It never fails to surprise, and to be honest - upset me, when I run into people who are avowed socialists. I met a couple tonight who are both Obama supporters; but interestingly they are both 'concerned' for the country and have been stocking food, water, supplies, gold and silver for when the whole country melts down.
Neither of them thought that socialist policies and Big Government expenditures had anything to do with our current crises. They are both very nice, very kind Liberals with great intentions but ZERO understanding of politics, history or economics.
(Incidentally there was a Marxist from the NYC there as well - No; I wasn't hanging out at ColdType's house)
The reason that the socialist set upset me is because there is so much information around us that proves, unequivocally, that socialism expands government and shrinks the individual. We know that communism murdered approximately 100 million people. These socialists brought up the issue of Wealth Distribution, claiming that 1% of the population controls 80% of the wealth. The number is bullshit because the CIA factbook breaks down the Lorenz curve for the US at around 45. But the real issue comes down to "So What?" - So what if 5% of the population controls 60% of the wealth? Whose business is it of yours to say how much one can earn or not earn? Are you taking risks? Do you have the acumen, stamina and drive to work for that kind of money?
This is the problem with socialism, and its dysfunctional cousins, we are all here on this earth for a finite amount of time. During this short 70 years, you make choices. You choose to stay away from your family to work so that you can use your money any way you wish: buy a new car, buy a new suit, save for retirement, purchase a vacation home or a jet ski or a widget; whatever. Socialism fails because it has the audacity to tell you how much you can take home from your earnings; all in the name of for the "good of the people."
The beauty of America, and the brilliance of our Founders come through in this small statement in the Declaration: "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."
Our rights derive from GOD, not from a human being. If the rights were granted by a man, that man could take them away. But our rights come from God.
The 18 enumerated powers of the federal government within the Constitution attempt to keep tyranny at bay, but will only work when the voting population understands what is at risk. Right now many do not. They think that giving the government more and more of their power is a good thing, but governments in the past have shown that the powers granted are turned back upon the citizenry and the citizens get abused.
This is why the Marxists and socialists have been fierce in fighting to remove religion from our society, while attempting to subvert the family. They have done a tremendous amount of damage to the Black family. Prior to 1960, 70% of black families were married; in stable homes. At that time, only 23% of babies came from unwed mothers. After the Great Society programs launched, it effectively rewarded families who split apart. It rewarded dysfunction, divorce and drug use. Whatever you subsidize, you get more of.
And I can't post without getting around to our dear President, the historic one, remember? The one who was going to heal the planet, overcome racial divides, bring us together and mend our 'broken souls.' Yeah, that guy.
Well the American Thinker has an expose about the Post Racial President, and it turns out he's not Post Racial at all....
Remember the Cash for Clunkers boondoggle? The government program which subsidized $4,000 if you traded in your fuel-inefficient car for a new one? The same program which actually cost each taxpayer six-times more ($24,000)?
Obama closed dealerships that were minority or women owned. And, he also targeted SOUTHERN dealerships because they overwhelmingly voted for Obama's opponent in 2008. He's doesn't carry a grudge, does he?
Obama's little racist temper-tantrum via the dealership closings cost 100,000 Americans their jobs. This all comes from an Inspector Generals report and findings. I'm sure he's going to be fired any day now for blowing the whistle on the Anointed One.