March 7, 2009 by The Mormon Worker
Here in Provo, Utah I often hear people repeating the accusations of Republican pundits that President Obama is a socialist, and that the current financial bailout/economic stimulus measures he is implementing are leading us toward a socialist society/economic system. Either Republicans are completely ignorant about what socialism constitutes, or they simply use the term to slander the efforts of the opposing political party for the sake of being able to win the next election, or both. In response to my Republican friends who are disgusted at the supposed socialist turn our country is apparently taking, I often tell them, “If you think that, you’re obviously not reading the socialist press” (of course they’re then surprised that socialist pubications even exist any more). Every socialist publication I know of criticizes Obama for his massive transfer of public funds into corporate hands, to “save” the banks and insurance companies, which are essentially holding the country hostage by being so big that if they fail, the result would likely be the collapse of the US, and by extension, the world economy. Therefore Obama has no choice but to use massive amounts of taxpayer money to keep these companies alive, so that in the future they can continue to exploit borrowers, make huge profits, and pay huge bonuses to top executives. In short, rather than implementing Socialism, Obama is doing everything he can in a last gasped effort to save the capitalist system, which the Republicans themselves drove into the ground by adhering religiously to free-market fundamentalist ideas. If only all the things Republicans said about Obama were true (Muslim, Socialist, Anti-war), I might have bothered to vote for him, rather than for no one at all. Instead, in addition to saving Capitalism, from Obama we get silence over the massacre in Gaza, continued arm shipments to the terrorists in the Israeli Army, more murdered civilians from Predator drone air strikes in Pakistan, and an escalation of the war in Afghanistan, where the US manages to kill more civilians than even the Taliban. Rather than “change,” so far all we’re getting is more of the same.