Loc: Whittier, California
Originally Posted By: Greger
Speaking of social democracy have you seen the headline over at Huffpo?
Republicans Have Been Smearing Democrats As Socialists Since Way Before You Were Born
Republicans believe they have hit on a bold, brand new line of attack that is sure to doom Democrats heading into the 2020 elections. President Donald Trump made it a central point of his State of the Union. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, promises to bring this fresh hit in his party’s effort to regain control of the House.
The big plan is to ― wait for it ― attack Democrats as socialists.
“Socialism is the greatest vulnerability by far that the House Democrats have,” Emmer told the New York Times.
As any American who has developed to the stage of object permanence can tell you, this isn’t a new plan. It is, in fact, the oldest trick in the book.
Every single political actor since the late 19th century advocating for some form progressive social change ― whether it be economic reform, challenging America’s racial caste system or advocating for women’s rights or LGBT rights ― has been tarred as a socialist or a communist bent on destroying the American Free Enterprise System.
Those of us who believe in Utopian Social Democracy (would it suit you better if I called it that? Are pretty much used to being slandered as the Socialists of your imagination, which is largely a product of conservative brainwashing since the day you became politically aware.
We don't care anymore.
You beat me to it. How is it that they so damned effective with the scare tactics? I wish we could find a way to make this go viral again somehow:
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them." (Philip K. Dick)
In this case, the word being manipulated is "SOCIALISM". Conservatives have been attacking people as socialists for over a century now. Everyone who doesn't agree with them is a socialist, everything done for the general good is socialism, any investment in society is socialism, it's all socialism and it is all leading to totalitarianism.
The only people pushing the Athenian Straw Man Nonexistent Threat of Slippery Slope Windyfoggery (ASMNSSW) RE DEMOCRACY are people who have a misunderstanding/problem or hatred of democracy. (See AUTHORITARIANS)