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Daily Kos’ Imaginary Samurai Afraid of Imaginary “Plutocracy”

Posted on March 16 2011 9:15 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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“Community Spotlight” article today at Daily Kos claims that the Right is on the march toward “plutocracy”, an imaginary conservative ‘monster’ made up out of whole cloth. Blatant falsehoods such as this are Daily Kos specialties as today’s example demonstrates.

A founder of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke, once noted: “Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” So it is with the empty claims of the Left as their promises of ‘equality for all’ — economic and otherwise — depend upon the existence of a totalitarian system of elitist oligarchs ruling the ‘ignorant’ masses. The magnificence of their empty promises is often matched only by the magnificence of their accusations which, in similar fashion, depend on hypocrisy and lies about their conservative opponents. So it is with a “Community Spotlight” article today at Daily Kos, by diarist SamuraiArtGuy. The Right, he claims, is on the march toward “plutocracy” and the Left must ‘Get Angry or Get Eaten!‘ When reality gets in the way, Daily Kos is not deterred.

I’ve been finding the left leaning media to bitch and moan overmuch, but the behavior and extremism of the Right is pushing me towards the Left again.

Apparently, if you are conservative enough to want to keep wealth out of the hands of a leftist oligarchy, then you are “extreme”. Exactly what is so ‘extreme’ about the Right’s opposition to government control of wealth? Remarkably, the diarist claims conservatives are promoting ‘plutocracy’, as if plutocracy is the only alternative to socialism.

It would seem that the Republicans are bound and determined to bit by bit separate us from both our wealth and our rights and dismantle what’s left of our democracy in favor of a corporate run plutocracy.

He bases this claim largely on efforts by Republicans, like Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, to make big cuts in bureaucracy and to free up wealth for private sector growth. The gap between the rich and the poor is indeed growing, despite massive amounts of spending by a radical president and his co-horts in the previous Congress. The Daily Kos ‘solution’ for the income gap — of course — is that government, not private businesses, should have more control over the wealth.

Next: Examining the Daily Kos ‘Plutocracy’ Claim

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