The Roar of the Fans
By: Patti Bankson
My parents were Democrats. I grew up hearing them say FDR was the greatest thing since sliced bread, margarine and Cadillacs. When I was old enough to vote, I called myself a Democrat and voted Democrat, until I realized that I didnâ€™t believe what Democrats believe. So Iâ€™m no longer a Democrat. I no longer support the Democrat plank. Especially that so-called pro-choice one where an unborn baby (4.5 months old or more) has no choice when his/her own mother chooses to end his/her life by allowing his/her brains to be sucked out. Nice..
Anyway… since the election even more of my Liberal / Progressive â€œfansâ€ are telling me that they rrrrrreally donâ€™t like the way I see things. Thatâ€™s Okay. This is still America and we donâ€™t have to have the same opinions, right? Iâ€™m still free to think my opinion is the right one, right? I mean, if I didnâ€™t believe that then I really donâ€™t have an opinion, do I? Well… not according to my â€œfansâ€. Apparently the Change they believe in is: No more expressing your opinion about Barack Obama unless you believe he truly is THE answer to all our woes, and a savior. I really have a problem with that last one… sorry, folks… even if I were (still) a Democrat, Iâ€™d be saying that thereâ€™s only one Savior, and it ainâ€™t Barack Obama.
One â€œfanâ€ is unhappy because I had the audacity to congratulate Obama on his win, then, express concern about his Socialist / Marxist leanings. He questioned whether I even knew the meaning of the terms. Yes. Do you? Just in case: Socialism: 1) Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy. 2) The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved. 3) A political theory advocating state ownership of industry 4) an economic system based on state ownership of capital. (The opposite of capitalism). This â€œfanâ€ thinks a business having the right to decide how and where they do business is Unpatriotic and Un-American. (See Socialism defined above.) I think when he called me â€œSchizoâ€ he was referring to the â€œfanâ€ who wrote that my columns were so offensive she quit reading them; even threw away the paper. But! She said… â€œWhen it arrived today, I couldnâ€™t wait to see what you had to write.â€ Just in case youâ€™re reading this before tossing the paper, itâ€™s â€œBoo Hooâ€, not â€œBoo Hoâ€. So much for that college education.
Listen up, â€œfansâ€… if itâ€™s O.K. for â€œyâ€™allâ€ to call George Bush stupid and Hitler, then itâ€™s O.K. for me to point out Barack Obamaâ€™s Socialist leanings. I know heâ€™s not alone… that both Democrats and R.I.N.O.s have been taking us in that direction for a long time. But that doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s right or good for this country. It just means that weâ€™ve become more willing to sit back and let it happen… to let others tell us when to speak up and when to shut up.
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