For years, many Americans have been worried about creeping socialism here in America as our government has started more and more federally controlled programs, and instituted more and more regulations in our lives. However, since Obama's election, the trend toward socialism has become a growing rush of "Lemmings to the Sea" with proposed Government control over most areas of our lives. Many Americans on both sides of the aisle have become more and more alarmed at this trend, making it not just a Conservative Issues Problem, but an American Problem.
Apparently, some "smart" fellow(s) decided to try and make socialism more palatable to millions of Americans by calling it "Democratic Socialism". There now, doesn't that sound better than just plain old Socialism?
So let us examine just what Democratic Socialism is. "Democratic Socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet the needs of the Whole Community, not to make profits for a few. If adopted in America, many structures of our economy must be radically transformed...so that ordinary Americans can participate in many decisions affecting our lives...Democratic Socialists do not want to create a big government bureaucracy."* Now let us stop and consider. Does anyone reading this see anywhere in Obama's Socialist programs where the average John and Jane has any say in running the proposed programs? I don't; ergo he is not proposing Democratic Socialism, but rather Autocratic** Socialism. Sure, we can vote him out of office in four years. We can call our Senators and Representatives and protest, BUT WE HAVE NO SAY IN RUNNING OR FINANCING PROGRAMS PROPOSED BY OBAMA.
Going further, "social ownership can take many forms: worker-owned cooperatives or state-owned enterprises managed by workers and consumer representatives. Democrat Socialists favor as much decentralization (of federal government) as possible...worker ownership of large corporations is another possibility...the tasks would be spread among as many people as possible and redistribution of wealth (taxing the rich more and giving it to the poor)...the vast wealth of this nation must be distributed more equally...simply put, we must tax the rich."*
Socialism has not and cannot work. To expect people to divide their wealth with the poor who cannot or will not work goes against human nature and democratic ideals. Going further in the same article, "...NO COUNTRY HAS FULLY INSTITUTED DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM." There are reasons why; DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM DOESN'T WORK.
Fellow Americans, do not let the name, Democratic Socialism, fool you into thinking this is a better or more perfect form of Socialism and therefore ideal for America's future. A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. Beware of Socialism in any form and fight to preserve America's values and heritage of capitalism, personal responsibility, and fairness. Nobody who played by the rules, paid their mortgages, and worked hard wants to help pay the mortgages of folks who didn't. LET US WORK AT KEEPING AMERICA THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY.
*"What is Democratic Socialism," www.ydsusa.org/whatisds.html
**Autocratic = Absolute