[FoRK] The real threat of reactionary socialism
jbone at place.org
Fri May 23 12:00:07 PDT 2008
(I decided over the enforced break that I'd make another attempt to
minimize to some degree my expressions of indignation and outrage over
our deteriorating political situation, but this was such a jaw-dropper
that it requires posting.)
The problem with parties is that the coevolve into increasingly-
extreme parodies of themselves over time, cyclically, apparently
without bound. Whatever the evils of the Bush administration, its
most pernicious lasting influence may be a newly-invigorated extreme
left. I've recently pointed out here that I'm sensing a growing
reactionary trend among the Dems that threatens to hurl us straight
into the arms of doomed socialism.
To support this contention, consider the following exchange yesterday
in testimony by oil company executives before a House committee. In
response to pointed comments by Shell CEO John Hofmeister blaming
Congress for restricting domestic oil exploration and drilling, CA Dem
Maxine Waters --- admittedly, one of our Congresscritters who is only
slightly to the right of Karl Marx, but nonetheless --- said,
"And guess what this liberal will be all about. This liberal will be
all about socializi... um... (long pause...) basically... taking
over and the government running all of your companies."
That's as verbatim as I can make it, transcribing from the TiVo'd
It doesn't get any plainer than that, does it? Now, I'm not
particularly a fan of Big Oil. But I'm not a fan of gov't "helping"
like that, either...
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