Bill O’Reilly loves to throw around the word Communist almost as if he is doing something. Remember when Bill made the comment,
Bill on Fox News (and Lou Dobbs, of course, doesn’t call him out) http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201204200019
I’m no doctor, but I feel Bill O’Reilly may just need to lie down. I prescribe Mlukvai — maybe he can go back to school, meet some interesting people for a change, or learn about the wide world around. One is never too old.
Could there be those who know a thing or two?
When I was in college in Edmond, Oklahoma, I stayed in the dorms where I was assigned a roommate. Normally, I run when I hear the word roommate but what could I do; it was college. Luckily, I got lucky– I was assigned a really cool roommate, a student from the country of Bulgaria. Time spent with this roommate was a blast to say the least as he discovered Joseph Hellers’ Catch 22 and laughed all the way through. College roommates should all be from Bulgaria in my opinion.
After he taught me a few choice vulgarities in Bulgarian (a mild one was shut up, Mlukvai!) he told me a story that I have never forgotten about him being from Bulgaria.
It seems that for many years, before either of us were born, his family operated a rose farm. Bulgaria, he told me, had the world’s best climate for roses so his family was in the lucrative business of rose oil manufacturing. In 1946, the Communists came in and as they did they took over the rose oil farm. Instead of being put in charge of a Soviet rose farm industry, his family was assigned to filmmaking service for the Soviet Union.
Skip forward a few years. At the time of the telling of this story, as things happened in Eastern Europe in 1993, my roommate’s parents were in the process of reclaiming the family rose oil business after many years of Communist rule. Yes, much of the conversation between my roommate and his folks in Bulgaria was not in English but lucky for this story he was glad to let me know that his family was excited to regain their land and business yet still had a few obstacles before achieving a thriving business, customers and that stuff. Everything else was going smoothly– oil and roses can do that I reckon.
Communists do not believe in private property.
Just think of it this way. Capitalist nations get a kick out of owning private stuff, especially property. Communist governments like for the state to own the property. Take for example in Cuba with Fidel Castro, what was the first thing he did? He seized all property and businesses. This was no laughing matter to the some folks in the US since some of those businesses were owned by American businessmen. Capitalist do not like their property being taken away, hence the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban missile Crisis where, incidentally, brouhaha over Communism nearly brought Americans a dosage of their own medicine–nuclear combat. (Over sugar) It can be argued that the great communist threat to the shores of the United States was in reality only a small nuisance to a few American investors in plantations operating in Cuba.
Oh, and remember learning about the Marshall Plan in Europe after World War II. To contain the spread of Communism, lots of money was spent to rebuild the war-torn countries. Why? So Communists would not swoop in with their own aid and make off with all the property. With the Soviets recovering from the war as well, haste was paramount.
Is Robert Reich a Capitalist or a Commie?
Bill O’Reilly, Robert Reich is not a Communist. He does not want to take away your property. Bill O’Reilly, Reich probably even owns some property himself –a house, maybe, that he would not like taken away by a government.
“For the record, I’m not a communist and I don’t secretly adore Karl Marx.” says Reich.”
The Kohn Academy might be able to help Bill on the subject:
Is O’Reilly a McCarthy-ist
O’Reilly never asks if someone owns property yet he uses the word “communist” as if it makes him sound like he is saying something. Remember that McCarthy also never asked if anyone owned private property. The questioning usually went something like: “Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” What kind of the question is that? How things might have been different for Senator McCarthy if he had just asked the right questions–a real inquiry. Something like: “Do you own a car?” or “Do you own a House? Yes? Well then, okay, you’re not a Communist. You’re free to go.”.
Now with O’Reilly, if simple omissions were included I might not today be bringing up the name of Joseph McCarthy within the same sentence as the name, Bill O’Reilly. I’m just glad Bill is not on a Congressional committee of any sort.
Who then is a Capitalist?
Let’s face it–any program, even a program that sounds a bit socialistic to conservatives, that helps US citizens to acquire property–private property or business–is capitalism. This is true to thinking people, however, it may not be relevant to the people who seek to restrict capitalism or to centralize it making a Guilded Age or some other abomination where you and I can not buy property.
Who’s got Cooties?
Bill may not be the smartest guy around someone once told me and I believe that.
When O’Reilly spots and identifies another American as a Communist, just what is it that he pointing out? What is the desired explosion when hurling that particular bombshell of an allegation? What is the message? Most likely Bill feels he has delivered a revelation of something perhaps regarding the Americanism of the opponent–a shot in the groin. The Communist reference has McCarthy all over the place. And since the assumption is that nobody wants a commie, the allegation is that that person has germs–cooties, or something. Cooties work for those who have no clue what a Communist is. Playing the cootie game is McCarthyism–the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence.
Recall that Senator Joe McCarthy was a person with some impact on society. He had one contribution par excellence for America going for him, something that so many of our modern elected leaders have as well, one personal gift to be bestowed and for all to look upon with wonder and awe, yes, you guessed it, nothing. Joe had absolute nothing and was bound to his miserable nothingness like a man driven to nothing. Yet, Joe’s hunger for political power had the “fire in the belly.” Hurrah!
Joe wanted to do great things and to be a great man with his nothing, bless his heart. This, by the way, is characteristic of many a spokesman who conjures up the nothingness of McCarthy, bless their hearts. We say that imbecile has pulled a McCarthy. He has effectively called the opponent a commie, a treasonous non-American. He does so making himself look almost like he has done something for America.
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s America was overwhelmed with concerns about the threat of communism growing in Eastern Europe and China. Capitalizing on those concerns, a young Senator named Joseph McCarthy made a public accusation that more than two hundred “card-carrying” communists had infiltrated the United States government. Though eventually his accusations were proven to be untrue, and he was censured by the Senate for unbecoming conduct, his zealous campaigning ushered in one of the most repressive times in 20th-century American politics.- Arthur Miller
In some circles, the threat of Communism is still scary, just like if it was a reality. So when a talking head or a politician uses the word Communism, it works on the minds of the easily scared quite well. Since fear is power over the weak-minded: It sells books, gets cheap applause at political rallies, and stays on the airways. Using fear either by using McCarthy’s term, “lumberjack tactics” or Sarah Palin’s “Real Americans” does nothing but speak more to the nothingness of the person who goes with that manipulation. Don’t let a Conservative run away if you get tagged the cootie girl or guy. Make them prove it.
So the next time you hear the word Communist coming out O Reilly’s mouth, just think of the word bull-crap. You will thank yourself for your honesty and integrity. Also, tell Bill O’Reilly to Mlukvai!
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- WATCH: Al Sharpton’s Open Letter To Bill O’Reilly (huffingtonpost.com)
- Robert Reich (Why Anyone Should Care that Bill O’Reilly Calls Me A Communist) (jdeanicite.typepad.com)