DEAR EDITOR:

Today the term “democratic-socialism ” is used by a lot of individuals. Please take a minute and think about the phrase, “democratic-socialism.” Democratic is defined as, “supporting democracy or its principles.” Socialism is defined as “a political theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated in the community as a whole.” Remember, socialism is just one step removed from communism.

I would classify “democratic-socialism” as an oxymoron which is defined as, “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction.” Another example might be the phrase, true and false. Frequently democratic-socialism is attached to government programs that have a social nature. It is interesting that many of the oft-referenced programs such as social security are funded by revenues being withheld from individual paychecks with the promise to be redeemed at a later date. Others have nothing to do with socialism, but come from the bounty of capitalism that dedicates itself to helping those in need to get back on their feet. Misrepresenting these programs is like a parrot, which as a verb means “to be repeated mechanically.”

I classify many terms such as these as “Fools Phrases.” These phrases are used frequently by their advocates to mislead the public. Remember both communism and Alinsky say a lie told over and over will often be accepted as the truth. Other words are used the same way. Another example of a Fools Phrase is the term, “infanticide.” It sounds so much more acceptable than the actual definition which is, “the crime of killing a child within one year of its birth.” That’s a second after birth or just before its first birthday. Even that phrase sounds so much better than “murder.” If you kill your own child it is “infanticide.” However, if you kill someone else’s child it is “murder” which is defined as, “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.” It seems that killing your own child is made less egregious by calling it infanticide. I’m sure it makes it more acceptable for the dead child. In certain states it is legal to kill an unborn child or by that magic word “infanticide.” However, if you kill a pregnant woman in some of these states you could be charged with the death of two individuals. Talk about “Fools Phrases.”

As the political season gets into full swing expect to be inundated with “Fools Phrases.” I’m sure you will hear “democratic-socialism” a lot. My guess is that “socialism” is not what real democrats want as a new wing of the Democratic Party. So, just a word to the wise, look at the true definitions of these phrases and their real meaning before you buy into a set of values that differ radically from your own and from those moral principles on which our Democratic-Republic was founded.

Quentin M. Thomas

Woodstock

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