Is America Becoming Socialized?

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Carla Bonney, an activist from Ventura, CA and one of the organizers of the Tea Party and the March on Washington, said, “We came to make our voices heard.  We were all here for a job.  Our job was to make people listen to our message.  Our message would become clear.”

This was the purpose of the March on Washington that took place Sept. 12, 2009.  Over 70,000 people from across the nation gathered in Freedom Park to voice their concerns and ideas about the socialist track upon which our country has started to travel.  The Freedom Works Foundation and other patriotic organizations helped organize this event and coordinate transportation for the activists.

The central issue that rallied activists to gather, march and protest was the healthcare bill President Obama and the far left Democrats are trying to pass swiftly while America isn’t looking.  They call themselves grassroots Americans and they want an end to expanding government, which is increasing government spending and raising taxes.  The government is continuing to wrongly expand its control.  The government already has its large hands in the finance industry and auto industry, and now President Obama wants to extend its control to the healthcare industry.

Socialism is creeping into our historically capitalistic nation.  What is next? Capitalists, the drivers of success, might start disappearing soon to form their own community while watching the old U.S. self-destruct, one industry falling after the other.

Soon, the freedom this country was founded upon will disappear.  We will no longer be able to choose what cars we want to buy – the government will allow the production of only small, powerless, energy-efficient cars.  We will no longer be able to choose the kind of healthcare coverage we want – the government will provide healthcare coverage so poor, the quality and availability we were once familiar with will become a distant memory.

The government will soon dictate which surgeries and other services patients need.  If they deem someone an unworthy investment, they will withhold the service or surgery.

What is most important is the big picture. This is made up of all the individual issues, the motivation and underlying plan behind the actions of the president and Congress. The big picture is that the president is leading the country to socialism.  Yes, socialism, a society run, owned and controlled by government.  Do you want a few powerful people at the top to make all your choices for you? We must protect capitalism, where freedom and competition drives people and business and provides the best way of living for all its citizens.

8 COMMENTS

  1. You might want to stop by our business school located in Malloy Hall and talk to a few professors about this. You seem a bit confused about what the bailouts really mean and how the government works in general. Watching Fox or CNN for a 30 minute special is not enough of a resource. You need facts to back up this very weak and muddled argument.

  2. While not everyone may agree with this opinion, it is a commonly held perspective in the country. Lindsey, thank you for being brave enough to express your views, which, at USF are not commonly held. I hope this piece generates some intelligent discussions. Stay tuned in the next issue when the Foghorn plans to run a rebuttal column.

  3. I actually submitted a rebuttal column to this on Thursday to Erika Heyer. I’m waiting for her to get back to me on the edits. Like Laura I hope this piece generates some rigourous debate.

  4. Not everyone in our country is fortunate enough to have access to quality healthcare. I’m happy for you and everyone else who has good health insurance, but 46 million Americans are currently uninsured. I’m curious whether your position would be different if you came from a less fortunate background and had to struggle to pay for your own healthcare.

    I’m also curious how you feel about other socialist aspects of our government, such as public schools, the police force, fire fighters, etc.

  5. You may be hard pressed to learn that the man who we base capitalism on, Mr. Adam Smith, did not believe the market could run the health system.! Just a piece of information that I wish the blue dogs and republicans would take into account.

  6. “What is next? Capitalists, the drivers of success, might start disappearing soon to form their own community while watching the old U.S. self-destruct, one industry falling after the other.” Where would they go? Do you know that the principles governing our finance and capitalism are some of the loosest?

    “The government will soon dictate which surgeries and other services patients need. If they deem someone an unworthy investment, they will withhold the service or surgery.” This is different from private healthcare? How? Our current health care (private) runs on an almost for-profit basis, and millions have been turned down, including several 9/11 rescue workers, volunteers, and victims.

    “The government is continuing to wrongly expand its control.” How? The supreme court is in place for a reason, and so far it hasn’t shut down anything that the government has done so far.

    “The big picture is that the president is leading the country to socialism. Yes, socialism, a society run, owned and controlled by government. Do you want a few powerful people at the top to make all your choices for you?”
    This one blew me away. Society is already under elected official control. A few powerful people that WE voted are making the decisions for US because of democracy.

    “We must protect capitalism, where freedom and competition drives people and business and provides the best way of living for all its citizens.” How do you plan on protecting it? An example against this is the bailouts. Millions of Americans, hard working and honest, would have LOST their insurance policies, investments, and retirement funds had certain financial institutions not be balanced (or bailed out, according to the media). AIG? They are one of America’s largest passenger airline leasing firm. Think about that the next time you take a plane flight home and think the cost is already too high. Another thing worth mentioning, the bailouts are to be repaid with interest to the government, and banks have already begun returning the money as the market bottomed out. As for the investments the government has in the auto industry and others, those are held until private investors can purchase them back. Same with all the toxic assets that seemed to be left out of the debate so far. All of this is up for sale to the public/private sector as soon as buying power returns. If our “Socialist” government had not intervened, our situation could have been much, much worse. And by no means any better than it is currently now.

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