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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Presidential Political Stigma: Being Branded a Socialist.

President Obama started taking real heat about his socialist based ideals with the passing of “Obama Care,” but he isn’t the only president in history to take a political hit with conservatives over their pet social programs during an election year.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was also plagued by accusations of having socialist values  in the Presidential Election of 1936 ,  because he was perceived as leaning towards European style socialism do to his part in, and belief of, the need for Social Security; socialist in nature by its very name. President Roosevelt also ironically inherited the great depression, and also faced hard questions politically on how well things were improving for the average American citizen.

We will see if on this upcoming Presidential Election day, Obama has as good of luck as Roosevelt had when he was re-elected to a second term in 1936, both in public support during tough financial times, and in our countries economic turnaround.

Merriam-Webster’s Definition of Socialism: 1 - any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. 2 - A: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property. B: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state. 3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

My Definition of a Socialist: A socialist is someone who holds the hopes, needs, and dreams of the many as more important than the materialistic political schemes of the greedy few.  A socialist feels naturally responsible for feeding, housing, educating, and medically treating all those in their society who are in need of it; regardless of whether or not they can afford it.

A socialist does these things because he values humanity, community and social unity.