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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Watermelon politics

Fox News obviously thinks new climate "czarina" (their word) is a watermelon politician -- green on the outside, but red on the inside:
Carol Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be his climate czarina, served until last summer as a member of a socialist organization whose mission is to enact progressive government policies, including toward environmental concerns like climate change.

Browner's name and biography have been scrubbed from the Web site of Socialist International, the umbrella group for 170 "social democratic, socialist and labor parties" in 55 countries. But a photo of Browner speaking in Greece to the group's Congress on June 30 remained in the site's archives.
Specifically, Fox says, Browner "worked on Socialist International's Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which argues that the global community must work collectively to address environmental policies."

The prospect of "global governance" is more than a thought crime in Fox's world.

This former "Mother of the Year" is a pinko? Who knew?

The problem here is that the right still believes in "guilt by association," and doesn't want to explain very much about the associations. A simple word like "socialism" will do, thank you.

Here's what the spokesperson for the Obama camp noted:
"The Commission for a Sustainable World Society includes world leaders from a variety of political parties, including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who succeeded Tony Blair, in serving as vice president of the convening organization,"
And what about the Socialist International?
The Socialist International is the worldwide organisation of social democratic, socialist and labour parties. It currently brings together 170 political parties and organisations from all continents.
I wonder if Fox knows that many of those 170 social democratic and labor parties have governed American allies -- like Germany, Great Britain, France, Mexico, etc.?

Does Fox know what a social democrat wants?

These days, they do want to prevent global climate change.

I'm not quite as certain that social democrats would have joined Wall Street in advocating that government acquire huge equity positions in commercial banks by handing over hundreds of billions of dollars. They would want to make sure that people have enough money to eat and remain in their homes.

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