It reminds me of the Red Scare in the 50s.
@David Wise: I was thinking the same thing…History repeating itself. A lot of the protesters screaming socialism and Nazi etc. are of course using code words for what they’re really upset about. And the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks are throwing around incendiary words to get people all fired up and scared…
It occurs to me that we have two different problems on display here. On the one hand we get to see the dregs of our society. Their ignorance and hate so palpable that it spews through the television onto our minds leaving those of us with a conscience feeling dirty, and afraid. While it had occurred to me that racism might be a larger problem than imagined, the depth of their stupidity left me slack jaw and awed. It is difficult to believe that these humans – a term I use loosely- are able to breathe their ignorance and stupidity being so profound.On the other hand, we get to see the puppet masters at work. We get front row seats to those who would use the fanatical mindset and fear of those just discussed to procure themselves more money, more power, and better ratings. The vile and blatant disregard they have for their fellow humans is one of the most disgusting displays of rampant ego and greed that I have ever seen.Could Frodo please just throw the ring into the burning magma and end this evil?Peace.Rick Beagle
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is exactly what I was thinking. They can’t call him the n-word, so socialist is a safer route. Do they seriously think we are that stupid?
Good points, Rick Beagle!I always think back to the Y2K "scare" with these loons. Their concerns over health care seem fake and/or ignorant. I’m sure these cats were the same ones chicken-hawking over the Iraq/Afghan wars and the only way to get egg off their faces is this mess. Of course, the egg is turning into quiche…
"Socialist" and "Ghetto" are both the new N-word. Saying what they’re really thinking could cause the whole "White denial" machine to malfunction, once and for all. That’d be a real shame. LOL.
I think that most Americans under the age of 60 wouldn’t even know what a Socialist was. Thirty years of Reaganism has turned any effort to help the working class and poor into "Socialism", that is, Soviet-style deprivation and "unfairness" to the "Average American", i.e., wealthy white males. Anything that is perceived to take away something (whether real or imagined — mostly imagined) from these "Average Americans" is to be feared. Wealthy white males want to preserve the status quo, even if the status quo stinks for most Americans. And the sad thing is, people who don’t fit the "Average American" category is buying into this as well. This sort of talk is nothing new. Remember, Dr. King was called a "Communist" for having the audacity to advocate for equality for ALL Americans — not just the "Average American".
"This sort of talk is nothing new. Remember, Dr. King was called a "Communist" for having the audacity to advocate for equality for ALL Americans — not just the "Average American"."I saw a documentary a few years back about Dr King that talked about that. I can’t believe it slipped my mind!
…between the “Birthers” attacking the President and now the anger over the healthcare overhaul (that as far as I know not enough facts have been revealed to cause this much of an outrage) to me- it feels like there are some people out there that can taste the President’s blood and want to lynch him. I have often wondered what the “spirit” behind the people that would allow their children to take satisfaction in watching a lynching and I’m afraid I think it is resurrecting/being revealed right before my very eyes… http://www.johndclare.net/America5.htm
talk about overly sensitive and finding "race" where it isnt. quiet as kept…..some pepple are opposed to "reform" and "governmental intervention." and it’s not because the president is black. ssssshhhhhhh…..don’t tell anyone.
@swiv: I’d love to believe that. I really would, but I don’t trust "conservatives" motives on ANY issue one tiny little bit. Conservative=Neo Nazi, in most cases. I wish these short-sighted idiots would realize that any change that benefits the poor and disenfranchised in our society will benefit them and their progeny in the future. Historically speaking, they’re acting against their own best interests. The French aristocrats thought they had it all sewn up too, until the people of France – the poor ones they overlooked and abused, rose up against them and lopped off their heads. A scenario that could EASILY happen in this country too, though I’m pretty sure most “conservatives” are too arrogant to accept that as fact.
Carlos Watson is just as bad as any of the so called racists he is talking about. People in the black community today dont realize how much they are damaging themselves by their loose interpretation of what constitutes racism. All these baseless accusations as of late are really just plain tasteless and transparent.
@ AndreaJust like back in post-emancipation slavery. The wealthy landowners who couldn’t give two $hitz about the poor whites prior, effectively got them to take their side against the newly freed black populace. If the lower class whites unified with the emancipated slaves, political power for all could have increased greatly. Poorer whites have a history of allowing themselves to be worked like puppets for the benefit of the wealthy against their own interests.
@Court: I agree.
@ andreayou have a very biased view of conservatives. i think your opinion of them tells of your own prejudice. obama is heavy in government regulation and control in lieu of private industry, which if what i learned in school is correct, a socialist concept. so calling him a socialist isn’t something that is far from the truth. just because they’re saying disparaging obama and his policies and ideas, doesn’t mean they’re "neo-nazis." quiet as kept, people are allowed to disagree with the president. but don’t tell anyone that. i think the people drinking the obama-kool aid, might call them racist.
churchill said it best"if you’re not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart. if you’re not a conservative at forty, you have no brain."
@swiv: I used the word "most" for a reason, one of my own brothers is a Black Republican. I don’t agree with him on most political issues, especially in regards to women’s reproductive rights, but I feel certain that HIS intent is not to maintain a racist-sexist status quo. I know many Blacks with "conservative" views, mostly to do with religious and other, supposedly, non-political issues. But only a few consider themselves actual "conservatives," so maybe you’re right. Maybe I do have a prejudice against conservatives, but I’d stake my life that a high percentage of them have a "prejudice" against me as well. And not for my political views. As far as Churchill goes, he was an ANTI-SEMITE! Just like the Nazis of old.
Fear sells better than hope. Change happens. And like Chicken Little, the sky is literally falling on those who are currently clinging desperately to the Constitution. When the truly ignorant don’t see Medicare as an essentially socialist benefit to all, we are all in deep trouble.Please read, ‘Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War’ by Joe Beageant. Also read ‘Jesus and the Disinherited’ by Howard Thurman. Thurman’s small book is one that Martin Luther King Jr. carried with him (orig published 1949). Just sayin’…..
does that change the truth of his statement? how he "felt" (which is up for debate) about jews doesn’t make the statement not a good one. to insinuate he’s a nazi is not only incredibly ignorant, but also incredibly wrong. you know, he was against the axis powers, if memory serves me correctly. the same axis powers which consisted of nazi germany. as long as you can admit your own prejudice and bias, that’s ok. might not be right, but there’s nothing wrong with being wrong.
“does that change the truth of his statement? how he "felt" (which is up for debate) about jews doesn’t make the statement not a good one. to insinuate he’s a nazi is not only incredibly ignorant, but also incredibly wrong. you know, he was against the axis powers, if memory serves me correctly. the same axis powers which consisted of nazi germany.”I wasn’t insinuating Churchill was a Nazi, just that he shared at least one of their faults. And I can’t help but suspect that if his country wasn’t having the hell bombed out of it by Germany, he might have had a different regard for the “axis powers.” That said, I still don’t agree with his statement. Being famous and dead doesn’t make him right.