Monday, May 24, 2010

"European style Socialism": As if that's a bad thing.


"I can see November from my house" That is my girl Sarah's new rallying cry, and she unveiled it for her fans in Denver a couple of nights ago. This was in between calling for an "Awakening of America."( BTW, can someone tell me just what the hell that means? Awaken from what?) You go girl. She was joined by Dennis Prager at the University of Denver. Prager, like Palin, is another wingnut, however, unlike Palin, he actually reads a book now and then.

"Let's stop and consider how ironic it is, though, that just as the Europeans are forced by market realities - this is reality - to dismantle their socialist welfare states, we're being marched towards that state, the European style socialism,"

These have been the buzz words among the wingnuts of late: "European style Socialism." It's everywhere. On their blogs; on their networks; their newspapers; their radio programs; you name it. It seems that every right wing pol is crying a river over the evils of "European style Socialism", and the beige man in the people's house who is taking us there.

Read what this blogger says:

"Obama wants to undo the American Dream and turn us into a European economy, where all benefits flow from the government, rather than individual effort. You can call it “socialism,” or “big government,” or “spreading the wealth,” or whatever else suits you, but the outcome will be the same: People will be locked into government induced poverty in perpetuity, the middle class will become slack, the economy will enter into stagflation, unemployment will rise, and service in every area of American life will fall as people lose their incentive (because they’ve lost the ability) to rise upwards and join in the American Dream."

Now I guarantee you that the poor schmuck who wrote that paragraph probably is living a very middle class existence. He probably has a household income of $75,000.00, to $100,000.00 per year, pays a mortgage, has kids who are in -or soon to be in college, and has almost as much debts as he does assets. In other words, your typical A-merry-can. Yet his dumb ass thinks that he is living some kind of a damn dream.

Unlike Sarah Palin,- who thanks to him and others like him, is now worth millions, because she has learned how to pimp people like him into believing that the average A-merry-can can achieve that dream- he, more than likely, will not achieve the A-merry-can dream. (No wonder she rolls with nine personal bodyguards. I would too if I knew I was running such a scam on ordinary folks.) Unless, of course, you consider the stress of working a 9-5 with three weeks vacation a year a dream. I know I don't.

What I consider a dream-like society is one where hard work will be rewarded. One where the size of a man's pocketbook doesn't make him better than the next guy. It doesn't allow him to buy politicians in order to influence them into making laws to help him make more money. It doesn't allow lobbyist to lobby on behalf of weapons that cause death and destruction because of some archaic language in a document the society holds dear. It doesn't spend billions and billions of dollars to promote some form of mythical exceptionalism by force or clandestine measures.

When Sarah Palin and other idiots like her rant and rave about the dangers of "European style Socialism," I wonder who they think it is a danger to? Certainly not people who will be able to get health care without having to take out a second mortgage on their homes. Certainly not the poor single mother of two who has to clean old people's shit every night to earn $9 an hour. Certainly not the primary bread winner in a home whose spouse just got laid off, (because the company they were working for downsized to make a few people enjoy the dream even more) and who now has to work two jobs just to make ends meet.

And for my altar call, I will leave you with the words of Brian Hines, a man who gets it:

"Driving back to Salem from Portland today, a single glance across the median of I-5 gave me a vision of how much better this country could be if we became more Euro-socialist (I prefer the term, " communitarian").

A car had stopped in the break-down lane. Next to it was a pickup with a seal on the door. I'm pretty sure it was one of the vehicles that helps drivers who are out of gas, or otherwise need assistance.

A government vehicle.

With that glance, a warm feeling of Wouldn't it be great if this act of governmental kindness extended across our whole society? rolled over me.

If people who needed health care were guaranteed they'd get it.If losing your job didn't entail the risk of being tossed out onto the streets.

If getting a good college education was available to all, poor and rich alike.

If public transportation made it possible to get around without private cars.
Whenever friends come back from Europe, they extol the way of life there. The United States is horribly backward in so many ways, compared to the rest of the industrialized world.
I'm ready for some European style socialism. So are a majority of Americans, given the results of the past few elections. We're tried of unfettered individualism and irresponsible capitalism.

Bring it on, President Obama. "

And the godless progressives said amen!

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The Purple Cow said...

[quote:Drackmann]Englands not Europe.
And ever listen to the chants at the English Football games, oh excuse me, EUROPEAN football games??[/quote]

Yes it most definitely is. England has much more in common with mainland Europe than it does with the USA. I should also point out that I lived in Amsterdam for 22 years. Are you now going to tell me that Amsterdam isn't Europe either.

I've been a season ticket holder at Ajax for 13 years, and now at Crewe Alex for 1. Hand on heart I've never heard any racist chanting ever. Outside of the knuckle draggers in the former Warsaw pact nations that pretty much died out back in the 1980's.

UncleTomRuckusInGoodWhiteWorld said...

Zing:

It's not even about that, it is more about understanding the social dynamic.

My girlfriend is from Switzerland, I spend a lot of time in Central Europe.

The common European mindset is quite different from Americans, there experimenting with socialism was only possible because we pay for their defense.

Also it was possible because of the high birth rate to early death rate ratio, meaning there was a large stable tax base, as I pointed out in my previous response (#198).

That has unraveled and now the system is falling apart.

Our system is largely based on the fact most of the people who came here were independent minded and wanted less government interference in their affairs, less class discrimination, etc.

Europeans, most had revolutions, their democracies came about more a result of forcing the upper-classes to share the wealth and power of government.

Our revolution was not that radical, it was more our elites, who were mostly self made wanted to get rid of the British Blue bloods because the blue bloods wouldn't let them in the club, gave them no representation, etc.

The people in power before the revolution here, were the same after the revolution, the revolution as simply "throwing off a yoke from Europe"

Europeans expect the elites/government to take care of them, they replaced a king with a representative social democracy that will do the same thing "give alms"...

That is not the American mentality and I don't think that system will ever work here, well not unless we become largely Hispanic.

Funny enough the Swiss mindset is more like the American one, which is why they have less socialism and refuse to join the EU...hmmm...

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Zing said...

@Dragon Horse

Thanks for the clarification.

Using this medium of communication, it's hard to nail down a person's true intentions.

The Purple Cow said...

[quote:DragonHorse]
The common European mindset is quite different from Americans, there experimenting with socialism was only possible because we pay for their defense.[/quote]

Oh F.F.S.

Mr Dragon Horse - you sir a complete imbecile.

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Dragonhorse; you get it man..but don't waste your time trying to educate marxists - they can only exist in ignorance !

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