Many of us sat in awe of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt as we watched the 2008 Olympics. Not to take away from the other athletes, but these two almost have me believing in super-humans. But neither would have made it into the Olympics without hard work and dedication. In the same way, America has become one of the greatest societies in history. So we can just park our backsides in the recliner, kick our feet up, and enjoy the spoils of our labor, right?!? Well, not if we want to maintain our freedom.
The framers of our government had no intention of creating a perfect system that would sustain itself through the annals of time. Great people like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams had a vision that required commitment from “We the People.” But it seems we have become the spoiled and entitled heirs to a great fortune. As I look at the nation today, I see apathy and atrophy. Many people are uninterested or feel their voice does not matter. Worse yet, we are becoming a welfare state where the Have-Nots will soon outnumber the Haves.
Now I don’t want anyone to think I’m being Chicken Little here, I’m not suggesting that the sky is falling. But I do see “Change” on the horizon, and it isn’t good. Think of it this way, our government is a lot like the Titanic, which we only know about because it collided with an iceberg. Let’s suppose that the Titanic was 100 miles away from the iceberg. Had Captain Smith shifted course by just 1 degree, Leonardo DiCaprio might still be a starving actor and wouldn’t that be a tragedy? The point being, subtle and almost imperceptible shifts can have huge impact down the line.
So what’s worrying me today? Marxism and its illegitimate children Socialism and Communism! But we’re a Republic! Notice I said Republic, not democracy. The difference being individual rights versus the collective, but you can read more about that at this site. But wait! That’s just crazy talk, right? We will never convert to Communism! Well, Captain Smith, bring your mind 1 degree to port (that’s left for our non-nautical speaking friends).
Marxism, Socialism, and Communism are not really the same thing. There are subtle differences, but that is not the purpose of this article. These “isms” grew out philosophies promoted by Karl Marx who, along with Frederick Engels, promoted the idea of the workers running society and everyone was made equal (Communist Manifesto, 1848). The main idea being that those who have money should give it to those without.
At the heart of Marx’s beliefs, the collective would run things. Sounds a little like “We the People”, huh? It’s subtle, but the difference again is pluralistic ideology. Marx didn’t want anyone to make more money than anyone else. So pesky little things like the rich folk opening businesses and employing those workers! The State, or collective should own everything so no one can profit! Oh, and Marx also didn’t want anyone owning property. Those darn rich folks would buy land and plant a business right on top of that land! So let’s turn all that over to the government, they know how to do things the right way! Okay, maybe I’m over simplifying a few things for dramatic effect. The simple fact is these “isms” have never helped a nation prosper. The highest achievement people can hope to obtain is…average. I can see a performance evaluation now, “You did an adequate job today comrade, how very average of you.”
It is important to understand that most philosophies of governance are neither good nor evil. It is the people who implement those philosophies that make them so. In a perfect world, perhaps some of these “isms” might work. But they discount one of the most basic of human defects…Greed. I submit that once wealth is wrest from the common people, it becomes an elixir too intoxicating for those in power. Marxism and its progeny are playmates of the corrupt. The former Politburo of USSR understood this, their lavish lifestyles flourished while their citizens stood in lines for bread. Sorry comrades, no campfire and no kumbaya!
History has shown that implementing these “isms” is usually a violent affair. Believers assume they are smarter and know what’s best for us. Liberties become a secondary concern to implementing and maintaining their ideology. If you don’t believe that, read a little about the Bolsheviks, Chairman Mao, Fidel Castro, and Che Guevara; Marxism’s own Murder Inc.
So liberties for the masses must be impinged for the good of the collective. Look at Russia after the Bolshevik revolution. The Socialists wanted to be sure the Romanov’s could not come back into power, so he had them killed. And let’s not forget Stalin’s belief that “a single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” Undoubtedly, this was the justification for starving, imprisoning, deporting, and killing millions who disagreed with his ideology. That doesn’t quite square up with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…I’m just saying.
So, is there an army of Marxists out there poised to kick down the door of the White House? Nope, why should they? They were voted them into office, and their agenda is to crash our ship into the iceberg. Not seeing that, you say? Can anyone say universal health care, abridge free speech, or create a dependent welfare State?
Universal Health Care:
In March 2010, the Health Care Reform bill was being pushed by uber-liberal politicians like Nancy Pelosi. Rasmussen polls showed 54% of Americans disagreed with it, while 41% agreed with it. Because they believe us stupid and just don’t understand the bill, Pelosi held a press conference to say that we just need to pass the bill so we can understand it. Cart before the horse law making? As of last week, Rasmussen polls showed 58% of Americans want the bill repealed, while only 35% still support it. I guess we’re just supposed to plug into the collective and assimilate.
Freedom of Speech:
In August 2009, President Obama appointed Mark Lloyd as a new “czar” at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) as Chief Diversity Officer. I’m not sure exactly what that means. Maybe it’s like Michelle Obama’s job as Director of Community Relations at University of Illinois hospital. Remember that there is no vetting process to the appointment of “czars” and there is no real job description for what they do. So what is Lloyd’s position on the freedom of speech?
“This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least, blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.” (Mark Lloyd)
Ah yes, I hate when I’m “distracted” by freedom of speech. By the way, Lloyd is an avid supporter of Saul Alinsky and often quotes him in Lloyd’s book Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America. Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals. Here’s how Alinsky introduces that book;
“What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”
Have-Nots take away from the Haves…We are Borg…Resistance is Futile.
I don’t think I really need to expound on this subject too much. Most American’s believe Welfare is a good program. However, it should be a hand up, not a hand out. It has become an abused system so massive it is hard to find all its tentacles. It has become more lucrative to stay on welfare, than make an honest living. Are there a lot of people out there who truly need this assistance? Sure. Is it one of the most wasteful and abused programs out there? I don’t know many that would dispute that. In the Federal Budget, Health and Human Services (aka Welfare) is the largest recipient of funding, nearly $880 billion. To give you perspective, the Defense Budget gets about $750 billion. Billion…that’s $880,000,000,000. But hey, like they say, we can’t be broke, we still have checks.
So what about the big cheese? Our head honcho Barry Dunham! Uh, sorry Barack Obama. Or is that Barack Soetoro? So what’s in a name? Well, it might help you to understand his Marxist ideology. If you pay close attention, many people involved in young Barry’s life believe in Marx’s philosophies. Most people would agree that we derive our beliefs from our immediate family. Our core values and tenets are taught to us by the family unit. His grandparents and mother (Dunham’s) believed in Communism. We further shape our beliefs by our associations. Barack admits one of his mentors is Frank Marshall Davis, a known Communist. With those beliefs ingrained, some folks pick their jobs based on their beliefs. Obama worked for community development organizations founded on principles advocated by Alinsky. So is it so hard to believe that Barack doesn’t ascribe to one of the “isms?” Or does he get a pass with a Clintonian “I didn’t inhale” position?
For the most part, Americans are generous people. Tragedies like Thailand and Haiti show how folks are willing to dig into their pockets and help others. That benevolence would not be possible if we all became average, earning the average income. Our nation has prospered because of Capitalism, thus so have the American people. Time and time again, history has shown that the altruistic nature of Marxism does not work. Call me a loon if you like. Perhaps I’m only imagining the elephant looking to enter the room. But if I can get you to pay more attention to what’s happening in America, dig into politicians’ ideology, and formulate your own opinions, then I have accomplished what I set out to do. The media certainly isn’t going to upset the apple cart and give you the truth. I leave you with a final thought from the second President of the United States.
“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” (John Adams, Journal, 1772)
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