomes. It does give one a rare opportunity to rise to the pinnacle. In most countries, if your parents are peasants, you will be also. In America, opportunities are limitless, restricted only by one’s “Will” to GO FOR IT!
Horrifically, the Obama administration is committed to re-shaping America. Using “class envy”, which appeals to our lower nature, Obama has successfully demon-nized achievers. He accuses them of being greedy and selfish. President Obama, the supposed “Great Unifier” uses his bully pulpit to divide Americans by proclaiming, “You have too little because THEY have too much”. He vows to “Spread the wealth around”.
Ponder this for a moment folks, like no president before him, our president, Mr. Obama traveled around the world on his “America is Too Successful and Arrogant Apology Tour”. WOW!
My mom was a domestic worker. She cleaned white folk’s homes and did ironing. She was respected for her honesty and character. My dad was one of the first blacks who broke the color barrier into the Baltimore City Fire Department. Despite horrendous treatment by the white firefighters, my dad won “Firefighter of the Year” TWO TIMES! Neither of my parents EVER taught my four younger siblings and me that we were ENTITLED to the earnings of others.
Everyone is concerned about the spread of ‘swine flu’. I pray that the “entitlement mindset” bug, spread by democrats and Obama, does not infect too many Americans. The day most Americans believe they are ENTITLED is the day we die as a great nation.
Obama wants to reward failure, laziness and bad behavior, while punishing achievers. Outrageously, he fired the CEO of General Motors. Now, he wants to ‘cap’ salaries. This is TOTALLY un-American. When did we vote to change the Constitution giving government control over private sector business? King Obama’s massive “power grab” is a devastating intrusion on our freedom.
And here’s another thing that “frost” me! If one works harder, is smarter and invests wiser than others, why shouldn’t he reap the benefits? All you folks who agree with Obama’s redistribution plan, do you want to see a loser? Look in the mirror. I’m sorry, but people who are consumed with “class envy” and “entitlement” are losers. The Good Book says, “Thou shall not covet”. Winners celebrate excellence and strive to emulate it.
My fellow Americans, we MUST preserve and defend the RIGHTS and FREEDOM of the INDIVIDUAL!
At least for now, this is still America. We ARE the greatest nation on the planet, where personal achievement is celebrated and rewarded. For the sake of our children, we MUST not allow one “resentful of our greatness” president to KILL the American Dream!
Don’t Call It ‘Socialism’!
by Jonah Goldberg
-The government effectively owns General Motors and controls Chrysler
– The president is deciding what kind of cars they can make.
– Uncle Sam owns majority stakes in American International Group
– Uncle Sam owns majority stakes in Fannie Mae
– Uncle Sam owns majority stakes in Freddie Mac
– Uncle Sam controls large chunks of the banking industry
– President Obama wants government to take over the business of student loans
– He’s pushing for nationalized health care
– His Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that it reserves the right to regulate any economic activity that has a “carbon footprint.”
– Just last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said climate change requires that “every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory.”
– Rep. Barney Frank, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, has his eye on regulating executive pay.
Of course, nationalization of industry is only one kind of socialism; another approach is to simply redistribute the nation’s income as economic planners see fit. But wait, Obama believes in that, too. That’s why he said during the campaign that he wants to “spread the wealth” and that’s why he did exactly that when he got elected. (He spread the debt, too.)
And yet, for conservatives to suggest in any way, shape or form that there’s something “socialistic” about any of this is the cause of knee-slapping hilarity for liberal pundits and bloggers everywhere.
For instance, last month the Republican National Committee considered a resolution calling on the Democratic Party to rename itself the “Democrat Socialist Party.” The resolution was killed by RNC Chairman Michael Steele in favor of the supposedly milder condemnation of the Democrats’ “march toward socialism.”
THE HOPE FOR SOCIALISM
The whole spectacle was just too funny for liberal observers. Robert Schlesinger, U.S. News & World Report’s opinion editor, was a typical giggler. He chortled, “What’s really both funny and scary about all of this is how seriously the fringe-nuts in the GOP take it.”
Putting aside the funny and scary notion that it’s “funny and scary” for political professionals to take weighty political issues seriously, there are some fundamental problems with all of this disdain. For starters, why do liberals routinely suggest, even hope, that Obama and the Democrats are leading us into an age of socialism, or social democracy or democratic socialism? (One source of confusion is that these terms are routinely used interchangeably.)
For instance, in a fawning interview with President Obama, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham mocks Obama’s critics for considering Obama to be a “crypto-socialist.” This, of course, would be the same Jon Meacham who last February co-authored a cover story with Newsweek’s editor at large (and grandson of the six-time presidential candidate for the American Socialist Party) Evan Thomas titled — wait for it — “We Are All Socialists Now,” in which they argued that the growth of government was making us like a “European,” i.e. socialist, country.
Washington Post columnists Jim Hoagland (a centrist), E.J. Dionne (a liberal) and Harold Meyerson (very, very liberal) have all suggested that Obama intentionally or otherwise is putting us on the path to “social democracy.” Left-wing blogger and Democratic activist Matthew Yglesias last fall hoped that the financial crisis offered a “real opportunity” for “massive socialism.” Polling done by Rasmussen — and touted by Meyerson — shows that while Republicans favor “capitalism” over “socialism” by 11 to 1, Democrats favor capitalism by a mere 39 percent to 30 percent. So, again: Is it really crazy to think that there is a constituency for some flavor of socialism in the Democratic Party?
When the question is aimed at them like an accusation, liberals roll their eyes at such “paranoia.” They say Obama is merely reviving “New Deal economics” to “save” or “reform” capitalism. But liberals themselves have long seen this approach as the best way to incrementally bring about a European-style, social democratic welfare state. As Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (Robert’s father) wrote in 1947, “There seems no inherent obstacle to the gradual advance of socialism in the United States through a series of New Deals.”
WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE
Part of the problem here is definitional. No mainstream liberal actually wants government to completely seize the means of production, and no mainstream conservative believes that there’s no room for any government regulation or social insurance. Both sides believe in a “mixed economy” but disagree profoundly about where to draw the line. One definition of social democracy is the peaceful, democratic transition to socialism. A second is simply a large European welfare state where the state owns some, and guides the rest, of the economy. Many liberals yearn for the latter and say so often — but fume when conservatives take them at their word.
Personally, I think socialism is the wrong word for all of this. “Corporatism” — the economic doctrine of fascism — fits better. Under corporatism, all the big players in the economy — big business, unions, interest groups — sit around the table with government at the head, hashing out what they think is best for everyone to the detriment of consumers, markets and entrepreneurs. But, take it from me, liberals are far more open to the argument that they’re “crypto-socialists.”