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“Rhetorically, Republicans are having a very hard time finding something that raises the consciousness of the average voter. We have so overused the word ‘socialism’ that it no longer has the negative connotation it had 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago. Fascism – Everybody still thinks that’s a bad thing.” – Mr. Saul Anuzis; Former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party (New York Times)
Now you’re upset with President Obama for a cutting the taxes for every American taxpayer who makes under $250,000.00 a year and restoring the tax rates of those who make $250,001.00 or more a year to the level they were during President Clinton’s Administration during the 90’s. Now you’re mocking President Obama for cutting government spending. What are you really upset about, because it isn’t taxes or spending. That argument is more out of date than the whole socialist, fascist, liberal name calling you like to do.
I can think of one obvious reason and show proof of it, but I’m not going to insinuate or accuse you of not having the will to think beyond the surface. So I ask, what’s the real problem?
While you’re debating your conscience allow me to take a brief moment to offer the definitions of the terms you’re using in public.
Socialist – (1) one who advocates any of various economic and political theories of collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods (2) a system of society or group living in which there is no private property (3) a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state (4) a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.
Fascist – (1) a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. (2) a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.
Liberal – (1) one who is befitting of a man of free birth (2) marked by generosity (3) given or provided in a generous and openhanded way. (4) Considerate, warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift.
Communist – (1) one who advocates a theory of the elimination of private property (2) a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed.
Marxist – (1) the political, economic, and social principles and policies advocated by Marx. (2) a theory and practice of socialism including the labor theory of value, dialectical materialism, the class struggle, and dictatorship of the proletariat until the establishment of a classless society.
All of these things don’t amount to President Obama with the exception of Liberal. I understand that many Republicans have some sort of aversion towards liberalism, as if being considerate, generous and open-minded is a bad thing, but I guess it’s proved by the actions of some and how liberally they throw out words they don’t fully understand as a form of insult. If you want to talk about words, let’s be open about the words.
Now I’m not sure what you plan on calling President Obama next or if you will begin to use the words you say in the comfort of like-minded friends or the privacy of home in public, but I seriously doubt that any of you who calls Democrats and President Obama these names have the courage or honesty to do so.
Dislike whomever you please; I support your right to do so. But when you dislike virtually anything and everything a person does, says or gestures you look petty and childish.
You criticize the President during the G20 Summit, but had nothing to say about his diplomacy, resolution and consensus abilities with Russia and other leaders, just criticism. You criticize the President for shaking the hand of Hugo Chavez. You criticize the President for speaking to Iran with respect. You criticize the President for speaking to Cuba diplomatically. I’m just waiting for you to start crying for no reason next. What is the problem?
Obviously you didn’t understand the principles of diplomacy after the indoctrination of George Bush. You see, when you are nice to people they generally are nice back. When they are not, then you can not be blamed for not trying.
Let me offer an example.
§ I do my best to respond to the negative comments that are filled with racial slurs and curse words respectfully. I’m trying to send you a message in a message.
§ I extend my open hand in friendship towards you despite our past or present differences I am making a gesture that I come in peace. If you push me away or greet me with hatred, then you are the one not seeking peace or resolution.
You have a ‘leader’ of the party, what the members have to decide is if that leader is the one elected, Michael Steele or one self-selected like Newt, Rush or Eric Cantor. Either way they will have to unify an already lost message.
As a Democrat I’ve repeatedly suggested a moderate who has common sense and is reasonable. Look to that state executive in Florida or the one in California. I urge you to steer clear from the one in Alaska, Louisiana or South Carolina, they’re going to lead you in the wrong direction. But what am I thinking, you’re not going to listen to me, I’m a liberal, a socialist, a Marxist, a communist and a fascist Democrat, what do I know. J