Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Obama the Socialist

Tiffany wrote, "You have to laugh...people from TRUE socialist countries are laughing their behinds off about people calling Obama or any Democrat socialist. Me thinks some people have NO concept of what a socialist society is."

I definitely know what a socialist society is Tiffany and I'm not laughing. But I'm not here to debate the finer points of political philosophy. Barack Obama is a both a socialist and a Democrat hoping to bring a socialist society to America.

Me thinks that perhaps Tiffany (and maybe others) don't know or understand the "fusion" concept made popular by the socialist New Party to influence election outcomes in their favor. The New Party understood that as socialists aligned from this party alone they didn't stand a chance of being elected so they "fused" with existing parties.

Eric Erickson at Human Events explains the "fusion" concept,
"Fusion is a pretty simple concept. A candidate could run as both a Democrat and a New Party member to signal the candidate was, in fact, a left-leaning candidate, or at least not a center-left DLC type candidate. If the candidate -- let’s call him Barack Obama -- received only 500 votes in the Democratic Party against another candidate who received 1000 votes, Obama would clearly not be the nominee. But, if Obama also received 600 votes from the New Party, Obama’s New Party votes and Democratic votes would be fused. He would be the Democratic nominee with 1100 votes."
The Supreme Court later ruled the fusion concept was "not a protected constitutional right." However, the New Party and Obama were able to use fusion concept (along with challenging rival signatures) to win his race in 1996. A New Party News photo shows him celebrating victory with his fellow members.

New Party announced his victory to the Illinois Senate in an update.
"Secondly, the NP's '96 Political Program has been enormously successful with 3 of 4 endorsed candidates winning electoral primaries. All four candidates attended the NP membership meeting on April 11th to express their gratitude. Danny Davis, winner in the 7th Congressional District, invited NPers to join his Campaign Steering Committee. Patricia Martin, who won the race for Judge in 7th Subcircuit Court, explained that due to the NP she was able to network and get experienced advice from progressives like Davis. Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration.
In the event you missed it, the URL for the update was the New Ground archive hosted by the Chicago Democrat Socialist Party. The Chicago DSA endorsed him in his uncontested race for office.

You're known by the company you keep, Tiffany. Barack Obama is a socialist who has successfully employed the ideas first introduced by the New Party to convince American voters that he's just a Democrat for "change we can believe in."

New Zeal and Powerline provides quite a few details.

Libbie lives in the UK and provided this comment about Ameria...
"I live in the UK, which is in large part run on socialist principles, and I know many, many people that are quite proud of the fact, and have mocked Americans who have spoken out against it.

The socialists of Europe are not mocking you because the US is currently socialist. They're laughing their socks off because you ain't seen nothing yet.

Just wait until you get an NHS of your very own. And all the waiting lists, postcode lotteries and MRSA and C-Difficile that goes with it. (We don't complain, because we're English, and it's not really the done thing, but we're still effectively rationing drugs and staffing)

And a welfare state that means people are better off staying on income support handouts than getting a job. And once you're there, you won't be able to get out of it, because such a large voting contingent will be dependent upon socialism staying in place.

Socialism isn't tyranny overnight. But it will likely get there eventually."
Update: Stanley Kurtz has more on Obama and Socialism and wonders, Where's the Press?.

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