How are we to determine where a politician stands on the political spectrum? In a thread designed to focus on whether or not it is appropriate to refer to President-elect Obama as a Socialist or a Marxist based upon comparing/contrasting his proposed plans for the government with the proposed governmental philosophies and ideas of an avowed Communist organization the following side discussion sprang up: To which I replied (in part): To which LeBuick replied: Is this a valid critique of my response quoted above? First, I’m not quite sure if LeBuick is disagreeing with my point about Christians and non-Christians with respect to “doing good works” as opposed to being a born again follower of Jesus Christ (I sincerely hope he is not). Second, I don’t know if he is only disagreeing with my point about our being able to judge where a politician stands in the political spectrum (with a Government controlled Communism on the left and a Democratic-Republic Capitalism on the right) based upon the political philosophies and ideas he/she espouses and embraces. Now according to LeBuick, What is the error in that statement? First, Obama’s proposed plans were published on his official campaign website well before the current “financial crisis.” Second, Obama delivered speeches in which he espoused socialist philosophies and ideas since his days in college and well before the current “financial crisis.” Third, Obama’s proposed social policies such as socializing or nationalizing US industries, Cap in Trade to limit US carbon emissions, free college tuition for everyone, making minimum wage a “livable wage,” expanding public housing, and universal healthcare are not about correcting the problems that resulted in the current “financial crisis” they are aimed at soothing the feelings of a certain section of the US population in order to garner their votes in an election, and as a way of imposing one political party’s philosophical agenda upon the entire country. Finally, we are told that we cannot determine if Obama is a Socialist or a Marxist based upon his associations with avowed Socialists and Marxists, or the fact that he worked as a Community Organizer under an organization founded by an avowed Marxist (carrying on the political agenda of that avowed Marxist). Now we are being told that we cannot determine if Obama is a Socialist or a Marxist based upon the political philosophies and ideas he espouses and embraces. So we can’t judge where the man stands on the political spectrum based upon his associations and we can’t judge where he stands on the political spectrum based upon his actions and proposed plans for the government. If this is the case how are we, the American people whom he seeks to lead, to determine where he stands on the political spectrum? Are we to just take his word (and that of the radical leftist DNC leadership) and swallow their Socialist agenda no questions asked?