To assist with the current state of debate over the President’s recent signing of the health-care reform legislation into law, I offer the following definitions of words that I have heard recently during said debate. These definitions come courtesy of the fine group of people at Dictionary.com.
Fascism: a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
Socialism: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
Now, the reason I titled this piece as I did is because not a single person who reads this post will change their mind about how they feel about the legislation.
For those who believe that President Obama’s signature has ushered in the Era of Fascism and Socialism will not be swayed to change their vocabulary even when confronted with the reality that the definitions of fascism and socialism do not come close to describing the new law. There is no dictator, nationalism, or racism. There is no control of health care in one single entity. But all my words above are pointless as people believe what they want to believe regardless of those pesky items known as “facts”.
For those who understand the real definitions of fascism and socialism, the post is truly pointless as it is the cliche of “preaching to the choir”.
Well, there’s ten minutes of my life I’m not getting back.