When Worlds Collide
Former-Eagle Jason Babin might have uttered the quote of the year when he apparently attempted to invoke “socialism” to criticize his former team:
“You saw how dirty they did (Jim) Washburn with leaking out the false stories and the way they talked about him on the way out … It’s kind of a big socialistic system that they have. I didn’t really care. I’m only going to worry about what I can control, and that’s practicing hard, working hard and playing hard on Sunday … They have a different approach and a different style than I do … It’s upsetting because they knew what they were getting when they hired me. I don’t know if they were going to try and change me. My stripes are kind of already the way they are, the way I practice, aggressive, loud, the way I play the game … I don’t know, I just guess they thought they could change the way I went about my business. I feel like I got the way I got because of how I practiced and worked and lived and played. I look at it as a great opportunity for me.”
Now, I won’t argue that the Eagle organization doesn’t deserve much criticism, both for what they put on the field and for their handling of off-field matters. But can we stop pretending that “socialism” means a whole bunch of things it doesn’t? Socialism is a economic and political theory. Many folks don’t like it and think it is bad. That does not mean the word is synonymous with bad. Conservatives trotting that word out to describe all the world’s evils from the Soviet Union to cherry-less ice cream sundaes has rendered the word meaningless. As evidenced here by Mr. Babin. His criticism of the Eagles has nothing to do with their political or economic theory or even analogous behaviors relating to the structure of the organization or dispersal of resources. It’s just silly at this point.
“Socialism” is the new “Poopy Head”. And we can thank certain members of the hard conservative right for that re-branding. At least Babin can point towards the constant pounding on his head as a reason for such stupidity. What is everyone else’s excuse?