I spent a lot of time reading conservative blogs today, mostly to gauge their reaction to Obama's auto bailout announcement, and it occurred to me that -- at least with respect to this issue -- the majority of conservatives are engaged an imaginary debate with fictitious opponents...
The notion that there is anyone of significance on the American left who still believes in anything approaching genuine socialism is pure fantasy. That debate, to the extent it ever really happened in this country, was settled a long time ago. What we're dealing with right now are differences of opinion regarding how best to manage the failure of a number of major companies. It's not a debate about socialism vs. capitalism; it's a debate about methods of damage control. But many conservatives have so deluded themselves with their own propaganda that they're not even capable of following the conversation any more. So instead they spend all day indulging in paranoid delusions and debates that have no relevance to current events. It's a sad spectacle.
This is why I haven't bothered to comment substantively on anything that the Denver Post's Ross Kaminsky has written in the last few months. Kaminsky has no interest in debating issues and he's become increasingly untethered to reality. If you really believe that Obama and/or the Democratic Party are instituting a creeping socialism (or is it fascism?) then there's no point in engaging with you. It is, as AL states, a sad spectacle. I actually feel a bit of pity for people like Kaminsky, they've bought into their own propoganda so completely that they've dropped any pretense of intelligence or a rational, coherent thought process.
Apparently though the Denver Post still thinks its worth paying someone to represent this view point. Make of that what you will.