At a rally after his victory over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, “Mr. [Bernie] Sanders said his win represented the start of a political revolution. He told supporters, ‘Together we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California.’”
As I read that, my head began to swim and the words of a well-known song by the Beatles rang through my memory:
“Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being ’round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me?”
Let me get this straight: Bernie Sanders is a publicly avowed, self-confessed socialist and he just won big in the New Hampshire primary? Could we possibly have a socialist president of the U.S.?
What exactly is a socialist? A socialist is someone who supports the political philosophy of socialism, which is a system of government that advocates community ownership and control of all lands and businesses rather than individual ownership.
The dictionary further defines “socialism” as 1) any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, 2) a system of society or group living in which there is no private property, 3) a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.
The man who won the New Hampshire primary, and is a publicly declared opponent of the economic policies that have made America great, says he is an advocate of those policies preferred by Communist-dominated societies, ala the U.S.S.R.
So if you are a business owner (small, medium or large), is Sen. Sanders declaring that your business should be owned and operated by the state? It certainly reads that way.
In contrast to the socialist mindset, America is a nation based on the capitalist ideology – an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.
“Although the term capitalism was scarcely in use at the time of the Founding, the Founders supported the principle of economic liberty underlying it,” The Daily Signal’s Julia Shaw explained. “The Founders understood that property rights and free markets were constitutive elements of what it means to be free. They, therefore, believed that government has a responsibility to protect the rights of all to participate in the economy by upholding contracts, lifting artificial trade barriers, and protecting the right to acquire, possess, and freely use property.”
America has flourished under the free-enterprise system, defined thusly: “The basis of a free market capitalist system, it is a business unit established, owned, and operated by private individuals for profit, instead of by or for any government or its agencies.”
Many of us still have a strong reservation against the government being in charge of everything – as in Mr. Sander’s socialism construct.
I have quick quiz:
1) What do the following countries have in common?
Answer: They all are practitioners of official socialism.
2) Which of them compares to the United States in terms of business opportunities for the majority of its citizens?
3) If socialism is so much more to be desired than capitalism, then absent the current influx of immigrants into Europe, what other countries presently have, or have consistently had, the same problem with illegal aliens flooding their borders as in the U.S.?
Perhaps we should send this to candidate Clinton for the next debate? Or is her philosophy too close to Sanders’ to differentiate?