The Party of Closeted Socialists

This is truly remarkable.

A PPP poll out on Wednesday illustrates a clear contradiction within the GOP electorate: overwhelming majorities of voters who deride President Obama as a socialist, but who also love actual real social welfare programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — and don’t want to see them cut. [...]

71 percent of Republicans in the poll agree that President Obama is a socialist. But 75 percent of them don’t think that the government should end Social Security. 78 percent think that ending Medicare would be a bad idea. And 61 percent say the same about Medicaid (health care for the poor).

The poll also shows what others have: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is far ahead of the field, with 31 percent of the vote.

We think President Obama is a raging socialist, but please, keep your hands off of our socialized medicine.

This poll clearly demonstrates that Rick Perry’s tough talk on Social “Ponzi Scheme” Security has had little, if any, effect on his candidacy even though 75 percent of his constituents want him to keep his hands off of it.

There seems to be a correlation between conservative phobia of homosexuality and their phobia of socialism. In both cases, the most outspoken critics and fearmongers turn out to be homosexuals or socialists. And in both cases, their phobia is born out of ignorance.

No doubt there’s a video on Youtube somewhere featuring a Teabagger conflating homosexuality and socialism as well. Only Europeans are socialists, and Europeans are all gay, so socialists must be gay too. Or something.

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  • GrafZeppelin127

    Lots of people think President Obama is a socialist. You know who doesn’t? Socialists.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Moreover, if you asked Republicans “Do you think President Obama is a torzach?”, I bet 71% of them would answer yes without even bothering to think about, let alone ask, what a torzach is. (It’s a made-up word.) If it’s bad, then yes, he is that.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Ashby, check your email.

  • MrDHalen

    Where are the lions Louie CK? Where are the dam lions when you need them? Technology has fostered in a new age of mental apathy. Blatant hypocrisy use to take a couple of pages or chapters, now people can do it in one sentence; with a straight face mind you.

  • trgahan

    While polls have their problems, two trends appear to be clear when they are looked at as a whole…as Bob and others have pointed out, issue by issue, the US is fundamentally a center left country. Probably because no one really wants to live in a libertarian world, it is just gives people a pseudo-principled stand point to justify fears and hatreds. Second, Republicans benefit massively by being in control of the message in traditional media. Therefore they can control the debate of broad issues while never having to develop issue-based policy.

  • http://twitter.com/themattmcd Matt McDaniel

    That’s all we’ve heard for 30 years: Republicans are Americans and Democrats are queers.