Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fat vs Bloated, Democrat vs Socialist

For a long time, I thought I might be fat.

Several things contributed to that impression. I get sweatier than other folks even in cool weather. I buy clothing in the big and tall section. Occasionally, folks will say things like, "wouldn't you prefer a smaller portion?" And, of course, when I visit the doctor, and they have me stand on the scale, that really doesn't help.

As it turns out, however, I may not be fat.

True, my abdomen may be more expansive than others. That expansiveness may not be fat. According to a commercial on the radio this morning, I may simply be bloated. Apparently, the difference between being fat and being bloated is hard to determine simply by appearances. The advertiser explained that their probiotic supplement will clear my gut of sludge, resulting in a new and slimmer me, if my problem is bloating.

It turns out that it is often difficult to distinguish between things as seemingly similar as are being fat and being bloated.

For example, earlier this summer, Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was unable to state the difference between Democrats and Socialists. With my newly enlightened understanding of the apparent problem of confusing being fat with being bloated, Wasserman Schultz's difficulty gets my sympathy.

As I thought about it, really, it is difficult to say what are the differences between Socialist Party and Democratic Party platforms:
Democrats and Socialists tolerate private property so long as no one disputes that private property and private interests are subject to public direction and control. 
Democrats and Socialists distrust appeals to individuality, to the rights of persons over the rights of collectives. 
Democrats and Socialists punish effort and success through progressive schemes of taxation. 
Democrats and Socialists never met a problem that could not be used as an excuse to enlarge government: government programs, government spending, government payrolls.
Still, because it is hard to tell the difference between the two, particularly if you are one or the other, I am thinking that perhaps there is a way to get to the bottom of things.

If you think you might be suffering from DSCD (Democrat v. Socialist Confusion Disorder) there is now a treatment that will free you from your problem.

The treatment is pro-libertica. It consists of a regular program of de-governmentization. Taken regularly, your dependence on the idea of government as a solution will decrease and decrease. Eventually, you will discover that, with enough pro-libertica, it won't matter if you were fat, bloated, Democrat, or Socialist, you will just enjoy, finally, being free.