Welfare Queens are portrayed as lazy leeches on society, pilfering money from "hard working people's taxes." In any large group, some will take advantage of the system, but that doesn't mean the system should be abolished.
My quarrel is not with the far-right know-nothings who pop up now and again in American politics. They won't succeed. My aim is to give lie to their fears and fear mongering of Democratic-based socialism.
Rather than giving partisan responses to partisan rebukes, Democrats should shift the ideological rubric altogether. One can only wonder at a political environment where deregulation could be labeled as "anarchy".
The notion that increasing the tax rate on the richest Americans means the socialist floodgates have been opened is clearly nonsensical, as the rates would return to what was normal for most of the last half century.
The Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist body in the United States, is about to restart its LA local. Since the 1990s there has been no DSA unit in Tinseltown, despite the city's liberal stereotype.
The teabaggers are such a self-parodying lot that all one really needs to do is let their own words do the talking. This is lowbrow comedy passing as politics, and we ought to consider laughing it all the way out the door.