Whether you know it or not, you're probably a communist. I learned that I was shortly after I posted a story about how the Tea Party Patriots group is trying to have an obscure, ultra-right-wing interpretation of the U.S. Constitution taught to students nationwide. I was told by a commenter that my finding fault with this idea amounting to being a full on pinko commie.
Is this accurate? I'm not sure. But let's explore, shall we?
Here's the comment by "Pacifator."
May God bless and preserve this great nation, and help his faithful flock to expose the communists and their distortions, such as this article. Playing upon inculcated and learned ignorance to deny the truth, only a communist would do that.
Now here's Webster's definition of a communist:
an adherent or advocate of communism
Which stems from its definition of communism:
a : a theory advocating elimination of private property b : a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed
Being that the offending article in question did not reference the elimination of private property, or goods in any fashion, it's tough to see how the person might conclude that I indeed subscribe to communist principles.
"Playing upon inculcated and learned ignorance to deny the truth" is what the commenter says proves my red streak. It's true that in communist governments the media and information is tightly controlled and dissent is typically not tolerated.
But it was common sense and practical reason (not government decree) that prompted me to point out that the National Center for Constitutional Studies, the Idaho-based group that the TPP wants to make America's new constitutional standard-bearer, is steeped in controversy and likely unfit for nationwide historical authority.
The NCCS was founded by W. Cleon Skouse. That's the same conservative extremist, Mormon evangelical, and John Birch Society member who once wrote that slave owners were the real victims of slavery, and who has called just about half the political leaders since George Washington "communists."
Apparently the same vein of McCarthyism now aimed at journalists for espousing anything less than right-wing extremism was how the NCCS made its name too.
So back to the original question: Does finding fault with hard-line conservatism transform one into Karl Marx incarnate? That's for others to decide, I suppose.
But one thing is certain and that is that conservatives calling people "communists" has become a kind of Tourette Syndrome-like exercise, which has devalued the word to the point of being meaningless (don't believe me? Check out this conversation I had with "Colonel" Birther).
So yes, Pacifator. I'll admit to being a communist. But only if you admit to being a fascist.
After all, those are apparently the only two options nowadays.