Daniel W. Jones, Dothan Eagle, Published: March 25, 2009
A very important bill is coming up in Congress soon, introduced by Texas Congressman Ron Paul.
During the next several months, Campaign for Liberty ’s No. 1 priority on the national level will be passing Paul’s bill to audit the Federal Reserve: H.R. 1207, “The Federal Reserve Transparency Act.”
It’s obvious that we don’t know where our “borrowed” money is going. There is a majority of people in both major political parties that is afraid to oppose the Fed and will not if the voters don’t pressure them to do so.
The most influential voice against holding the big money people responsible is good ol’ Rush Limbaugh. We can always depend on him to scream “socialism” or “communism” at anyone wanting to control “our” monetary policy and corporations.
Certainly those two words induce paroxisms in the timid, ignorant and fearful among us. Maybe more of us should review some of our high school history or college political science course material.
It’s not like these words are such a mystery. I, personally, don’t like being treated with condescension or any other tomfoolery. When Rush, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and such give definitions of socialism, they studiously avoid giving the correct definitions and generally omit “fascism.”
When the interests of big business and government merge together, you have fascism. In our country, we have all of the influences of these political systems merged together into a sort of “corporatocracy,” a very real tyranny gained and maintained by the control of money. All of those words so scorned by Rush and the bunch, like socialism, populism and communism, have to do with the interests of workers, citizens in general, and public ownership and control of certain endeavors, like the postal service, the U.S. highway system, national parks, Social Security, Medicare, the U.S. military, the Smithsonian Institute and on and on and on.
Maybe paroxisms are not the appropriate responses to these demagogues.
Daniel W. Jones
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