Monday, March 14, 2016

Socialism Defined

We have had unbridled socialism for the banks and corporations forever. Some refer to it as corporate welfare. It's real name is National Socialism aka Nazism. Ron Paul referred to is as mild Fascism but lately it is not so mild.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander or so they say but maybe that is good for the gander is not necessarily good for the goose? Corporate socialism is not working. American democracy is gone. What replaced it was plutocracy but the plutocracy has given way to the kleptocracy and the kleptocrats. One prime example of that is when the financial industry fuck the American people so hard that they ended up fucking themselves and then extorted the taxpayers to bail them out. Many of these whores gave themselves million dollar bonuses with that taxpayer bailout money. Corporate socialism is Nazism.

True socialism is merely a more fair economic system than capitalism where instead of the corporations and banks owing the government the government/the people has ownership over the corporations. Republicans hate that idea and they hate it because it would mean a more equitable distribution of wealth. Corporate Republican hate that idea because in the sick sick evil mind of a corporate Republican the one who dies with the most wins. The base of the Republican party are ignorant, uneducated, low information hate mongering bigoted dumb asses. Proof of that is the ground swell of support for Trump and Cruz and the lack of support for John Kasich. The majority of Republican voters love to toss words like socialism and Marxism around without have a shadow of a clue as to what those words mean. They hear criminal trash like thief Shawn Hannity, drugster Rush Limbaugh and crybaby Glenn Beck using those words so the righties repeat those word and parrot the phrases. I doubt if Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity can define socialism and it they could define it I doubt they could understand how it works.

Socialism is a range of economic and social systems characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production; as well as the political ideologies, theories, and movements that aim at their establishment.

Alan Grayson sent me the following.

Dear Mr Bastardo, 

The blood-libel against Bernie Sanders is that he admits – he admits! – that he’s a democratic socialist.

I will quote Sen. Sanders on this: “Let me define for you, simply and straightforwardly, what democratic socialism means to me. It builds on what Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, when fought for guaranteed economic rights for all Americans.” (Like a decent minimum wage, for instance.)

But that got me wondering – what is a socialist? If you listen to the Republicans talk about socialists, they seem to mean that socialists are moochers. Or, as Mitt Romney framed it, the “47 percent” – the ones who receive benefits of some kind from the government.

Like veterans’ healthcare. Like pensions. Like Social Security and Medicare. Like unemployment insurance. Like student loans. Like FHA or VA mortgages. Like food stamps. Like that.

I’m looking at my dogs right now, nine-year-old Maltese twins. Take a look:
As you look at this picture, ask yourself this: Do you see any socialists?
Are my dogs socialists? Are these moochers, or poochers?

These dogs can do nothing all day long, and they still get their food and water. (Admittedly, the food is dog food.) Whenever they’re sick, they get free medical care. (One of them just had a bone spur removed, but now he’s got his hops back.) When they were puppies, they received free education, in terms of learning tricks and commands. (They will spin, and play dead, in return for a treat.) No matter how hard I try, I can’t even get them to do the laundry or wash the dishes (although they are willing to lick them). I suppose that I could try to hire them out as service dogs, but most likely, they would just run in circles, chasing each other’s butts.

They do “protect” the house, all 7 lbs. each, by barking loudly whenever anyone approaches. Including my children. And whenever a stranger dares to enter the house, they will . . . lick him.

Oh, and speaking of my children -- Are they socialists?
I pay for their shelter, their food, their clothing, their transportation, their tuition, their health insurance, their phones, their computers and toys (much the same thing, to them), their personal care products, and their Hulu subscription. And what do I get in return?

Well, their love. But beside that?

How about my Mom -- Is she a socialist?

I love her very much. She has been an incredible mom, for an amazing 58 years in a row. But the fact is that she hasn’t worked a day in almost two decades now. (Don’t get me wrong. I’m not jealous of her. Actually, I envy her.)

There are 150 million people in this country who work, and there are 170 million people who don’t. Plus over 200 million dogs, cats and pet fish, who never worked a day in their lives, and never will. If they ever get the vote, look out.

Wow. It’s just like Sen. Joe McCarthy said – this country is just crawling with socialists. It’s going to the dogs..

Which bodes well for the Sanders campaign, one would think. As the old saying goes, even a dog knows when it’s being kicked. And that’s exactly what’s been happening to the American middle class, for a long, long time.

Rep. Alan Grayson

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