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Beware the Socialist Bogeyman


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  • Feb. 17, 2020 - 3:10 PM

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Because of the unique situation the State of Georgia finds itself in with the retirement of Senator Johnny Isakson, we are going to have to endure nine months of political ads.

Nine months of Senator Loeffler and Representative Collins trying desperately to convince Georgia Republicans that they love the President the “mostest,” and should, therefore, serve Georgians in the United States Senate. This election promises to be the “Super Bowl of Sycophancy.”

It is also time for voters nationwide to be on the lookout for the “socialist bogeyman.” It is election season ladies and gentlemen, and as they have been doing for the better part of a century, Republicans are unleashing the socialist bogeyman. Beware of the socialist Democrats, they tell us. They are lurking everywhere and trying to destroy our very way of life.

To his credit, Representative Drew Ferguson in his newsletter, seeks to protect his constituents by making us aware of this lurking menace. His newsletter contains the latest Republican talking points that he has received, and he routinely blames all of the country’s problems on the socialist Democrats.

No one has done a better job of refuting this political talking point than President Harry S. Truman. As aforementioned, Republicans having been pulling the socialist trump card—no pun intended—out of their back pockets for the better part of a century. In a speech he gave in 1952, President Truman described it this way:

Socialism is a scare word they [Republicans] have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.

Do Republicans really want to run on a platform that does away with public power, social security, farm price supports, bank deposit insurance, and free and independent labor organizations? It would seem to be a winning platform that most assuredly would deliver a Republican landslide in November—said no politician ever.

Hopefully, whoever comes up short in the Loeffler versus Collins contest will be offered some sort of consolation prize by the President. Perhaps a new department will be created and the loser will be chosen as the first Secretary. They both have already shown that they have outstanding qualifications to serve as the head of the Department of Sycophancy. Although to be fair, there is an abundance of qualified candidates within the Republican Party for that particular position.

I will close with the following Public Service Announcement: As we are heading into this election year, please be sure you have fresh batteries in your socialist bogeyman detectors!

Lawrence Burns

Newnan