[Marxism] A majority thinks Obama is a Socialist

Joaquín Bustelo jbustelo at bellsouth.net
Fri Jul 9 11:02:56 MDT 2010


On 7/9/2010 12:12 PM, Heath Eddy wrote:
> This I think points to serious problems with the media to be able to
> honestly communicate basic information.

Yeah, but also remember it was a poll of Americans. That includes a VERY 
substantial flat-earth, creationist, the rapture-is-coming-crowd.

This overlaps with people who are just white. Saying Obama is no good 
because he is Black is unacceptable, but that IS the reality for the 
majority of white people. His mere existence as President is an 
insufferable attack on the essence of Americanism. Hence he's really not 
American (the "birther" idiocy), he's a socialist (and ipso facto 
unamerican) and so on.

Add to this the absolutely cynical manipulation of those unspoken fears 
by the rightist/republican propaganda machine. Their political discourse 
no longer has ANY policy content, it is purely instrumental and 
overwhelmingly focused on evoking/manipulating racism and xenophobia.

[Obama and the Democratic Party generally are incapable of countering 
this, because what it would require is declaring a take-no-prisoners 
scorched-earth campaign against the Republicans like the Republicans are 
waging against them. And that would lead the Democrat mainstream to veer 
way to the left, just as the same sort of policy has dragged the 
Republicans way to the right.]

Then you've got people who are FOR "socialism," the majority of those 
meaning something like the New Deal or Great Society on steroids, in 
other words, Sweden (or the image people have of it) or Europe generally 
(ditto).

This means they're for universal health care, free or low-cost education 
through college, better unemployment insurance, better retirement 
pensions, an so on, and they think or hope or have talked themselves 
into believing Obama is also for these things.

But you can take comfort in the fact that at least the number is lower 
than the percentage of Americans who believe in little green men and 
UFO's. That figure if I remember right is 80%.

Joaquin






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