There’s little arguing with the fact that for the last generation, Europe has embraced the democratic-socialist model of economics. That’s where the term “European-style socialism” came from, after all. And there is little arguing with the consequences of their bloated government, welfare-state approach to society. Greece is falling apart, the Euro is on the brink of collapse, France is so far gone that they riot at the mere thought of having to give up any of the excesses promised by their government – even when the alternative is following in Greece’s footsteps. Unemployment stands somewhere around 11% on the continent, and when is the last time you heard of any great new scientific or technological advancement emerging from any European economy? Exactly.
That is why conservatives from day one opposed the presidency of Barack Obama. While Democrats desperately attempted to pin the racist label on anyone who didn’t drink the Obama-Zombie Kool-Aid, the truth is that we on the right have wanted Obama to fail because we know what he is: a European-style socialist. Wanting Obama to succeed in what he is attempting would be wanting to see our country travel the same path of Europe. Who in their right mind could wish such a thing for the world’s only superpower?
One of the things that I have shared on the show a number of times is that when we argue in this country about attaching the appropriate label of “socialist” to Barack Obama (when you have socialist friends, advance socialist policies, embrace a socialist mindset, and use socialist sloganeering, you might be a socialist), the Europeans laugh at us. They can’t figure out why this is such a big deal. They can’t figure out what the big deal is. Of course, they say, Obama is a socialist. Simply look at his policies. In Europe, socialism isn’t a bad word – and so the progressive liberals there proudly embrace it. They think progressive liberals here are ridiculous for not just acknowledging what they are.
But the libs in America continue to put up the fight. “He’s no socialist,” the rail, adding that the label “socialist” has become a sign of inherent racism. Of course. But I wonder how they can get around Obama supporters in Europe acknowledging who and what he is, like what just occurred on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. There, the BBC’s Katty Kay (the same lady who recently argued that a Democrat was more likely to appoint “centrist” judges to the Supreme Court) explained who the socialists in Europe were cheering for in this election cycle:
MARK HALPERIN: So Katty, so far we've said Netanyahu wants Romney, Putin apparently wants Obama re-elected. I'll ask you to generalize about an entire continent. Who's Europe cheering for in this election?
Kay at first tried to dodge the question, suggesting Europe would really root for the leader of China to come in and bail them out. But she then admitted the inescapable: that European social democrats see Obama as simpatico to their values.
KATTY KAY: Who's Europe cheering for? Somebody who can fix Greece, Mark. Anybody that can come in--actually, they're probably cheering for Hu Jintao, who can come in and actually bail out Greek debts and Spanish banks. I don't--you know, Europe, clearly if they had had a primary, and they wanted one very much in 2008, they'd have voted for Obama. Some of the bloom has gone off the relationship, but on the whole they would think that Obama was somebody they know, somebody they feel they can deal with, someone who is more in line with European social-democratic values.
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So here’s the deal. It’s time to just acknowledge and admit what we’re dealing with. Obama is promising to take America down the same path he’s led us on for the last four years: bigger government, more social welfare programs, aggressive punitive taxation policies that punish success, and redistributionist schemes on par with European socialist governments.
Attempting to argue anything else denies the reality of the last four years, and flies in the face of what the president’s socialist allies in Europe love him for.