A Smart Girl's Take on America's Potential move to Socialism
Here is a concerned citizens take on America's potential move from Capitalism to Socialism.
I’ve heard a great deal of talk in the conservative realm about the liberals of the country trying very hard to push the US from being a capitalist country into being a socialist country. Many have been saying that our current president is himself a “socialist”.
Being your average Jane, I did not have a firm understanding of the differences between the two and the type of impact that change would have on the lives of the average citizens of our fair country. So I began to research. The more I researched, the angrier I became.
I began with a simple search for the terms capitalism and socialism.
According to Merriam-Webster.com, the definition of capitalism is:
: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
On Merriam-Webster. com, the definition of socialism is:
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
Okay, so I now know the definitions. And so far I do not like what the definition of socialism has to offer. Where is the freedom that this country is so accustomed to?
Well, since I clearly I did not know about the implications of this “change” I decided to go back and see what our founding Fathers had to say in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. They did form this country after all, so they know what the US was intended to be.
The Declaration of Independence says:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security
So the Declaration states that we have the right to life. Hmm, I guess the pro-choice crowd has forgotten that line. They’ve tried to convince the country that a fetus is not a “life”. Well it’s moving, has a beating heart and can’t survive without nourishment. Isn’t that what most living creatures do?
The next right is liberty. But if the government is taking over banks, insurance and car companies with the idea of “bailing them out”, who is to say that one day that power won’t stretch out to include “taking over” the companies, small or large of those of us who don’t share the same values and ideals with them? It’s not such a far fetched idea. They’ve given themselves the authority to “fire” CEO’s of private companies. What’s next?
And soon they will be telling my how much of my money I have to fork over to those who don’t have what I have. And I don’t even make the proposed $250,000 a year. But it will happen. The definition and amount of income that one must make to be considered “wealthy” has been steadily shrinking in the minds of the Obama administration.
Then we have the right to pursue happiness. It certainly isn’t a guarantee. And it doesn’t say that it is our right to have our mortgage covered by the hard working citizens of the country, simply because we bought a house we knew ultimately that we could not afford. Nor does it say that we have the right to health care, welfare checks or the like. That is not a right guaranteed to us. Yes the preamble of the Constitution says that it is to promote the general Welfare, but the definition is as follows: