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David Horsey,,
David Horsey,,

Good morning, Netizens...


Here we go again, with another fanciful visitation to David Horsey's view of national politics. My God, as if we needed an excuse, given the divinely chaotic fracas over the National Debt! To most Americans, allowing the U.S. economy to default on its debts would be as unthinkable as the Republican Party to compromise. Wait a minute: are the Republicans even listening to American voters? Or do they see American voters as socialists?


Now simply to avoid any ambiguity, let us borrow the definition of the word socialism as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, shall we?


1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods


2: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state


3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done


Now I left the links to the various definitions embedded in this quotation, also to avoid any ambiguity or confusion, with people disputing any facet of what socialism is or is not.


Now to be totally honest, I have not seen any overt signs that socialism has overtaken our form of government, with the possible exception of medical care. According to today's Horsey cartoon, the Tea Party members, on the other hand, insist, often with great vitriol, that President Barack Obama is a socialist, or at least that he is advocating socialist programs to the exclusion of normal democratic principles. I demur. Confusing President Obama with socialism simply is confusion in action. He is, in my opinion, an economic centrist, and it sounds as if the Tea Party, in their rush to label him a socialist, are about to drive our collective government economy over a cliff.


If we manage to screw this up, our entire republic is at risk.


Of course, your opinions and beliefs may differ from this view.



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