RE: 'How could anyone vote for Democrats' by Anthony G. Fox
Mr. Fox clearly has no concept of 'left-wing extremism', or left-wing politics in general. Radical leftist thought, though highly nuanced and varied in its schools, is united by one principle: The seizure of the means of production by the workers, and, subsequently, the collapse of capitalism. In his letter, Mr. Fox criticizes Democratic policy for what he interprets as the Democrats' strategy for rebuilding the economy. If the Democratic Party has indeed "fallen into the hands of left-wing extremists", as Mr. Fox opined, then why would they take any measures to rebuild our economy, which is undoubtedly still capitalist? One could argue that these shadowy Democratic 'leftists' are trying to run it into the ground, but that's getting into conspiracy theory territory, and the same could be said of the Republicans just as easily.
The Democrats are anything but left-wing, and this is coming from a real, live socialist who refuses to vote Democrat for this very reason. The American political sphere is shifted to the right of center (by world standards). The Democrats are centrists, and are only perceived as 'leftists' because they're not quite as right-wing as the GOP. Their fiscal policy at its very core is virtually indistinguishable from that of the Republicans. Both parties are guilty of corporate welfare. Both parties vote to fund needless wars. Both parties are complicit in the indulgent waste that led to our massive deficit. Mr. Fox is right on one point, however; the Democrats are interested chiefly in power, divisiveness, and fear-mongering; he only failed to note that the Republicans are equally interested in the same things.
This election is one of countless prior attempts to 'divide and conquer', and no matter who wins, both parties will have been successful in achieving that objective. They are concerned solely with big business and its interests, and in collusion with the media, they manufacture political controversy to obscure this. The DNC differs from the GOP only on superficial economic issues that whip up our anger and cloud up our minds, and social issues that cause a cultural divide and make us all hate each other. American politics has turned into "us vs. them", and I don't see that changing any time soon.
So, Republicans, before you go calling Obama and the DNC a bunch of socialists, realize that real, self-identified socialists would be the first ones to tell you that you're wrong. They're just one side of the same coin.