"The Left in America has been defending its identity ever since McCarthy" says Klugman, "and it’s time we started playing offense. That begins by not running away every time some Republican calls us a bad name.”
Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 12, 2011
In a scorching opening monologue for his weekly progressive talk radio show “Mad As Hell in America,” host Adam Klugman got very close to microphone and declared with out an apology: “I am Liberal. And I want to talk about Socialism” Even his progressive listeners fired back, calling in to ask if Mr. Klugman if he had ever read “Mein Kampf.”
“I was surprised by that reaction,” Klugman declares, “but that’s typical of the problem. People have been brainwashed by the right into associating Socialism with Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia and not with free, highly successful democratic nations like Norway, Finland and Belgium. And that’s why I said it. Because I believe it’s time for us to stop making up nice words to describe ourselves so Republicans will tolerate us. Liberal is not a bad word. And neither is Socialist. The fact that we’ve completely given up on these ideas demonstrates a defensive mindset that always keeps us on the losing side.”
Airing Saturdays from 3-6pm on Portland’s Progressive talk station AM 620 KPOJ,Mad as Hell in America with Adam Klugman is part of a new wave of weekend programming for left-leaning talk stations around the country. “It’s usually re-runs and infomercials on weekends” says Al Nowakowski, the show’s associate producer. “But I think Adam is demonstrating there is an audience for fresh, liberal content on the weekends that is as smart as anything you’d hear on public radio, the only difference is that we’re having more fun. As for the Socialism thing…well, I don’t always agree with him…but Adam calls it like he’s sees it.”
“So, am I a socialist?” Klugman asks rhetorically, “I don’t think so. But I’m not sure any of the old labels apply these days. But I do know that the left in this country has been defending its identity ever since McCarthy and it’s time we started playing offense. That begins by not running away every time some Republican calls us a bad name.”
In the monologue stirring the controversy, Klugman also condemns Washington, invoking the spirit of leaders like Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. as the solution. “We must shout words like Socialist and Liberal from the rooftops until we are not afraid of ourselves anymore,” Klugman said on his show, adding, “America is sick. Our beloved democracy is broken. And there is no party in power that can save us. The only hope is with the people, who must rise up in non-violence and non-cooperation, to demand a better way.”
In spite of his often controversial remarks, the popularity of Mad as Hell in America with Adam Klugman continues to grow as is evidenced by the show’s facebook page which has nearly nine thousand friends, over two thousand more than Norman Goldman, a nationally syndicated, progressive talk show that broadcasts daily.