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Thread #150244 Message #3501176
Posted By: Little Hawk
09-Apr-13 - 08:08 PM
Thread Name: BS: Obama Hate Thread...
Subject: RE: BS: Is Obama a Socialist?
Gosh! Do they have cameleopard piss in San Diego, Amos? There sure isn't any available around here. What do you do with it, rub it behind your ears?
The problem with textbook definitions of socialism is that they seem to treat it as an all-or-nothing proposition. In fact, all modern societies naturally contain a certain amount of socialism...usually mixed in with a certain amount of capitalism. It doesn't HAVE to be all one or all the other, and it very seldom is.
Therefore, any president of the USA is in fact governing over a partially socialist and partially capitalist system no matter how you look at it, so does that make him "a socialist"? Or "a capitalist"? Only if you ignore all the stuff that doesn't fit your textbook definition.
We've had numerous discussions here going way back about what socialism is...and it is a number of things besides what the dictionary bothers telling you in its brief definition. Every single thing that is done through government funding (taxation), and by government-employed personnel is socialist in nature. That includes things like public libraries, public parks and recreation facilities, airports, harbours, environmental agencies, water regulation agencies, public health facilities, public schools, fire departments, police, armed forces, courts and legal system and jails, garbage collection, highway maintenance....every frickin' thing imaginable that is there to take care of a general and very obvious public NEED rather than to make a profit for the owners of a privately owned business.