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That scary socialism

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Those who make their living by exaggerating have been on a tear lately. Socialism is the threat.  Talker Sean Hannity is especially apoplectic.

Columnist Bob Cesca has a brilliant idea: Hannity should spark a revolution—with right-wing pundits as co-revolutionaries—that casts off socialism’s tainted fruit.

Here’s the Cesca war plan:

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I’m calling upon Sean Hannity to […] end American socialism now!

Refuse to send your kids to socialized public schools and universities; refuse to use socialized roads and highways; refuse to call upon socialized police and fire departments; shut down the socialized air traffic control; refuse to visit socialized national parks; tell grandma that her Social Security and Medicare checks will have to be sent back; demand the immediate dismantling of our socialized American military.

Sarah Palin and her supporters in Alaska should refuse all forms of “redistributed wealth” by sending back their checks from the socialized oil program there.

Send it all back. I’m sure the entire roster of [pundits] — Limbaugh, Scarborough, Hannity and the like — have already forgone their usage of these socialist services […]

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Was Joe McCarthy fifty years ahead of his time?

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February 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Barack Obama’s Speech at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner

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Seems like I can’t go to the local coffee shop without meeting someone intriguing. Monday’s visit brought an introduction to the local Obama staffer, Ms. Scott (whose first name, sorry to say, has escaped me).

We chatted for a while. I shared my longing for a candidate who would get it that military confrontation and inflammatory talk make us appear threatening to the world, and we become less safe, rather than more. My concern is that the Guilani and Romney—and even Clinton—approaches to foreign policy aren’t safe. They provoke the very danger that they claim to scare away.

I told her I hoped Sen. Obama would speak out about how Republican cold-war approaches were outdated and dangerous, and how national security depended on finding a new road that would out-perform the threats and bombs of recent failure, and that would deliver a better kind of security to an inter-connected world.

In response, she recommended Sen. Obama’s speech at the J-J Dinner from last weekend. David Yepsen, arguably the most influential of Iowa pundits, wrote of this speech: Should he win the Iowa caucuses, Saturday’s dinner will be remembered as one of the turning points in his campaign, a point where he laid down the marker and began closing on Clinton, the national frontrunner.   Here ’tis.

I find it hopeful. You?

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November 17, 2007 at 2:10 am

Posted in Iowa, Politics

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

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Excellent writing of Brian McLaren about the link between God-in-our-hearts and hope-for-our-world. Click its title to see the whole piece in situ. Or read the excerpt here. But be encouraged!

Brian McLaren
. . . Earlier this week, I was speaking to a group of Methodist ministers and we sang the Christmas carol “Joy to the World.” Two moments in the song took my breath away.

The first came . . . Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16, 2006 at 2:02 pm

Posted in Politics, Social change

Finally: Health insurance for everyone

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[With apologies to my non-USA readers – I realize I'm talking about a political/moral challenge that has played out quite differently (often, admirably) in your own contexts.]

Some of us are privileged to spend our lives pursuing our dreams. Others – and you are one or you know one – spend their entire working lives paying off hospital bills. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 12, 2006 at 5:48 pm