Christine O’Donnell, Delaware’s GOP Senate nominee, has backed out of both Fox News Sunday, and CBS’s Face the Nation. Both hosts, respectively Chris Wallace and Bob Schieffer, publicly ‘knocked’ O’Donnell for giving “conflicting answers” as to why she cancelled her appearance on the Sunday shows. (Source)
O’Donnell’s camp told Wallace that their star (Ms. O’Donnell, who once dabbled in witchcraft, read that here, if you must) was “exhausted” and that she’d been “triple-booked”, having been invited to church and then a socialist picnic.
Ms. O’Donnell, of course, did not call the pending picnic ‘socialist’, however, as we all know, as the good American socialists we are, that picnics are, largely, socialist in nature.
I don’t want to be like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, George Bush Jr., or Christine O’Donnell, and throw out silly words such as communism, socialism, or fascism, without taking a moment to tell you how I’m going to define my use of the silly word. So, as John E Roemer writes:
“Socialism, as defined by Marx, was an economic system in which capitalist exploitation had been eliminated. This means that the distribution of society’s output to its producers was in proportion to the value of labor they expended in its production” (Socialism vs Social Democracy, click here for article).
As we know, O’Donnell has contempt for socialism, and talks about its fundamental flaws, how socialism “…reduces the human being to a cog in the wheel…” (Slate, read article here).
But she loves a good picnic, which, I argue is socialist in nature, and correlates with the above definition of socialism. At a picnic or “economic system”, which happens to be a community event, the “capitalist exploitation” has been forgotten, “eliminated”. It becomes a social affair where families who have prepared certain ‘dishes’ and picnic food, get together and share without any idea of profit or exchange of money.
Furthermore, the distribution of food within the familial circles found at the picnic, and the sharing of dishes with other families (sometimes known as potluck) complies with this microcosmic society’s “output to its producers”, in terms of food sharing, “in proportion to the value of labor”, where everybody has worked at preparing some food, and that “they [each family] [has] expended in its [the food, the dish’s] production.”
I may be stretching it here, but Ms. O’Donnell, while at her socialist picnic, while being a cog in that picnic wheel, might take care to understand the balance and careful weaving of government intervention and capitalism, of a free trade market and a market referee, and learn that the word socialism should not always be stigmatized, but seen as an element of enhancing and enriching a capitalistic society.