"...way too far to the socialist side."

--Gene Cruikshank, registered Democrat and former mayor of Lamar, Colo.

By Travis Fox  |  October 19, 2008; 7:31 PM ET  | Category:  Spot Poll
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John McCain heads the Republican ticket, while Sarah Palin is being red-shirted for a future team.

The biggest "socialist" scheme in recent memory is Bush's urgent demand for billions to bail out banks and an insurance company with taxpayers' money. After flitting to and fro, acting as if he were solving our momentous economic problems (while having threatened to suspend his campaign), McCain sided, as usual, with Bush.

Meanwhile, Europe is proving far more nimble than the Bush administration in coping with a crisis that has become global in its scope.

Yes, we do need change. Badly.

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | October 20, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Gene Cruikshank apparently doesn't read the financial news or doesn't know what socialism is while it is biting him in the a*s.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 20, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry but this mans comments say it all "Redneck". However, he should not associate the word "Redneck" with mainstream America because they are not one and the same. They (his type) are so out of touch with the rest of America it is pitiful. You see, a redneck would rather, in the midst of the worst economic crisis to hit our country in decades, support a presidential candidate who knows so little about the econmy it equals nothing, and who has a running mate who is a heart-beat away from the presidency and knows nothing about anything. He is correct about one thing, if the Dems win, it will change the way our country does things forever. It will also change the way we look at each other and the way the world looks at us and as a country comprised of all ethnic and racial citzenry, it will be a change for the better good and maybe, just maybe, we will once again be a nation that leads with dignity, honesty, innovation, creativity, and love for others. Just to mention a few things our country was founded on.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 20, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

FULL DISCLOSURE. WHO IS SIGNATOR: OBAMA'S FRIEND, CONFIDANT, LOVER? The media has persecuted everyone associated with this campaign, even those not connected with the campaign, like Joe the Plumber. SO WHY THE SILENCE FROM OBAMA? IS THIS MAN HIS DRUGDEALER? HIS GAY LOVER? (Both of those conjectures have been fully revealed by bloggers seeking the truth.) Of course, you won't see these questions posed by the media to OBAMA, because he's "The One" and not to be investigated, questioned or even spoken to directly. Obama is too important, and too FAR ABOVE THE PUBLIC - FAR SUPERIOR TO HIS FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANTS to be so humanely examined. Butl on the other hand, it's just fine for Obama, the media, the sick sycophant bloggers to try to harm a woman of courage and conviction - a family woman, a loving mother, a HUGELY popular governor (imagine an elected official who has maintained their integrity while garnering 80 PERCENT of their public's approval). Silly me......... INTEGRITY IS A WORD NEVER ASSOCIATED WITH OBAMA

Posted by: DemocratForPeace | October 20, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Democratforpeach, you gave me my best laugh of the day. Sarah Palin, bless her heart, is so full of integrity it was found that she abused her power in the recently completed investigation in Alaska. She is such a loving mother she parades her pregnant, unwed teenage daugher in front of cameras for all to see. Only a loving mother like Sarah Palin would do this. She is such a loving mother, she exploits her infant child by holding him before the cameras for a HOT SECOND before pawning him off on one of his sisters. Such a loving mother, WOW!

So much for your model citizen, Ms. Sarah!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 20, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

you are broke and you still don't get it, perhaps, you will after McCain loses.

Posted by: zippergyrl | October 21, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

It is sad that this gentleman can't see the difference between socialism and democracy. Democracy requires that the government of a country provide a certain amount of care for its citizens. This care is rooted in justice, freedom and commmunity, in protecting human and civil rights and in ensuring the health of communities.

Some folks seem to think that the government shouldn't provide any care to citizens, just an army and a few basic policies (for instance discrimination against people who are gay). These folks seem not to see how much they benefit from the protections of a democratic government and the support it provides.

Roads, telephone lines, standards for clean food and water - without "socialist" government, we wouldn't have any of these comforts and securities.

The American people needed to learn more about democracy if they want this one to be strong and functional.

Posted by: EphraimJF | October 21, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cruikshank,
Would you say we have a conservative Republican President and Administration? So why do you personally owe an additional $18,000 in national debt more than the day he was elected?

Why do you not call it socialism when that same conservative Republican saddles every American, you and me included, with $2,333 to bail out for-profit banking corporations?

Would you call it socialism if Governor Bill Ritter of Colorado mailed a $3,250 check to every Coloradan? Do you think that would make ol' Bill a pretty popular guy? Unfortunately, I don't know many states that sit on huge producing oil fields and have a small population. Do you think Gov. Palin is a socialist like Hugo Chavez, both use oil profits to buy popularity?

On a personal note, it looks like you're getting close to retirement age. If you don't like socialism would I be correct in thinking you dislike Social Security and Medicare?

I politely suggest you reconsider who is telling you what is socialism and what it really means in our modern world.

Posted by: boscobobb | October 22, 2008 3:41 AM | Report abuse

$700,000,000,000....So the rich and their cronies it's socialism when we want taxes to be progressive,i.e the more you make the more you pay....but it's rescuing capitalism and helping Wall Street when the government comes with $700 Billion dollars of...guess what..wait for it....OUR TAX DOLLARS!!!!

Posted by: andio76 | October 23, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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