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The Day Socialism Comes to America

Posted by wordforit on February 19, 2008

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”

 – Norman Thomas, American socialist

I’ve been thinking deeply about those famously prophetic words spoken by America’s premier socialist thinker and leader.

They didn’t resonate in the 1940s when Franklin Roosevelt, in the name of ending the Depression, exceeded all constitutional authority by approving new federal assistance programs.

They seemed a bit far-fetched to most of us in the 1960s when Lyndon Johnson vastly expanded the welfare state in his failed bid to end poverty in America.

They still didn’t connect in the 1970s when Richard Nixon, in a bid to ingratiate himself with Democrats in Congress and stave off an impeachment, greatly increased spending on wealth-redistribution schemes.

And by the 1980s, with Ronald Reagan in power, it seemed this 40-year trend had finally been reversed.

But with the initiatives being proposed by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign, it appears Norman Thomas was right all along. Americans will, indeed, embrace every fragment of the socialist program in the name of liberalism.

Both of the leading Democrats call for nationalized health care – for a power grab by Washington in which the federal government will seize full control of another one-seventh of the U.S. economy.

This would, of course, be the most dramatic and irreversible step toward U.S. socialism in the nation’s history.

Even today, however, the architects of these plans conceal from the public the centralized, command-and-control nature of the new system they devise.

They are not asked by the press to show the American people even one successful program government has run. Yet the American people seem ready to put the lives of their children and grandchildren in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.

Now comes an even grander proposal by Barack Obama. It’s called the Global Poverty Act, that would, in the next decade, transfer at least $845 billion of U.S. taxpayer money overseas. Think of Johnson’s failed war on poverty going international – directed not by Americans but by the United Nations.

How we could even be debating ideas like this in the 21st century, after all of the climactic failures of socialism around the world, is amazing to me. But we’re not really debating them. It seems we’re not even capable as a people of debating them, reasoning over them, using our brains to consider them.

Americans may simply be too far gone spiritually, morally and intellectually to reject the temptations of socialism.

Socialism is antithetical to human nature, yet it has great appeal to the human mind.

It’s one of the great lies of all time – similar to the one told by the deceiver in the Garden of Eden. You can be like God! You can have it all right here on Earth. You can live in utopia, and you don’t have to obey the laws of the universe to achieve it.

That’s the essence of socialism. And it is finally seducing America as it has seduced much of the rest of the world over the last century.

Unfortunately, Americans don’t even have a party representing clear, unequivocal opposition to socialism. The Republicans dare not even speak its name. John McCain admits publicly he doesn’t know much or care much about economics.

And so, Americans don’t even have a reason or a mechanism to say no to the socialism that is coming to their country under the guise of liberalism – just the way Norman Thomas predicted it would come.

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Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. His latest book is “Stop The Presses: The Inside Story of the New Media Revolution.” He also edits the online intelligence newsletter Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, in which he utilizes his sources developed over 30 years in the news business.

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Super Tuesday–Georgia Update

Posted by wordforit on February 5, 2008

Georgia Primary yields long lines, some problems [see below]

February 5, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia elections officials say voter turnout appeared to be high across the state Tuesday for a Democratic presidential primary with especially intense interest among blacks and a Republican race that could attract a wealth of independents to the polls.

Long lines were ommonplace in many areas. At a church in Fulton County, more than 50 people had lined up to vote before the doors opened and a pollworker there said she had never seen so many lined up so early. In Marietta, a line of voters stretched to back of a middle school auditorium.

The election is the first statewide contest in Georgia that required voters to bring photo identification to the polls, and delays were reported in some places as officials checked records.

The vote has the potential to surpass the 1988 presidential primary, when about 40 percent of the voters turned out. More than 600,000 Democrats cast their ballots, fueling a Jesse Jackson victory. On the Republican side, about 400,000 voters turned out, giving George H.W. Bush a win over Bob Dole and Pat Robertson.

Alan Abramowitz, an Emory University political science professor who studies voting behavior, predicts as many as 700,000 people could vote today in the GOP primary and 800,000 in the Democratic contest.

The campaign of Democrat Barack Obama said it is asking the state to keep at least one precinct open late. Adora Andy, a spokeswoman for the Illinois senator’s campaign, said one Atlanta-area precinct opened late and should not close as scheduled at 7 p.m. She said the campaign is considering whether to push for longer hours at other polling places where voters faced long lines.

State officials said staffers are working to fix “isolated” problems. A campaign watchdog group said some computers being used to verify voter identifications as part of a new state law crashed earlier in the day.

The Secretary of State’s office said it dispatched staff and poll monitors to precincts that reported problems.

At a precinct at one Atlanta residential building, voting was delayed when only one of five voting booths were working and election workers had to hand out 75 paper ballots.

There are complaints of murky campaign tactics as well. Obama’s campaign also said it is investigating complaints that elderly people in Atlanta got calls offering to allow them to vote by phone, which is not permitted.

Posted: 5:14 PM Feb 5, 2008
Last Updated: 5:14 PM Feb 5, 2008
Reporter: Richard Rogers
Email Address: mailto:richard.rogers@wrdw.com

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Super Tuesday turnout (Augusta, Ga.)

February 5, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga.—Early turnout from voters in the “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries show predictions are on the mark so far.

News 12’s Chris Thomas reported 100 voters an hour were turning out
at National Hills Baptist Church on Washington Rd. in Augusta.

Local election officials are predicting a 30 to 35 percent turnout for the
Democratic and Republican primaries.

One voter, Robert Symms of Augusta, said, “I think there’s a lot of interest in what’s been going on for months and months. Now it’s coming down to a point that we need to narrow it down to the few that we want to see get into the national conventions and get the nominations.”

The polls will be open in Georgia until 7pm. There are 52 locations in
Richmond County and 45 in Columbia County.

Stay with News 12 [WRDW-CBS] for updates throughout the election ,and we’ll have
complete results from Georgia and other primary states Tuesday evening.

Posted: 3:00 PM Feb 5, 2008
Last Updated: 3:00 PM Feb 5, 2008
Reporter: Tom Campbell/Chris Thomas
Email Address: mailto:tom.campbell@wrdw.com

Source: WRDW.com

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Matrix/’Blind’ Quiz on Candidates

Posted by wordforit on January 25, 2008

The content of each cell is designed to provide users, regardless of their religious or political affiliation, a thorough overview of a given candidate’s position. Also offers a “Comparison Mode”.  (all links-new windows)

Matrix

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Take the ‘Blind Quiz’ ( answer questions, then see who answered the same way) , or click on Election Issues to read statements made by candidates.

Vote by Issue

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On the Issues is favored because, although all are excellent resources I reference frequently, it covers more in-depth and a wider range of issues.

On the Issues

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“The following is a general guideline to the candidates’ positions on some of the top issues. Some of the issues are more complex and usually require more than a ‘yes/no’ or ‘support/oppose’ position. Please visit the official campaign site of the candidate in question for more details about each issue. Also, feel free to leave a comment or email us at contact@2decide.com if you think we made an error or simply would like us to add another issue to the table. . .” http://www.2decide.com/table.htm  (5145 diggs)

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Election Oversight: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

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Lesson Plans for Teachers: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/lessonplans.html

Primary Election Map: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/primaries/states/

Election (incl. Reporters’ Blog) Feeds (RSS) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/feeds.html

Archives-Current to 2006 (News Releases/Entries): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/primaries/archive.php

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