By Daryl L. Hunter
Original = August 2003 Update 10-18-2008 and 3-22-2010
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
~~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers - 1931-2005 ~~~~~
The Socialism Ideal is popular with intellectuals and academics because of the apparent rightness and fairness of this ideal. This idealism conceptualized in the ivory towers of our universities has been thoroughly thought out and debated then taught to students of said institutions who then debate it among themselves. Then the rightness and fairness of the ideal perpetuate itself among student bodies of our learning institutions by idealistic advocates in rose colored glasses. Out of our universities come our journalists, policy makers, and legislators.
The intellectual aspect of American Socialism is what makes the Democrat Party's position so popular with pseudo intellectuals, celebrities, and nouveaux riche, it's empathetic, politically correct, and doesn't take much thought because the ivory tower guys have done the thinking for them. 89% of our journalists sucked this Democrat Socialist Ideal up like mothers milk in college resulting in retarding their instinct for objectivity, hence, our biased media. Our Hollywood celebrities gravitate to this Democrat dogma in their incessant quest for popularity and political correctness, hence, the popular culture endorsement. Largely lower income Americans have endorsed American Socialism, albeit not by name. Not attributable to their political analysis, but because they're the major beneficiaries of these empathetic social (ism) program safety nets.
The un-debated oversight of this socialistic idealism is the fact that socialism is top-heavy with government management (bureaucracy). If government bureaucracy were designed on computer models, then administered by said computers that strictly adhered to the perimeters of said computer model, the Socialism Ideal would have a slim but possible chance of proving it's promise. However, government is run by people, mostly lazy people with little oversight or accountability. This is what separates Socialist Idealism from Socialist Utopia. This is the reality of human nature, and its fallibility.
Socialism so0cial0ism 1.a. A social system in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned collectively and political power is exercised by the whole community. b. The theory or practice of those who support such a social system. 2. The building of the material base for communism under the dictatorship of the proletariat in Marxist-Leninist theory.
Clearly American Socialism is distinctively different from the above definition. In America, where we remain a capitalistic free market society. Incrementally we're instituting social programs. Take note of the root word (socialism). Instead of a system owned collectively by the people, our system is owned privately but taxed mercilessly by the government for wealth redistribution for our collective social good. I.E. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, and Education. This results in the American Socialism Model, better known as our social (ism) programs.
The socialism paradigm penalizes success and rewards mediocrity and failure. It brings to mind an old Russian saying. "The government pretends to pay us, and we pretend to work." An apropos epithet for the USSR'S Gross Domestic Product. Well folks, there isn't a one of us that haven't heard someone say "I don't want to work overtime on Saturday because all the extra money will go to taxes." We're penalizing productivity for the alleged benefit of all. All being those that can't or won't provide adequate income, retirement, or medical care for themselves, and those who don't need it, but having had it extorted from them, insist on receiving their rebate as a social entitlement program.
Americans are a compassionate people, and we have always had a safety net for the needy as we should. However, as time goes on and we're taxed into oblivion everyone is starting to demand their piece of our collective safety net, and the people we elect promise us just that. And they do their best to deliver said safety net for their re-election insurance, no mater the cost! As much as we are taxed, it isn't enough to cover current entitlements (socialism programs), hence, our( 09/30/2002 $6,228,235,965,597.16) collective National Debt.
As I listen to our politicians speak, I realize that incrementally we're becoming a nation of dependent panhandlers. To the best of my recollection, it wasn't a bunch of folks with their hands out that made this country great.
All I can say America is, "We better be careful what we ask for"!
I wrote this article five years ago (august 2003) , and anyone who has read this far sees that socialism is coming to us faster than I thought. In the past week this article has been googled more than it has been in the last five years, Americans are worried.
The powers that be have deemed it important for the government to take an ownership position in our banks, and we have bailed out every loser on Wall Street.
We are about to elect socialist Barack Obama to be President, and he already has his rubber stamp congress in place.
Democrats think that it is a good to expand State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) a program that will give healthcare to all people 25 and under that are 2.5 times above poverty level. Don’t get me wrong, lets take care of our children in poverty until age eighteen but there really is little reason for the program to extend to me and my nine and 12 year old children also we and millions like us are not in poverty although we are below the 2.5% above poverty.
I don’t know whether anyone has noticed, but the country is broke http://daryl-l-hunter.blogspot.com/2008/10/credit-default-swaps-cds.html, no, worse than that we have borrowed 10 or 15 trillion dollars, and the tally ticker is still smoking from George Bush’s stumble into socialism in his feeble effort to reverse the extensive damage whose genesis was President Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act, but that is another story.
The point is, we can’t afford one more entitlement, we are already on the road to fiscal suicide because of our financial collapse and we already have San Francisco socialist Nancy Pelosi running the House of Representatives; liberal Senate Leader Harry Reid may soon have a filibuster proof Senate. It has been widely reported that Barack Obama has the most liberal voting record in the Senate; out of curiosity I wanted to see where the Senate’s only self declared Democrat Socialist was on the list. Bernie Sanders (DS) Vermont came in as the fourth most liberal in the Senate right behind Joe Biden. If you are to the left of an avowed socialist, you are, in fact, a socialist. Obama will rubber stamp every liberal wet dream that comes down the pike and with the liberals controlling both the house, senate, and Whitehouse there are no checks and balances to stop this freight train full of expensive voter pandering to a greedy and ignorant public.
House leader Nancy Pelosi says she is going reinstate the ban on outer continental shelf oil drilling which will cripple the recovery of our economy and there won’t be a chance in hell Pelosi, Reid, and Obama will let us build the nuclear plants we need so badly.
The lying liberals tell us that it will take us 10 years to get any new oil out of ANWR or off the continental shelf, I worked on the Alaska Pipeline and I know differently. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act was signed into law on 16 November 1973, which authorized the construction of the pipeline; Oil began flowing on 20 June 1977. The 800-mile route presented extreme challenges, as well as the harsh environment, and we were still pumping in five years time. For those of you not very good at logistics – we already have this engineering marvel eighty miles from ANWR; a spur line could be built in a year.
Rasmussen Reports Polling finds that just nine percent (9%) of "Likely Voters" give Congress positive ratings. Why in the world would we consider strengthening this body of failures by increasing the number of tax and spend liberals into congress and the Whitehouse.
Obama Pelosi and Reid successfully passed America’s third Ponzi Scheme through Congress on Sunday March 21, 2010. Although it isn’t the single payer socialism they wanted it does make the health insurance companies agents of the federal government.
This is the demise of America as our founding fathers conceived it.
On September 18, 1787, just after signing the US Constitution, Benjamin Franklin met with members of the press. He was asked what kind of government America would have.
Franklin: “A republic, if you can keep it.” In his speech to the Constitutional Convention, Franklin admonished: “This (U.S. Constitution) is likely to be administered for a course of years and then end in despotism... when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”
Many of us thought that Obama's take over of General Motors was a socialization of the company however it may be something different. In the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, Sheldon Richman wrote: Where socialism sought totalitarian control of a society’s economic processes through direct state operation of the means of production, fascism sought that control indirectly, through domination of nominally private owners. Where socialism nationalized property explicitly, fascism did so implicitly, by requiring owners to use their property in the “national interest”—that is, as the autocratic authority conceived it. (Nevertheless, a few industries were operated by the state.) Where socialism abolished all market relations outright, fascism left the appearance of market relations while planning all economic activities. Where socialism abolished money and prices, fascism controlled the monetary system and set all prices and wages politically. In doing all this, fascism denatured the marketplace...........................rest of article
Today our National debt because of American Socialism is approaching 20 Trillon dollars, nearly double from from 1/20/2009. Because of poor decisions of our "collective: our progeny will never have the opportunity we had, then squandered.