Capitalism vs. Socialism
First and foremost allow me to state the fact that I believe in a hybrid of the two; not necessarily an equal balance but an equitable and functional symbiotic relationship. However, with that stated, I would like to go on somewhat of a mild rant.
You see, after watching the rise of the Tea Party movement and other fringes of the Right wing such as Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann; after engaging in often mildly stimulating debates, I've come to the conclusion that some, not all, not most, but some people who are self-proclaimed Capitalists are incapable of even defining the difference between Socialism and Communism. Moreover, I've realized that some of these individuals are under the misconception that America is an entirely Capitalist nation when anyone with an ounce of intellect blended in with common sense knows that in this day & age, there is no such thing as a purely Socialist or Capitalist nation.
To all those who are adamant in their convictions that Obama is a 'socialist' and the United States is a 'capitalist' establishment I present the following question; should the United States do away with some of these programs? the VA Hospital, US Military (tax payers), libraries, Medicare, Parks, Unemployment benefits, Schools, Police and so on? because it really boggles the mind when some decry Obama's health Care plan and call it socialist (which it isn't) and yet enjoy reaping many of the benefits provided by the government for many decades.
You see, I ask that question for the following reason: A recent survey revealed that some Tea Party activists are in actuality unemployed and are relying on government social programs for help while they stand outside those same government offices protesting 'socialism', spitting on Congressmen and calling Democrats Nazis.
There is nothing wrong with being against 'Socialism' or 'Capitalism' however, please do your homework when arguing against either; I humbly implore you to.