Skip to comments.Obama says Republicans practice "Social Darwinism"
Posted on 12/11/2005 5:31:19 PM PST by Crackingham
Republicans controlling the federal government practice Social Darwinism, a discredited philosophy that in economics and politics calls for survival of the fittest, according to a Democratic U.S. senator. Sen. Barak Obama of Illinois, a fast-rising Democratic star, told Florida party members that only a philosophy among Republicans of sink or swim explains why some Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans still live in cars while Republicans in Washington prepare next week to enact $70 billion in tax breaks.
"It's called the 'Ownership society' in Washington. This isn't the first time this philosophy has appeared. It used to be called Social Darwinism," Obama said late Saturday at the Democrats meeting at Walt Disney World.
"They have a philosophy they have implemented and that is doing exactly what it was designed to do. They basically don't believe in government. They have a different philosophy that says, 'We're going to dismantle government'," Obama said.
Republicans running the federal government believe, "You are on your own to buy your own health care, to buy your own retirement security ... to buy your own roads and levees," Obama said, referring to flood barriers that gave way in New Orleans during Katrina last August.
Obama, the only African American now in the U.S. Senate, gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of Florida Democrats.
Social Darwinism applies Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection from biology to human culture. Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the theory advocates free competition and a minimalist role for government in society. Darwin himself rejected the application of natural selection to human society.
What? They didn't refer to him as "Grammy Nominee Barack Obama"?
The problem is?
Ah, the "new Democrats." Just like the old Democrats.
Why am I not surprised?
""They have a philosophy they have implemented and that is doing exactly what it was designed to do. They basically don't believe in government. They have a different philosophy that says, 'We're going to dismantle government'," Obama said."
That is, of course, wrong. He's confused us with Libertarians.
We simply believe in a very limited role of gov't. We believe that a government that is big enough to satisfy all of your wants is big enough to take everything you have. We don't believe that social ills are best handled at the hightest levels of government.
We believe that government should handle only those things that the private sector can't handle, and then it's handled at the lowest possible level of government. Once we declare that the role is a legit role we believe in funding it adequately so that it is done well (ie, the military).
or "nobel peace prize nominee obama "
Nate says the RATS practice Termite Mound socialism. So there.
Translation: The Democrat party is the party of losers.
thoughT the Dims *worshipped* at the altar of Darwinism!!!
Capitalism, social darwism, individual freedom of choice... whatever... just keep your communism off my check book.
If he's the best they've got, they are in a heap of trouble. (YAWN).
He's just another phony moderate, and no doubt feels that his recent remarks urging the Dems to be cautious in the 'they lied us into war' mantra has made him questionable to the kook base of the party, so he says this to mollify and reassure them that he's still with them way out there on the Left.
if only this were all more generally true and thoroughly applied.
but we have made a bit of a start, at least.
"Social Darwinism" is not good?
Evolution is good, except when it applies to obsolete political parties?
When was social Darwinism discredited, and by whom? I assume by "discredited" the reporter means "doesn't fit with my socialist fantasy worldview."
The problem is the Bush Administration is doing no such thing. Wish they would, though.
He is right that republicans want people to be on their own. What he does not say is that the democrats want people to be "NOT ON THEIR OWN, THAT IS DEPENDENT UPON A RULING ELITE WHICH IS THEM".
Now let's take a quick vote. Anyone who became happy by doing something on their own, raise your hand. Now, anyone who became happy because you were dependent on a government program, raise your hand.
Obama is simply a mouthpiece for Democrats. I'm sure all the jokes about n*gers goes over his head as the Democrats say them. He's really a opportunist in a party that's racist and floundering for lack of leadership.
He has all the insight of an 8th-grader who just learned the term and is convinced that-- "IT MUST MEAN A LOT!"
Sure, and Demos practice unintelligable design.>
He actually HAS been nominated for a Grammy.
Like Hillary's nomination.....
he read a book out loud.
Not when it comes to big government. For that, they believe in Unintelligent Design. And expect everyone else to believe in it also as an article of faith.
While a purely libertarian approach to government is probably overkill (but at least it's in the right direction), the socialist approach to government is absolutely insane. The smaller the government, the less restrictive we are on economics, and the less social 'entitlement' programs that we have, the better. The United States' social Darwinism is what has made us the hyperpower that we are today. It weeds out waste and rewards innovative ideas. And it has worked for over 200 years (unlike socialism which has never 'worked', pun intended).
Amazing. If Kennedy were alive to hear his words twisted into
"Ask not what you can do for yourself but what government can do for you"
Obama, speaking to the assembled masses at the headquarters of "Let's Pretend".
Do they even see the irony?
The term fits him better than most "African Americans"
His father was a Kenyan immigrant.
Democrats believe you are on your own to pay for health care, buy retirement security, buy your own roads and levees AND pay for all the Democrats' as well.
Plus he knows very well that the Republicans authorized over $40 billion worth of spending on the levees that the local "government" managed to spend without getting any worthwhile work done on the levees.
Is Obama saying that blacks are not as adept as whites at the American dream?
That's what it sounds like to me, total hogwash of course.
It's only a matter of time before the people of Illinois look past his blinding white teeth and find nothing but an empty suit. Obama is a scumbag.
"You are on your own to buy your own health care, to buy your own retirement security ... to buy your own roads and levees"
Yes, we as individuals are responsible for our lives. We pay taxes to have roads and levees. Where does the money go? Who is responsible for the use of our tax money?
"That is, of course, wrong. He's confused us with Libertarians. "
And you've confused libertarians with anarchists. The confusion must be contagious. :)
In contrast to OB's preference of "Darwin socialism"
No, Senator, we believe in freedom...something you obviously know little to nothing about.
I wish they'd be doing half the things they're accused of.
No, Senator, we believe in freedom...something you obviously know little to nothing about.
RUBBISH !! Obama knows perfectly how to take advantage of freedom .
Correct Obama's initials to BO. What a confusing name....I didnt' remember what was first our last LOL Sorry
Osama obama...errr...obama bin la....obama bobama...
Then he's an American. It's those hyphens make me nervous, especially if their Democrats. That really sets me wondering what country or cause they put first.
..and the New Democrats practice Socialism ( of the PRK variety - if they could get away with it!!)
No, Mr. Osama Obama Ram-a-Lam-a-Ding-Dong, it's mainly Democraps who have supported the "social Darwinism" of 40+million abortions, so go screw yourself.
Gubmint already done bilt the lebees.
Gubmint lebee up an done broke.
Gubmint lebee money spent on other thing, like casinos.
I'd say we should wear Mr.Obama's attempted "slur" with pride, wouldn't you say?
Some Republicans will fall for it too.
19th century Social Darwinism as advocated by Herbert Spencer, Andrew Carnegie and the like is much closer to contemporary libertarianism than the sort of Darwinian anarchism advocated by Kroptokin, which reminds me of Anne Fausto-Sterling's "not red in tooth-in-claw arguments".
"Popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the theory advocates free competition and a minimalist role for government in society."
Sounds good to me.
"Obama, the only African American now in the U.S. Senate"
he is not! he is a mulatto Kenyan!.his history is not African American. if he were a republican the MSM would make sure that everyone knew his history and would not let the reps call him black!
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