Thursday, April 23, 2015

You Keep Using That Word

Ted Cruz may be smart, but he keeps on using a word that he doesn’t seem to know the meaning thereof.

“Obama is a disaster because he’s an unmitigated socialist, what he believes is profoundly dangerous, and he’s undermined the Constitution and the role of America in the world.”

If Barack Obama is a socialist, he sucks at it.  The stock market is through the roof, corporate profits are at all-time highs, and unemployment is down to 5%.  That doesn’t sound like the results of socialism, which, for those of you who were not paying attention in Grade 10 social studies class, means that the means of production such as the major industries like manufacturing are publicly owned.

Actually, we need to give Ted Cruz a bit more credit.  He knows he can holler “socialism!” in a crowded theatre and get the expected response.  He probably knows the meaning of the word, but he knows that the crowd he’s reaching out to hears “socialism” and freaks out, even though most of them are the beneficiaries of forms of it such as public education (for what it was worth to them), their pension, and their Medicare, not to mention the basic forms of socialism that we all take for granted like the water and sewer system.  But as long as Mr. Cruz can bamboozle the rubes, he’ll keep using that word.