Stop calling President Barack Obama a socialist. Why? Well, in addition to my arguments below, he simply isn't one. And if he is a socialist by some totally skewed definition, then he is a really lousy one.
The socialist label some conservatives give to the President is primarily for energizing the GOP base, or old, rich, white guys - and it works. Like any other lie, if it's repeated often and loud enough, it soon becomes fact to those looking for something wrong with Obama.
The myth that Obama is anti-business, or a wealth re-distributing closet socialist, has survived the lack of supporting empirical evidence with continuing help from ultra-conservative right-wingers spewing their garbage to millions of followers over the internet and radio. Every second the President has been in office, his efforts, such as financial and health care reform, reforming tax laws so that the top 1% and corporations pay their fair share, and stronger consumer protection, have been labeled as socialist.
But the facts don't support this claim. Our country's social, economic, and political systems are not socialist, nor have they moved towards socialism under Barack Obama.
Modern socialist countries exhibit the following social, economic, and political attributes:
- Ruling parties with a monopoly of political and economic power
- Central control of most, if not all, economic activities
- State-owned companies
- Totalitarian command-and-control methods
- Illegal private enterprise
- Suppressed political rights
- Violence against dissidents
- A command-and-control economy
- Foreign loans to support the economy
Rather, the U.S. Government sold off its ownership of those companies. Companies were not nationalized, but were instead sold off to private investors. A "socialist" policy would have meant government control over those who were rescued. That would have been socialism. But that did not happen.
Expanding the reach of government to regulate things like health care and the financial sector is not socialism. Providing social insurance and health care to all is not socialism. A centralized government that regulates private business to protect average citizens from the pitfalls of capitalism is not socialism.
There are many varieties of socialism and no single definition to encapsulate them all, but everyone can agree that socialism calls for the public ownership of the means of production and the ultimate goal of a classless society where everyone receives their fair share of the economic pie. That is NOT what is happening in the United States of America. In fact, it is the complete opposite. More and more wealth is being concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people while the rest of us are stuck with wages that have remained stagnant for the past 30 years.
Anyway, back to what you need to stop doing…
Stop regurgitating the garbage that is spewed from the mouths of the ultra-conservative, old, rich, white guys who fear a more tolerant and equal America. Stop repeating what the political pundits on TV are saying. Stop following along with other un-informed and under-informed citizens who can’t think for themselves and believe everything they hear on TV. Turn off Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck - they couldn't possibly be rich con-men selling made-up hysteria.
More importantly, stop calling our President something he is not. It’s simply not an accurate statement. You’re allowed to dislike him and make it known to the world that you don’t like him, but it doesn't do the United States any good to bash him with false claims for the purpose of political gain - or simply because you watch Fox News to understand the world.
For Christ's sake, stop doing this.