Response to Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman, in his New York Tomes Op-ed today, joins the lefty folks who are complaining about excessive criticism of the President. Among other things, he complains about the right labeling President Obama as a socialist.

Socialism: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. Source
Of course, under Obama, the federal government owns majority interests in Chrysler and General Motors (means of production) and he has proposed a government run health care system (means of distribution of service).

Hello. Those are facts, not opinions. Those facts show that Obama's administration has pushed socialist policies. Granted, there is no proposal to take over all means of production and distribution. Yet. It is a creeping socialism. Well, under Obama, it has moved from creeping to walking. And he is walking it toward us.

Socialist. The facts are there, decide for yourself.

In fairness to Mr. Friedman, this was simply a minor issue in his overall piece. He is decrying the opening of the formerly alternative, now primary, media to the diverse and vocal opinions (like this blog) which are intensifying the divisions in this country. Point well taken. We are no longer the willing slaves of the uni-opinioned media. People have outlets for their divers voices. The politicians need to learn to deal with it. It is these diverse voices that will act to block (we sincerely hope) the impositions of bad policies on an unwilling majority (or minority).

Politicians like the President must understand that radical policies (like socialized health care) will divide us and may drive crazies to do crazy things. If it gets bad enough, if the politicians pursue divisive policies enough, they will drive the country to a place no one (I hope) wants to be. The same place the country was against King George. Let us not have to go there. Please.

If you think I exaggerate, read the Declaration of Independence complaint about excessive government.


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