Oooooohh – Socialism!

Did I scare you?

I love language. It is a powerful tool and can be a devastating weapon, when used correctly and by one skilled in its use. If you have been listening to the Obama critics, the word they are using to stir up fear is “Socialism”. The problem is twofold: First, the definition:

Socialism:–noun 1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

To me this puts power into the hands of the populus, isn’t that one of the cornerstones of the Republican party? Less government? The reasoning tactic behind this is simple, socialism conjures up images of the former Soviet Union, our arch-enemies of days gone past. The actual definition of the word and, theoretically, the practice of Socialism seems like something the R’s should be for. Am I wrong on that?

Fear is another powerful tool and weapon, often used by the weak and those with no real solid argument to make. Sad really, even sadder is the people who just blindly follow party line and don’t think about what they are saying or have any means to back up what they think or say.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Pat on February 2, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Fear is such a powerful motivator. It is sad that some people experience a knee jerk response to the word “socialism” and their response can’t be extricated from reality. People have a tendency to hear whatever supports what they already believe, so it’s difficult to educate the fear-based response out. Keep spreading the word and offering an intelligent perspective. That’s half the battle.


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