Monday, October 10, 2011

A Taste of American Socialism

A Taste of American Socialism

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

Now that America has had a taste of socialism – American style—How do you like it?
Mr. Obama and his henchman have done a wonderful job, in just two and a half years, to “fundamentally change” America – JUST AS HE PROMISED.

America is now very close to, and is certainly becoming,  a third-world nation.
Our economy is gone.  Our money is virtually worthless.  Thousands upon thousands more Americans are on the government dole.  Unemployed Americans make-up some 9 to 10 percent of our workforce.  Our government is crumbling under its own weight.  Protesters are in the streets taking advantage of a weakened America to demand such things as a guaranteed government stipend for every American… WITHOUT HAVING TO WORK, AT ALL.  I’m just hitting the high spots here.  The socialist rot goes much, much, deeper.

Those of us alive today are witnessing just how quickly socialism can terminate a country as healthy as the USA.  It is a vicious, viral, form of national cancer. And it has America practically on her knees.

A couple of years ago, I wrote the following: 

“You must forgive me if I get a bit wound-up when socialism is the topic.  I have watched that “destroyer of nations” reap its harvest for many, many, decades. It is, in my opinion, the greatest threat to democracy on the planet.  I see socialism as presenting an even greater threat than the Islamofacist terrorists!  I will never be comfortable with a socialist government in America.  We can argue “degrees” of socialism all day and it won’t matter.  As the expression goes: “a little leaven leavens the whole loaf.”

I think it is pure irony that now, as a “near” socialist nation, America can celebrate an event named “Independence Day” with a straight face! 

 Today, Americans are anything but independent!  We are fat, lazy, and dependent on our new “near” socialist government for far too much.  There is very little “independent” about Americans today.  In just a few months of the Obama regime we have gone from “King of the Hill” to just another member of the “Mediocrity Mob” of nations.

 I know this is difficult to swallow.  You can’t know how much pain it caused me to write these words.  I have stood on the ground where the Wright brothers took their first flight launching America into the space age.  They had no idea that their short flight would end up taking man to the stars, but of course, it did.   I have trod the ground from which our astronauts blasted off to land and walk upon the surface of the moon.  I have witnessed America claw her way to the top through sheer willpower and determination to be the best.  And now, as I approach the autumn of my life, I am watching the decline and fall of that same America.  Do you really think I don’t feel a tremendous amount of pain? I think I must now know what the ancient Romans felt as they watched the greatest civilization in history, to that day, decline, crumble, and fall in ruins around them.

 “Oh,” but you say, “… Socialism is the only way to go.  Everyone will be equal!  No classes, no class warfare…” and such.

 Well, let us see if we can break it down so that even those of you in love with the “cancer of nations,” socialism, can understand it.
 The story is told of an economics professor at a small college who made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan.” All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.  

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less, and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride, too, so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.  

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because
when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. 
Socialism will bring the end to private enterprise. Just think: under socialism there would be no small businesses, none of those Mom and Pop stores with which we are so familiar in America.  There would be no entrepreneurs. Socialism calls for the redistribution of wealth. Broken down, that simply means taking the money you earned and giving it to those you feel did not earn it. Socialism demands that all wealth in a nation, and that includes yours, will be controlled by the government. In other words, you will own nothing --- not even your own money. The government owns everything and everyone is given only what it takes for that person to survive. Socialism celebrates the lack of an upper class and a lower class. Under socialism there is only one class. And in THAT class all people suffer equally.”

I went on in that 2009 article to note how difficult freedom is: 

 “Americans have made an awful decision.  They have decided to give up.  Freedom is just too hard.  It requires entirely too much work and effort on the part of the individual. It is much easier to sit back, relax, and allow the government to take care of us.  Look, folks, birds locked in a golden cage are just as much a prisoner as those locked in a rusty old quarter-inch mesh wire cage.  A prison is a prison and man is quite capable of creating his own.”

Freedom is hard.  I believe that modern Americans are so far removed from the blood, sweat, and tears that winning America’s freedom cost – plus the energy, dedication, determination, and sacrifice spent to preserve that freedom that we simply do not value it, as a nation, anymore.  The evidence is overwhelming that this observation is true.

America is on the cusp of complete collapse in everyway.  Anarchy stands at the threshold -- leaning forward.

In 2008 American elected a savior and, only after it was too late, discovered we had elected a “false prophet.”

Socialism is a lie spawned by the “father of lies.”

Americans, unwilling to exert the labor, the energy, the sacrifice, and yes, when necessary, their bloods and even their lives, have willingly embraced the death of our nation. We have chosen to place no value on anything except our own personal comfort.  And it is killing America.

 I would remind my readers of the old proverb that proclaims that Satan’s greatest trick is convincing mankind that he doesn’t exist. It may be HIS best trick -- but it doesn’t hold a candle to the trick socialism has played on America.

J. D. Longstreet

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