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Obama and Socialism

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

What Barack Obama is proposing is FAR from socialism. What he proposes is ensuring that ALL citizens abide by the current and long-held progressive tax code in our country. In a progressive tax code if you make more, you will pay more. That is common sense. The same is true when you go shopping. When you go to the store, if you buy 3 items that cost $1.00 each, your total will be $3 + tax. They tax you “x” amount, depending on your state, for each dollar. So, if you buy $3 worth of products, you will pay tax on three dollars. It is each dollar that is taxed. If you purchase $30 worth of products, you will pay tax on all thirty dollars. This is OUR PROGRESSIVE SALE TAX folks. This is the same way our income tax. This is NOT socialism.

The McCain campaign started this malarkey about Obama wanting Socialism in our country. This is ridiculous. This same campaign tried to paint him as an elitist. How can he be both an elitist and a socialist? They are polar opposites! I won’t even belabor the point of this $700+ billion dollar bailout for the banking industry which was corporate socialism led by a Republican Administration.
However, I digress. I think some of you misled, discouraged McCain supporters need a little lesson in socialism. Let me try to keep it simple for you, I know you don’t like to think.

Firstly, Socialism was thought to be the direct and natural outgrowth of Democracy (i.e. when the people got sick of the few who owned everything and used them as slave labor, getting richer by the people’s work and doing little for the people… then the people would revolt and thusly a revolution would begin by the people, for the people). Socialism starts with the workers or the majority of the people. It is not started by the President! This negates your very premise of Obama wanting to make the U.S. a socialist society. Just the fact that he ran for President negates the premise of socialism’s equal power amongst the people. Socialists believe that political power is not true power because by the very nature of having political power in a Democracy means having more access to wealth than others. In Socialism, EVERYONE IS EQUAL.

Moreover, Socialism is about ownership of the wealth. This has nothing to do with our tax system. Ensuring those who make $1 or over $250,000 or anywhere in between, pay their taxes is NOT socialism, it is lawful reasoning. It is fair. This doesn’t reward the slackers. If someone is a drunk, crack-addicted couch potato… which is a strange, unrealistic speculation in the first place, they won’t be making money either way. They won’t be getting any tax breaks. They won’t be getting any extra wealth. Neither will Richie Rich, who owns a multi-billion dollar company, be paying more than he is LEGALLY supposed to pay. Would you argue so adamantly if Richie Rich went to the grocery store and got $15,000 worth of groceries but didn’t want to pay as much tax as he owes on that $15,000? I mean it is the same context. Yes, when you look at the sales tax for $15,000 worth of groceries, it is going to be astronomical… probably even MORE than everyday people buy in groceries in a month or a few months but do you see how it is still necessary for him to pay it? OH! WELL! Then… can’t you see how it is still necessary for Richie Rich to pay his legal amount of income taxes, no matter how high it may appear?

I digress, yet again.

Socialism advocates public ownership of all major corporations, industries, schools, banks, transportation, insurance companies, manufacturing companies, energy, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies… even the media etc. So, in a socialist society all these industries and corporations make their money by the people and thus belong to the people. Obama has NOT in any way, shape or form proposed public ownership of corporations or hospitals or transportation or media or anything else. Ensuring all Americans have access to healthcare is not eliminating private insurance nor private medical practices or private hospitals or private pharmaceutical companies. It simply allots more of the taxes we pay into the government towards ensuring everyone has health insurance coverage.

Furthermore, socialism encourages only making what you need. In a socialist society you would go to the store and instead of seeing 200 different kinds of cereal, you would see 1 or 2 or maybe 3, the ones people had voted were their favorites. I know. I’ve been to a socialist country. No one is starving or homeless but choices are lacking. There is no need for 200 choices of cereals in a socialist society. They focus on making just what we need, not all that we want. Obama has not discouraged market competition, in fact, he is very much in favor of it. Did you listen to his ideas about science, technology and space? Did you hear his thoughts on innovative new green technology and how it can make us more competitive in the world market? That is NOT socialist talk, folks! That is Capitalism through and through.

Barack Obama is NOT going to bring socialism to the United States, not by any stretch of the imagination. Relax. Breathe. Sit down….read a book. I suggest the following reads:

Communist Manifesto
Socialism: A Very Short Introduction
http://users.comcen.com.au/~marcn/redflag/archive/harman/hmw/

Courage Restored

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I find myself speechless, in awe of what has happened in my country this week. History was written, hope was rewarded and courage restored. We, the people, can look each other in the eye once again and relate to our neighbors and strangers alike. We can have conversations with people outside our country and be proud without defending our people without defending the atrocities done by our Government, a Government we DID NOT ELECT. In the past few days I have cried eight years worth of tears…tears for the democracy and liberty we had stolen from us, tears for the forced alienation from one another, convinced we were too different we simply drifted alone, tears for the loss of all we were taught to aspire for and work towards.

In the past eight years I have been shackled in a fear-driven silent withdrawal. Constantly reminded of the ridiculousness of it all through not-so-subtle innuendos about a lack of patriotism for those of us who had mindfully dissented against the tyranny of the Bush Administration. And after so many years, I must admit, I felt broken … incapable of making change. I grew weary of defending myself and my point-of-view. I continued to speak against torture, against warrantless spying, against the injustices and the loss of liberty but I started to believe there was no going back, I started to lose hope. I was afraid to hope.

Barack Obama gave me and others the right to hope that we can reverse the damage done to our Democracry, to the Constitution. Barack Obama restored our courage to have hope. This is our moment. We believed, we had hope and it paid off. Here’s to hoping the next four years we see some of the damages and neglect tended to in a way that restores our international and domestic legitimacy. Here’s to hoping we can stand tall next to one another and work our way towards a brighter future for our children and our children’s children. Three cheers for hope!

I missed you. I missed me. I feel as if a part of me has returned home after a long absence. I am bewildered and excited but I fumble the words in awkward earnest. I am grateful. I am hopeful. I am humbled. And I am ready to march forward together to restore this country to its greatness.

Senator Kerry’s Speech at the DNC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

While I realize Kerry is not so charismatic and a bit muppet-like, I STILL THINK KERRY WOULD HAVE BEEN TEN-FOLD A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN BUSH! And for those naysayers who want to discuss Kerry’s supposed flip-flopping, please do message me or leave a comment. We can discuss it.

I noticed that many people were getting up and walking around during his speech. Firstly, didn’t your parents ever teach you it is extremely disrespectful to get up while someone is speaking? HOW rude! Have you ever spoken in front of a crowd? How would you feel if dozens of people were rustling about, getting up and walking around? RUDE! You missed out on a good speech.

If you were not inspired by Kerry’s speech, you were not listening closely enough.

Kerry was spot on in almost everything he said. Some particularly interesting and important things he said I would love to share:

“[Bush] mislead the country…”

There were never any weapons of mass destruction. The Bush regime lied and they still continue to shovel money into the pockets of the oil companies and the weapon-makers. This war MUST END.

“Our mission is to restore America’s influence and position in the world, and we must use all the weapons in our arsenal above all OUR VALUES.”

This is perhaps the most understated statement of the century. We cannot continue to depend on might. While we have the largest military in the world, it is finite. We are spread too thin. We must use diplomacy. If we continue to use our guns, disregarding the opinion of other countries and the good-faith contracts we made for ourselves (the Constitution) and others (International Laws, Geneva Convention, etc.); we will lose all credibility. The past eight years have been a virtual open drain where we have lost almost all political legitimacy. The Bush Administration depended upon military might and forgot the all important notion of ‘good-will’ even when doing so directly conflicted with international law. Political legitimacy is an essential component of state power and efficacy; and we must restore ours by reuniting our words with the core liberal values this country earned so much respect for worldwide. This can only happen through true diplomacy, through obeying the international (and domestic) laws we helped create, by following international standards.

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