Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Quote of the Day


"Now, years later, I hear the word 'socialist' being tossed around by the likes of Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others. President Obama, they warn, is a socialist. The critics cry, 'Obamacare is socialism!' They falsely equate Western European-style socialism, and its government provision of social insurance and health care, with Marxist-Leninist totalitarianism. It offends me, and cheapens the experience of millions who lived, and continue to live, under brutal forms of socialism."

-- Director Milos Forman, who lived under tyrannical socialist rule in Czechoslovakia, in an op-ed in yesterday's New York Times

Forman puts things in crystal clear perspective -- and puts the politically motivated hysterics of the Tea Party-led GOP in their place.

It's required reading.

4 comments:

Anonymouse said...

Shit...I get annoyed when people cry "Obama is a liberal".

Only in America, where a national policy which was originally proposed by Bob fucking Dole, and written primarily by private interests in the Insurance Industry, could be seen as socialistic.

Marc McKenzie said...

@Anonymouse: Great, a stab at the President instead of actually talking about what was in the fucking post.

Can't disagree with Foreman on this. He's right on target.

Beth said...

Holy shit....FINALLY!
My husband grew up in the bleak last days of Communist Romania, was on the streets of Bucharest in Dec '89 facing down tanks, and now, as a US citizen, has to listen to idiots equate his experience under a crazy dictator to having a president who wants health care reform.
I'm glad someone of note is finally saying something rational about this bullshit.

phoniexflames said...

Yeah... two of my favorite quotes from my family:

"I remember lines like these when I was a boy; only then, we were waiting for potatoes." ~ My dad, commenting on the checkout line at the Best Buy on Christmas Eve, while we waited to buy a Blue-Ray player for my mom.

"That word not mean that." ~ My grandma, commenting on the repeated use of "socialist" and "communist" by fox news correspondents while she absently watched it at my parent's place.

It should be noted that my father was a refugee that escaped the former communist Czechoslovakia at age 20 and was around for the Soviet invasion, and my grandma lived under both the Soviet occupation and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia.