The Right’s Absurd and Inaccurate Accusations of Socialism

The Right’s Absurd and Inaccurate Accusations of Socialism June 20, 2019

Throughout the Cold War, conservatives loved to accuse liberals of being socialist (or communist, Marxist, Stalinist, etc). One would think that those accusations would have disappeared after the collapse of the Soviet Union, but they haven’t. They keep going back to that well time and again, and almost always in the most wildly inaccurate ways. Mitch McConnell gives a textbook example:

They plan to make the District of Columbia a state — that’d give them two new Democratic senators — Puerto Rico a state, that would give them two more new Democratic senators. And as a former Supreme Court clerk yourself, you’ve surely noticed that they plan to expand the Supreme Court. So this is full bore socialism on the march in the House. And yeah, as long as I’m the majority leader of the Senate, none of that stuff is going anywhere.

*scratches head* Giving equal representation to all American citizens is socialism? Really? By what possible definition? The status quo is a clear violation of the constitutional principle of representative democracy. Residents of Washington DC and Puerto Rico are citizens and affected by every policy of our government, yet they get no say in electing the legislators who create those policies. How anyone can defend that is beyond my comprehension. But as with everything else with McConnell, the only thing he cares about is gaining political advantage, not in democratic principles. Yes, allowing DC and Puerto Rico seats in Congress will help the Democrats, but it would be the right thing to do even if the opposite were true. He simply doesn’t care.

And no, they don’t plan to expand the Supreme Court. A couple people have suggested it, but they’ve gotten no traction at all. And there’s no way such a policy would pass anyway. Fearmongering over nothing, the right’s modus operandi.


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