Soviet States of America? I don’t think so.

Despite what right-wing blogs are now screaming about and claiming to be pravda, I have yet to say any specific claims of what exactly has beeb made “Marxist” by the Obama Administration.

The government offering health insurance is not marxist.

The government bailing out failing financial institutions and car companies is not marxist.

The government criticising the commercial system that has elevated America to its current state, for better or for worse, would be marxist. But that’s not happening.

The government eliminating all political parties except one (a la Karl Rove’s vision of lifelong Republican rule) would be Leninist. But that’s not happening.

The government is not making us learn lengthy dialectics that crticize capitalism. If anything, it may have saved capitalism for the time being. Capitalism being capitalism, it goes through cycles of highs and lows. We just may have been saved from a very deep and very long “low.” But it’s too soon to tell.

So, my dear and only friend, if you want to find out what Marxism is about, please visit marxists.org. Hopefully it will set you straight about Marxism vs. Obama’s relatively conservative course of action and Bush’s radical deeds.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.