Democrats Need To Reclaim the Word Freedom Now

Thom plus logo The big debate among democratic circles is about the word socialism. It really needs to be about the word freedom. Billionaires claim that freedom means no taxes for the billionaires. Industrialists claim that freedom means no regulation for their industries. Neo-Nazis claim that freedom means they have the right to terrorize, in big ways and small, minorities.

When Democrats talk about freedom, it's in the context of the American dream. If you are hungry, homeless, unemployed, sick without healthcare, or unable to get an education you are not "free." The Koch brothers have owned the word freedom with things like their group Freedomworks. We need to take that word back and put it at the center of our arguments.

Medicare for all, guaranteed good jobs or a basic income, free college education, and strengthening social security all enhance the freedom of working class Americans. Well billionaires see these as oppression, the rest of us understand they are at the core of the American dream, and that is all about freedom.

-Thom

Why a little insurrection is no big deal to Republicans

Thom plus logo If their true scam is admitted, the GOP could wander in the wilderness for two generations

It seems inexplicable.

A group of Americans invaded the US Capitol with a plan to kidnap and kill the Vice President and the Speaker of the House, hoping that would throw the Electoral College vote to the US House, where Republicans would declare Donald Trump the winner.
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