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It doesn’t mean anyone to the left of Attila the Hun and Tea Partiers. Socialism, according to Wikipedia, advocates “public or common ownership and cooperative management of the means of production and allocation of resources.” The public isn’t going to own hospitals or medical practices. It’s going to regulate them. Not that I would mind a little more socialism in this country. We’ve always had it:

Public libraries. Check.

Fire departments. Check.

Police departments. Check.

Public roads. Check.

Public schools. Check.

Hell, until Dubya farmed it out to private contractors, the military was socialistic.

But (yawn) Phyllis Schlafly expects us to scream in horror at that vile socialist, Barack Hussein Obama.


Coverage of the Ed Martin event has been thorough on the Missouri progressive blogosphere. St. Louis Activist Hub, in fact, has three postings:

FiredUp! has one: This Is What a Better Informed and Better Organized Movement Looks Like.

Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice has a posting on its Facebook Page: Women’s Voices Members speak out at Health Care Forum

All that is in addition to my first piece, In which I explain who showed up for Ed Martin’s dance; my two videos–so far–of Schlafly: MS. Schlafly takes on “Obamacare” and But, but … I thought Republicans liked police states.; and a video of Harvey Ferdman, Harvey Ferdman takes the health care reform conversation to common ground.