Only days remain in what may be remembered as one of the most historic runs for the Presidency in the history of America.One would hope both candidates would present intelligent, well-articulated final arguments in their respective wooing of the electorate, yet the politics of issues gives way to name-calling and labeling, especially from the team that is behind. The cries of Marxist, or he believes in Socialism or worse, the “C” word. Commmunism!!!!! Aaaaarrrrrgh!!! The Pod People! Don't Sleep, Don't Sleep!!!! (sorry, too much sci-fi this week) Yet this desperate lunge at poking fear in the psyches of the uninformed actually works. Hey, there may be monsters in the closet (no double entendre attempted) but you won’t know until you fight your fears and open it. My guess, there’s a whole bunch of younger folks that may be scared but they really don’t know what they’re scared of; The Red Menace sure does sound like a comic book villain, The Iron Curtin? Bad guys. The Evil Empire? Cue the music. Da-da-da-dah-dada...
What do Communism and Socialism have in common, with let’s say, Captialism and Republicanism? The dictionary defines ISM as a suffix appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it was used to form action nouns from verbs (baptism); on this model, used as a productive suffix in the formation of nouns denoting action or practice, state or condition, principles, doctrines, a usage or characteristic, devotion or adherence, etc. Loosely put, each ISM represents a philosophical, political or moral doctrine or a belief system.
So, instead of some worked-up crowd chanting BOO! everytime time a scared-for-their-politcal-career Senator or Governor runs off their mouths and shouts out their brand of political venom, perhaps they need to understand what it is they’re chanting against. To help our huddled masses yearning to stay free, here’s a list of 234 different ISMS, compiled by http://phrontistery.info/isms.html They are listed alphabetically, not in order of whether they are good isms or bad isms. In fact, let me help you out a bit – here are some of my favorite ISMS and ISTS (can’t have radicalism with a radicalist)- perhaps they’re a favorite of yours.
COMMUNIST – people still living in Woodstock, NY
SOCIALIST – what Paris Hilton keeps close to her
MARXIST – any cigar smoking, mustache wearing anarchist
ANARCHIST – If you watch E! or Fine Living, it ain’t you!
ATHEISM – folks who believe “there’s nothing bigger than Phil”
AGNOSTIC – pussy atheist
BULLIONISM – a salted cube is the giver of life
DEISM - a belief in God but rejection of religion
DEI-O ISM – a belief in Harry Belafonte
PANTHEIST – believes the universe is God
PANTRYIST – believes the spice rack is God
Now, it’s time to put labels aside. Put down the talking points and walk away from the teleprompter. Trust your instincts and intelligence to filter out the rhetoric. Listen to your hearts and not your prejudices. Facts, not fiction or even comedy, shall prevail. Only if, each of us think of all of us.
History will be made next Tuesday. Be a part of it. You can get busy votin’ or you can get busy whinin’…