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Friday, May 17, 2024 - 07:41 PM

INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA

First Published in 1994

INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE VOICE OF
UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA

I write about the evils of Socialism so much, that I have been asked by many people around the country if I would write a definition of Socialism, its inherent evils, and the effects it would have upon us as individuals. The following is my attempt at answering that request.  For certain, it would be a death blow to capitalism as well as to the God-given freedoms that we have enjoyed for so long in the United States.

Our country’s economic system is called capitalism. It is based upon private ownership of property, which includes the means of production for the creation of goods or services for income and profit by individuals. It is a free market economic system based on the recognition of individual rights to own property (lands, businesses, goods, etc.).  Such rights give individuals security and a means to control their own affairs and, thus their own destiny. Under capitalism, private citizens, with their ownership of property, are responsible for producing and distributing goods.

Whereas, Socialism is government ownership of property and control of production and distribution. The essential characteristic of Socialism is the denial of individual property rights. Individuals have no control over their own affairs and destiny. Almost every aspect of living will be regulated by the government.

Ayn Rand stated it perfectly, "Socialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, or collective good."

I do not believe the majority of the American people would knowingly or willingly adopt Socialism, once understood, even though a poll conducted on the subject in 2021 showed that 65% of all who identified themselves as Democrats polled would adopt it.

It has been seeping in, little by little, over the past one hundred years pushed by the Democrat Party's progressives and liberals.  If we aren’t careful, every fragment of a socialist state will be adopted a little slice at a time, until one day America will be a full-blown socialist nation, without realizing how it happened.  (We're well along that dangerous road in the U.S. right now, mostly unrealized by our younger generations).

Karl Marx, the nineteenth-century German socialist revolutionary, taught that “Democracy* is the road to Socialism” and preached that “Socialism represents the stage following Capitalism in a country transforming to Communism.” The platforms of Liberals, Progressives, and Socialists such as Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Barrack Obama, and other Democrat Party leaders, are drawn from either Communism, Marxism, or Fascism. They are all varying degrees of Socialism known as totalitarian concepts, differing in degrees only.

Our Founders, in their wisdom, and in their study of history, realized that "Democracy" was one of the very worst forms of government, and always led to increased levels of political chaos, which always have led to greatly increased levels of AUTHORITARIANISM (totalitarianism)!

There is not one example of a Socialist country, past or present, ever producing the level of prosperity and happiness for the people which our Capitalist system of private enterprise, individual ownership of property, has accomplished. If there were, people would not be cutting fences, climbing walls, swimming rivers, or loading onto boats by the millions to escape those countries to get into the United States.

The Representative Constitutional Republic of the United States, with our Free Enterprise Market System, has been the world’s dominant economic system for over two hundred years. Within it, the means of production of goods and the distribution of those goods are owned by individuals. Since America’s beginnings, the freedom of private ownership and free enterprise with its spirit of competition, has led to the abundance of food and products, more efficiency, lower prices, better products, and rising prosperity. The production of food and materials and private individual prosperity has never been – can never be – equaled by any socialist country.

The people of almost every country on the continent of Africa are starving to death. Almost weekly, we are shown the fly-blown faces of these starving people. Venezuela is in total chaos with hungry people rioting in the streets. Every one of those countries has Socialist/authoritarian governments of some form. Every country on the continent of Europe is today experiencing the results of the evils of their respective degrees of Socialism with extremely high taxes. Despite tax rates of 75% and more, Socialist countries all over the world are without enough food and goods to support the people. The Democrat Party, now becoming a strong proponent of Socialism, wants to lead our Country toward that same end, to our great peril!

How would Socialism affect YOU as an individual? By necessity, tax rates in America will reach upward of 90%, and our way of life will be exactly like that in Europe, Africa, Central America, Asia, Russia, and elsewhere. Socialized health care will mandate who your doctor will be, even whether or not you are a candidate for treatment of an illness. It will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to buy a new home, land, a car, or reap the benefits of your own labor.  Birth control will be mandated, private ownership of property will be denied, and starting and maintaining a business impossible. Even the small things in our everyday lives such as the kind of windows you may put in your house and the type of light bulbs you may buy.  The list of evils of Socialism is a long one. We hear a great deal from the proponents of Socialism about sharing wealth.  Be warned – Socialism is nothing more than the sharing of misery.

The preachers of Socialism use the plight of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the jobless with their promises to equalize income, share the wealth, level the economic playing field, take from those who have, and give to those who have not, everything will be free. The concept that with hard work and perseverance anybody can get ahead economically in the United States will be destroyed. Again, misery will be shared by all.

Most Americans think this could not happen here. I used to think that … until I realized differently.  Not only can it happen here, but IT WILL happen here if we allow the Socialist Democrat Party to gain control of our government. In the primaries now going on and the general election on November 5, this year we are being given the opportunity to choose our destiny. The choices are clear, the bondage of one world Socialism and its miseries, or America first with the individual freedom of Capitalism and its prosperity.

A man is asking us to hire him on November 5 for the job of our president who will do everything in his power to stop this.