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Socialism – The New Right-Wing Bogeyman April 11, 2009

Posted by Kate Ryan in Economy, National Politics, Politics, Socialism.
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marxAlabama (need I say more) Republican Representative Spencer Bachus announced this week that “at least” 17 of his House colleagues are Socialists.  Of course, when he was asked to name names, Rep. Bachus would not reveal the evildoers, he just wanted to make sure we know that he has “a list”.  This follows on the heels of lunatic-fringe Minnesota Republican Michelle Bachman cautioning over national-service programs such as Americorps because they will led to indoctrination of young people in “re-education camps”. 

“It’s under the guise of — quote — volunteerism,” Bachman said.  ” But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government. … I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.”   

Bachman, of course, is the Congressman who famously told Chris Matthews on “Hardball” in October that several of her congressional brethren harbor anti-American views and that the media needed to do a “penetrating expose” to ferret them out. 

What has apparently started all these right-wing heads spinning is news that a recent Rasmussen poll found that only 53% of Americans believe that capitalism is the best economic system.  About 47% said that they believed socialism was better (20%) or were unsure (27%).  The real telling statistic in this poll is age.  By large numbers, people over 40 prefer capitalism; only 13% thought that socialism was the most superior system.  Those under the age of 30, however, prefer capitalism by a slim margin of 4%; 37% favor capitalism, 33% favor socialism, and 30% are undecided.  By and large, these are the same folks that are leading the direction that this country is moving in.  This is the Facebook generation and their votes go overwhelmingly Democratic.  Numbers like this are bound to cause distress to Republicans.

Why this fact surprises anyone is beyond me.  I am a big fan of Marxist socialism and social democracy and I’m also a realist.  I doubt many of these young Americans have ever read “Das Kapital”, Karl Marx’ treatise on the pitfalls of unfettered capitalism and industrialization. In it, socialism is classically defined as state ownership of industry and the means of production.  Though there are many different iterations to the extent of what the state controls, the end result is the more equal distribution of the wealth created by industry based upon the amount of work expended in production. 

Young people are attracted to socialism because we raised them to be.  This is the “self-esteem” generation; the kids who played in little leagues where everyone got a trophy at the end of the year and participated in spelling bees where everybody was praised profusely for “trying hard”.   This is the generation that truly sees no race or ethnic differences between people and don’t really care who anybody sleeps with.  This is the generation who, as we their parents taught them, learned that effort was worth reward.  Is it really any wonder that they would seek a society where there was a more equal distribution of wealth as long as everyone participated within their abilities to create it?

Don’t get me wrong, though the non-competition of my daughter’s basketball league left me cold, I think these kids are on to something.  It is my hope that they will embrace Socialism and in turn, create a more equal world for my grandchildren to share in. 

And the Republicans will just have to get used to it.

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1. Arthur Pena - April 14, 2009

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent value is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill

Doc, I’m assuming you think Churchill’s statement is true. Why? (I’m looking for informed, reasoned argument.)

2. Doc' - April 13, 2009

Updated List of Known Socialists and/or Communists Currently in Office. Courtesy Dr. Bulldog.

Aha!!! I did some searching on the House.gov website, and came up with the following list of current “Progressive Caucus” Members:

http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?ContentID=166&ParentID=0&SectionID=4&SectionTree=4&lnk=b&ItemID=164

Co-Chairs
Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Vice Chairs
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)

Senate Members
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)

House Members
Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)
Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent value is the equal sharing of misery.” Winston Churchill

Doc’

3. Foxwood - April 12, 2009

It’s a crying shame our education system can indoctrinate our children so easily.

4. Doc' - April 11, 2009

” Representative Spencer Bachus announced this week that “at least” 17 of his House colleagues are Socialists. Of course, when he was asked to name names, Rep. Bachus would not reveal the evildoers, he just wanted to make sure we know that he has “a list”.”

Hmmm… An interesting list of known socialists and commies in our government from TyskNews.com:

Representative
(State-District) Address Phone, Fax
Rep Earl Hilliard
(AL-07) 1314 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2665
Fax: 202-226-0772
Rep Eni Faleomavaega
(AS-AL) 2422 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8577
Fax: 202-225-8757
Rep Ed Pastor
(AZ-02) 2465 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4065
Fax: 202-225-1655
Rep Lynn C Woolsey
(CA-06) 439 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515-0529 Phone: 202-225-5161
Fax: 202-225-5163
Rep George Miller
(CA-07) 2205 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2095
Fax: 202-225-5609
Rep Nancy Pelosi
(CA-08) 2457 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4965
Fax: 202-225-8259
Rep Fortney “Pete” Stark
(CA-13) 239 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5065
Fax: 202-226-3805
Rep Henry A. Waxman
(CA-29) 2204 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3976
Fax: 202-225-4099
Rep Xavier Becerra
(CA-30) 1119 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515-0530 Phone: 202-225-6235
Fax: 202-225-2202
Rep Julian C. Dixon
(CA-32) 2252 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515-0532 Phone: 202-225-7084
Fax: 202-225-4091
Rep Esteban Edward Torres
(CA-34) 2269 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515-0534 Phone: 202-225-5256
Fax: 202-225-9711
Rep Maxine Waters
(CA-35) 2344 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2201
Fax: 202-225-7854
Rep George E. Brown
(CA-42) 2300 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6161
Fax: 202-225-8671
Rep Bob Filner
(CA-50) 330 Cannon House Office Bldg. ,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3461
Fax: 202-226-4169
Rep Diane DeGette
(CO-01) 1404 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4431
Fax: 202-225-5657
Rep Eleanor Holmes Norton
(DC-AL) 1424 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8050
Fax: 202-225-3002
Rep Corrine Brown
(FL-03) 1610 Longworth House Office Bldg. ,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 225-0123,
Fax: 202-225-2256
Rep Carrie P. Meek
(FL-17) 401 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515-0917 Phone: 202-225-4506
Fax: 202-226-0777
Rep Alcee L. Hastings
(FL-23) 1039 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-1313
Fax: 202-226-0690
Rep Cynthia A. McKinney
(GA-04) 124 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-1605
Fax: 202-226-0691
Rep John Lewis
(GA-05) 229 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515-1005 Phone: 202-225-3801
Fax: 202-225-0351
Rep Neil Abercrombie
(HI-01) 1233 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2726
Fax: 202-225-4580
Rep Patsy Mink
(HI-02) 2135 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515-0917 Phone: 202-225-4906
Fax: 202-225-4987
Rep Jesse Jackson
(IL-02) 313 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-0773
Fax: 202-225-0899
Rep Luis Gutierrez
(IL-04) 408 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8203
Fax: 202-225-7810
Rep Danny Davis
(IL-07) 1218 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5006
Fax: 202-225-5641
Rep Lane Evans
(IL-17) 2335 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5905
Fax: 202-225-5396
Rep Julia Carson
(IN-10) 1541 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4011
Fax: 202-226-4093
Rep John Olver
(MA-01) 1027 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5335
Fax: 202-226-1224
Rep Jim McGovern
(MA-03) 512 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5759
Fax: 202-225-6101
Rep Barney Frank
(MA-04) 2210 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5931
Fax: 202-225-0182
Rep John Tierney
(MA-06) 120 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8020
Fax: 202-225-5915
Rep David Bonior
(MI-10) 2207 Rayburn House Office Bldg. ,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2106
Fax: 202-226-1169
Rep Lynn N. Rivers
(MI-13) 1724 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6261
Fax: 202-225-3404
Rep John Conyers
(MI-14) 2426 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5126
Fax: 202-225-0072
Rep Bennie G. Thompson
(MS-02) 1408 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5876
Fax: 202-225-5898
Rep Melvin L. Watt
(NC-12) 1230 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-1510
Fax: 202-225-1512
Rep Donald Payne
(NJ-10) 2244 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3436
Fax: 202-225-4160
Rep Jerrold Nadler
(NY-08) 2448 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5635
Fax: 202-225-6923
Rep Major Owens
(NY-11) 2305 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6231
Fax: 202-226-0112
Rep Nydia M. Velazquez
(NY-12) 1221 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2361
Fax: 202-226-0327
Rep Charles Rangel
(NY-15) 2354 Rayburn House Office Bldg. ,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4365
Fax: 202-225-0816
Rep Maurice Hinchey
(NY-26) 2431 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6335
Fax: 202-226-0774
Rep John LaFalce
(NY-29) 2310 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3231
Fax: 202-225-8693
Rep Marcy Kaptur
(OH-09) 2311 Rayburn House Office Bldg. ,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4146
Fax: 202-225-7711
Rep Dennis Kucinich
(OH-10) 1730 Longworth House Office Bldg. ,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-5871
Fax: 202-225-5745
Rep Louis Stokes
(OH-11) 2365 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-7032
Fax: 202-225-1339
Rep Sherrod Brown
(OH-13) 328 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3401
Fax: 202-225-2266
Rep Elizabeth Furse
(OR-01) 316 Cannon House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-0855
Fax: 202-225-9497
Rep Peter A. DeFazio
(OR-04) 2134 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-6416
Fax: 202-225-0373
Rep Chaka Fattah
(PA-02) 1205 Longworth House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4001
Fax: 202-225-3127
Rep William Coyne
(PA-14) 2455 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2301
Fax: 202-225-1844
Rep Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo
(PR-AL) 2443 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2615
Fax: 202-225-2154
Rep Robert C. Scott
(VA-03) 2464 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-8351
Fax: 202-225-8354
Rep Bernard Sanders
(VT-AL) 2202 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4115
Fax: 202-225-6790
Rep James A McDermott
(WA-07) 2349 Rayburn House Office Bldg.,
Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-3106
Fax: 202-225-2349

*Source: Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) [http://www.dsausa.org]

Kate, you are one twisted puppy!

Doc’

5. wordsandtheword - April 11, 2009

Good for you!
And let’s not forget that, by “state”, socialists generally mean “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”–not dictatorship. “Socialist dictatorship” is an oxymoron.

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