Still Think the Democrats Aren't Socialists?

This article should put to rest any arguments that the Democrats are not anti-capitalist, wealth-redistribution, community-is better-than-individualism, socialists.

Their new campaign slogan has been created to show
America the true ideals of their party. The new slogan is "The Common Good." In reality, they have been pushing this slogan for a long time. They just never made it the official motto of the party.

This article from quotes John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, who is really leading the charge for this new slogan. Take a look at what he says:

"It's a core value that we think organizes the entire political agenda for progressives. With the rise of materialism, greed and corruption in American society, people want a return to a better sense of community _ sort of a shared sacrifice, a return to the ethic of service and duty."

Let's see..."rise of materialism," "better sense of community," "shared sacrifice" "ethic of service and duty." Yep, this has all of the makings of a communist platform. It is our evil "materialism" that must be defeated. We must not seek to have anything someone else does not have. We should consider it our "ethic of service and duty" to "sacrifice" and "return to a better sense of community." You realize, of course, that the root of the word COMMUNISM is "community."

Am I against sacrificing for your fellow man? Am I against a wholesome idea of a community? Absolutely not!

Am I against a government-sanctioned and controlled theft and redistribution of what I own to fund such a community? YES, YES, YES!

I am also against the idea that the government should invest itself into a war against individuality for "the common good." Liberals tend to think differently:

"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society."

-Hillary Clinton (1993)

''At a time when our entire country is banding together and facing down individualism, the Patriots set a wonderful example, showing us all what is possible when we work together, believe in each other, and sacrifice for the greater good.''
- Ted Kennedy (2002)

Are you seeing a trend? A war against the individual.

I am also against the idea that the Government can do better with my money than I can, when it comes to my own health insurance, my medical care, and my retirement.

But liberals tend to think differently. Here is another quote from the article:

"Liberals say that Republican policies promote a "radical individualism" _ advocating individual retirement accounts above Social Security, health savings accounts over affordable insurance, and tax cuts that Democrats say benefit only the rich."

The idea that tax cuts benefit only the rich is an absolute lie. But, it goes to show that what they really care about is controlling how much income they "allow" the wealthy to keep.

Now, let's look at the rest of the sentence. "Republican policies promote a "radical individualism" _ advocating individual retirement accounts above Social Security, health savings accounts over affordable insurance"

What is so bad about that? Why is so bad that I invest in my own retirement, instead of the government stealing my money, and investing it into someone else's? Why is so bad that I buy my own health insurance, instead of the government stealing my money and buying it for someone else?

Why do we have to rely on the government to do this kind of stuff for us? Answer...because people are idiots. They let their hatred for those that achieve (i.e. the wealthy) and their desire to "level the playing field" (i.e. steal from the wealthy and bring them down to my level) cloud their judgment.

What happens when everyone who does not achieve continues to depend on the government for their needs? You have wealth redistribution. Therefore, you have a socialist society.

Capitalism thrives on the idea that free individuals competing in an open market will create a strong economic foundation. Government policies mandating "the common good," at the expense of the free individual, erodes that foundation.

And, it is outrageous that these politicians would invoke Christianity to further this cause. First of all, if they held onto their definition of "the separation of church and state," they wouldn't be able to use this argument.

Secondly, Christ never advocated a Government mandate of such philosophies. The "righteousness" in the act of giving to the poor is found when the action is voluntary. There is no "righteousness" in the act when it is forced by Caesar (i.e. Government).

When we have no choice, there is no good.

So, to recap, Democrats believe we should "face down individualism," "stop thinking of the individual," and "sacrifice for the greater good" (government controlled medical programs, retirement plans, incomes, etc.)

Just one more quote for you:

"It is thus necessary that the individual should come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of his nation; that the position of the individual ego is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole... we understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow man."
-Adolph Hitler (1933)

Sound familiar?


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