For those who need a basic definition of socialism, here is a description found in most dictionaries:
Socialism: An economic system in which the basic means of production are primarily owned and controlled collectively, usually by government under some system of central planning.
The $700 billion dollar bailout puts us on a slippery slope towards socialism as the federal government will now have partial ownership in banks.
Nationalizing heath care by forcing employers or citizens to pay for or implement a certain type of health care system is a form of socialism.
Taxing businesses or individuals at a higher rate and then taking that money and giving it to a reported 40% of Americans not paying taxes is a form of socialism.
Here’s a quote from Thomas Jefferson one of our founding fathers:
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government”.
“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage”.
The 2008 Presidential election could for the first time in years provide a democratic controlled Senate, House, and office of President. Without any checks or balances Obama would have unfettered control to implement his social agenda allowing socialism to take it a large bite out of the American fabric and the ideals expressed by our founding fathers.