"Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery," says Hutchinson [Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson], "it is mean-spirited and dangerous." That was the cry of the Obama supporters in L.A. who objected to the picture of President Obama made up as The Joker with the caption, "Socialism."
So why do the socialists object to being called socialists? Please revisit my previous answers to this question at "Healthcare Bill: Socialism?" and "What's So Bad about Socialism?"
A rose by any other name is still a rose. Even those who deserve the appellation view it as an epithet. [Update 8-12-09:] Now the main stream media is moving to persuade people to be more reluctant to toss around the word.
I make an 8-hour round-trip trek to from Annapolis to New Jersey at least monthly and use the time in my car to sample Talk Radio -- Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingalls, Michael Savage and others. You are no doubt aware that liberal talk shows have been singularly unsuccessful and "conservative" talk shows have been wildly successful. The reason is that the message of the "conservatives" -- individual liberty and limited government -- resonate with those who are interested in ideas, and who listen.
Today's trip was filled with revealing and thoughtful discussions about the Democrats' attempt to nationalize 15% of the economy and to control among many other things, in the President's words, your "end of life decisions."
ARE YOU LISTENING TO THIS! --- THEY WANT THE BUREAUCRACY TO CONTROL YOUR END OF LIFE DECISIONS!
So what's so bad about socialism? Well, there you have it: they presume to control your life -- and death.
Your Congressman is home this month. If you don't find a way to reach him, through town meetings or otherwise, to tell him to oppose further government involvement in the health care system, you and your children will suffer their decisions about when you live and when you die. Does it sound important? Does it sound like you need to get politically active? Or have you given up?