Oh, Those Scary Labels!

 

Democratic Party bigwigs are reportedly cowering in fear because the base is turning to “Democratic Socialism.” I wish those old fossils would (as one of my readers might put it) get a grip.

Yes, the Socialist label has been demonized in America. And. yes, some brands of Socialism have failed spectacularly all over the world. I’m sure my Jamaican readers remember the well meaning Manleys, Norman and Michael, and the mess they made of our island’s economy.

But I’m sure the Democratic Socialists in today’s America don’t subscribe to the failed economic theories of yesteryear. They would certainly shudder at the thought of Uncle Sam seizing General Motors, for example.

I am sympathetic to Democratic Socialism.  It works in Canada. It works in Sweden. It works in Holland. It works in Norway…

It works wherever it’s employed with simple common sense.

I’m sure the young Americans who call themselves Democratic Socialists don’t believe in government land grabs or giving control of private industry to a bunch of bumbling bureaucrats.

They would cringe at the random dumping of dollars into the American economy in the mystical belief that this would somehow generate more than enough wealth to pay the government back.

(It’s the same kind of thinking that makes Republicans slash taxes for the rich, believing it will magically generate widespread economic growth benefiting everybody.)

What today’s “Democratic Socialists” want is just a fair deal.

They want better – and safer – schools, good roads and bridges, less poverty, affordable health care, a living wage, help with college tuition, a secure old age… day-to-day stuff like that.

And they want an end to the blatant plundering of the economy by a pampered elite. That has become too obvious to ignore.

We common folks are sick of being splashed by muddy water from the tires of those Ferraris and Lamborghinis roaring by as we walk through the rain to our jobs at McDonald’s and Burger King.

I just wish the folks in charge of the Democratic Party would grow a spine. I just wish they would ignore those scary labels and focus on the bread-and-butter issues of the day.

If the Democrats want our votes, they should talk about employment and education, health care and law enforcement…

We the people want a living wage and good, safe schools. We want good roads, safe bridges, buses and trains that run on time…

And we would like free – or genuinely affordable – health care. And possibly free college tuition. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Also, we would like you fat cats who’re running things to stop spouting nonsense as if you think we the people are all dumb – and blind.

We know you’re lining your pockets and those of your pals. We know you’re feathering your nests and living the good life at our expense.

But could you spare a few crumbs for those of us on the outside looking in?

How about healthcare for starters? We’re dying out here.

Pelosi on Democratic Socialists

Demonizing “Socialism”

12 thoughts on “Oh, Those Scary Labels!

  1. What’s in a label ?

    “Democratic socialists hold that capitalism is inherently incompatible with what they hold to be the democratic values of liberty, equality and solidarity; and that these ideals can only be achieved through the realization of a socialist society. ”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_socialism

    Here’s another label:

    “Cyanide poisoning is a form of histotoxic hypoxia because the cells of an organism are unable to create ATP, primarily through the inhibition of the mitochondrial enzyme cytochrome c oxidase”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanide_poisoning

    Would anyone be well advised to drink from a bottle labeled “cyanide”, or even be afraid of drinking from it ?

    Maybe democratic socialists have learned enough to make to make it work this time. Maybe cyanide has learned not to inhibit cytochrome c oxidase and it’ll be alright this time. Maybe people should get a grip.

    I’m reminded of an Aesop fable:

    “A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, ‘How do I know you won’t sting me?’ The scorpion says, ‘Because if I do, I will die too.’ The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp ‘Why?’

    Replies the scorpion: ‘ts my nature.’ ”

    http://www.aesopfables.com/cgi/aesop1.cgi?4&TheScorpionandtheFrog

    If it’s not really “democratic socialism” any more,, maybe they ought to think of a different label.

  2. Well said George! Bye the way Janice, “heard” is not spelled “hered”. As George said Canada and the Scandinavian countries are doing just fine under Democratic Socialism. At present they are listed as the happiest people on he Planet. Whereas the mighty U.S.A. is going to the dogs under Trump’s Republicans. Billy G.

  3. We.must concentrate on voting for the person who most reflects our beleifs. First in the primaries and then in the generals. The the democratic party will be progressive enough in each place to reflect the base. That is how we win.

  4. “It works in Canada. It works in Sweden. It works in Holland. It works in Norway…”

    “What Sanders and his supporters confuse as socialism is actually social democracy”

    “The Scandinavians embrace a brand of free-market capitalism that exists in conjunction with a large welfare state, known as the “Nordic Model,” which includes many policies that democratic socialists would likely abhor.”

    https://fee.org/articles/the-myth-of-scandinavian-socialism/

    “The Nordic model (also called Nordic capitalism or Nordic social democracy) refers to the economic and social policies common to the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Sweden). ”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_model

  5. America has always been a Socialist nation but leadership has brainwashed everyone in America that Capitalism is the way to go that under Socialism it’s the wealthy looking after the poor.Welfare programs are for the lazy Blacks and immigrants smooching for bailouts from the rich.The problem we have today in America is Socialism is working just fine for all the Politicians, CEO’s of Corporations that made sure in making laws that have now squeezed these programs for the regular Americans.Republicans want to get rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid which are just about the only Socialist programs left.Most don’t seem to understand that the bus and train systems are all part of a socialist system for everyone to use. Your churches, Stadiums, Parks, are all for the people to use but someone figured a way to make money from these systems most have not figured it out yet.Healthcare in America is about how much money the the doctors, insurance companies can make, it has nothing to do with getting anyone well. Most here in Texas voted against the Affordable Healthcare Law known as Obamacare.As we already know America brainwashed the public so well that something that is for their own benefit they believed it would have done more harm to their health which was what the Republicans hoped they would do.So the sad fact is the American public can be fooled easily that they continue to elect more fools that cheat them at everything.
    One Love, Eddie

  6. Eddie normally I would just ignore you because coons like you are dangerous. But I have to say something : Ah wha di yuh? Yuh mout come like foul batty. Yuh chat too much madness. How dare you say “Welfare programs are for the lazy Blacks and immigrants smooching for bailouts from the rich.” Negro you are not White – uncle:( Black American flesh is why you are in this country and don’t you ever forget it. They picked cotton, lynching, red lining, black codes and if they did not stand up in the 60s, where would you be? Stop being a are a ni –er! better yet watch this, if you can handle the truth:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tkwVeyukVg

  7. Just by chance, I ran happened upon a conversation, about an hour ago, featuring a dentist that had left Cuba to practice in the United States.

    He said that, after six years of university, his salary in Cuba was twenty dollars a month.

    He also remarked that, while Cuban dentistry is free, “nobody” goes. It’s because free Cuban dentistry is about extractions.

  8. Oh, Those Scary Labels!
    is exactly my point, that politicians have used ”Words” to stir anger among Americans.Welfare Queens the label stirs anger like it did someone readying my post.I recommend the person re-read what I wrote, such anger only makes you more bitter which is why I cannot understand why you love to use those nasty labels.Be Kind, stay sweet my Dear.
    One Love, Eddie

  9. “When others pay for your healthcare, they are the customers, not you. You are their vetrinary subject.”

    http://blogs.jamaicans.com/gwgraeme/2018/03/14/building-trumps-wall/#comment-1030576

    That may seem fine if you’re young and useful; but what when you have some bank account balance and you’d like the strength to pay for your grandkids.

    + What if you don’t have said balance because the gov’t taxed it away ?
    + What if the gov’t won’t allow it because it would imbalance their idea of social equality ?

    It might also feel fine if you got in on the ground floor of a gov’t social democracy ponzi scheme.

    I’ve stumbled across articles saying that the IRS now has the power to withhold Americans’ passports. I also just recently stumbled on another that some countries offer citizenship/passports for sale; and some cost as little as hundreds of thousands of dollars. Apparently, though, the one to get is a Maltese one for a million.

    Similarly, look up “medical tourism”.

    While the poor make themselves into vetrinary subjects, they may be also be making themselves objects of comedy.

  10. “It gives me the feeling that there are too many of us on this planet and the sustainability of it all grows more difficult every day. ”

    http://blogs.jamaicans.com/gwgraeme/2018/07/11/when-honor-is-missing/#comment-1034492

    Of course, one obvious way to mitigate the perceived Malthusian crisis is through healthcare:
    + Tax away peoples’ money on the promise of healthcare, then withhold it.
    + Provide lots of free (compusory) vaccines that sterilize.

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