i normally don't bother with engaging what i see as insanity. but, as i am reminded again and again, it is my responsibility to confront foolishness and untruth wherever i meet it--and also i'm waiting for my fantasy football waivers to process. erin posted a link to a blog entry that has spurred me to add my voice (such as it is) to those already defending the truth.
so, obama and socialism. ARE. YOU. FUCKING. KIDDING. ME? are you? really, are you? typically, i can find the patience and maturity not to yell at people that don't agree with me. but, i've finally lost my shit. i don't even know where to begin the debunking effort. i mean, do i start with how obviously wrong you are to call any policy of any american politician socialist? i don't mean wrong in a "don't be mean or throw mud" kind of way. i mean wrong in a "who did you sleep with in order to get your college degree" kind of way. or, do i start with how unbelievably desperate someone of john mccain's stature must be in order to resort to something incredulous as this. or, do i talk about how dumb you must be in order to buy any of this shit? or, do i talk about the utter and crippling hypocrisy mccain must be dealing with in order to say things like this on national television? fuck me, the possibilities are endless.
let us begin with the general academics. i think in american politics people (willfully, i believe) confound the welfare state with socialism. at it's most basic level (in terms of economics), socialism is about who owns the means of production--in broader terms, who owns the means to generate wealth and how are those decisions made. the welfare state has a high rate of taxation that is used to fund a variety of public programs that everyone uses. those are the basic, like, eighth grade differences. can you see how disparate the two are? if you can see how different these two things are then you have to ask yourself, "well, hell. then why did they say it?" because there are a shitload of people in this country that are so intellectually lazy that they won't fucking use wikipedia, maybe? i mean...there are a lot of reasons, but they all follow that line of reasoning, so i won't bother going through them all.
and, right on the heels of being thunderstruck at how dumb and gullible people can be about language and pigeon-holing, is utter hypocrisy of this whole thing. i mean...did we or did we not just give the investment banking industry 700B dollars? that capital B stands for BILLION. as in almost a trillion dollars. did we or did we not just buy a majority share in the investment banking industry in one fell swoop? that represents a redistribution of wealth on an unprecedented scale. or, the fact that sarah palin is the governor of a state that issues a portion of the profit that private corporations make using the commonly held resources of the state.
but, no, america you're right. obama says, "...spread the wealth," and it makes sense to go into full blown tail spin tizzy (i just made that phrase up. ha.) are you honestly telling yourself that you don't want to vote for him because you think he's a socialist? you know, i think that i would have a lot more respect for you if you just said, "i don't want to vote for him because he's black and his name scares me." just say it. you'll feel better, i'll still think you're stupid, but at least i'll know you're honest.