When a confirmed right winger stopped by work today, our usual tug of war conversation was peppered by the word socialism repeatedly. This puzzled me, wondering what brought this on. Some people have a tendency to parrot what they hear on the radio and watch on TV. Talking points are what they are called. For those who can't come up with an original idea, this is an easy crutch to fall back on.
Socialism refers to a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating public or state ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and a society characterized by equality for all individuals, with a fair or egalitarian method of compensation.[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
I don't think those that use the word in conversation really know the meaning of the word. But it sounds cool, cutting edge. Just like "Flip Flop" was used against John Kerry in the presidential election.
The tea parties now being organized across the country by "grass roots organizers" is actually being sponsored by Republican ex-power brokers and of course Fox News."Fair and Balanced"? There isn't a grassroots campaign growing. Most people want a job and a few bucks in their pockets.
I don't know for sure but Rush Limbaugh must be involved. He would not be able to resist. The "tea party" is the result of a rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC that got a lot of press and a story and video that I posted awhile back.
After continuing our verbal jousting about the economy, he asked me when I would stop blaming Bush for everything, I replied"In eight years!" Then Bush will know how Clinton feels.
Most working people just want a fair opportunity to succeed in life, the rest want to blame "them" for their shortcomings.