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Is Obama a Socialist? In 2012, Millions Went to the Dictionary to Find Out
AOL Daily Finance ^ | December 5, 2012 | Bruce Watson

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; . . .

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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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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; socialism
I believe it's the author of this piece, not Obama's critics, who is confused.
1 posted on 12/06/2012 7:13:15 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Is Obama a socialist?...Bear/Woods.


2 posted on 12/06/2012 7:14:13 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Obama is a Fabian Socialist.

http://www.forbes.com/2008/11/03/obama-fabian-socialist-oped-cx_jb_1103bowyer.html


3 posted on 12/06/2012 7:22:33 AM PST by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewiscrate)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I like to call him a egotistical marxist with dictatorial tendencies.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 7:25:42 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Of course he is and so are the drones who voted for him.

Not my country anymore. Can’t relate to this obamanation.


5 posted on 12/06/2012 7:25:59 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
I told my friends in 2004 that Barack Obama was going to be President. They said , “ No-o-o-o-o. No way.”

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.

6 posted on 12/06/2012 7:26:43 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 7:27:41 AM PST by Venturer
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


8 posted on 12/06/2012 7:31:43 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Actually he’s a fascist.


9 posted on 12/06/2012 7:33:53 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Millions Went to the Dictionary to Find Out”

Maybe they’re just getting prepared for a spot on Beck’s “More On” trivia.


10 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:27 AM PST by WinMod70
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“...Millions Went to the Dictionary to Find Out”

Thanks once again, NEA!!!


11 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:57 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No.
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


12 posted on 12/06/2012 7:36:27 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; annieokie; Alamo-Girl; Yosemitest; blam; onyx; Jim Robinson; All

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.’

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Final Phase Communism File.


13 posted on 12/06/2012 7:40:42 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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!


14 posted on 12/06/2012 7:43:30 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


15 posted on 12/06/2012 7:47:37 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: ScottinVA
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.

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.

16 posted on 12/06/2012 7:49:54 AM PST by C210N (In favor of private rights and public happiness)
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To: IbJensen

Well said! I’d like to borrow that for future reference.


17 posted on 12/06/2012 7:51:54 AM PST by albie
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To: facedown

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.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 8:20:40 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: facedown

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.”


19 posted on 12/06/2012 8:32:14 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles

I disagree that he’s a Fabian. Hillary is a Fabian - socialism gradually.

He’s a radical Marxist and wants socialism NOW.


20 posted on 12/06/2012 8:33:55 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
COMMIE OBAMA
21 posted on 12/06/2012 8:48:24 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Anybody who thinks O_lord & O_savior is a socialist doesn't understand the marxist subsets.

He is a communist...As were, and are, all those scumbags who raised him.

22 posted on 12/06/2012 8:56:30 AM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Little Ray

Curtis Bowers says it all and has a excellent documentary which spells it all out. To connect all the dots, cross the t’s and dot the i’s of his marxism, every American needs to watch http://vimeo.com/52009124 , Agenda: Grinding America Down.

Perhaps then, more will understand the Obama trajectory.


23 posted on 12/06/2012 9:16:38 AM PST by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Love you Sarah, but you’re wrong about Obama. He’s just part of a big Con Game. He’s not even the Grifter, he’s just a Shill sent out to distract the Marks and encourage them to become entrapped in the Con Game. Obama hangs around with socialists and wants you to think he “might” be a socialist. But he’s just a con man. He’s conning the socialists who think they’re conning him.


24 posted on 12/06/2012 9:24:04 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: MrB
I disagree that he’s a Fabian. Hillary is a Fabian - socialism gradually.

Romney, too, is a Fabian.

25 posted on 12/06/2012 10:35:57 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: himno hero

Doesn’t matter any more. The parasites (at both ends of the spectrum) voted him back in. And, most likely, they get to pick the next president, too.
That wouldn’t be so bad, except they also pick Congresscritters...


26 posted on 12/06/2012 10:49:08 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.”


Like Detroit?


27 posted on 12/06/2012 12:30:21 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Graewoulf

Thanks for the ping!


28 posted on 12/06/2012 9:34:21 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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