“The difference between Democrats and Republicans is: Democrats have accepted some ideas of socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly.”Norman Thomas
Just not by name — never by name. As Upton Sinclair, the muckraking author and one-time Socialist candidate for Congress once wrote to Thomas, “The American people will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label.”
A century of unimpeded progress of the so-called progressives — Marxists, statists, socialists, collectivists, leftists, communists, Alinskyites — tells us this is true.
That tells me it’s high time to affix the label, the S-word, to educate voters that this socialist trend — this increasing government control and intervention and supervision and knowledge of every aspect of our lives — diminishes our liberties and strips away freedom. In other words, the Obamacare debate, including the government shutdown, is about much, much more than government inefficiency or rising costs and unemployment. It’s about our destiny as a free nation and our Constitutional right to live our lives as free individuals.
If we are to reclaim that destiny and those rights, it will only be because these 16 days in October were the beginning of something, and not the end.