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Newsweek: We Are All Socialists Now

From a euphoric Newsweek:

We Are All Socialists Now

In many ways our economy already resembles a European one. As boomers age and spending grows, we will become even more French.

By Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas | NEWSWEEK
Published Feb 7, 2009

The interview was nearly over. on the Fox News Channel last Wednesday evening, Sean Hannity was coming to the end of a segment with Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, the chair of the House Republican Conference and a vociferous foe of President Obama’s nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill. How, Pence had asked rhetorically, was $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts going to put people back to work in Indiana? How would $20 million for "fish passage barriers" (a provision to pay for the removal of barriers in rivers and streams so that fish could migrate freely) help create jobs? Hannity could not have agreed more. "It is … the European Socialist Act of 2009," the host said, signing off. "We’re counting on you to stop it. Thank you, congressman."

There it was, just before the commercial: the S word, a favorite among conservatives since John McCain began using it during the presidential campaign. (Remember Joe the Plumber? Sadly, so do we.) But it seems strangely beside the point. The U.S. government has already—under a conservative Republican administration—effectively nationalized the banking and mortgage industries. That seems a stronger sign of socialism than $50 million for art. Whether we want to admit it or not—and many, especially Congressman Pence and Hannity, do not—the America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state…

If we fail to acknowledge the reality of the growing role of government in the economy, insisting instead on fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century terms and tactics, then we are doomed to a fractious and unedifying debate. The sooner we understand where we truly stand, the sooner we can think more clearly about how to use government in today’s world…

All of this is unfolding in an economy that can no longer be understood, even in passing, as the Great Society vs. the Gipper. Whether we like it or not—or even whether many people have thought much about it or not—the numbers clearly suggest that we are headed in a more European direction. A decade ago U.S. government spending was 34.3 percent of GDP, compared with 48.2 percent in the euro zone—a roughly 14-point gap, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2010 U.S. spending is expected to be 39.9 percent of GDP, compared with 47.1 percent in the euro zone—a gap of less than 8 points. As entitlement spending rises over the next decade, we will become even more French…

And it goes on like that. Their scintillating point being that since George W. Bush has brought socialism to America, we might as well just lie back and enjoy it.

Of course that fatuously simplistic nonsense is only exceeded by Newsweek’s cover art.

Get it? The red state hand and the blue hand now both cheerfully accept socialism.

Indeed, we can’t have socialism fast enough. We must push through the “stimulus” bill now, comrades!

Still, isn’t it great to live in a land where one is not spoon-fed propaganda from the people in power day in and day out?

Aren’t we glad we and our ancestors fought so long and hard to protect our freedoms?

The very freedoms we are throwing away with both our red and blue hands.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 8th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

52 Responses to “Newsweek: We Are All Socialists Now”

  1. proreason says:

    Every Lincoln needs his Civil War.

    • Melly says:

      (sorry I don’t have the link)

      NEW YORK As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level.

      So far, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, including Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.

      Analysts expect that in addition, another 20 states may see similar measures introduced this year, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.

      “What we are trying to do is to get the U.S. Congress out of the state’s business,” Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon told WND.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Thanks, Melly. There are more powers guaranteed for the people and states in the Constitution than for the Federal Government, i.e., those not delegated to the US are reserved for the people and the states. Sure doesn’t feel that way, does it?

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Thanks for the link Colonel – “I don’t betray my country. My country is betraying me.”

    • Colonel1961 says:

      My pleasure, RB. A great looking flag, BTW.

  2. BillK says:

    At least Newsweek admits it.

    • Melly says:


      A mainstream news magazine broaching “Socialism.” Perhaps some people will finally wake up to the veracity of the socialist characteristics that were directed at Tyrant Barry during the election.

      Blaming Bush….I hate to admit it – W did open the red door a crack.

  3. Confucius says:


    It’s delightfully racist and yet hopeful.

  4. jerusamus says:

    This is not not a joke anymore,these politicians have betrayed their oath of office and need to be purged.We need to take back the education system.They have successfully altered the true history of America and its constitution and replaced it with touchy feely socialist ideals.These kids have no idea what rights they are losing,and have even less knowledge of what socialist nations have done to their citizens.Then again maybe they do and don’t care,as long as they get theirs.I do know this,I’m not going down quietly.My kids deserve better than this.

    • BigOil says:

      I passed on similar sentiments to the esteemed Susan Collins (D – Maine) this morning.

      Socialism is not yet a fait accompli. It will only become one if we sit back and do nothing.

  5. sheehanjihad says:

    The joke is on them! They mistakenly say “we”. They are so ignorantly wrong in that statement. It is now “us” and “them”. We are still “We the People”. They have chosen sides….but they dont and never will speak for me. I dont choose to go gentle into that good night…….

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      This whole three weeks has succeeded in turning my stomach. Having only read in high school about socialist states coming into being, the closest I ever came to it was while I was in the military and my life pretty much being dictated by my higher-ups. But even then, I had freedoms. I was glad when I got out and didn’t have to furble around with such ridiculous, often strangling, bureaucracy.

      But….as they say in Texas….”Not so fast”. Looks like socialism has found me. Like a lot of younger, middle-aged types, I was often frustrated by the generation ahead of me that had worked hard and done well and I wanted that too. However, being at the TAIL END of the baby boom, and I’m not blaming anyone…it’s just a fact of economics and the bell curve, I have had to pay more, see my wages decrease and taxes go into warp drive. Meanwhile, as jobs continue to rocket their way overseas, the “new” jobs that are “created” here seem to have more to do with trimming hedges and putting up drywall than anything else. Well, at least the hedge trimmers still have it good, right?

      I was lucky to finally find myself employed in a relatively well-paying job where my education and experience pay off. But, it’s in the airline industry. Probably yet another facet of “bidniss” that Bo-Bo would just love to get his poop-stained fingers on.

      I count myself in a minority. I’m the same age as that ass-for-a-hat president. But I am conservative, I don’t think you should get something for nothing. I believe that what I have in my possession is mine and not to be diddled with by anyone else; I think that there is too much government in my life, my work and my money. I have watched my wages dwindle and my taxes go up. This cannot be a sustainable formula.

      At only 47, I should be enjoying some of the fruits of my labors and be able to afford some luxuries. I do not buy anything on credit anymore since 1994 and I rent the house I live in simply because I don’t know if I’ll have a job in 5 years and if I have to move (again), I will have a house hanging around my neck. No, commuting via the airline is not a practical option.

      Just the same, with all the economics that have made it more challenging to carve out a notch in the cave wall for me to put my stuff, I never begrudge CEO’s their salary since it’s the boards of directors in most companies that agree to such tomfoolery. Agreeing to pay some salesman millions upon exit, even if the company is worse off than when they started is pure horses**t to me. Especially if that money could have been used to keep the company afloat for, say, 6 more months. That’s a LOT of money.

      But, I never felt it is the government’s right, place, responsibility to tell private sector industry what to pay their execs. That’s an issue between management and employees. Not the brown clown in the casa blanca. And, for my company, we (the employees) were heard and it didn’t happen again…much.

      So here we are, with a government poised to turn us into Sweden. If it means scantily clad buxom blonds, I suppose that’s ok but I can do without the winters. But looking at Great Britain, and other nations that have had to eat the proverbial socialist s**t sandwich ( and we all must take a bite), I cannot say that I see a lot of happiness in those societies to say nothing of the lack of a middle class. Indeed, aside from the great musical talent that comes out of GB, whereupon they become multi-millionaires and …..surprise surprise, move to the US permanently, not a lot of nifty keen stuff comes from there.

      They cannot build an airplane without government subsidies, their biggest industry appears to be tourism. But looking at Ireland, it appears they did something right but are now, unfortunately, on the downswing of it all.

      The sad truth is that my generation wants security at the price of freedom. My “peers” seem all too willing to not have to risk anything if it means they will have a guaranteed, secure place to live, even if it means government housing, etc. And, I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s not just my peers.

      But that spirit of America, the thing that made us so great, which was handed down to us by risk-takers of generations before, seems to be gone. Our space program, once the most adventurous in the world and pretty much the ONLY one in the world, albeit built around beating the Russians to the Moon (isn’t irony ironic?), is now a hollow shell facing ever diminishing funds. Our education system has kow-towed to mediocrity, with the biggest problems in our secondary education being teenage pregnancy and drug use. Weren’t they saying that 30 years ago?

      To many of my online friends from all over the world, the United States is now a puerile joke. we are the punchline to a bad Don Rickles zinger. I, personally, am saddened and appalled by the sophomoric behavior of our representatives in Washington, DC. Every day I read this blog and I feel myself die a little more inside. I do not want to work the next 20 or so years towards retirement to find that this nation is the United Socialist States of America.

      On the other hand, I am glad that such blogs exist, that there is legislation from states that feel they shouldn’t have to put up with this gross buffoonery and that even some of the people in my own generation are aware of what’s happening. I don’t recall reading, or experiencing such swift and negative change in our nation’s history as when this butthole took office. And given that he actually believes (at 47) he knows what’s best for Joe the plumber, I take that as a red flag that shot up the pole and broadcast his inexperience and arrogance to the rest of the world.

      I want freedom. I want the right to keep the government out of my life. I want my elected officials to truly think. But, the problems with congress were well documented by Mark Twain and Will Rogers long before Bo-Bo ever came to town.

      And that’s the funniest part. They, the government, cannot for one second, draw themselves away and look at themselves from an objective stance and see just how stupid they look, act and sound.

    • proreason says:

      Rusty, the game is rigged.

      I used to brush it off because I was busy and didn’t want to believe it anyway. But this last election proved it beyond a shadow of doubt.

      This link is about socialism, which is a big enough problem, but it isn’t the biggest one.

      Do you think the lunatics in Congress are there because of talent, hard work, brains or philosophy? To say it is to roll on the floor laughing. Ted Kennedy, Barney Franks, Joe Biden, Strech Pelosi, Obamy??? They are embarrassing fools. History will lable us the stupidest generation.

      But they do have money or access to it or rich backers and you don’t.

      That’s what it’s about. It’s always been a problem but when the country was growing by leaps and bounds, there were always places to get away from them. I noticed 1st’s response, particularly about his dad in the 50’s. His dad could succeed because the wealthy didn’t care about guys like him. Now they do.


      Because they had bigger fish to fry a few decades ago, and people like 1st’s dad didn’t seem like much of a threat. But now that the country is full, the “aristocrats” want to shut down ALL the threats. And since 15% of the population is willing to sell their votes in a bloc for about $500 a vote, they can do it. Now, people like 1st and ourselves are a threat, because when we succeed, it gives REAL hope to too many others.

      But for the moment, the country is in the cash register. They didn’t care how many lives they destroyed, and they don’t care how many generations will be bankrupted. They don’t care about the country. They care about themselves.

      They used class warfare to do it. Spaced-out academics love socialism because they think it gives them power, and that supplies the intellectual underpinnings. Unions love socialism because the bosses are corrupt and evil, and that gives them the muscle. The media love socialism because they are trained rats and that gives them the foghorn. As a coalition, they bought the country……at $500 a head.

      But despite my usual grim perspective, it’s not hopeless. The thugs have yet to be on top for more than 8 years in this country. And The Moron appears to be the biggest dolt of all time. The boy wonder may have himself a nervous breakdown before the weather warms. And like his idol Jimmy, they have a tendency to overplay their hands.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Pro, I have to admit you’re right. Power corrupts…etc etc. When I was active duty, one of my more often spoken phrases was, “There’s nothing worse than having a moron in charge”. And, it doesn’t matter whether it’s the military, big business or government.

      One of the most utterly comical things about it, though, is that the “leaders” actually think they are smart. Not unlike a major celebrity who cannot make the distinction that the people around them do as they say because that’s what they get paid to do. Has nothing to do with what’s right/wrong/other.

      It used to chap my ass when the general was coming and because he liked a particular kind of pastry, every person on the base was tasked with trying to find that kind of pastry to have out in their unit just in case the general might want a snack. to me, that’s the epitome of royalty worship.

      Like many in this country, I’m of mixed descent. Mostly from that island north of France, Britain. I also seem to recall that we fought a nasty war to gain our independence and not have to kiss the patoots of anyone in the government, and that our own government will not be based on subservience by the people but the other way ’round. I have often noted how this seems to be not the case.

      I think when the president, regardless of which party they are from, visits some place, aside from the obligatory secret service, there needn’t be a major production. But over my lifetime, I’ve seen the very office itself become a very close copy of some sort of royalty. Some may disagree, and say it’s “out of respect for the office itself” but….I’m afraid that’s not the way I see it.

      And, with our ever worshipful American Idol loving media, they seem to put their favorite choice up on a pedestal and offer up sacrifices and sing trills and even allow themselves to become a human carpet to be walked on. Unless it’s a president who really has no practical use for the dope-smoking, single-mother adoring, white apologist media.

      But your point is well taken. Power, the one thing that throughout history, regardless of what type of government, location, century, religion, race, etc etc etc….is always sought after. If for no other reason than to be able to say they are king of the hill.

      Unfortunately, we live in times that unlike during the French Revolution, we cannot mob the capital and stick Bo-Bo’s head in the chopper and be done with him..and his wife who hates this country.

      I’ve known for years that for many democrat presidents, that Washington is a playground. I read Aldrich’s book and noted the lackadaisical attitude of the Clinton and the tyrannical manner of Hitlery. Tell me SHE doesn’t want power.

      And to tie together the military/government thing: I’ve watched with amazement the way that people in positions of extreme authority and responsibility act and I’ve watched the enablers around them who gladly wipe their chins and lick their boots. But for me, there is such irony in that behavior, where people actually believe, and have (rather angrily) told me that “That’s the way it works, boy”.

      Well, not for me. I’ve done pretty well for a guy who won’t kiss anyone’s ass. I am respectful of those who deserve it and I avoid those who don’t. Unfortunately, those who don’t are keenly aware of when people hold them in contempt, unless they are surrounded by the soundproofing of their toadys. We saw the Clinton arrogance…such as stopping all air traffic at LAX while he got hisself a haircut and no apology was offered. We saw when he was forced to admit he did something wrong and how angry he was at being forced to admit it. I turned the sound off and simply watched his body language. Talk about a spoiled brat.

      And do the same with Bo-Bo sometime. Just watch his manner, if you can call such arrogance “manner”. He actually believes that by his party making him the chief…that he’s actually the chief. It has been said here a lot that he seems to parrot the latest thing that was said in his ear. His oratory is never spontaneous and it certainly isn’t original.

      In the art world, if he were to claim himself a painter, the experts would quickly recognize his work as that of a forger. One who can imitate the brush strokes of a master but convey none of the emotion. One who could pick the right colors but not be able to bring them to life.

      Like I said before, hopefully he can’t do too much damage and I think it won’t be long before he, just as you say, pushes for too much and steps in it. Of course, the “blame Bush” factory will have to work overtime to dig up some obscure reference but blame the republicans he will and does.

      But in government, I think for the better part of a century, or more, we have had leaders who cannot resist the temptation to either show off or take advantage of their positions.

      Hopefully, we can stop this case of utter pathetic comedy before it carves out a huge piece of muscle that this nation will need in even tougher times.

    • proreason says:

      Rusty, the best hope is for The Moron to crack up. He’s already starting to unravel.

      He thought his handlers would continue do everything for him, but when you are the POTUS, people have this silly expectation that you are supposed to make decisions and and take action.

      But Thunderbutt told him when to brush his teeth and picked out the restaurants. Ayers told him who to give the Annenburg money to. And Soros and Co told him when to wipe his ass. The only decisions Obamy made were Pall Mall or Marlboro, and he’s having trouble doing that with the SS hovering around all the time. Clinton was smart enough to get around them, but Obamy doesn’t have the mental muscle.

      So, he’s needing a smoke real bad right now.

      And it ain’t gonna get better for the boy.

      It’s a close call, but Slow Joe will probably be an improvement when they put the jacket on The Moron. But if HE kicks it, Stretch would be at the plate, and that could be a real bad at bat.

  6. proreason says:

    “We Are All Socialists Now”

    Wishful thinking.

    But a lie repeated a million times is still a lie.

    • Professor_Repulso says:

      “They are like an insane man who knows nothing of the world beyond his insane asylum and thus can relate only insanity. You might say they have become one with their mistaken notions. Call it , The Zen of Being Wrong.”

  7. curvyred says:

    “(Remember Joe the Plumber? Sadly, so do we.) ”

    But strangely enough Newsweek doesn’t remember Geitner, Daschel, Killerer, Rangel, or any of the other polis with questionable tax records – wonder why?

    • GuppyNblue says:

      “(Remember Joe the Plumber? Sadly, so do we.) ”

      That irked me too. Why sadly? All he’s known for is a question on Obama’s tax plan and they resent him for that. And what’ s wrong with McCain using the S word during the campaign? They’re saying it was just a red herring and then basically reporting today that he was on the mark?

  8. 1sttofight says:

    These people are really starting to tick me off.

  9. Howard Roark says:

    I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone’s right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need. I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others.

    To think that Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madion, and the rest of our visionary founders sacraficed all for this notion of representative republicanism with individual liberty…makes me sick to see what is happening.

    What I have been deluding myself about is the mistaken belief that we edged out the communists in our country, the State Department, the intelligence community, and the executive branch. See, I learned about Hiss, the Rosenbergs, et al, but I told myself that thanks to the tireless work of men like Tailgunner Joe, Nixon, and even RFK, that there was just enough light shed on these cockroaches we call communist subversives to eliminate them from our nation.

    But I am waking up to the reality that it was all a dream. We have been infiltrated for many generations, now. Our schools indoctrinate our young in only a slightly softer method used by Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot.

  10. Weasel says:

    Socialism started creeping into the US in the early 1900s via “progressives”. After Woodrow Wilson botched that, they had to change their names to liberals. It got worse under FDR and LBJ. Luckily Jimmy Carter came along to expose liberals as the losers that they are, forcing another name change back to the current progressive moniker. So if we can survive this latest attempt to shove socialism down out throats, expect them to change their name again, but not their goals and tactics. Politics is not a game, it is war. And our conservative side better wake up to that and stop trying to play nice with the enemy just because he has some temporarily high poll numbers.

  11. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    It’s only all over if we give up and quit, which judging by the remarks I read none of us are ready to do. We might be down in the dumps for a season, but we’re not down and out for good. Liberalism might be dug in like an Alabama tick, but even a tick can be removed and killed if you want it out badly enough.

    • Right of the People says:

      Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? It’s not over ’til we say its over!

  12. Enthalpy says:

    No doubt President Reagan’s admonition to “trust, but verify” would have seved us well had we been paying attention for the past 40+ years. The looming demise of our sovereign nation has been the result of our failure to pay attention to those institutions entrusted to provide information to us. They failed us primarily because we failed to watch them.The stealth coup d’etat is very close to a fait accompli. Now, our “leadership” are trying to put together a system of government that would make any patron proud.

    It isn’t over, til it’s over!

  13. VMAN says:

    I appreciate what all of you are saying but it is time for me to possibly piss some of you off. When my father moved us to Florida in the late 1950s he did house painting, carpentry and roofing. He did not need the first license or permit. He did a good job for his customers and had more work than he knew what to do with. Were there shyster contractors then? OF COURSE!! but the market place handled it. Fast forward to now. I finally had to stop doing home improvements and I had done them for nearly 30 years (mostly screen and room enclosures). Through the years the regulations became more and more onerous. I worked by myself. I had to have a state certification, pay an outrageous amount of money for workers comp that by the way did not even cover me, I had to take continuing education to maintain my license and I had to have permits for everything. I say all that to say this. Socialism REGULATES, REGULATES, REGULATES. We have been living with it for decades now. IT SUCKS!!! Any time the government says it is going to pas a law for peoples protection or for the children (that’s my favorite) bend over and grab your ankles because they’re going to stick it to you. Some of you who are old enough just remember back and think about how much regulation has been dumped on you through the years in the name of fairness or for protection or for the environment and on and on. Frankly I am beginning to feel a bit like a boiled frog.

    • 1sttofight says:


    • wardmama4 says:

      The only people you might po VMAN are those that think only regulations and the Government enacting them are what keeps us safe, working, employed and able to survive.

      Take time to read the laws sometime – Can’t wear on white shirt on any day other than Sunday (was a law in MO as late as 1973) – 75% are completely, insanely stupid and 100% are meant simply to control.

      I am studying now the field I love the most – cooking – I am pretty sure given my age and the laws – the only people who will benefit after I graduate will be my family. The regulations are what drove me from the second profession I pursued (social work) and kept me from my other passion – psychology – I can’t abide by the vapid stupidity that is controlling those professions now. (A serious lack of the killer instinct drove me from the first profession – horses – love the animals, the people in some aspects of the profession – make politicos look like pikers)

      When The War comes – I’ll help run the Mess Hall – promise!

    • Right of the People says:

      Vman, here’s your solution.
      Shut down your business formally, go on welfare then show up outside the Home Depot every morning and offer your services just like all of our “guest workers” do. You’ll probably clear more than you did before plus it will all be under the table so no IRS.

  14. 1sttofight says:

    We need to set a firm date to march on DC .

    IMHO July 4 should be apprioate.

    I am getting old and really have nothing to lose.

    Lets take back our country.

    BTW, Does anyone know what kind of permits we would need to erect working hanging scaffolds in front of the capitol building?

    i will bring plenty of 1/2 inch rope.

    • Howard Roark says:

      I am ready to join you, 1sttoflight.

    • ptat says:

      I AM THERE!—one thing, though–What if the march was just somewhat “spontaneous” and very loosely organized–we all just came–no porta potties, no stinkin’ permits BAM! just clogging up the whole DC area for miles around–because we are MAD AS HELL! Just come and bring a sleeping bag and some food/water! Just come and voice our disapproval.

    • DGA says:

      I’ve been thinking that I, and a few relatives, will end up protesting and marching in DC sooner or later. Set the date, and a few details and I will be there, no problem.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Sign me up, 1st. It would be a wonderful (and shocking) thing if non-liberals had a demonstration for a change (oops, not that Hope and Change bullshit, I mean change, i.e., different).

      The only bad (predictable) outcomes are that it would a.) be ignored by the press, b.) be ignored by the politicians, and/or c.) be spectacularly successful, and then spun as ‘right wing nuts’.

      How about a march on the NYT, too?

    • wardmama4 says:

      OK I am there too.

      The only problem I see, is that the very people needed to do this are 1)employed, 2) caring for home, garden, family and pets, and 3) in charge of the majority of functioning charitable, religious and child related organizations, teams and projects.

      In other words – The People Who Make America Work.

    • Confucius says:

      Count me in. I’ll call in “constitutionally sick.”

    • Right of the People says:

      “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, having its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
      Declaration of Independence

      To quote the police inspector in “Young Frankenstein” “A riot is an ugly thing and when you start one it is hard to stop. I think it’s about time for one!”

      I’m with you, give me the time and date, I’ll bring my trusty .44. 10-7

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Seriously…are we going to do this? I’d love to shake things up!!!

  15. Steadyjohn says:

    It may have skipped a generation but the old apple has landed pretty near the tree; Evan Thomas extols his Grandfather Norman’s ideology.

  16. A Mad Pole says:

    Just like the Bolschevik revolution in Russia was financed by Western bankers (rightly called “useful idiots” by Lenin himself), the rich are financing the commu-liberal agenda here, in the U.S.

    There is a book “The waltz of the century” by a Polish author Rafal Ziemkiewicz (never translated into English and probably never will be). In that book there is a very wise observation: that any regime whose reign is based on terrorizing the opposition and beating a nation into submission will evebtually fail because at some point people will stop being frightened and they will fight back. On another hand, a regime based on pleasing a nation in every possible way will rule until the end of times.
    Liberals are doing everything to please the nation by removing any God-given morals and replacing them with government-given rights. Liberals are doing eveything to shield the masses from the consequences of their actions (abortion on demand, for example). The offer redemption for every vice and justification for every sin.
    The young are being brainwashed into the liberal way of thinking starting at a very young age and very few of us are able to afford a private school.

    Sorry, it is only downhill from here.

    • gipper says:

      “…any regime whose reign is based on terrorizing the opposition and beating a nation into submission will evebtually fail because at some point people will stop being frightened and they will fight back. On another hand, a regime based on pleasing a nation in every possible way will rule until the end of times.”

      Wow, I can extend that logic to marriage.

      For anyone whose marriage is based on disrespect and controlling the other spouse, that marriage will eventually fail because at some point a spouse will refuse to be disrespected and controlled and decide to end the marriage. On another hand, a marriage based on pleasing each other in every possible way will last until “death do us part”.

      If you are married, would you rather be in a socialist/fascist/communist marriage, or a democratic/libertarian marriage?

  17. U NO HOO says:

    Spector was and is a Democrat. He converted from Democrat to Democrat.

  18. proreason says:

    Chart of government spending’s impact on employment.


    It’s impossible to misinterpret. Increases in government spending go hand-in-hand with increases in UNemployment.

    Good luck to the 1 trillion dollar Depression Stimulus bull.

    Employment will fall for years as money is sucked out of the private sector, but the drooling criminals in power will spin it as preventing an ever worse catastrophe.

    Here is the brilliant article that references the chart:


    “So, this raises a serious question. Why is the government trying the same old spending stimulus that the evidence clearly shows does not work? President Carter spent billions of dollars on alternative energy plans, but unemployment rose anyway. If the U.S. and the new administration are serious about “change” and “getting rid of the old ways of doing things,” why not try something truly new?

    With nearly $1 trillion dollars to spend, the government could do some astounding and positive things. The U.S. could rewrite its tax code and move to a flat tax that would make the U.S. much more competitive in the global economy. Or, we could rethink and rework the entire entitlement system, so that it wouldn’t eat our budget and economy alive like Pac-Man in the next few decades. Charles Murray, in his 2006 book, In Our Hands, laid out a plan to give every American over 21 years old $10,000 per year for life in exchange for giving up Social Security, Medicare and every other welfare state program. ”

    Well, the answer to why the gov is doing the same old thing is that they could care frigging less about the economy. It’s all about power. And it doesn’t matter how many lives are ruined, now or in the future.

  19. canary says:

    Socialism or Communism. Prehaps the release of prisoners by Obama, his remarks to love the terrorists, as you love yourself, is to allow them to destroy this country, is for something stronger then Socialism. Obama’s dreams are his athiest father’s dreams. I guess Obama still has that syndrome to win his father’s approval and respect, that his father never ever showed him. Obama needs a shrink. No shame in that, and it might save America before it’s too late. God bless and save America. Turn our enemies away from us.

    • Steve says:

      Barack Obama, Sr Committed Communist | Sweetness & Light

    • gipper says:

      “I guess Obama still has that syndrome to win his father’s approval and respect, that his father never ever showed him.”

      Look at the photo at the link SG provides. There you see it all. A smiling little boy is happy to be reunited with his estranged father. He holds his father around him, trying to keep his father in his life as long as possible. His father looks away from the camera as if he is twinged with guilt or uncomfortable with his son.

      Top it all off with the ego of The OneTM, and you have a psychiatrist’s dream (no pun intended for Freudians).

  20. GnuCarSmell says:

    So Newsweek thinks conservatives should just roll over and not stand up for their principles. Otherwise “…we are doomed to a fractious and unedifying debate.”

    The horror. The horror. Some Americans still believe in limited government? Don’t they know debate will not be tolerated in the brave new world of Hope And Change?

    I like Newsweek’s choice of the “D” word (doomed). It adds such unfractious and edifying dignity to their well-reasoned piece. In all seriousness, this silly Newsweek piece reminds me why their rag has become irrelevant.

  21. canary says:

    SG thanks. Obama’s “Dreams of my Father” was also strange in that Obama use’s quotes in his book for the experience of meeting his father at ten. He uses quotes in his book (good memory or just for creativity?) but as far as he saying hi father was violatile during heated political debates with his grandparents, he never let’s the reader know his father’s beliefs. Obama goes into detail, such as how this would often make his mother’s chin quiver. So, Obama’s father may have complained about how he wanted America to be, cause if it was his father’s dreams in Africa, then Obama Jr. would have moved to Africa and help his relatives.

  22. tdp says:

    Someone go back in time and tell the pilgrims not to waste their time. We’re all going to end up under a king’s rule against our will in the end anyway.

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