Posted on 13 May, 2010 by admin
With all of the “CHANGES” being made by our government in the past year since the president took office, it seems clear that the “CHANGE” he was talking about was a move toward Socialism. The concepts of redistributing wealth, socializing medicine, taking over (nationalizing) private companies; these are all tactics used by the European Socialist countries that brought total equality to the people of those countries.
Total equality sounds good, don’t you think? Well, not when you consider that it means that everyone is exactly the same even to the point of no person being allowed to have any more than anyone else. Sort of kills incentive, doesn’t it?
My wife, who grew up in Soviet Russia, tells how Socialism spread through the cities rather quickly, but came to the outlying areas very gradually. When it came to the farming communities, it did not seem very fair to them. One family had something that the others did not have. They had a horse which made it possible for them to plow the fields easier. The decision was that everyone should be allowed to use the horse. The owner felt towards the horse like we do towards our pets. The owner thought that the people who were using his beloved horse might not feed or take proper care of his horse. He didn’t think it was fair or right that this should happen. So, they sold the horse and moved to a part of the country where the Socialists had little control.
Other people who stayed behind did not like what was going on either, but they had to comply out of fear that they would disappear like others who protested. Fear was the motivating factor for equalization. The prospect of becoming a success financially was gone. People did not care about their work. Working harder could not make you any better or higher in position than anyone else. Working harder did not get you a promotion. The incentive for working harder was only a certificate of appreciation from the government. The only people I know of in America who are satisfied with that are teachers. I always got a certificate of appreciation for Christmas. It came in my paycheck envelope where some of you may have gotten bonuses.
America is following a dangerous logic (should I rather say illogic) by thinking that we can do better by making ourselves all exactly the same. The greatness of America is historically based on the rugged individualism of individuals who rose above difficulty and adversity due to their clever intellect or their willingness to take a chance on a new venture. The motivating factor was always the reward that they would get in the form of monetary success. To take away success is to take away the very heart and soul of entrepreneurial greatness. Few will ever be motivated to greatness under a system that does not reward the greatness. Our westward expansion was based on rewards in the form of gold and land ownership possibilities.
Following that expansion was the transportation and communication industry. All kinds of businesses and inventions were a result. Greatness and national wealth come directly from the opportunity to have success.
Of course, as we all know, the chance to become great comes with risk. The inability or unwillingness to take risk leads to a different kind of existence for many. But America had that covered too. Those who made it great provided a job for the others. Thus, America became a country that had a strong and stable middle class that could make a great living without the risk. From these workers, managers developed as they were able to show more incentive and worked harder than others. So, again, it is clear that the greatness of American life has come from the incentive to improve yourself and get ahead.
But now, America has decided that those who do not want to work are entitled to something from the rest of the people. This entitlement mentality has led us to believe that everyone should get something from the collective group. We now want free healthcare, free housing, free education, free food, free clothing, and on and on. But, how can that be free?
The reality is that it is never free. Someone has to pay for it. We all know that everyone pays for it. The cost continues to climb at incredible rates until every man, woman and child in America owes about $50,000 right now to pay the already existing debts. Add the cost of illegal immigration at about $120,000 per year per illegal, the massive cost of health care, the cost of Cap-and –trade (about $74,000 per family of 4 from its inception until 2024). Add the fact that all of our tax money will be used for Medicare/Medicaid by 2052. Add the problem of just printing money on the printing presses. Add the housing crisis and the loss of jobs in America.
Should I continue? Or are you about to get the idea that we can’t pay for all of this giveaway stuff? We will all be equally poor. As I was talking about all of this cost to some students the other day, one of them said, “Why don’t they just make the rich people pay for it?” Never mind that it’s unfair or that there are not enough rich people to pay for all of this or any of the other arguments against that. The scary thing is that there are so many people that just think this way because they have grown up in the welfare state we have created since the early 1960’s.
Do we want Socialism? We seem to be acting like we do. But as we analyze the cost, I don’t think we want it or can afford it. My dad fought in WWII with hundreds of thousands of others. The goal was to defeat the Marxist/Nazi government of Hitler and his desire to dominate the world. He landed at Omaha and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was there for the worst of it all. He and many of those young boys came back very different people than they were when they left. They gave up their youth and innocence and peace of mind to defeat Socialism on foreign soil. They came home believing they preserved capitalism for all of time. Many never came home at all believing they had given their lives to protect the only successful method of national success. But now we find a people who will trample on the graves of those brave men and women. Did they give their lives so that we can just hand over our country to the idealism that they believed they had defeated?
It is clear that we are still under attack from the Marxists. But this time the attack is from within and that is the way Marxists have been most successful. We all know that this is not the answer to any economic or social ills. The answer lies in returning to the kind of Capitalist base that made us great in the first place.
I will not stand idly by and watch our country be destroyed. Send me to Washington where I can fight the fight that will save our industry, businesses, jobs, homes, middle class economy, freedom, culture and the American way of life. I will never rest as long as we are threatened.
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John Wayne Tucker