On Socialism, Fascism, Fuckwits, And Shutting The Fuck Up
I’m annoyed. There are a lot of people out there in the world who have what could kindly be described as a tenuous grasp on the rudiments of political and economic philosophy. Like the dude to the left.
And, you know, his ilk.
Let’s take, as our first example the most common over-reaching criticism of Barack Obama, that he’s a dreaded socialist.
Calling Obama a socialist based on his some of his policies – specifically, I suppose, health care reform, or the various bailouts – is kind of like calling someone who has studied Kung Fu Chinese. Or Chuck Norris. It is entirely within the rights of the elected leader of this supposedly pluralist nation to employ some pluralist practices. To call Obama, or anyone who supports health care reform, a socialist based on a single aspect of his, and their, overall philosophic or political belief is to be dangerously, stupidly imprecise.
In my opinion, this abuse of semantics is what usually bungs up the political process in America; regardless, these fuckwits don’t seem to care too much about “socialism” or “free-market capitalism” or “irony” when they’re glutting themselves at Wal-Mart.
The irony here, of course, is that the tea-baggers have co-opted Glenn Beck’s inane insistence that Obama is a fascist, despite the actual definition of fascism, and despite the fact that they’re employing fascistic practices in an effort to stymie the democratic process, the very same process supposedly being threatened by the current administration. It raises the question; have these people ever picked up a dictionary, like, literally, ever? To quote Inigo Montoya,
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Because if Obama were a fascist, he’d send some black-ops, Snake Eyes-motherfuckers in there to slice off Beck’s double chin and feed it to him. You know, to set an example. And maybe to send the message that, “Hey, maybe you donkeys should lose a pound or two.”
But that hasn’t happened, and alas, it probably never will. Because that word doesn’t mean what they think it means. So, what we’re left with is a group of people who, through their calamitous and willful ignorance, are trying to push some aimless, amorphous agenda into the national debate, all with the ungrudging support of an entire network.
To my mind, all this just highlights the dangers of democracy: a bunch of people who literally do not know what the fuck they’re talking about, who nevertheless prattle on with impunity. And in the process, we all wind up beholden to a bunch of jerks who never learned the virtues of just shutting the fuck up.