By John Kanelis / firstname.lastname@example.org
The dictionary offers a comprehensive explanation of a term that has been weaponized in the current political debate.
It is socialism. The dictionary describes it this way :
” … a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”
That is where I want to start this brief blog post.
Republicans throw the “s-word” out there whenever they hear a policy that want to oppose. It’s socialist, they say. Those who preach it believe in socialism. They want to strip away capitalism.
That’s the mantra of the demagogues who throw around “socialism” and “socialist” as if they know what the hell they’re talking about.
I have heard nothing from President Biden or Vice President Harris to suggest they favor taking over complete control of the means of production, distribution or exchange.” They remain, as far as I can tell, as dedicated to capitalism and the traditional American way of life as you and me.
That isn’t stopping the critics, though, from tossing around hot-button terminology as if it’s gospel. Socialism has become the term du jour that right-wing critics are using to scare the daylights out of those who adhere to their world view.
Here’s my suggestion for the day.
How about just chillin’ out? Americans elected a mainstream politician as our president in 2020. He chose an acknowledged political liberal as his running mate. Let us remember, too, that President Biden is in charge of the executive branch, which is one of three co-equal branches of government.
All of this is my way of saying that a president can propose all he wants, but it falls on the legislative branch — Congress — to enact legislation that becomes the law of the land.
Are the POTUS and VPOTUS going to pitch a notion that we become a socialist nation?
Not in a zillion years.