I do not mind lying, but hate inaccuracy
Is Obama really a Socialist because he told Joe the Plumber that wealth should be spread around? I realize that Mc Cain graduated from the Naval Academy near the bottom of his class and Palin attended 5 or 6 small colleges before getting her Bachelors Degree and they may have missed the class on history and political philosophies; so I will attempt to describe what they missed.
During the 20s and 30s the Socialist and Communist parties were active parties and had many followers as the public looks for refuge when they are poor and destitute and have no strong leaders to protect them from the greedy. Each party had their own halls as meeting places. I still remember their perennial candidates for President. Norman Thomas, a minister, was the Socialist candidate and Earl Browder the Communist candidate. They campaigned by handing out flyers and soap box speeches on street corners and empty lots. They never really competed with the two major parties, but had many of their ideas adopted by politicians like FDR. Social security was a mantra of Norman Thomas. Before labor unions there were no retirement plans for workers. When they became too old for hard labor they ended up in county homes referred to as the “Poor House”.
Having lived through this period I’m surprised at many of the letters to the editor and statements made by politicians and pundits. In the 20s and 30s Socialism’s goal was to acquire the means of production through voting. Communist comes from the word commune and planned to reach their goal through a revolution, similar to the one in Russia. The Communist Party became obsolete after the Mc Carthy investigations in the 1950s. Socialists met many of their goals through the rise of the union movement. This was a step towards the emergence of the middle class.
Our present economic meltdown and the meltdown in 1929 was a result of allowing too much freedom for bankers and investment brokers. Alan Greenspan, a Republican, admitted in a congressional hearing that he took it for granted these institutions would regulate themselves. It seems that the head of the Federal Reserve would have been aware of the greed in the investment world.
President Feel Good, Ronald Reagan made the well known statement, “Government solutions aren’t the problem–Government is the problem” and did away with Anti Trust Laws and instituted deregulation. Calvin Coolidge, the president before Hoover and the big depression, also believed in Laissez-fair government and trickle down economics and the public has and is now paying for both.
American should be aware that business is not self regulating; so a new president should change our policies and redefine free trade and free market. When Obama talks about spreading the wealth, he’s not promoting socialism, but a means of again keeping the capitalist economy from eliminating the American middle class The elite and economists bless all unregulated corporate behavior as “free trade”, which has widened the gap between the financial elite and the middle and lower economic citizens. We no longer have the strong leadership of the liberals of the 1930s and 40s.
Ralph Nader claims that capitalism will always survive because socialism will always be used to save it. The 700 billion boondoggle to take over the banks and save the risk taker are socialistic and has been done in the 1930s and various other times when the capitalistic corporations have failed.
Our country is now in a crisis and needs a vibrant president to make some severe changes for the publics good. “The first task of a new progressive president is to remind citizens, as Franklin Roosevelt did, that corporate interests are not the same as national interests”
If rich people could hire other people to die for them the poor could make a wonderful living—