*This post is dedicated to those of you who think for some reason that American wasn’t already completely fucked before Obama became president. Let me tickle your brains..
So if you failed United States history, let me fill you in on what McCarthyism. During the 1950s, McCarthyism became a widespread term describing communist suspicion. So if you were suspected of having any Communist viewpoints or sympathies, you were immediately blacklisted by the federal government. This time in history is also known as the “Second Red Scare.” Today, I feel that something similar is happening amongst groups with differing political ideologies. If you support Barack Obama or the Democratic Party/Green Party, you are considered by some to be a communist, socialist, and especially a terrorist. Terrorism is like the new McCarthyism! Rad right? I’ll call it “Brounism” after Paul Broun. He called Obama a “Marxist” and “Hitler.” Right, because those things are completely OPPOSITE from one another. You know, because Hitler HATED communism. Do people even know the definitions of communism, socialism, Marxism, and fascism? (This would be too radical a change for our government as a whole, Republican and Democrat; plus it wouldn’t make any sense why we would transform our government entirely and ignore our Constitution.) So here are some definitions:
Communism is a socioeconomic structure and political ideology that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless society based on common ownership of the means of production and property in general. Karl Marx posited that communism would be the final stage in human society, evolving into a classless, stateless society of “pure communism”.
Basically, communism looks good on paper but doesn’t really work when enacted. So I highly doubt the US would become a Communist society. Plus, I think Obama likes to keep his paycheck as much as everyone else in this society. Based on our Constitutional beliefs, this wouldn’t work with Communism if we TRIED.
Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating state or collective ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and the creation of an egalitarian society. Modern socialism originated in the late nineteenth-century working class political movement. Karl Marx posited that socialism would be achieved via class struggle and a proletarian revolution which represents the transitional stage between capitalism and communism.
Products of socialism within the US would be: postal service, public libraries, public schools, banks (as of 2008), roads, water and utilities, airport security, retirement funds for public employees, medicare and medicaid, public housing, social security, SSI and foodstamps, police.
Fascism is a totalitarian nationalist ideology that advocates itself as being a third position alternative to both Capitalism and Communism. It seeks to form a Mass movement of militants who are willing to engage in violence against their political opponents and groups or individuals that the movement deems to be enemies. Fascists wish to solve existing economic, political, and social problems by achieving a millenarian national rebirth by exalting the nation or race as well as promoting cults of unity, strength and purity. Fascism opposes the political ideologies of communism, liberalism and conservatism as well as political concepts and systems such as democracy, individualism, pacifism, and pluralism.
Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. There is no internationally agreed definition of terrorism. Most common definitions of terrorism include only those acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for an ideological goal (as opposed to a lone attack), and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants.
Some definitions also include acts of unlawful violence and war. The history of such conflicts indicates that regardless of any stated position, however extreme that may be, organizations do not select “terrorism” for its political effectiveness; and so, terrorism can also be seen as a form of unconventional warfare or psychological warfare. The word is politically and emotionally charged, and this greatly compounds the difficulty of providing a precise definition. One 1988 study by the US Army found that over 100 definitions of the word “terrorism” have been used. A person who practices terrorism is a terrorist. The concept of terrorism is itself controversial because it is often used by states to delegitimize political opponents, and thus legitimize the state’s own use of terror against those opponents.
So yeah, even your government can perform acts of terrorism but before that can happen the definition has to be altered.
I was also going to put the definition of patriotism for people out there that have been throwing that word around. But I’m going to put it this way: If you don’t stand up to your government or question your government, that in itself should be considered un-patriotic. This goes more for the people that supported Bush all the way up until the end, no questions asked. Shame, shame. (And to you Obama lovers — as awesome as everything is — never forget your right to question those in power.)
So why is it that people believe that our nation is socialist? I can’t seem to understand this considering a Republican nationalized our banks. And then some say that we are going to fall under a dictatorship. Number one, that is highly impossible. Number two, did President Bush not centralize more power for himself. Did he not challenge our civil liberties with the Patriot Act? Didn’t his administration condone the use of ‘wire-tapping’ on American citizens? It sounds to me that we were already headed into the direction of fascism. But once people started to lose money and have situations directly affect them, did they begin to see that things in government were turning corrupt.
And what about our government turning into the “Peoples Republic of America” (communist government)? This baffles me everytime I hear it. This became a concern once Obama made a comment about ‘spreading the wealth.’ Basically, he has a plan to take the tax burden off of the middle class and place it towards wealthier Americans. What I find hilarious is that I run into so many fellow students complaining about this as if THEY make over $250,000 a year. You know, because everything their parents make is their own. Anyway, taxes are going to exist no matter what. Why not lift the tax burden off the middle class? The middle class is the back-bone of every business success. (I firmly believe there should be tax breaks for businesses to develop more jobs within our country, but I also believe in global competition because America no longer lives in lalaland.) So now for some reason helping out the middle class is a form of communism. Because God forbid we take the 10 billion a week we spend in Iraq and put it towards something more useful — like education, healthcare etc.
Also, do many of you realize how far down the list compared to the WORLD we are in education? That in itself is a national security issue. If our children cannot even perform basic functions, what are we going to do as the rest of the world surpasses us? Investing in education should be a top priority. No more senseless wars. BTW if any of you don’t remember, there was never any tie of Osama bin Laden to Iraq. Our troops are bravely fighting an unnecessary war and are losing lives due to an inept government. A government for the last eight years that has failed in its policies, failed trickle-down economics, republicans spending BIGGER than Democrats (even though Dems considerably spend more money…domestically) and failure to adhere to the will of the people. So why can’t we, as a people, throw our bullshit out the window and learn to work together. Why aren’t people educating themselves to understand government and would rather run around pissed off shouting words like fascism and communism, but cannot differentiate the two?
And can we get over the red scare bullshit? What is this, the fifties?