Bill O’Reilly does not believe that President Obama is a socialist:
…the question becomes, ‘Is the president a socialist?’ Remember, the definition of socialism is that the government controls private property and commerce. Does Mr. Obama want to seize your house? I say no. Others say yes.
But in the next breath, O’Reilly points out the traits that Obama and socialists have in common:
But there’s no question the president wants income redistribution and more government control over things like health care.
I really don’t care what label we use to describe Obama’s political philosophy – socialist, progressive, far left, what-have-you. What counts is that his approach to the relationship between government and the people – that government knows best – is destroying the free enterprise system that is the engine of prosperity in this country. And his agenda, if enacted, will destroy our freedoms, one by one.
For example, mandating virtually every American to buy health insurance or be fined is an unconstitutional abridgment of our freedom of choice. It goes way beyond the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. Forcing 80-90% of the American people into a system of rationed health care to accommodate the 10-20% who do not now have health insurance (some of whom do not want it whether they can afford it or not), coupled with higher taxes to pay for massive new entitlement subsidies, is a program of massive income redistribution pure and simple.
As for pesky constitutional rights like freedom of speech and the press, Obama has his acolytes intimidate dissenting media like Fox News while Mark Lloyd, Obama’s choice to enforce “diversity” in broadcasting at the Federal Communications Commission, believes that freedom of speech and press are “all too often an exaggeration” and that “blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”
All of this ‘trash the Constitution’ thinking stems from President Obama’s core belief that our Constitution “reflected fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.” His goal is to “fundamentally transform America” into his own image of a fair and just society.
So whether Obama is a socialist or not, we know from his own words and deeds that he wants to discard the Constitution as we know it. And that is dangerous enough for me.