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  • "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?" DNC Chair didn't know.

    From the too fracking funny department...
    On MSNBC's Hardball Thursday night, host Chris Matthews stumped DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) when he asked her what the difference is between a Democrat and a socialist.

    "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?" Matthews asked, leaving Wasserman Schultz at a loss for words.

    "I used to think there is a big difference. What do you think it is?" Matthews tried again. "A Democrat like Hillary and a socialist like Bernie Sanders."

    [...]

    "You're chairman of the democratic party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist," Matthews reminded her.

    "The relevant debate that we'll be having this campaign is what's the difference between a Democrat and a Republican," Schultz said.

    [...]


    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/vid...socialist.html

    29
    There is no difference between a Democrat and a socialist..
    17.24%
    5
    She is dumber than a box of rocks.
    37.93%
    11
    All of the above.
    27.59%
    8
    Chris Mathews is part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.
    17.24%
    5
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  • #2
    Kudos to Matthews for asking the question.

    Too bad she couldn't answer.
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    • #3
      So, put another way... What the hyphenated head of the DNC was saying was:

      "The relevant debate that we'll be having this campaign is what's the difference between a Socialist and a Republican,"

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      • #4
        Under Obama, there is no difference.
        Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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        • #5
          She IS dumber than a sack full of rocks and that's not news to me, always thought so!
          Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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          • #6
            From Howie Carr of The Boston Herald - You might be a liberal if...

            http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opi..._re_delusional

            excerpt
            The website American Thinker recently ran a piece headlined, “You May Be a Liberal if….” The point was that moonbat rhetoric is increasingly diverging from reality. I think after this week I can make a few additions to their list.
            You may be a liberal if you want to string up the dentist who shot Cecil the Lion, but you think the ghouls at Planned Parenthood all deserve Profiles in Courage awards.
            You may be a liberal if you feel you have to apologize for saying “All Lives Matter.”
            You may be a liberal if you oppose funding charter schools for inner-city kids even as you send your own children to private schools.
            You may be a liberal if you support higher taxes but have directed the trustees of your own trust fund to buy only municipal bonds — tax-free munis, that is.
            You may be a liberal if you want to ban Christmas trees from the public square as you simultaneously demand prayer rooms for the new Muslim “refugees” in public schools.
            You may be a liberal if you dismiss the coldest, snowiest winter on record as “weather,” but truly believe that two days with temperatures over 90 degrees represent “climate change.”
            You may be a liberal if you believe that felons and illegal aliens should be allowed to vote, but not the military.
            You may be a liberal if you believe in confiscating legally registered guns from law-abiding citizens, but agree with Barack Obama and Eric Holder that existing federal firearms laws should never, ever be used against inner-city gang-bangers who are actually committing crimes with illegal weapons.
            You may be a liberal if you support Obamacare for everyone else, but are outraged when it’s suggested that you yourself might have to eventually give up your own gold-plated health insurance.

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            • #7
              None of the above

              While there are many socialist in the Democratic party it is not clear that a black and white line can be drawn between necessary and unnecessary regulation. Keep in mind that any government regulation removes a degree of individual freedom including the criminal code. Most people don't fit neatly into one political philosophy.

              Conservatives can be mocked by a similar list.

              You may be a conservative if you>

              Believe in a magical "invisible hand"

              Think abortion is murder but resist making contraception easily available.

              Believe that the recent housing crisis was solely the result of greedy people who should not have been given loans.

              Ignore the fact that the second amendment has the words well regulated militia in it.

              Believe that we are winning the war on drugs.

              Think that the institution of marriage was designed to make for happy family life.

              Believe that the ten commandments could not possibly be viewed as religious precepts.

              Believe that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation and not on the principles of the enlightenment and modeled after Greece and Rome.

              Think that the words Marxism and Communism are synonymous.

              Think that the theory of evolution is just a theory and therefor has little scientific validity.

              Fail to see any hint of fascism in the neo-conservative platform.

              Fail to see any similarity between the Russian Czars and Stalin.

              Think the Civil war was primarily about State Rights.

              Think that alcohol is not a drug.

              Think that equality means everyone has the same opportunities in life.

              Fail to see the relationship between public education and the rise of Germany as an economic power.

              Believe there are no atheist in foxholes.

              Think that before the 1960s most people had sexual morals.

              Think property rights are sacred but see human rights as a socialist conspiracy.

              Think Ronald Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union but forget Truman's role.

              Think that Nixon and McCarthy may not have been such bad guys after all.

              Don't see the irony in containing the "military industrial complex" being a focus of Eisenhower's administration.

              Think there was no need for the Federal Government to enforce Civil Rights laws.

              Confuse crony capitalism with a social club.

              Think Enron and Worldcom were primarily cause by excessive government regulation.

              Believe that discrimination is exaggerated because it is a thing of the past.

              Blah Blah Blah


              I'm not terrible fond of either side in the conservative liberal debate.
              We hunt the hunters

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post

                You may be a conservative if you>

                Believe in a magical "invisible hand"
                What does that mean...?

                Think abortion is murder but resist making contraception easily available.
                I think if it is a woman's right to choose and solely her decision, then why do men have to pay child support?

                Believe that the recent housing crisis was solely the result of greedy people who should not have been given loans.
                No, it was primarily caused by Progressive Democrats who pushed through legislation allowing all sorts of squirrely mortgages like ARM's, zero down, interest only, etc., to supposedly help the poor but in reality really just allowed middle class entrepreneurs to get into the real estate game for profit.
                Then when the whole house of cards collapsed it was the same Democrats that crafted an @$$hat solution (Frank Dodd Act) that has kept the market from recovering.

                Ignore the fact that the second amendment has the words well regulated militia in it.
                If that's the case, then the US should do as Switzerland does: Issue every adult between 18 and 45 that isn't physically, mentally, or legally restricted from having a gun a fully automatic assault rifle, several hundred rounds of ammunition a year for practice, and a militia uniform.

                Believe that we are winning the war on drugs.
                Better than thinking that legalizing all those drugs will make things better... It didn't work that way the first time around, but if there's one thing Progressives do its ignore history.

                Think that the institution of marriage was designed to make for happy family life.
                So, what is the institution of marriage designed to do?

                Believe that the ten commandments could not possibly be viewed as religious precepts.
                I think a good portion of them can be found in things like the Hammurabic Code and other systems of laws like "You shall not commit murder..."

                Believe that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation and not on the principles of the enlightenment and modeled after Greece and Rome.
                Well, try again. It really wasn't modelled after any of that...

                Think that the words Marxism and Communism are synonymous.
                How do the two differ?

                Think that the theory of evolution is just a theory and therefor has little scientific validity.
                Unfortunately, it is just a theory with reasonably good evidence to back it. What it has failed to do so far is show how life started to begin with.

                Fail to see any hint of fascism in the neo-conservative platform.
                As opposed to Progressives failing to see any hint of Communism in the Progressive Leftist platform...

                Fail to see any similarity between the Russian Czars and Stalin.
                I think you are stretching on that one...

                Think the Civil war was primarily about State Rights.
                It was. Slavery was a secondary issue, and in the pre-war era it was primarily tied to a debate over state's rights. You might also look at how the Confederacy as a nation was structured. It upheld very strong state's rights over a central government.

                Think that alcohol is not a drug.
                And, if it was invented yesterday it'd be illegal too.

                Think that equality means everyone has the same opportunities in life.
                As opposed to the Progressive version where equality is forced by confiscation and servitude by the government.

                Fail to see the relationship between public education and the rise of Germany as an economic power.
                There was this guy there with a funny mustache...?

                Believe there are no atheist in foxholes.
                There may be but what's that got to do with anything? Most Progressive-Leftists would never serve in the military and if drafted would, for the most part, try to cheat their way out of serving.


                Think that before the 1960s most people had sexual morals.
                And, most people have sexual morals today... so?

                Think property rights are sacred but see human rights as a socialist conspiracy.
                Define "Human Rights."

                Think Ronald Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union but forget Truman's role.
                Huh?

                Think that Nixon and McCarthy may not have been such bad guys after all.
                At least Nixon had the integrity to resign. McCarthy was more right than wrong based on historical knowledge today.
                Of course, the Progressive Left idolizes Che Guevara, a mass murdering psychopath, Robert Mugabe, Chavez of Venezuela, and gives a pass to such terrorists as William Ayres, and Bernadette Dorn, two of Obama's friends and his next door neighbors...

                Don't see the irony in containing the "military industrial complex" being a focus of Eisenhower's administration.
                As opposed to the Left wanting to dismantle the military in favor of social welfare spending like Europe has done. Now, Europe has an ineffective military and is still going broke. At least selling weapons generates income unlike welfare, Nancy Pelosi's insane economics not withstanding.

                Think there was no need for the Federal Government to enforce Civil Rights laws.


                Confuse crony capitalism with a social club.
                As opposed to the Progressive left confusing Statist Capitalism with a social club...

                Think Enron and Worldcom were primarily cause by excessive government regulation.
                No, they were caused by criminal executives that were breaking laws. But, it was idiotic deregulation of utilities, as Progressives did in California that gave companies like Enron the ability to grab huge amounts of money to begin with.

                Believe that discrimination is exaggerated because it is a thing of the past.
                As opposed to Progressives who think that more discrimination will fix past discrimination...

                Blah Blah Blah...
                I'm not terrible fond of either side in the conservative liberal debate.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for playing T.A.

                  I will just tackle one of these as I'm sure everyone else is bored by now.

                  Think that the institution of marriage was designed to make for happy family life.

                  So, what is the institution of marriage designed to do?
                  While it varies from culture to culture in the Western patriarchal societies the primary purpose of marriage was to protect the paternal interests of estate owners. The poor may have maintained marriage as a bond to aid in child rearing and that probably dates back to a biological origin. Religious institution may also have made marriage universal but the actual concerns were often economical considerations and influenced by estate owners labor needs. The institution of marriage and it's legal heritage primarily concerns property and often serfs were more or less property and were not allowed to marry outside their community.

                  In some cultures the "honeymoon" lasted until pregnancy to insure that the "husband" was the father of the offspring. The females role was simply to produce babies although her family may have gained certain advantage by marrying her off well. Male linage concerns meant that a marriage contract provided orderly inheritance. Bastards while common were simple irrelevant within this legal system and females could not use infidelity as grounds for divorce. There were exceptions but in general the first born male usually inherited the males estate and titles making fidelity more of a practical than a romantic concern.

                  The vestiges of these traditions can be seen in the extent to which legal precedents concerning custody rights for offspring and property issues continue to dominate the legal status of marriage. The primacy of paternal interests may have decayed but inheritance and child welfare still dominate legal concerns. Sexual fidelity remains an issue but with the advent of DNA testing it is becoming less and less important legally. Unfaithful woman are no longer put to death as they were in the past although there is still some trace of sexual prejudice visible in legal dispositions.

                  Many people forget that romantic love is a relatively new concept and there is some indication it was introduced ironically from Arab culture into the West around the 12th century. That doesn't mean that people didn't fall in love before then only that it's significance was considerable less important as related to marriage. Shakespeare captured the social conflicts well in Romeo and Juliet. Happiness simply didn't figure largely into the equation of love and marriage. Woman and children were to be obedient not happy and essentially without rights of any kind including the right to life itself.

                  Marriage and fidelity are important to social stability but no legal arrangement possible in a modern society is likely to impose much restraint. I would maintain that in a free society prohibitionist laws do more harm than good. The institution of marriage and prevention of promiscuity must be imposed not by law but by social mores. We all have an obligation to disapprove of socially corrosive promiscuity and provide a good example. The example of a loving partnership that we present to the world has more influence than legal restrictions. I hope
                  We hunt the hunters

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                  • #10
                    The difference between Democrats and Republicans is easy - I hate the Democrats and despise the Republicans.

                    The Labour Party in the UK has drifted so far to the Right, that they're almost Democrats (the Conservatives have been trying to morph into the Republicans for years), but the thought of the Democrats coming anywhere near Socialism is laughable, except to the politically illiterate.
                    Indyref2 - still, "Yes."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by the ace View Post
                      The difference between Democrats and Republicans is easy - I hate the Democrats and despise the Republicans.

                      The Labour Party in the UK has drifted so far to the Right, that they're almost Democrats (the Conservatives have been trying to morph into the Republicans for years), but the thought of the Democrats coming anywhere near Socialism is laughable, except to the politically illiterate.
                      Yep. No dem would be allowed into the ALP here, and the ALP is pretty much a centre party these days.

                      In our spectrum Dems are right of centre, and the GOP are far right loonies.

                      I do, however, look forward to the day a real socialist party gains power in the US. Not because I think socialism is a good thing, but just to see the looks on the faces of the average Yank when they see what it really looks like.
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                      That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wolfhnd View Post
                        None of the above

                        [...].
                        The Chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee was asked, "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?" She couldn't answer the question.

                        "None of the above," is not a possible option in this poll.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by the ace View Post
                          The difference between Democrats and Republicans is easy - I hate the Democrats and despise the Republicans.

                          The Labour Party in the UK has drifted so far to the Right, that they're almost Democrats (the Conservatives have been trying to morph into the Republicans for years), but the thought of the Democrats coming anywhere near Socialism is laughable, except to the politically illiterate.
                          That wasn't the question she was asked to answer. The Chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee could not answer this question...

                          "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?"
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rojik View Post
                            Yep. No dem would be allowed into the ALP here, and the ALP is pretty much a centre party these days.

                            In our spectrum Dems are right of centre, and the GOP are far right loonies.

                            I do, however, look forward to the day a real socialist party gains power in the US. Not because I think socialism is a good thing, but just to see the looks on the faces of the average Yank when they see what it really looks like.
                            The Chairwoman of the US Democrat National Committee was asked this question...

                            "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?"

                            She couldn't answer it.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
                              The Chairwoman of the US Democrat National Committee was asked this question...

                              "What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?"

                              She couldn't answer it.
                              So she's an idiot. All that says is that she doesn't understand the definition of socialism either.

                              It's no bad thing that the US has no real understanding of socialism. It's an insidious and self destructive ideology, but what you guys label socialist is at best centre left to the rest of the world.
                              Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                              That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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