The Silent Sounds of Socialism

Posted: October 21, 2008 by April Watkins in Current Events, Issues, Our Government, Politics
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My brother told me the most mind-boggling story the other day.  Apparently, one of his crewmen had not shown up for work for more than a week.  Over the weekend, he ran into this crewman and asked why he had not been to work?  “I can’t work no more,” said the crewman.  My brother asked if he had been injured or sick, trying to find an answer.  “If I earn any more money this year, I won’t qualify for earned income credit and that means $6,000 for me and my family,” the crewman announced.  Stunned, my brother said to him that if he worked the rest of the year he would earn much more than $6,000.  The crewman said, “Yeah, well maybe, but this way I get the money and don’t have to work for it.”

Entitlement mentality has been bred into the American psyche of the last two generations.  As a result, we have failed at teaching our children responsibility, respect, citizenship, work ethics, etc.  Instead, we have coddled them and provided unlimited perks without any expectation of their obligation to earn them. Entitlements, such as welfare, have led us into a continuing cycle of poverty from generation to generation.  Rather than help our neighbors get on their feet, welfare has shown them that they may continue to disregard any and all responsibilities and good ole Uncle Sam will provide.  As the crewman said, why work when you can stay at home and get paid?

In light of the rhetoric coming from the Obama campaign, I am fearful that Americans will cast their vote based upon the entitlement mindset, rather than on which candidate would best lead this nation.

And what is best for America?  Is it best that we continue to produce generations of people who rely on the government for their sustenance rather than take the initiative to achieve goals for themselves?   What would our forefathers say to a citizenry who make little effort to assume responsibility for their own dreams? Is our moral fiber so weak that we will not take pride in the American way of free enterprise and opportunity?  Are we teaching our children to strive for excellence or be satisfied with mediocrity?

It is time for Americans to realize the awesome responsibility of the vote.  It is the foundation for our freedom; however, it can also be the instrument of our demise.

Americans should beware of handouts represented as a “sharing of the wealth,” which are in truth, the handcuffs of dependency and the tenets of socialism. Many of us are old enough to remember the socialist years of the Cold War where communism enslaved the people of the USSR.  The collapse of communism and the subsequent rise of capitalism in its former states should be a lesson to us all.  But, all too often…history will teach us nothing.

Perhaps the words of journalist Phelps Adams explain this best, “Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his fine home, says: ‘No man should have so much.’ The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: ‘All men should have as much.'”

It appears that Obama’s domestic platforms are nothing more than those of socialism.  What do we want for our country?  Do we want a mindless throng of people who sit and wait for their leaders to dole out what someone else deems their fair share?  Or do we hold to the principles of free enterprise and capitalism as the vehicles for creating wealth, giving opportunity to all?

The upcoming election calls us to our deepest convictions and beliefs.  And that is…Why It Matters.



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