Changing The Definition: Seeing Red
Today I embark on an…experiment of sorts. This is my first post in my new “Changing the Definition” category wherein I discuss a common phrase that means one thing, but could rather easily mean something else in a slightly different context. I’ll start out simple. Today’s Topic: Seeing Red.
Lately it has come to my attention (and by come to my attention I mean been repeatedly bludgeoned into my head via a baseball bat labeled “hey idiot”) that people are mad. Of course, by people in this case I mean the Republican Party. They are angry at immigrants (for existing), angry at taxes (for existing), angry at government (also, for existing), at the President (at being black, being a Democrat, oh and let’s not forget for existing). Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to see a theme here. They are mad that things that aren’t them (nearly without exception old white people) for existing. It is not I who is changing the definition of “Seeing Red” folks, it’s them.
The modern day Republican Party appears to be running around wearing red tinted glasses, and not the rosy kind either. They see something, and if it isn’t a Republican with the EXACT SAME far right Tea Party ideologies that they have…well…they get mad. Other Republicans who are moderates and willing to compromise? They’re labeled R.I.N.O.s (Republicans In Name Only) and shunted to the side. Democrats? Communist Nazi Socialists out to steal their guns and constitutional rights that don’t actually exist (by which I mean they invented a few not that there are no constitutional rights). Minority? Terrorist. Any news program other than Fox (read: faux) News? Not true. America? A Christian nation. To quote something I read recently, “If they weren’t so terrifying, they’d be adorable!”
Now, on the off chance that someone on the far right would actually read my blog (I mean come on it has the word “Heathen” in the title); I’m going to spell out all the problems with these delusions for you. I shall start with a lesson in English, the language that the Republican Party wants to make the official state language yet uses so poorly (oops, my impartiality slipped again). Let’s ask Merriam Webster the definition of those words you sling around.
Communism: a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.
Nazi: 1. A member of the National Socialist Workers’ Party which was founded in 1919 and seized political control in Germany in 1933 under Adolf Hitler. 2. derogatory anyone who thinks or acts like a Nazi, esp showing racism, brutality, etc
Socialism: An economic theory or system in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned by the community collectively, usually through the state. It is characterized by production for use rather than profit, by equality of individual wealth, by the absence of competitive economic activity, and, usually, by government determination of investment, prices, and production levels.
And now the two words in those definitions that may have confused you:
Fascism: A governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing on aggressive nationalism and often racism.
Totalitarian: Of or pertaining to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.
One more that we dirty Liberals have been throwing around:
Oligarchy: A form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
With that out of the way I’d like to submit two more definitions for you, and please remember that the power to change these definitions lies in your hands, not mine.
The Republican Party: A fascist totalitarian party in the United States of America seeking to overthrow the Democratic Republic and replace it with an Oligarchy.
Seeing Red: Angering ones self over nothing to achieve the goals of The Republican Party.