The Biden/Harris sign on Oxford Road was covered this Friday night, by a red hammer and sickle flag, the symbol of Russian Communism. I can’t be certain it was sheer stupidity, but I lean toward a desperate, misinformed Trump thug who has no clue about communism or totalitarianism but is a glassy-eyed, right-wing radio zombie.
He feels that liberals are socialists and thus, communists and the Democratic Party wants to move America to communism. Despite the fact that Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders’ views of government are widely disparate, people like this Trump supporter likely have no clue that Social Security, Medicare, which many Trump supporters rely upon, are socialistic institutions. The fact that liberal Democrats had to fight conservatives for these two American institutions appears to be a mystery to them. That FDR’s socialistic work programs of the 1930’s were essential to this country’s emergence from the Great Depression.
When the Trump Administration doled out millions of dollars to farmers and billions to small businesses, that out-and-out socialism is OK. When Obama “bailed out” the auto industry with loans, not so good, despite the fact that US auto giants also paid back those loans. When states provide free public education from K-12, that is a form of socialism that Trump supporters fail to grasp is socialistic – and how it helps them.
The lie that socialistic programs lead us down the slippery slope socialism which lead to communism is almost obscenely stupid, but it works to frighten folks who don’t grasp the nuances. Yet it does serve as a convenient smokescreen for ultra conservatives to mask their strong tendencies toward fascism and national socialism. Trump announced he is a “nationalist”. He is more likely a “national socialist”, in that some of his most ardent supporters use the swastika, or versions of the swastikas, flown interchangeably with the confederate flag in their demonstrations.
Having myself been referred to as “Comrade” Terrone here on the Talbot Spy, I’ve abstained from responding in-kind to that type of political reference from someone who should know better when debating issues of the Talbot Boys. This is a cheapshot but commonly used by people desperate to tell a false narrative. In the very recent case of the hammer and sickle photo is a desperate and overt act in defiance of the truth. When was the last time you saw a Democrat flying the hammer and sickle at a rally? Yet right wing fanatics regularly fly swastikas and confederate flags. Those are the facts.