US Democrat congressman--Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)--calls for the nationalization of the oil industry. Further, a talking pinhead from the non-profit Oil Change International endorses the idea that Congress should set the price of gasoline(!) But most Americans will yawn at this.
[H]ave the American people, either through progressive bromides or an educational system that has been battling to turn government into a secular godhead, become so dumbed down that they will fail to recognize explicit calls for communism when they see them?Jeff knows that the answer to that either/or question is ‘yes.’
The Left has been building America up—or down rather—for overt socialism and Marxism for a long, long time. When most educational systems stopped properly educating their charges, stopped familiarizing them with the tenets of socialism, small-l liberalism, capitalism, basic economics and, most of all, history--or, rather, failed to call the pertinent concepts and ideologies by name--those Left-dominated systems were able to present socialist principles sans proper labeling and color those principles as good and necessary. Socialist principles became rights. The results of that indoctrination have become so pervasive that, when those who are properly educated (formally or self-educated) try to explain how and why such principles aren’t rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and how implementation of these “rights” will eventually bankrupt a nation and—in the end--radically alter life in this country for the worst, the explainers get labeled adversely: racist, Nazi, Uncle Tom, fascist, Aunt Jemima, sexist, tool of the Patriarchy, or some combination thereof, depending on the coating and plumbing of the Cassandra in question. And the labels stick because the definition and history behind those terms isn’t taught either. So, for example, instead of a Nazi being defined as someone who oppresses a set of persons, a Nazi is defined as someone who stops another from oppressing a set of persons (see Bush and Iraq).
And after those seeds are planted, the politics of Envy and Covetousness play a huge role in further softening the ground for Marxism. The idea of profit beyond a certain limit being morally wrong stems from nothing but envy. So, if the regular Jane knows nothing about government or economics or history except for the distorted versions dispensed by the average public educational system, the average university system and/or the Seven o’clock news, she can be convinced, for example, that nationalizing the oil industry will bring down her gasoline bill. She can be convinced that corporations are the enemy of the worker. She can be convinced that their money is her money. She can be convinced that all profits of other individuals and corporations belong to her and those like her. She can be convinced that the great, almighty government can save her and everyone from the dastardly, mustache-twirling corporations. And, ultimately, she can be convinced that the icon of Hope and Change—the very flowering of the Left’s Marxist transformation plan for America--can and will make all of her dreams come true.
(Thanks to Michelle Malkin)
UPDATE: Hinchey becomes vague on the nationalization intention after noticing that nobody saluted after he ran the idea up the pole.
Let's be serious. The government is not going to be taking over these refineries. ... But I do think we need to be putting national pressure on these oil companies ... to let them know that we're prepared to do whatever is in the national interest of the people of this country. That's our job — do what is in the public interest.It's always a good idea to remain...er...attentive when politicians start talking about your "public interest."
(Thanks to Hot Air)