Skip to comments.Is Obama a Socialist? In 2012, Millions Went to the Dictionary to Find Out
Posted on 12/06/2012 7:13:09 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
On Monday night, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News, where she told Sean Hannity that "Barack Obama is a socialist. He believes in socialism."
Palin's statement wasn't especially surprising; it's hardly the first time she's said that the president was a socialist, and she wasn't the first person to make the claim. For much of the past four years, critics from John McCain to Dick Morris to Rush Limbaugh have tried to tack the s-word on the President, claiming that Obamacare, the CARD Act, the Wall Street bailout and the fight over tax increases were all examples of creeping socialism.
Another thing that isn't particularly surprising: According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the two most looked-up words of 2012 were "socialism" and "capitalism," followed closely by a few other politically-charged terms: "democracy," "marriage" and "bigotry." For that matter, a few other terms seem to have migrated from the Washington circus to the dictionary's version of America's Top 40. Shortly after the vice presidential debate, "malarkey" managed to make the chart; . . .
The general public's confusion about the definitions of socialism and democracy is understandable; for the past few years, an army of befuddled commentators have tried to figure out what the President's critics mean when they call him a socialist. In July, Milos Forman, a director who grew up in a Soviet-dominated Czechoslovakia, offered an explanation in The New York Times:
I'm not sure Americans today appreciate quite how predatory socialism was. It was not -- as Mr. Obama's detractors suggest -- merely a government so centralized and bloated that it hobbled private enterprise: it was a spoils system that killed off everything, all in the name of "social justice."
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Is Obama a socialist?...Bear/Woods.
Obama is a Fabian Socialist.
I like to call him a egotistical marxist with dictatorial tendencies.
Of course he is and so are the drones who voted for him.
Not my country anymore. Can’t relate to this obamanation.
I told those same buddies in 2007 that he is a Marxist. They said, “NO-O-O-O-O! Can't be!”
I'm so sorry I was right—both times.
Bruce saw Sarah call Plain a Socialist and just had to respond.
Bruce is more than likely a Wannabee Socialist himself.
He doesn’t know it but he likes it.
A. I’m surprised most Americans would even bother consulting a dictionary for anything.
B. That they would have to look up the term “socialist” in a dictionary to understand the meaning speaks volumes about economics and social studies instruction in schools.
C. Some 51% of voters either didn’t care whether Obama is a socialist or were just fine with the idea of having one rule over them.
Actually he’s a fascist.
“Millions Went to the Dictionary to Find Out”
Maybe they’re just getting prepared for a spot on Beck’s “More On” trivia.
“...Millions Went to the Dictionary to Find Out”
Thanks once again, NEA!!!
Obama is a Communist. His candidacy was endorsed by the CP-USA.
He is moving things along as fast as he can without actually starting the shooting. References the concept of the “Overton Window.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window
Obama started in US Politics as a Bolshevik Communist, and has not “changed.”
His latest naked absolute power grab is his contrived ‘Spending Cliff’ combined with his abolition of any future Constitutional Checks and Balances on the National Debt Ceiling.
If successful in his bluffing to our sorry RINOs in Congress, Obama will then soon become more powerful than his hero Lenin, the Communist’s Communist.
BTW, for a peek at future shock, just read about Nicolae Carpathia in the fiction book ‘Left Behind.’
Final Phase Communism File.
Obama is a filthy, phony, egotistical, psycopathical, lying, muslim-communist pos!
He is the most dangerous individual to ever enter this country, let alone occupy the White Hut’s oval orifice!
Obama is the arch ENEMY!
Getting caught-up in defining socialism or communism is to succumb to a misdirection of the argument.
It’s enough to say he’s a destroyer of freedom.
B. That they would have to look up the term socialist in a dictionary to understand the meaning speaks volumes about economics and social studies instruction in schools.
A few months ago during a discussion with a "close family relative", his rant went on and on about millionaires and billionaires, more taxes, more government, the rich, the this, the that... so, I remarked that he was talking Marxist talk. After bristling at this "news", he was defensive, and hung up in a huff.
Clearly, there is a sizable segment of the populace that somehow implicitly knows marxism and communism are evil, yet spout with remarkable zeal the leftist talking points that comprise those leftist 'isms.
Well said! I’d like to borrow that for future reference.
Not entirely. The truth is, he endorses elements of both socialism and fascism. It’s what is sometimes known as “Third Way” socialism, although I don’t think Obama would self-describe himself by that label.
Yeah, when he’s referred to as a socialist, invariably some leftist on a comment board will try to say the idea is ridiculous, “look up the definition”.
Well, sure, socialism is the government owning the means of production and distribution, and the left and 0bama are too slick to do that “in the open”. They know that a socialist agenda exposed is a socialist agenda defeated. That’s why they go to great pains to quash any reference to their policies as “socialist”.
They prefer to have the government CONTROL the production and distribution, and some “private” entity actually own it.
This, as you said, is really the textbook/dictionary definition of fascism.
So, when leftists protest the “socialist” label, I’ll tell them “you’re right - the definition of fascist is more accurate, but I didn’t want to run into Godwin’s law.”
I disagree that he’s a Fabian. Hillary is a Fabian - socialism gradually.
He’s a radical Marxist and wants socialism NOW.