Making a mark

Atlas sculpture, New York City, by sculptor Le...

Atlas sculpture, New York City, by sculptor Lee Lawrie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am earning my stripes and making a mark; I was just called a liberal socialist by a blogger on the right. I will wear those names proudly and refer others on the right to my poem:

I am not a Marxist

I am not a Marxist.
Barack is not one too.
Call us socialists if you will
Labels do not matter
To those who care
Or to those who care to think.
To a good Christian or Muslim
Charity is a necessity.
Fairness, not charity, is what we seek
Putting the needy before the greedy
Is our program and our creed
Doing right for the many
Not right for the Right few
It is time to put our differences
To the side and be done
The Founding Fathers gave us more than they received
Let us emulate their vision and their wisdom
We can/must advance the cause of freedom and equality
Both here and abroad
Let us lead by example
Not by force and bluster
We can make the US number one again
In the hearts of all mankind.

George Lakoff contends that statements have more power if worded positively rather using a negative to refute a charge. However, I like my poem as written.

I will soon begin a chore that I have been postponing for some time, reading The Portable Karl Marx and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The two books total 1741 pages and weigh between 4 and 5 pounds, a chore to carry. However, I must. I doubt that many or any who berate Barack and the Democrats have read either book. I find that I learn more if I read two or more books on a subject at a time. I am reading Saul Alinsky at this time with comments to follow soon. Fortunately his two books are slim.

Republican newspeak

Republican Party (United States)

Republican Party (United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The GOP have borrowed a page from the Ministry of Truth in 1984. In their version of newspeak, words mean what they say they mean at the time the words are used. Words no longer mean what you and I think they mean. Some examples:

War is peace.
Lies are truth.
Hunger is life.
Poverty is wealth.

If anyone challenges their use of newspeak, that person is a member of the liberal media. If anyone points out areas that need improvement in American life, that person hates America. If someone challenges laissez-faire capitalism, that person is a Marxist, communist, socialist, all three or worse. If anyone protests discrimination, that person is a racist or hates Christians. Up is down, inside is out, right is wrong and wrong is right. Give the GOP their due, they dissemble so well.

Definitions

The Skeptic's Dictionary

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In this election season, we can expect candidates to use some or many of the following terms. I decided to supply a list of definitions so that you may know what the candidates are talking about even if they do not.

Anarchy: no government.

Monarchy: government by a king/queen.

Plutocracy: government by the wealthy, usually by the wealthy for the wealthy.

Theocracy: government by a church.

Democracy: elected government responsive to its citizens.

Dictatorship: Government by one or a few.

Freedom: no coercion by government, business, unions or church.

Slavery: coercion by government, business, unions or church.

Capitalism: business system where owners of capital run businesses.

Socialism: government owns businesses.

Fascism: businesses own government. This is the system we have now on the national level and also at the state level in many states.

Communism (Marxism): socialism and dictatorship.

Mixed economy: socialism and capitalism operating side by side with one trying to dominate the other.

Some of these items are compatible and some cannot be combined. Socialism and democracy and freedom are compatible, while fascism and democracy and freedom are not.

Please see I am not a Marxist | One World, Ready or Not | Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

I am not a Marxist

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883)

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I am not a Marxist.
Barack is not one too.
Call us socialists if you will
Labels do not matter
To those who care
Or to those who care to think.
To a good Christian or Muslim
Charity is a necessity.
Fairness, not charity, is what we seek
Putting the needy before the greedy
Is our program and our creed
Doing right for the many
Not right for the Right few
It is time to put our differences
To the side and be done
The Founding Fathers gave us more than they received
Let us emulate their vision and their wisdom
We can/must advance the cause of freedom and equality
Both here and abroad
Let us lead by example
Not by force and bluster
We can make the US number one again
In the hearts of all mankind.