Somehow, socialist ideas have begun to arise in this country. They were ineffectively sought out in the McCarthyism era, but now they’ve achieved solid footing in some of the most important positions in politics.
But what’s most frightening about this new found trend is that some people actually like it. Bernie Sanders has gained notable traction and treads fairly close to Hillary Clinton, who admitted that the “excesses of capitalism” need to be reined in, but we would be amiss to forget some of the major benefits associated with capitalism, namely that it allows people of every walk of life to move up in the world, and make things just a little better for themselves and their family.
Socialism comes in many different flavors, all of them notably nauseating. There is democratic socialism, Trotskyism, Leninism, Maoism, Stalinism and more.
Obama has come under fire in many different ways for leaning to the left and associating with liberal democrats. He believes in things like redistributing the wealth, having the rich provide for the poor, universal health care, a kinder touch with immigrants, anti-doctor shopping laws — which are restrictive laws that are put in place to prevent people from taking too much medicine — and support for the NSA and surveillance.
Most of these policies seem innocuous, but it’s important to bear in mind where they take us. Socialism, according to one of the founders of Communism, Lenin, is basically a transition into Communism. It is not a haven. It is not a utopia. It is a transition to one of the most degrading and authoritarian systems in history, the one in the Soviet Union that eventually led to its economic demise as capitalism out-paced it.
I suggest those thinking of voting for Bernie Sanders not to do it. Money may sometimes be the root of all evil, and yes, businessmen do tend to run things, but think about the track this puts the nation on.
This may seem a bit extreme, but it’s equally important to note that there’s a famous line in the Communist Manifesto that says every person should pay according to his need, not what he wants. The Communist Manifesto, by the way, was written by Karl Marx, one of the more famous founders of the hard left ideologies.
There have been a number of fishy scandals—that’s something even the Obama administration can’t deny. The IRS was revealed that they were deliberately targeting the Tea Party and anyone who was conservative, for example.
The U.S. military now has authority to arrest American citizens and hold them indefinitely without trial.
Congressman Jose Serrano of New York has introduced a measure that would repeal the 22nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution so Barack Obama could run for additional terms as president after his second one ends in 2016.
Obama defended the NSA wholeheartedly after the Snowden controversy surrounding the whistleblower.
Not only that, but big brother grows bigger and bigger. Trapwire has been designed and implanted in major cities, where they can listen to citizens everywhere.
Surveillance drones are being used by the police to survey cities and catch criminals. The rights of privacy have been continually diminished.
The most important thing is that one doesn’t need to be a conservative to be concerned. This is real, and it’s happening right now. We already have a socialist running for President, and a socialist on the Seattle city council. They do an excellent job on advertising themselves as the “peoples’ fighters,” whereupon they believe in things like redistribution of wealth and a progressive tax. It’s a frighteningly appealing way of life.
Problem is, in the words of Margaret Thatcher, with socialism you eventually run out of money to take away from the rich. Not only that, but tax is a form of theft, a contractual obligation implemented by force. If not paid, the IRS will come and take things away. So before voting for Bernie Sanders, think about America: do you really want it run by a socialist?
There’s also the ethical matter of whether or not you really want to take, and effectively steal, another person’s money. Is that the right thing to do, or does it make more sense to simply produce your own value for society?