Watching the news the other night, I saw several clips showing violent protests by labor unions around the world raging against the economic crisis, along with capitalism, to celebrate May Day. Interesting way to celebrate.
These protests are not so much new news, but what did strike me was A) most of the protesters live under Socialist governments (or quasi-socialist if you prefer) but are protesting capitalism and B) how violent protesters in those countries are portrayed as "voicing their discontent", when here in America a housewife with an opinion will most certainly be labeled a racists, or worse a right wing extremest (PDF).
The irony? These countries have much of what Obama is leading America toward-socialized medicine, unions for every worker guaranteeing wages, government run business, forced equality through taxation and guess what? Those people are less satisfied, more violent, with economies even more deteriorated than ours. I can only hope we are not seeing a vision of the future.